The Oil Change Guy Wants My Job.

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This Guy Has His Eye on my Job.  And He Could Do It.I got the oil changed in my truck this morning.

Yes, as a real man I know my way around the dealership.

This is what a manly man does. He drives his vehicle across town and waits patiently in the lobby as someone fixes his truck. And just to prove that I can multi-task, I watched the Today Show as the project was being completed.

Who says all of the good ones are gone, ladies?

Something struck me as I waited. I overheard a couple of employees talking about their upcoming vacations.

At first I was a little confused as I wondered how long they were shutting down the car lot.

I felt badly because I assumed they had to close because of the economy.

Were they closing for a week? Two weeks? A month? Forever?

That wasn’t it at all.

They were simply talking about being off for the next day and a half. That’s their vacation.

And they were excited. Really excited.

They get off today, Christmas Eve, at noon. And they don’t have to return to work until 7:30 am on December 26.

A whole day and a half. Did I mention they are thrilled?

It reminded me that my dad used to be the same way. When you work 6 days a week all year long, a short vacation is valued and appreciated.

And here I am just beginning two entire weeks off, in the middle of the school year, with days that don’t even count against my regular vacation days.

Did I mention we just got back from Thanksgiving Break?

As an added bonus, we were off 3 days in a row for snow last week. Plus, on most days I am off work at 4 o’clock.

How excited would the guy who changes my oil be if he had my schedule?

And more importantly, I question my own appreciation of my schedule and career.

As an educator, I sometimes think we spend too much time wallowing in our own self pity about how hard we work, how little we get paid, and how parents don’t respect us.

Working in a school is far from perfect, but on the other hand I don’t come across a lot of people who are in a hurry to change careers.

I am 100% sure that I wouldn’t switch jobs with the guys at the dealership (mainly because I am incapable), but I am fairly certain they would like to have my job.

If they are this excited about a day and a half off, how excited would they be with my schedule?

So on this Christmas Eve please take a moment to be thankful that as educators, you have the ENTIRE day off (plus at least another week) to spend with your families.

On second thought I am counting the days until I can get back on my much needed regular schedule.

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13 Responses to “The Oil Change Guy Wants My Job.”

  1. Bob Cotter
    on Dec 24th, 2008
    @ 5:19 pm

    Bravo. A little humour and a little dose of reality. As a former teacher and principal I know of the benefits. I’m not sure what your pension plan is like, but I’ll bet it beats the heck out of the one the guys from the shop have.

    Now, in my role as Technology Manager, I don’t get the same level of break, but, I can take them at different times of the year – like in February when my former teaching and admin colleagues are struck by the long haul to Spring Break.

    I get a bit irked with husband and wife teaching teams who complain that they have to pay a higher fee to travel to Mexico or Hawaii during Christmas and Spring Break.

    Cheers… Bob

  2. Nedra
    on Dec 24th, 2008
    @ 6:21 pm

    I agree teachers do spend way too much time wallowing in self pity. One of the reasons I frequently avoid the Teacher’s Lounge and tend to hide out in my lab. We have much to be grateful for and our schedule is just one small part.

  3. Pat
    on Dec 25th, 2008
    @ 4:02 am

    You hit the nail on the head! We make the choice to go into education and I’m so tired of hearing people whine about it. I love teaching and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Sure, there are some negatives but that is true about any job on any given day. Thank you for the reminder that we need to appreciate what we have, what we have chosen and to act like it too.

  4. Charlie A. Roy
    on Dec 25th, 2008
    @ 6:18 am

    Great post! I’m going to try to remember this the next time I feel like complaining. Now off to spend the next ten days, uninterrupted by work, with my family.

  5. Shannon
    on Dec 27th, 2008
    @ 10:30 am

    Here, here! I tell my faculty stories like that all the time. May I copy your post? I’d love to put it on my blog… I send out links to ones that I WANT them to read, but who knows if they really open them????

  6. UltimateTeacher
    on Dec 28th, 2008
    @ 10:08 am

    Very true. However I would even go a step further and argue that teachers should practice a schedule that doctors have. Work an extra hour earlier and later monday through thursday so that we could all get friday off. I often find that there are too many appointments and meetings that I need to schedule on saturdays, because that is the only day that is open. Hmmmm Yet I do agree that teachers do have a pretty good schedule regardless. Keep up the good posts.

  7. Rick Henry
    on Dec 30th, 2008
    @ 9:14 am

    *I agree!* As a high school principal I do feel fortunate that we have days off to enjoy our families. Although I am at the office now (during Christmas break) I am here because I want to be not because I have to.

  8. Colin Becker
    on Jan 18th, 2009
    @ 1:39 pm

    Yes, I think teachers can whinge too much about how hard they have it. But, a short whinge is often a good way to relieve stress.
    I am a little concerned that your post suggests that teachers have too many holidays. Okay, I’ve just had 6 weeks off over the end of year break, but there has hardly been a day gone by that I haven’t put in a few hours of work that is related to my profession. Yes, I’ve still had time to be with my family and do other things, and it is more than 1.5 days that the oil change guys got, but I haven’t had 6 weeks holiday. That was my choice and I know that there are lots of teachers out there who probably did have 6 weeks of holidays.
    But, for our profession to be valued and respected we need to encourage teachers to keep developing professionally and we need to show the community that teachers don’t just get 10 weeks holiday every year.

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