Howdy Y’All!!! (I am imagining all my readers saying “Howdy” back to me in unison).
I received my formal offer and I am slated to return to work this Monday. It is a wonderful feeling to have a job. It’s especially wonderful feeling because I think I was destined for this job. I know it sounds kind of hokey, but I think it was time for me to stop driving 100 miles every day, it was time for me to move back to Pennsylvania, and this job presents a ton of opportunity for me and for this company.
There have been so many of you that have offered assistance and help, I cannot thank you enough. One thing about the job process is that it takes a fairly long time. I had my first interview with this company immediately after being laid off. I had several rounds of interviews and client approvals, it took about a month from start to finish.
So tonight I will probably celebrate with some wine, watch the Phillies in High Definition, and I’ll try to make a move on Jaclyn. Speaking of Jaclyn, she’s just the best wife ever. She never second guessed me during this, she never doubted me, she knew I was doing my best and that things were going to work out. She is the best. I will say, one of her previous lives must have been through the depression, she’s been very frugal and conservative to help us avoid using too much from our savings. I won’t say this is the worst thing I’ve ever been through, but it was humbling, slightly embarrassing, and a little scary, she never doubted me once.
That’s that. The RKDeem Report has documented the experience of being laid off. Onto new challenges and adventures.
Killer Bees. You hear about Killer Bees, but it’s hard to get the full story. Are they really killing people? Do they attack all the time? Are they in our backyards? Is their honey tainted with blood?
Well, I did a little research and I can tell you this:
Killer Bees are actually called Africanized Bees. The reason they are called Africanized Bees is because they are a hybrid of European Bees and African Bees. Get this, they were accidentally released into the public by a replacement bee keeper (I bet the original bee keeper was thinking, I told them they should have just given me a raise!). Apparently, African bees are more productive and create a lot more honey, but on the downside, they live in a real harsh environment with plenty of predators so they have evolved into a bad ass group that attacks intruders with greater force and it takes less to piss them off. Their sting is actually no worse than a regular sting, but their mentality is to attack in greater numbers, which makes them more dangerous.
Killer bees have come up through South America and are slowly entering the United States, but it is extremely doubtful that they’ll ever get too far north because they cannot live through long winters (unless global warming really heats things up, Killer Bees are my number 1 reason why I am concerned about Global Warming!). The good news is that the Killer Bees are breeding with our less lethal bees in the States and it kind of dilutes their appetite for death.
Africanized Bees are actually the preferred honey bee for beekeepers in a lot of countries because they do produce a lot more honey then your regular bee.
I was thinking about Killer Bees because of a great headline I read earlier today, “Bees storm Mexican police in reverse sting operation”. 100 police officers were at a firing range and one of them hit a hive of Killer Bees. 70 of them ended up getting stung and several of them required serious medical treatment.
I’ve really enjoyed my time away from work. I’ve loved my time with my son. It will be very sad to leave him on Monday.