I usually don’t like to leave a job ‘half’ done so I’ve managed to pick up a few extra hours this week just in the process of finishing up something that I had already started. The city does not approve us for overtime except under special circumstances, so most of the guys that are on a full time schedule ‘have’ to leave on time. Since my boss just took the job there (and I followed him over) he already had a full staff to work with and thus I was only able to get about 32 hours a week. This means I have 8 extra hours before hitting overtime, so I tend to be a ‘fall back’ on stuff that still needs doing at quitting time as well as not drawing too much attention for working over at whatever I was already doing.
So today was no exception. The piece of equipment I am normally using mid-week had a problem with a bearing burning out on a rider wheel for the hydraulic pump. While it’s down, I have been cleaning out irrigation lines. (essentially giving a golf course an enema!) It’s wet, it’s stinky, but for some reason I’m really enjoying doing it anyway. Again, today was no exception.
Upon finishing a flush of a rather complex series of drains, I packed up the hoses and quick-connectors and wasn’t surprised to find that everyone else had gone home already when I got back to the maintenance barn. I put everything away, locked up and went out to the car only to discover a huge starburst crack pattern on my truck’s windshield. Someone had apparently hit a ball over the fence and found my truck!
So I drove down toward the clubhouse and just as I was turning in to the parking lot, the front left wheel of the truck rebounded off a pothole breaking the ball joint! I managed to limp into a parking spot and went inside to tend to the now growing list of problems.
Apparently the course has no sympathy (at least when it comes to customers) for golf balls going into car windshields. I don’t know how this will apply to employees, (I have a little less choice about parking my vehicle there) so it remains to be seen if they have any kind of insurance to help me cover this new cost of working there. (mind you, last month’s payroll fun already cost me over $300)
Of course, my birthday was last week and with birthdays comes the renewal of vehicle registrations. For ease of remembering, I also do my insurance at the same time. As I renewed my policy this year, I asked the agent specifically to give me whatever the minimum coverage was that would still provide windshield replacement coverage and towing. Upon calling the insurance agent, the policy he wrote for me provides neither windshield cover or towing. Go figure!
So, I’m out the cost of a windshield and out the cost of a tow downtown to get the ball joint repaired which will also, no doubt, cost me a pretty penny to fix. (I should also point out, this is the same ball joint I have had to have replaced twice before. Good ole American workmanship!)
I left a message for the boss but still haven’t heard back from him. I don’t know if I should try to take the bus tomorrow expecting to work a later shift for the day and have no idea how soon they will be able to get the suspension fixed. Without a vehicle I can’t work this weekend so that’s more hours I will miss, more money lost. *sigh*
About the only saving grace is that the ball joint decided to pop out when I was already coming to a stop near a parking lot (which would not have been the case unless the windshield was hit by the golf ball) instead of going out at 70 mph on southbound US 23!