It took me about a month after running into Cliff in February to text Henry about one of the senior managers at “The Show” that he was close to. Cliff told me that she moved on from the theater to a corporate position with that company. And I thought about the drama that Anthony told me about a few years ago about this senior mgr putting her hands on his daughter – whom he orchestrated a job for her up there.
I never told Cliff about this story and I suspected that this interesting change was as a result of that drama. Could my assessment be wrong yes, because evidently her bosses like her to be able to shunt her off to a corporate position away from the theater and the associates. Did they like her or was this a sort of punishment? Hard to say, though I did want to mention that to Henry I chose to hold my fire on informing him of my suspicions. He had no idea about this – he had been pretty close to this senior mgr – and he didn’t have much to add.
Later I texted him about another former senior mgr from “The Show”. I worked with him briefly when he was the facilities mgr at the “Dine-in show”. I saw him in the box office area working so I assumed that apparently he moved on to my regular movie theater near my former employer at “Fresh Foods”. I’ve always suspected that he has a easier job at this national theater chain than at “The Show” he had to do a little bit of everything there, now at the national chain he just had to worry about the facility. No customer issues, no associate issues, just issues that I’m sure he knows how to handle with his two hands!
So anyway we got to texting back and forth and then a question came up, “Am I still working for ‘Fresh’?” I never responded to that question, however, when things move forward on my return I may well answer that question. Most likely tell him the truth and talk about the mgmt change in my dept and how I didn’t survive. However, note that this particular mgr is gone now and I have been summoned to return. For right now, and while he may somewhat be suspicious that question remains unanswered.
As far as my former colleagues from “The Show” only Keith who himself got let go almost a year after I left that theater knows. Hell I even told him about what happened with my then boss to which he responded in txt with LOL. Anyone else I just pretended as if I still work at “Fresh”. That includes Cliff & Brandon, who as far as I know have no idea that I’m actually unemployed at the moment.
* More recently I was going out one day and my mother just flat out asked about when I was going to re-apply at “Fresh”. Well I have been telling her that since I learned my then former boss was no longer there that I’ve been applying to return at various jobs with that company. It seems that goes over her head, since on occasion I feel like talking about him and how it was with him as a boss. She’s the one that says I should chalk this up to a learning experience.
Regardless I had to parse my words a bit on this given morning since well it was necessary to be clear. It was important to state that since learning my former boss was no longer there I’ve been applying. Besides the worst that could happen is my application won’t be going forward. As far as this 6 mos thing I just explain that it’s about not to merely reapply however it’s about eligibility for rehire. This month would be my 6 mos and to be honest it was my hope that I would be back by now. Didn’t work out that way, but as I stated it seems they might be making me wait for the moment.
For this moment I just chalk this up at least with her to confusion. She somehow thinks I haven’t been applying which I have been. I’ve never told her that there have been two responses to my applications so far and have had an interview as a result. Unfortunately as of now it feels as if it’s not happening yet. However, it’s more important to stay positive and hope for the best as I hope to return…
I just wanted to also note that the night after being let go last year at “Fresh” my mother was gearing up to drop me off at the train the next morning. I had to tell her I wasn’t there anymore and never explained what happened until a few days later when I knew it was time to cool off from it. Unfortunately that night she kind of kept trying to get an explanation and she’s not the type who’ll just let it go. I just wasn’t in the mood for explaining that night.
I don’t have an excuse for me holding out on her with this information. There has been some progress but it won’t necessarily be progress if I’m not back at work. Part two in the series of thoughts regarding my former boss will be the next post in a few days. It will be about how things went wrong with me as far as the job.