Many of you know that Stephen is currently working for a large computer and electronic company. I’ve been informed I can’t use their real name in this post, so we’ll refer to it as “Banana.” We have a love-hate relationship, which is maybe how many people would describe their jobs?
I’m only writing to give this quick picture of what it is to work at “Banana” over the holidays. Stephen received an email this week to inform us that the blackout dates for asking off are November 13-January 20th. That’s right. There will be extremely limited requests off in this time period, and they gave this list of dates where, most likely, all 105 employees will be working:
November 24th, 26th-28th
December 3th-5th, 10th-12th, 17th-19th, 24th, 26th-28th
Really? They own you every weekend in December. You have the day of Thanksgiving and the day of Christmas off, but nothing else. How does anyone travel to see their families for the holidays? How do they expect you to make a career of this? It baffles me.
[Thankfully, we plan to be saying goodbye to “Banana” at the beginning of this blackout period, and moving back to Little Rock to finish up our support, enjoy family christmases, and hopefully fly out by the time those blackout dates come to a close. Of course, this is all Lord willing– we have a lot of things we’re waiting on his provision in!]