March 1988

insteadimarriedlouWork’s good. I’m a manager now of the help desk in computer operations. Playtex has gone through so many cutbacks and reorganizations that it’s amazing I’m still there. I got a nice raise with my promotion. Most of the increase came because one of the people who would be working for me had been there a long time and made a lot more money than I did. So they bumped my pay to be more than his. We’ve taken on a lot more responsibility in our group, since they laid off other people. I like our little group though, and we work well as a team. Every day, we post messages to all the computers in the company about system issues and other technical support information. One day, I didn’t have anything to report, so instead, I put up a quote that said, “Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.” Ever since, I’ve posted a new “Thought for the Day” as the first item on the list of bulletins. If we don’t update it first thing in the morning, people start calling asking for it. It is fun to look for new quotes to put up, and it’s nice knowing that people look forward to it.

I decided that I want to go to graduate school for my MBA. I took the GMAT and did well, and applied to Wharton at University of Pennsylvania. I haven’t applied anywhere else. I think this is the best school, and it’s local, so it is among the few options available for me. I have honors level grades from my undergraduate years, good experience, and good recommendations, so hopefully I’ll get in. I think my essay was pretty good also. It focused on what we’ve been able to achieve in our lives, starting from basically nothing. My personal essay opened with, “My mother always thought I’d marry rich. Instead, I married Lou.”

We have come a long way. He’s now working for one of his old consulting clients up in Amish country as Operations Manager. Coopers & Lybrand wasn’t thrilled when he created a job for himself with the client, but I think it was a win-win-win all around for everyone. He was getting frustrated at Coopers anyway, and he would probably have left soon for somewhere. Now he has all the manufacturing and distribution organization working under him, and he reports to the owner of the company, who is a Mennonite. They say a prayer even before meetings. That’s quite a change. I’m glad he’s not consulting and traveling to hotels anymore. There are just horses and buggies and plain clothed religious people where he works now. So there shouldn’t be any more of those work related sexual issues.

Things were getting a little too freaky while he was consulting. We kept getting hang up phone calls at night. One time, Lou decided to do the star 69 thing on the phone to return the last call. When the person answered, Lou asked, “Who is this?” The guy on the other end said, “Who the fuck are you?” and he hung up. Then the guy called us back again, and said, “I know who you are and where you live, mother fucker. I’m gonna cut out your heart and suck your blood.”  Lou called the police, and through the phone company they identified who it was and the police filed “terroristic threatening” charges on some guy Lou never heard of in Wilmington. The police told Lou that the guy claimed a neighbor of ours had him calling to bother Lou because of some issue with work. Lou thinks that it’s related to the hospital engagement where someone who happens to live in our neighborhood lost his job because of the project Lou was on. It’s all too weird. Lou’s upset because nothing is really happening with the case. The police don’t seem to be following up with it. They ask if there have been any more phone calls or contact, and there hasn’t, so that seems to be it as far as they are concerned. I hope that’s it.

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