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Going Above and Beyond

Posted by mikenopolis on August 10, 2016

In the past 6 months, many changes have happened at my office. I work in a small (150 or so employees) family owned company that has been around for 50+ years. They decided to sell the company to a 270,000 employee Fortune 500 company because the owner is getting old in age and the family members who are senior management were ready to retire. Years ago they realized the younger generation in the family would fight over the business and potentially ruin the business and worst yet, the family. So we knew this was going to happen sooner or later.

Many employees were salaried employees (I think the technical term is Salaried Exempt). Not really because of our jobs or titles, but because the company does not approve overtime and never pressures anyone with deadlines which will result in overtime work. So it was easier to just pay us our wage instead of having us clock in and out knowing we would put in the eight hours each day. There are of course those who abuse this system and never put in the hours they are being paid, but that’s another rant for another day.

Because of this acquisition, many of us salaried people have been converted to hourly employees (Salaried Non Exempt) and are now eligible for overtime pay but it is still likely not going to be approved since we will be working independently 99% of the time.

Now to the point of this story. In the recent weeks, a co-worker has been pretty pissed off with their responsibilities because certain things have deadline due to the company sale. First of all, He/She (I will use he going forward) is not happy with having to clock in/out because working 8 full hours has never been his thing. So he didn’t think this was fair. He is going around saying that if the wanted things to get done, it’s not going to happen unless they approve overtime pay.

This really bothered me because he is well compensated and this hourly vs salaried conversion did not change his pay, the wage is the same if not better. So if he was doing work “from home” as he said he was before. I don’t see any reason why he can’t just do that now instead of complaining about it and saying there isn’t enough time.

No matter what kind of pay I got at any job, I have always gone above and beyond what is expected of me. I usually never saw work as work and that it was just an activity that exercises my mind which is why I always did work at home when I have nothing better to do, or if I need more than 8 hours to do something. I work hard, not for the money but for my own sanity. The last thing I want is to fall behind and have to face it the next day. It made no sense to me how this person will literally stop working at 8.0 hours just because there no overtime pay when their salaried pay from before is the same. I understand there are labor laws to protect employers abusing their employees, but in this case I feel like he should’ve just done whatever is needed to reduce his stress and anger tomorrow.

 

 

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I Don’t Aim to Offend, But Often do

Posted by mikenopolis on April 27, 2016

It feels weird to be posting here after all this time. But something needed to be said.

Generally I’m a pretty quiet and nice person. But once I get comfortable with someone, my “true self” is revealed. That version of me is blunt, and you will hear exactly what I think you need to know. I’m a firm believer that people get offended because they ALLOW themselves to be offended. Very little offends me. Things that should offend me normally just surprises me and I would think “I can’t believe he/she said that…out loud” but that would be it. I don’t take these things personally or to heart.

Recently, I had a cold/cough and someone in the office kept offering me cough drops. And I said “No thank you. I don’t like cough drops”. I seriously do not like those things. I have my cough suppressants and meds on my desk so it’s not like I wasn’t trying to get better. Well, at some point in the day, I finally got tired of saying no and said “Please don’t ever ask me that again, I don’t like cough drops and I will never want one, so just stop”. I get it, she wants to help me STFU, but NO MEANS NO!

Today, I hear she’s been telling people what I said was the rudest thing she’s ever heard. Which really surprised me since I’m pretty much like that whenever I open my mouth. It’s so well known around the office that people tells her “Well, that’s Mikey for ya!”.

Maybe I will change my ways, but definitely not in the near future. I do still hold back and be respectful majority of the time, but if I told you the same thing multiple times in a day why would you asked again? It makes no sense to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FINALLY Purchasing a Gun

Posted by mikenopolis on January 29, 2014

After many years of wanting to own my own firearm instead of tagging along with friends who have guns. I have finally pulled the trigger (pun intended) and made my first purchase. I do not have my new toy in my hands yet because I’m a resident of California where we have to wait 10 days to pick it up, where we are only allowed to have a maximum of 10 rounds in our magazines. I’m now on day 5 and it feels like the longest 5 days ever!

I’ve always been into guns but never serious about getting into real firearms because of the cost. I have had dozens of BB guns and pellet guns in my time. I even have a few airsoft guns so I can fool around inside the house. But nothing really beats the feel, weight and power of a real gun.

What did I get? I went with a H&K MP5 A5 22LR rimfire rifle (Item No. 2245260). Before you get all angry and tell me that a .22 is not a real man’s gun or that it has no stopping power. I will just say “I know, I know!”. I’m not proud that I got a .22, but I am really just looking for something to plink with and I need it to be cheap. I’m not a wasteful person, so in my mind when the gun goes bang, I’m thinking about how much money I just shot out the barrel. I literally want more bang for my buck and since .22LR ammos are cheap it seems like the best choice. As far as stopping power, this gun and any others I may pick up in the future will be so locked up that I would have no chance of using it for a home defense situation.

I have always wanted the MP5, I don’t remember where I first saw it, but this was a gun I’ve always wanted because as a kid, it was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. Sadly I cannot get a 9mm version since I like the look more than the caliber. I’m definitely the form over function when it comes to guns. This one is made by Carl Walther under full H&K license, I assume H&K needs to approve it for the sake of their reputation, from the reviews I’ve seen, this is a pretty well made piece.

There are a few more guns that I would like to own:

H&K 416 D145RS (Item No. 2245210) also chambered in .22 LR – Once again, for the look. I would also like to get a few handguns in the future, Beretta F92 or M9 (9mm), a 1911 of some kind (.45 ACP), either a Glock 17 or 19 (9mm), maybe a H&K USP (9mm). Will I ever get a rifle that shoots anything other than .22? I don’t know, it seems like too much of a commitment to shoot out like $1 at a time.

EDIT: I just read about the Hi-Point .45 ACP. It goes for about $150-$180 and has a LIFETIME warranty with no questions asked. I think that will be the first pistol I’ll pick up. Can’t go too wrong with that kind of warranty, unless the company shuts down that is.

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Split in the Path of Career

Posted by mikenopolis on May 17, 2013

Recently, after a few years of repetitive work/tasks, I was given a better opportunity at work. The down side is that I will no longer truly do what I was trained/taught to do since the release of the personal computer to the masses, thus, my career path would drastically change. After a week of thinking, I decided to take the offer that was on the table and will undoubtedly pursue it with the same effort as I always have when it comes to work. Full speed ahead.

It wasn’t that I didn’t like my previous job/work or that I wasn’t getting paid enough. But at the end of the day, the company I work at revolves around a national food and healthcare provider business. It is REALLY hard to explain what it is this company does. But basically, when places like a USC’s campus eateries orders food or a nursing home orders bed sheets they would get a horrible deal if they didn’t go through companies like ours. This company have contracts with thousands of facilities and companies so every business, big or small would get the bulk order discount price without necessarily ordering a lot. And we get paid a percentage of their savings, and having been involved with the numbers, they save a LOT, therefore the company makes a lot too.

Being on the technical side of this type of company creates somewhat of a glass ceiling. There are only so many positions I can get to before a salary cap and I really had no place to go in this position and company unless someone leaves or dies at their desk.

Taking on this new position was actually a pretty hard decision to make since there would be a learning curve and since it’s not tech related, I’m not sure how well I’ll handle it as tech is pretty much all I know. I’m a jack of many trade, this ain’t one of them…yet. I was told that my Excel and database skills will come in handy, the problem with that is that these are the people who depended on me for data integrity. Doesn’t this mean I’m going to be doing both my old job and my new job…and I’m not getting two people’s salary? Time will tell if this was the right move. There are people here that has done this stuff for over 30 years. I’ve seen quite a few of them retire and let’s just say they are all retired comfortably. I love the people that work here despite some of the laziness and pure ignorance I see, but they are genuinely the nicest group of people I’ve ever been around.

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Why Having a Child Seem IMPOSSIBLE to me

Posted by mikenopolis on February 21, 2013

My wife and I said we did not want children for many years, but in the recent months, she’s changed her mind and is thinking about having two? (more than one, as she thinks only child-s turns out “weird” like me). We are not 100% seriously on the matter at the moment. I was never opposed to having children, it was more that I didn’t see a reason to have them.

Now that we are seriously discussing the IDEA of having a child I’m seeing a major problem. I have a full time job, she has a full time job. Neither one of us can afford to be a stay at home mom/dad. So who’s going to take care of the child? Some of you might be saying, the grandparents….if you’ve ever met them you’ll realize they cannot be trust to take care of a turnip. Second of all, we live 40-60 minutes away from them so it would not be possible. Nanny? I don’t trust people with replaceable things, not sure how I feel about a one of a kind child that can’t be repurchased off eBay.

I don’t know, I understand that there’s never a “right time” to have a child. But the way I am it would always be a wrong time. We need a job that includes a day care for employees. This chapter of or lives will just have to be TBD for the next few years I guess.

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Women Changing Last Name After Marriage…Yay or Nay?

Posted by mikenopolis on February 20, 2012

So…We are finally planning our wedding after being a couple for almost 16 years. And some people are starting to ask my fiancé if she will be changing her last name to mine, she says no, I also said no. Frankly I’m not fond of my last name. There are maybe a handful of times in my life where someone pronounced it correctly on the first try. And to this day plenty of people who KNOWS me forget how to spell all FOUR letters, it’s plain insulting!

Her sister recently got into a huge argument with her boyfriend in regards to this very topic (for like the billionth time). He is demanding that when they get married, she changes her last name to his. He is actually really pissed off that she’s refusing to do so, AND they are not even engaged! I’m already seeing future issues since he is one of those people who are “traditional” and view females as a less equal being, that women are meant for cooking, cleaning, rearing children, etc….yet she earns three times what he does and works 100% harder that his laid back lazy self. The biggest problem with those two is that they grew up in a totally different household/lifestyle, he has never had to work in his life, parents own their own business and he never needed to lift a finger. She on the other hand grew up in a low/middle class working family and she worked very hard for what she has today.

This makes me wonder WHY in the year 2012 people still do this name change thing besides the fact that it is what other people have done for years? The only reasonable reason I can think of is that it makes things easier if you have children so that the family has the same name, otherwise it’s just complicated having to go through all the paperwork to make that new name legal.

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Silver iPod Nano 8GB 6th Generation STOLEN – Serial #: C8NGYW53DCMN

Posted by mikenopolis on February 2, 2012

Did you recently get your hands on a 6th Generation iPod Nano? If the serial number is: C8NGYW53DCMN it was stolen from me. A police report has been made. And if you are the person who stole it, I don’t hate you, I just think it was a douche move on your part for stealing something that’s only $129 MSRP.

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Picture: I Need to Want Less

Posted by mikenopolis on January 26, 2012

 

 

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UC Riverside Policy 450-90 Proposal to Ban Skateboards, Skates & Scooter

Posted by mikenopolis on September 17, 2011

It’s been a long while since I’ve had anything to rant about. I guess life as been good, or at least unadventurous.

Like many others my college experience consisted of me not having a car, not only because of my parent’s doubt that I would party hard if I had a car. That shows how little my parents understand their only child (A Little About Myself )! So without a car I was obsessed with alternate transportation. I rode my bike often but having to find a place to lock it before entering a classroom can be a hassle. In order to get to my destination quick and easy, I also rode skateboards, something called a Stowboard, push scooter and electric scooter throughout my years in college.

I just read that the University of California Riverside (specifically the Associate Vice Chancellor Charles Rowley)  is proposing a ban on these vehicles. Although I see their concern in regards to pedestrian safety, I don’t think a ban is the best way to handle it. There are those who use these vehicles recklessly, these people usually don’t have a sense of politeness, then there are those who are like me. I’ve always watched where I was going, slowed down and walked my board when it’s crowded. I don’t remember the exact time we had between classes if they were back to back, but I believe it’s 10 minutes. Have these administrators ever walked from, let’s say Physics 1000 building to the University Village. 10 minutes is seriously pushing it… especially in that Inland Empire heat!

UCR Policy 450-90 (Proposed)

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A Little About Myself (as of September 2011)

Posted by mikenopolis on September 17, 2011

As I was writing a post, I started to go on a tangent about the kind of person I am. I decided to cut and paste it here so I don’t digress too much from the title of that post.

I’m such a non party-er a lot of people assume that I hate all events. I generally do not enjoy the company of others whom I cannot hold a somewhat intelligent conversation with. I also seem to insult some people way too easily because of my views on life, relationship, children, religion and everything in between. People are way too optimistic and I’m way to pessimistic.  As the saying goes “If you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything as all” That is why I’m labelled as the quite guy, and also the reason I have a blog and twitter account…also the reason why I don’t post anything on Facebook.

My views on politics is a bit odd too (according to some I HAVE to choose a side). I’m neither a republican, democrat nor any other party. I’m on the side that is less likely to screw up. Political candidate’s goals are hardly what they can accomplish in the years they are appointed to serve. As of today I believe US President Barack Obama has an approval rating of 43%. Who is to say that if John McCain was elected that his rating at this point would be better. We would never know for sure. All I’m saying is that we will never elect anyone who can magically fix everything they promised. But I believe all candidate’s intention is to better the livelihood of Americans.

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