I’m Back!

No folks, I’m not dead. I was on vacation last week. Then when I got home, my router was DOA. We were too busy catching up on ranch chores Sunday to go pick up a new one. So it was not until last night that I was able to work on getting the new one installed. The box said it would take 3 minutes to install. 2 hours later, I was up and running again.

It really sucks to be offline. I probably thought of something at least hourly (or maybe minutely) that I wanted to look up online, but couldn’t.

Anyway, I’m back. Hopefully you can look forward to something worth reading on a regular basis again. Nah, don’t hold your breath.

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Hit or Miss

Despite being on vacation, there are a few things I miss about being home. Let’s take a look at what I miss and don’t miss. That way, we can determine if a prefer vacation or the daily grind.

What I Miss

  • Easy access to a computer: I mean, it’s right here in the spare bedroom and they have high speed Internet access. But they don’t leave it on all the time, so I have to wait like 5 minutes for it to boot up. Plus I feel guilty about hiding away.
  • Our best friends: We hang out with our best friends just about every weekend, and so we probably won’t see them for a couple weeks now.
  • Traffic: It may sound strange, but it’s true. We live in the country, so there is no traffic compared to Portland. A traffic jam in the country is getting caught behind some slow-moving farm equipment.
  • The Older Daughter: She went to Disneyland with her best friend and her family. I’m jealous, but miss her just the same.
  • TiVo: I’ve come to a point where I don’t watch anything live. I record it with TiVo and watch it later so that I can skip past the commercials. Plus it’s nice to be able to skip back a few seconds to catch the dialogue I missed when all the dogs bark their heads off.

What I Don’t Miss

  • Work
  • The alarm clock
  • Worry about looking for a new job
  • The daily routine
  • Having absolutely no free time
  • Getting up early: I’m a night owl and love to stay up ridiculously late and sleep in
  • Brown: I do love the green of western Oregon over the brown of southwestern Idaho.

So there we have it: I have 7 things I don’t miss and 5 that I do. So I think that I should just stay on vacation forever. What do you think?

Major Job Trends For 2008

CNN published an article today on the Major Job Trends For 2008. Strap yourselves in for Dad In The Headlight’s expert commentary on the article.

No. 1: Bigger Paychecks

Excellent. So far, so good.

No. 2: More Flexible Work Arrangements

More good news. So this means if I just don’t feel like coming into work on a given day, I don’t have to right? Or if I want to take a little nap, that’s fine?

No. 3: Screening Candidates via the Internet

Hey, you can get porn, pedophiles, viruses, cheap drugs, and financial scams with the Internet…why not employees also?

No. 4: Rehiring Retirees

Hmmm…I think we’re headed in the wrong direction now. I’m not sure I want a bunch of cane-wielding, Alzheimer’s sufferers running amok in the office.

No. 5: Diversity Recruitment

It’s always a good plan to diversify just for diversity’s sake rather than simply hiring the best regardless of any of the stupid categories we place ourselves in.

No. 6: Freelance or Contract Hiring

Sweet. Sounds like a good way to avoid paying benefits and eliminate any sense of job security.

No. 7: More Comprehensive Healthcare Benefits and Special Perks

In light of rising healthcare costs, 19 percent of employers report their companies plan to offer more comprehensive or better health benefits to employees in 2008. One-in-ten employers plan to offer more perks such as bonuses, discounts, company cars, stock options, free childcare, educational reimbursement, transit passes and wellness programs.

The math here escapes me. Healthcare costs are going through the roof, so employers are going to offer more of it? And cars, stock options, child care, etc. helps my health how?

No. 8: Career Advancement

Oh pick me, pick me! I want to be CEO for just one year. I promise I’ll jump out and pull the ripcord on my golden parachute after that and you’ll never see me again.