Ok, so yeah, I've been mostly absent from dA lately, just checking messages, answering a few, and not much else, have not even been viewing much art, and making pretty much none... it's because recently, I've been so busy with work, and things just got a lot worse.
About a week ago (it would have been last Sunday as I write this) the other assistant blacksmith (who also helps out in the sign shop) didn't come in for his shift. On Monday, he was supposed to work in the blacksmith shop with me, and again, didn't show. The "boss" called him and let him know he had two strikes for not showing up for work, and he told the boss he would be in on Thursday to pick up his check, essentially quitting over the phone.
This would not be a huge deal all in all, it would make things tougher for me, and for the head blacksmith and the sign shop guys, but there's worse. It seems it was the head blacksmith who had gone out on a limb to get him the job in the first place. Gene (the head blacksmith) was a good guy and always trying to help people out if he could... well, from the rumor I heard, they got into some kind of argument on Monday night over this, and early Tuesday morning, Gene had a heart attack and died.
That leaves me holding the bag at the blacksmith shop, alone. During the last two weeks of August, the busiest time of the season for us. I've been putting in 12 hour days since then, barely keeping up, and very probably won't keep up entirely for the coming week. I will have to try my best and try not to short change any one part of the job in favor of another... it will be tough.
And as for the future, that's kind of up in the air right now. I might end up being made the head blacksmith, if they can't find someone better than me (which seems to be the case, since no "professional" blacksmith would work for the wages they pay) and if they don't find someone better than me, then they are hoping to find someone as good as me to be my assistant, which also doesn't seem all that likely. The main reason I have worked so hard and stayed so long is because I need the good reference on my resume.
So anyway, that's what's going on right now. I probably won't be active until after Labor Day, and even then, perhaps not too much until sometime after Halloween (when the park closes and I am out of work for the year) The good part is, it looks as if I will at least be able to get unemployment this year, and I've saved about $2000 so far. If I could get a few more donations on my GoFundMe (www.gofundme.com/qnwanw
) , or get a decent raise, I might soon be able to move into my own place.
Well, anyway, forgive me for not doing much faving, commenting and such. Maybe in a month or two I'll have a chance to sit down and do some new art and post it.
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