I haven't been here much, and not sure how much I can actually get here but I do know it will be a bit more than I have been here over the summer.
What a year, I can't believe its almost October, and I still have about a month and a half left of Fall Ball to go before my season at work officially ends. And yet I can't tell you how many times I about walked off the job this year.....It has been an emotional wild ride, and its not because I hate my job, its because I can't stand some of my co-workers. The ones you can never please no matter how hard you try type people. The ones that find fault with every thing you do, but think they are perfect and can do no wrong. The ones who are lazy and do as little work as possible to get the paycheck.
And to give a perfect example of this would be a tournament we had this past weekend, where a coworker, KNEW we were down a photographer, and that there were four games going on at once, 3 championships and a loser bracket final. The photographer on the main field saw a coach go into the trailer and hten headed back out. The person in the trailer left walked around to all the fields, went back into the trailer and never made an attempt to go shoot the field that was not covered. In other words this person didn't feel like being bothered to do the job that they were supposed to do.
Another example is during the world series we had a photographer cover a night game, didn't know how to change the settings on his camers, and all his photos came out red, now we can correct it in photo shop but we do not have time to do the processing before they go up on the server, yet nothing was done. Parents complained, but my boss did nothing.
I was taken off world series for messing up some flash photography head shots (and I know flash photo candids are not my strong point), but what upset me is my action shots are not bad, and parents do love my shots, even when they are not technically perfect. I've had more than one parent tell me that even though some of them are imperfect they have captured a moment that will last a life time. I had a parent tell me, I was able to get a shot this past weekend that he has been trying to get for some time, but he doesn't have the camera that can shoot 11 frames per second. I got his some and his arm in perfect form that made the skin like it was going to fall off, which happens when they torque their arms....yet I still take to many photos. I made a parents night when she realized that I did get her son batting, he was a substitute extra hitter in the championship game, and she didn't think I got him, she was very happy I got her son doing everything.... I've had 2 teams tell me that they are going to request me to shoot their games from now on.
We had weather coming in Saturday, and I was worried about games getting called if they got past the fourth inning, so I left a field early went to the second field and then went back to the first field....the look I got from a co worker in the office was a look that could kill, but the manager understood......all these little things just irritate the heck out of me......and many times have left me the thought of quitting. But bigger than that is the hours I work vs what I get paid for. I get paid by hte game, and most of the time games run on time or are only slightly over. But when we do fall ball, and early spring kids who move up to the 13u field from 12u its a big adjustment, and I end up working longer hours. The first weekend of fall ball I worked 28 hours, I got paid for 22. And all the extra was games htat went well over 2 hours.
The coaches, kids, and umpires have kept me going, and if it weren't for the umpires during the world series I probably would have walked off the job. They knew I was upset, and they were my sounding board, they helped me keep perspective and they helped me put things into place and stay focused.
The other things that have bothered me is politics, and the amount of people that can't really stand what I think and believe. I don't really feel like I belong with the GOP, and I can't even remotely associate with the Democrat party..... But I do consider myself a conservative. I just wish there was a party I could belong to that I feel more aligned with.
As the election not only on the national stage heats up, we are looking at a battle in Maryland, and how things are looking for conservatives. Taxes are outrageous and yes its true we have a rain tax.......things don't look good and if things don't turn around there will be a mass exodus, that is if martial law isn't put into place first, leaving the state.
I've had some ups, but a lot of downs this year.
The continuing battle for benefits, SSI, for my daughter who is now an adult, and how I get harassed by social security four times a year, just when I get done in July./August, they start all over again Mid Sept.
I guess I've rambled enough.
I will be h ere when I can be, but I can't promise how much that will be
Until next time