Go figure.  On July 5, 2011 I get a no-explanation summons to go to The Hill.  OK.  Get there, and a couple JCO 6's greet me and say it's time to receive my LIVE (oh?) Yearly Evaluation.  Hmmmm.  As usual, ALL ratings are just "meets expectations" --- same as every time, over 6 years now.  OK, fine.  So far.

Then the kicker.  I get read a letter that I think was done TOTALLY  off the books.  And that was carried out in a TOTALLY unethical and most likely illegal manner.  And yes, I did sign it.  But here comes kicker #2...

Right below where I signed, the letter reads "signature only confirms receipt of this letter.  Your signature does not signify your agreement with this letter nor does your signature limit your ability to protest this action".  WHOO HOO!!  GAME ON!!

Just as a teaser, there's more ~~ like, the other 6 signed below ME, where it says I thought/assumed he would be signing as a witness ~~  honestly can say I did NOT read HIS part of the document ~~ he signed attesting that "I have witnessed that this letter was present to the above named employee and he/she DECLINED (capitals mine) to sign the letter.  Huh??  They SAW me do it. 

Looking over the paperwork a few days later I noticed that some dates were wrong on it, too.  AND THAT'S NOT ALL.  Ohhhh, no, not by a long shot.  When I contacted the JCO and asked it be amended to reflect the facts, you wouldn't hardly believe the horse-and-pony show make believe bullshit I was expected to swallow.  Ohh, well.  Can't expect any more around here; shoulda known that by now.

After getting home from work recently  I was looking at it again and "discovered" -- in plain sight -- another VERY suspicious anomoly.  This has led me to call the Director of the McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility, and, get the number of the TYC head of legal matters in Austin.  Haven't called her - yet - but her name is Ashley and she can be reached at 1-512-424-6278 if you're like me and have no taste for filling out grievances against people whose supervisors consistantly turn a blind eye to their behavior.  Yes, it's true.  Some thing about some people makes them Capital-S Special.  I've never ever even considered filling out a grievance on anyone here -- I'm not "that kind" of person.  If you will talk openly and honestly with me, I don't need to put out any damn paperwork on you to prove I'm right.  If all you do is open your mouth and emit HOT AIR, well, our conversations are OVER.

I can't say why I don't fit in an exalted and favored stratosphere here, myself.  For SOME reason, one would imagine... I just don't really know.  But that's not what I'm here to write about today... what's on my mind is this:

Are you ready to share my pain?  There's a staff who not once ever never a single time has arrived to work on time, and I mean IN THE DORM when the Big Hand is on the 12.  NOT ONCE, in months and months now; don't even remember.  Today my co-"worker" was 2 hours late.  I get a call at 12 minutes prior to suppoesed to being off work and am told to expect this person would be an "hour" late.  Turns out it was two.  NO surprise.

It's never a question of IF this person will be late or not -- or, maybe not even make it in at all.  EVERY SINGLE DAMN DAY.  WITHOUT EXCEPTION. ALL CAPS!!!!

We've got people who've called in  more this MONTH than I have ALL YEAR... AND get in late, leave early, do nothing, hide out, go out on FMLA multiple times AND get requested days off!!?  WTF??!  Just for the record, I've called in TWICE this whole year, and IF I should be as much as 3 minutes late entering the dorm I sincerely APOLOGIZE for my tardiness to my co-workers who are ready to go home.

Yep... meets expectations.  Or SNOT.  Snot ME.  Grrrr.  As I've mentioned before -- it's not in my realm of responsibility to ream this person out a new rear end -- after the second consecutive time.  To write him up after a 3rd or 4th instance and to get SOMEONE, ANYONE, to FIRE their lazy butt if co-workers are having to claim overtime to ensure dorm coverage because of this employee.  One CANNOT come in to work late every day -- every day --  by "accident".  Hell, if I lived in town and woke up at a quarter till, I could STILL make it at least to the GATE on time.  Sheeesh.  You can excuse exceptions, but when you do nothing about it becoming a habit it becomes accepted as the rule.  

Guess my best option is to keep in mind an old saying I first heard years ago:  "When life (or your job) deals you a shit sandwich, sometimes the best thing you can do is ask for more bread."  Allright -- BRING ON the overtime! Open another loaf!! I'll just end up owing it all back in taxes anyhow; but still, gotta be glad I got a job, right?