Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Gone Fishin'

Lately, I have not been able to devote enough time to these daily ramblings as I would like to. Between work and family concerns I have had little time left to prepare coherent posts.

As many of you know, for most of last year I was working mandatory overtime at the industrial wasteland where I make a living and was denied the much needed vacation that I had planned. For the past two months I have had it easy, only working a standard 40 hour work week. I tried to leave my bitterness with the job behind. That came to an end last week with my assignment to a large project and the return of mandatory overtime. I was forewarned that an even bigger project was on the horizon.

This annual exploitation has taken a toll. After a 10-12 hour day at the plant I have little energy for much else. With the return of mandatory overtime and the thought of another year of missed time with my family, my only option is to pursue other employment opportunities.

As much as I enjoy these daily posts and the conversations that ensue, these daily posts are an additional item on my already full plate. I will be taking a little time to take stock of my options and to just relax a bit. Until the dust settles I will only be posting as time and inspiration allow.

Henry Thomas - Fishin' Blues.mp3


Blogger Paul said...


I completely understand, as I'm facing some of the same questions myself. This fine blog obviously takes a lot of time to produce. Good luck settling the dust. We'll be here when you get the inspiration to post again.


February 10, 2008 11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best of luck my friend. i have enjoyed your offerings and appreciate the time. best wishes,
- Phil

February 10, 2008 11:48 PM  
Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

North America needs every drop of fuel you can help make available Ed. My Cadillac is getting less and less miles per dollar. Perhaps your boss could build a suite for you and your family to hole up in? Maybe even just another blue Thomas you could keep in the parking lot? Then you could work 16 hour days and you would not need weekends off. Take it easy.

February 10, 2008 11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Bus is in the "visit daily" section of my blog bookmarks, so I hope you will ultimately be able to get back to your old posting schedule. But more than that, I hope you can resolve matters in the manner that is best for you and yours. Good luck.

February 10, 2008 11:55 PM  
Anonymous Richard said...

Ed, I sincerely wish you were close enough to retirement to be able to tell 'em to go pound sand in their collective asses - since you're not, please accept my (and our) understanding of your situation ... I think we've all been in something similar in our own lives, and I know I've personally had to make the decision as to what to do after my employer decided to outsource my job to India ... and that was after Hurricane Katrina ... I love a goddamned company with a 'social conscience' ... Good luck with whatever your decision may ultimately be ... we're all behind you, and take care of first things first - we'll be here when you're ready to return ... It's WAY more important to deal with the issues close to home and family first ... Good luck, my friend ...

February 11, 2008 12:28 AM  
Blogger kjk said...

ed, let me echo the other comments and say that your first priority should obviously to your family and yourself. i will be here to read and listen whenever you have time to post. i have learned a ton from you already over the years and consider anything else you have to offer to be dessert.

February 11, 2008 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you do seek other employment, remember the kindnesses offered by your current employer, how they took care of you, how they worked with you to fulfill your needs as well as theirs, and repay them by giving a proper and considerate notice. I believe a 'heartbeat' would be sufficient.

Like the others said, take care of you and yours before worrying about us, we'll still be here.

February 11, 2008 6:29 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Good luck with all this, Ed. I don't need to tell you that I'll miss more frequent postings, but first things first. Do what you need to do and get back to us as and when you can.

February 12, 2008 11:26 AM  
Blogger Jim H. said...


Although I and many others thoroughly enjoy your gem of a music blog, we do understand that it's a labor of love and other labors -- like finding a more suitable way to earn a living -- are more important.

Here's hoping for a quick resolution and a return to inspiration.

Jim Haas

February 12, 2008 2:58 PM  
Anonymous black dog said...

It's tough being competent. So much you ask yourself why your title hasn't passed from chalk on the blackboard to neon letters flashing across Times Square. And yet anonimus looks good when on overload.

I had a feeling the bus was out of gas. I know you're not out of tunes. The sun will come up and guess what, some things will be just like you left them.

In the meantime remember chocolate is volatile energy and may not get you to Mongolia but who cares...they got the money and you got us ? Inspiration and the time for posting is a perfectly sound tactic. Take your time. The thesaurus is an on going adventure here on the OBBus and a small mesure of superfluous will mark up the value.
It's the good disposition that goes fishing by the fly...and the Rolling Stones are taking the Berlin Festival by storm. Shine a light, shine a light shine a light.

a bientot.
all thoughts fly... k.

February 12, 2008 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best wishes. Thanks for the wonderful writing and tunes. I hope the job situation improves soon.

-- andy --
-- san rafael, ca --

February 13, 2008 1:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be kind to yourself Ed, your family needs you. Work will always be there, unfortunately.

Your health and family come first.

As for the blog, as others have said, it will be there when you get back, and so will we.

All the best,
Jack (Melbourne)

February 13, 2008 3:42 AM  
Blogger Minerva said...

You have a wonderful time Ed .. and I will reconnect to your site when you return .. my love to you and your family .. lynne (Yamba, NSW)

February 13, 2008 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed buddy all I can say is thanks, after being one of the original bus riders
The music is still great and it will be again when we all get to climb on for another ride


February 14, 2008 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

Like many other riders, I've brought along my sleeping bag. I'll roll it out, and curl up for awhile. Your self and your family are a helluva lot more important than this blog. But, I know that those of us who ride on the Bus are not unimportant to you. You'll be back to regular classes on the school bus quite soon. Until then, we'll nestle in our sleeping bags. In the daytime, we'll be busy polishing our apples.

February 14, 2008 6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

02 14 08

Hey Ed,

Happy Valentine’s Day. You and your music will be missed. I’m now listening to Paxton’s ‘Times A-Gettin Hard, Boys’ from you a couple of days ago. Kinda prophetic.

In my book, music is the greatest gift. When I’m dying, don’t want no doctor; just bring a guy with a banjo or guitar or even some wax paper folded over a comb.

Do what you gotta do. Life is short. A working stiff is just a piece of machinery to the boss. Too bad working people’s organizations seem to be going down the tubes. If this was the '60s, or earlier, you’d have some leverage. But if they can’t replace you easily, you may have some leverage anyway. Good luck.

And thanks for the sounds. Can’t ever take away what you’ve given us.

John aka Jean

February 14, 2008 7:48 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Hi Ed,

If anyone can swing an optimistic bat at some of life's curveballs, it's you. Stay stong, don't let the bastards win, and see you soon.

February 16, 2008 7:11 PM  

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