Friday, June 16, 2017

Max Q - Self Titled - 1989


When this album came out, I had no idea it was Michael Hutchence.  I purchased it, anyway, because it looked cool and I was experimenting in my purchases.  This is how we discovered new music before the internet.  But, Michael's voice is unmistakable, and I knew what I had before I even read the CD liners. 

blah, de blea dee blo blo blo.... whatever.

I got a new job this week.  I have been looking for nearly two months, now, and been through 4 interviews.  I had decided to look, as my wife STILL hasn't started working, yet.  Money is EXTREMELY slim.  Fortunately, we have relatives who are generous and supportive, and have helped us make it through.  But, we can't rely on them forever.  That's not fair to them.

So, I got a new job.  It is with a much bigger company with 20 branches across the United States.  I will still be working here, smack dab in the middle of the US, but my territory will cover 2 states.  I will be on the road constantly, all the time.  They are giving me a company car, they are going to pay for my gas, food, and hotels.  I will be making nearly 25% more than what I'm making now.  It won't make up completely for my wife being out of work, but it will help, especially when she finally does start working again.  I will feel much more independent in my new position.  I will be out and about constantly, and won't be strapped to a desk.  I will feel like I'm actually accomplishing something, now.

But, there's always a catch.  I will literally be gone 3 to 4 nights a week.  I could potentially leave Monday morning for work, and not come home until Friday night.  My family dynamics are going to change so dramatically, I don't know how it's going to work out yet.  One way or another, we will make it work, I'm sure.  We can facetime, now, so I'll get on the phone with them every night.  But, there's something about actually being there for the boys and my wife. We will see.

The other catch is that I will have less time to do things I like to do, like, well, THIS.  With a 9 to 5 it's so easy to come home and work on this for an hour or two.  But, on the road I won't have access to my computer. And on the weekends when I'm at home, the last thing my wife and I will want is for me to be sitting on the computer for hours playing catch up on the blog while my little boy stands in the front yard with his ball and mitt waiting for Dad to come out and play....  That scenario isn't going to happen.

SO, just as I come back, I'm already shifting my scheduling on this.  What it will be, I have no idea.  I may have NO schedule, just where and when I have time.  Who knows.  For now, it will stay the same.

Right now, though, I haven't yet told my boss at my current job that I'm turning in my two weeks.  I don't know how he'll react.  He may be happy for me, he may let me stay my full two weeks.  Or, he may get fucking pissed and tell me to leave right there.  I can't read the guy, and I'm usually pretty good at reading people.  So, that scares me a little.  Inside, I want to walk in and tell him to go fuck himself three ways from Sunday, twice.  Then piss all over his desk and walk out.  The rational mind tells me to stay positive and let him know that a great opportunity has presented itself and thank you for the training and experience he gave me.  The child in me is frightened and afraid I might burst into tears.  So, I'm a bundle of emotions about ALL of this right now.  It's really hard just to keep my head straight....

I think I'll go watch Suicide Squad blow up some bad guys.....


  1. I first bought this album on K7 when it was released and never understand why it was soooooo underated !!! I must have ALL the songs released by the band, b-sides, remixes... Still a f*****g album to this day !

  2. Good luck with the new job, hope it all pans out ok!

  3. Good luck! I'm glad everything is finally working out, at least partially. I had a long stretch of rough years myself, so I sympathize. Also, anything involving Michael H. is awesome. I remember beating the original Legend Of Zelda on NES while listening to "Kick" on tape. I'm not sure a more 80s sentence exists.

  4. I really love this album. I had it on vinyl back in the 80s, and I listened to it at least as much as I did my INXS albums! But as another person has already said, anything involving Michael Hutchence is amazing. He was such an incredible singer and performer. Still hard to believe he's been gone for nearly 20 years now. But at least we have the terrific body of work he left behind to enjoy, and this is one of the best albums he ever did.

    Happy to hear that you've found a new job! Being away from home isn't always going to be great, but I think it will make you appreciate your family time even more. And the raise in salary, as well as being more independent, sounds great for you! I hope it works out well!

  5. Free at last. I'm sure your future ex-boss is learning right now about your plans. But I sense that you needed this change. In spite we are strangers, I'm happy for you. Really.
    Speaking of Max-Q, I bought the MC (cassette) in the moment it appeared. In the sleeve (Argentine edition) there was a sticker that said "Canta Michael Hutchence!!", so the surprise was spoiled from the start.
    Hugs KC,


  6. Best of luck with the new job!!!

  7. Best of luck with new job, sir!

    Fantastic blog, may I add.

    I was wondering if a Gay Dad entry was planned..?? ;)


    1. Not a huge fan, but I'll look into this one. I know they had a plethora of singles....

  8. Good luck with the new job!!!