I stopped to think and forgot to start again (bill_schubert) wrote,
I stopped to think and forgot to start again
bill_schubert

Cold morning and I'm fine with not riding

I've become a wimp.  It is around 40 and I never thought about riding.  Even a few months ago I would have bundled up and gone out.  But the combination of cold and high cedar pollen have sapped my will to get out there.  Some of it is that I know in a week or two it will be warm EVERY morning and I'll get back to 60-80 miles a week in short sleeves.  And some of it is that this year, for the first time, my immunity to the local crap in the air has failed and I am now an allergy suffering resident of Central Texas.  There are only two types of people who live here.  Those that have allergies and those that have not lived here long enough for their immunity to fail.  This part of Texas wants us gone and will make us suffer to stay here.  I've lived all over the world and never seen anything like this.  More infuriating is that it now has claimed me as if I'm a Texan, something I've strenuously resisted for the 11 years I've lived here.

Meanwhile, our first interviewee will be here this afternoon.  He has hardly any computer experience but that is not necessarily disqualifying.  The only person who actually read the advertisement well enough to add the word Orange to his application ended up picking up another job so we never even met him.  We've culled the 30 or so applications to eight and have invited four to visit us. The first has the advantage of joining us for our weekly wings and beer ending to the week, a tradition I started a couple of  months ago when I acquired an air fryer.  Before that we just had beer, how boring.

Interviewing can be a miserable process for both sides.  I'm not good at it and tend to take what comes through the door.  I've got my exec helping this time, going through the applications and applying some scrutiny beyond what I typically do.  So this one might be different.  Picking up a third person, the right third person, would change all of our lives.  We're pretty overwhelmed right not and I've put off hiring as long as I can to build up some cash.  It has mostly succeeded but we are all too tired and we're not getting the small things done which, in our profession, can be a disaster for the businesses who depend on us.  The payoff for getting the right person in the bottom rung of the company is really a big one. It would enable me to back out of helping with the shop, maybe make me do more on the business side (marketing, blogs, etc) and give me a random day off every now and then to get some more time in on my bike.
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