Arizona RefugeeI took a temporary contract in San Antonio and loved it, so I looked for a permanent job in Texas. BIG MISTAKE. I ended up in the first of several "Texas temp jobs". It was supposed to be permanent, but the second week on the job, I found out my work was being outsourced to Russia. My employers used that as a threat any time they thought I wasn't working fast enough, even though they claimed that the Russian team wasn't up to speed yet. Apparently it was by the end of 2008, so I was laid off the beginning of 2009.
I got a temporary contract 4 months later, along with another coworker. It only lasted 2 months before he and I and a couple others were laid off. The team was mostly from India, so I suspect we were hired to "Americanize" the team, maybe so our employer could get stimulus money.
I had to take another job recently that also appears to be a "Texas temp job". I was asked to start in 2 weeks but show up a week early for a "physical" that consisted of a urine test, then started a week late. I was also told I had to wait until I had time off -- about 6 months -- before I could move my belongings.
Outside of San Antonio, I find Texans EXTREMELY narcissistic. They think they are the center of the universe, whether they're driving or shopping. The other day, in less than half a mile, I had to hit my brakes 4 times in a row to keep from hitting drivers who made left turns directly in front of me. They meander around the road the same way they wander around on foot, like this is their private planet, and very often refuse to go when it's their turn at stop signs or green lights, just out of pure spite.
Add to that the libertarian refusal to zone or tax, so Texas is full of unmaintained roads and utilities, and many small towns use speed traps to raise revenue, placing movable speed limit signs in between the stationary ones, apparently hoping drivers will miss them.
deserthackberry 46-50 5 Responses 2 May 12, 2012