It could have been the smell of that ugly, slimy, but huge pricey tuna I saw on the home page of the vine that I smelled here in the Dayton, Ohio area this morning. Somethings fishy around here. I heard through another vine source that there is a hospital community in the area that sent out some of their faithful, loyal, and hard working dependable employees an e-mail stating that they wouldn't be receiving the quarterly bonuses that they've been receiving since their employment began with the hospital group.
"What?#$#%^%^ in an e-mail?" You say? Smells fishy doesn't it? Not your usual spam dinner, eh? How about some sushi?
After viewing the Today show this morning, I thought perhaps the smell might have come from the other vile circumstances that are being reported so close to home. Did anyone else hear about that poor little boy who witnessed his mother being shot, then was abducted by the murderer and dropped off at a rest area outside Columbus to fend for himself? You might say he was left out in the cold...
Or you might say that only a stranger would leave someone they knew out in the cold to fend for themselves; not someone like the employer of exemplary health care workers in the area. Those workers are still busy scratching their heads wondering if this is some cruel and unusual joke that was spread like one of those vile viruses that one catches from associating with unknown e-mail senders.
Still I'm thinking as I send my kids out the door for their first day back to school and I think about my New Year's resolution - not to have a resolution - but adopt a new theme word instead - something in the air smells fishy out there and it's cold as well. Gee Whiz? What could that be? Maybe it's a group of financial wizards in the health care world deciding that their employees are so valuable that they'll cut them out of a few thousand dollars a year, just when the bonuses were getting big and fat due to high customer service scores? They're eating the sushi while the employees left out in the cold eat the Spam, right?
What's my New Year's theme word? Why it would be, "nurture." My theme for 2009 is to include nurturing myself, my family, my friends, and my community as well as my friend, Mother Earth. Thanks for asking!
Why would I be surprised at the smell or the weather here in Dayton? It's a dying city. General Motors left here last month closing it's last factory down. We received new health care cards for a new mandatory plan that costs us money every month; although in the beginning - when employer/employee relations were friendly - you remember! - way back when companies valued their employees and the employees could trust their employers - it was promised back then that retirees would never have to pay for health care when retired. We haven't been able to find anything out about the new plan yet. We have no idea what's covered, what's not, what doctors are accepted because it changes regularly. It's a problem, sort of, for my husband who has a sinus infection. Oops! He's blessed for not having to smell that fishiness in the air today!
If it wasn't for the bailout, I'm sure we would have no health care whatsoever. My husband is on the verge of another heart attack, sick with worry, anxiety and depression over the fact that he thinks his pension will end at any given moment. What's secure these days in the business world? I don't know, but if you're in business - stay out of
Dayton, Ohio because it's cold out and something smells really fishy today. That smell seems to be lingering. Maybe that's why the Mayor of Dayton wears glasses that feature one square lens and one round. The cold and the smell of her fine city must be doing weird things to her vision.
After contemplating a bit more concerning the strange smell whether it be fishy or not, I realized that it could be the smell from the scandal that's hovering around the Obama man who withdrew already from his appointed position before he even started it. Now that's something for those health care workers to start thinking about - withdrawing from their positions! The health care industry might be one of the few businesses staying afloat in today's economy and I'm sure that since the hospitals in the Dayton area are so busy with all the stabbings, shootings and murders that transpire daily that the competition might be able to compensate in writing their terms of employment.
You know what folks? The world at large, sure makes it difficult for us down home folks here in the midwest to feel motivated about life these days. Gas prices are rising with the new year, one of the few reliable industries are docking their employees thousands of dollars a year and announcing it via e-mail or through word of mouth, and while we promise ourselves to look upwards, towards what "could be" or "should be" with a new administration coming this month in our government - with the word "nurture" on the lips... we have no choice but to .... sniff, screw up our faces in dismay and wonder who has a special on fish today.
Gee it smells fishy in the Dayton area today, Monday, January 5th in the new year - 2009. What's cookin? Tuna? No - they're saving that monster on the homepage for those higher ups who eat sushi. Maybe it is a new flavor of Spam.