Saturday, September 25, 2010

Response to comments, and where I work

Thanks for all your nice comments yesterday.  Moaning about working and commuting so long yesterday and it's effect on Katie was very therapeutic.  I think I don't have enough to complain about!  : )   

In response:

1.  Yes, potty trained dogs really do hate to have accidents.  And I'm always afraid once she does, it will be easier the next time.

2.  I do have potty pads, but forgot about them.  Thanks, I'll put one out for Katie and keep it there, Just In Case. 

3.  Hulu - yes, I have that on my computer, too, as a Favorite, but for some reason I never use it.  It does have more to choose from than I'll have to pull it up today and see which shows are there.  I'd love to see Dr. Phil and Oprah's past shows, if anyone knows of a website that has them.

4.  I had a question about where I work - that would allow me to bring Katie in. It's a small office, working for a general contractor who has businesses in northern and southern California. He is very entrepreneurial.

We do not have customers coming into our office, and there are only three full time office staff here in San Diego (the corporate office) and the boss, who is gone a lot.  The rest of the employees are in the field.

He also owns a body/repair shop where he takes care of our fleet of trucks and works on custom cars which he buys in ragged condition and brings back to like-new appearance and working order, and then sells.  I think that's his favorite business, his baby.  He does a lot of the hands-on work there, orders all the parts, I think he still paints them, too, in the paint booth.  He drives them for a while, then sells them.  

We owned a restaurant for a few years that was voted the Best in San Diego in it's class, that was just sold.  I think he owns four businesses now, but I expect something new will appear when he's finished working on our new office/shop.    

We don't bring pets to work, but I have in the past when work was being done in my condo and I couldn't leave Katie there.  Another employee occasionally brings in her daughter if she's in a bind.  He's the kind of boss who doesn't care what we do all day, as long as the work gets done. We have an office manager, who watches TV all day while she works and takes care of all her personal business, the bookkeeper works from 8:00 to 2:30, with an hour lunch.  Then there's me.  I work four days a week from 7:00 to 3:30.  I am his personal assistant and handle some personal business as well as whatever else he needs me to do for his businesses -  marketing, correspondence, collections, advertising, research, etc.  Sometimes I'm swamped, and sometimes I'm not, depending on what's going on. We all have different jobs and different hours, and we back each other up when needed. 

The IT guy, accountant, attorneys, and others are not on the payroll, but are called as-needed.  It's a pretty sweet operation.

My boss is very good at what he does and is a bit of a perfectionist.  He's easy to work for as long as we do our jobs well.  He provides full medical, dental, vision, and chiropractic benefits, vacations and holidays, an ongoing stash of treats for the office staff (whatever we want) and daily coffee, and the best work environment he can provide.  He has almost no turnover in the office, as you can imagine.    

So, that's where I am four days a week, and will stay until I finish building my castle, and retire.

(No photos today. The only thing mentioned that I could get a photo of is a potty pad.  No photo is better than a photo of a potty pad.)  

It's Saturday!!!  From me and Katie, have a wonderful day, everyone!  : )


  1. Lucky you! Now I understand how you could take Katie to work with you in a pinch. Sounds like a great guy to work for. :)

  2. Katie is one lucky dog to have an owner so concerned with her needs. Bravo.

  3. You have it made. I think I would have to think long and hard before retiring from that job. What a boss!! Good for you...

  4. Hi!
    I used to take my dog to work with me, at two jobs. One was a small office, and she stayed in her bed under my desk. Then we would go walking at lunch time.
    The other job I was working in a private home, and there again, she stayed in her bed in a corner. There was no way I was going to leave her alone at home, as I worked long hours.
    You want dog comes too!
    Thank you for reading my blog.
    Happy Trails, Penny, TX

  5. good points and the details are more precise than elsewhere, thanks.

    - Murk


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