atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#2497: The moral of the story: don't let me go.

Half of the businesses that employed me (since 1990) are gone.

Only the biggest remain--Target, for example, and Rockwell-Collins--but the small businesses are all gone.

Because I don't know what kind of work history they're going to want tomorrow, I took a few minutes to type up my history going back to 1990, just to be on the safe side. Some places don't give a rat's ass; others want to know every job you've ever done.

The first three companies which employed me for computer tech jobs are all out of business. Heck, Sears Business Centers was the first, and they're gone, and they were part of the Sears group which--at least--still exists.

I have to admit to just a little bit of schadenfreude at the discovery, today, that old Kangaroo Computer Services apparently has gone by the wayside. I worked for KCS for five years, enduring bounced paychecks and some other asininity; the first time I took any kind of real vacation in a couple of years was in 1997...and when I got back from my vacation it was to a pink slip.

That wasn't the only surprise I got; see, the guy who'd been our office manager--a guy named Larry who had been a pretty decent guy--had been replaced with the owner's father; and the first thing the owner's father did was to eliminate my position...and I later heard that the guy was a terrible boss.

I had a friend who still worked there after I was let go, and he said that the guy would holler at technicians for his own mistakes. Wrong part ordered? Tech's fault. Parts not ordered, which was the office manager's job? Tech's fault. Tech told to go to the wrong customer, making the right customer angry that tech was late? Tech's fault.

By losing me, they lost a crapton of expertise, of course. The worst part for them was that I worked part-time (four days a week); they offered health insurance to full-time employees, and didn't have to pay it in my case. I worked cheap and knew how to do everything. I was their only *nix guy, and since I'd been their primary computer technician as long as they'd been servicing computers, I'd been the guy to establish a lot of their procedures. Okay: in 1995 the owner had begun taking steps so that I'd be in the office most of the time, so other techs could call me if they had problems. That's how good I was.

To this day I think the guy let me go entirely because I once gave him advice that he followed to the letter and didn't like the outcome. He'd called me up (when he worked for another company) wanting me to solve his problem for free, and I told him to basically delete and reinstall Windows (this was version 3.11). Then he was angry that he had to reinstall all the applications, too, and called me up to complain about it; I guess eliminating my position was his revenge.

I have no idea WTF he thought would happen if he deleted everything in the Windows directory. WTF, the guy was supposed to be a computer expert in his own right--he was the freaking IT manager at the company he was working for!--but his experience was all in minicomputer stuff, like AS400 and System 36, not micro stuff like DOS and Windows 3.11. But the kind of problem he was having, there was no other way to fix; I wouldn't have told him to do it if I'd thought there was another way.

Anyway, I tried to make sure I had the right address and phone number for the place...and my web searches came up dry. The old domain is now used by someone in Japan; I searched on the owner's name, and his father's name, and discovered they work for different companies now, and apparently have since 2005.

Guess the old KCS has bit the dust. They only lasted eight years after letting me go, which is the longest of any of them; but they're gone just the same.

(I won't hold my breath waiting for Target or R-C to go under.)

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