I should have said nothing about current staffing levels!
The second volunteer was standing around when he made the announcement and I thought for a moment that the second volunteer was going to do his happy dance! The two of them have not been getting along for some time — nor have very many of the other volunteers been getting along with him. Being unhappy in your life surely seems to rain havoc down upon anyone nearby.
I’m glad this situation is resolving itself without my having to confront it directly. Seeing as he had gotten hired directly by my boss I really felt uncomfortable intervening. Now I don’t have to. But that hasn’t meant I haven’t been extremely uncomfortable about the who special treatment thing that had been going on. I know this guy can get a lot done in a day, and I know he pretty much works 7 days a week — because he has nothing else to do. But, favoritism is a cancer among volunteers — and volunteers don’t have a reason NOT TO LEAVE — like a pension plan or a paycheck — if they get fed up, they just walk out the door. And I could see that happening with at least two of our current staff if the problem had not self-resolved. Besides — all those seasonal employees we’ve been hearing about are arriving — so we won’t be all THAT short handed after all.
With his departure Peg and I will make that move down to the other Work Center. We’ve been toying around with this for a few months now, it wast our first choice, but I think it will be best for all concerned. The Siltcoos Caretaker will have their site where we are, and we’ll be where we’re supposed to be. I might be able to get Frontier Internet there, and for sure the Verizon phone signal is more reliable. There’s a SMALL grocery in Lakeside — so we won’t have to travel as far for groceries ALL the time; and North bend is only a couple miles further from our new location than Florence is from our current one.
Life is always in a state of flux here, I’m concluding. I think things have settled and they haven’t settled at all. I think things are in flux, and they are settled — into the flux state! 🙂
A few volunteers will be happy we are moving — they expressed sadness that we didn’t make the move when this guy arrived in January. And I wrote about the idea that we’re up where he is, he’s down where we should be, nothing made sense. But, aside from the mechanics of being a volunteer we are definitely making adult friends who are nice to hang out with. As the coordinator it’s right that I am careful about how much time I spend with a few volunteers; but we do have off time and it’s nice to have people to sit around and chat with about things other than the forest.
We bought a replacement TV for the lounge. After converting from analog to digital in Journey we are doing it again in the Ambassador. ( I still need a nickname for this one)
We had good luck with the Vizios in the Winnebago so after looking at a variety of sets and manufacturers we settled on another Vizio.
I removed the frame from the old installation. It will be easier to disassemble the support structure than the Winnebago was. In Journey I had a hard time even figuring out HOW to remove the old trim. This was much easier and once off I could see more of how the tube type TV is fastened — in Journey even after the trim had been removed it was still difficult to determine how to remove the heavy old TV.
All I have to figure out now is how to mount the new TV in the old hole. There’s plenty of room. So we are going from a 24″ tube type TV to a 32″ LED Smart TV. Bigger TV; much lighter. I have tools available to me, and I can always pull in a friendly volunteer or two to help if necessary. Pictures to come as the project takes shape.
Other than that it was a quiet weekend. We made a quick trip to Eugene to make some Home Depot returns, buy some more coffee, and search for closet lighting solutions. We succeeded on all fronts except the lighting — but I think we know what we’ll buy next time we hit a Fred Meyer store. We left the store we visited without buying anything — and the next three stores didn’t have nearly as many options as FM, so next time we go in to Florence for groceries we’ll pick up what we hope will be a solution.
That’s enough for now, thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with your tomorrow.