40 days left and a ton of work to do before i go. The best thing about being busy is that time flies. Hopefully, i'll get some paperwork done tomorrow to help the process a bit. I've been corresponding with the consulate in Sydney about some of my questions regarding household items. I want to make sure i didn't violate any laws regarding illegal transportation of personal effects. Like where does the law stand on shipping a 300 pound jello sculpture of Jet Jaguar? With or without cocktail fruit?
I discovered a flat tire on my car today. Well I didn't but someone that saw my car did. It's the third flat I've had this year. When I retire, I'm coming back to Khartoum to open a tire repair shop. Visions of being the "Gates" of the patch industry come to mind.
Now my time is drawing to a close, i've seen an increase in the local staff pursuing several requests. I can't blame them, since it must be hard to see someone go after a year after they've helped us get use to how things are done as soon as we arrive. One of my staff met with me today to briefly talk about a small work problem and also to bring up another job he's considering. It would require him to move to Nairobi. Looking over the job description, I knew he would be underqualified for it. But he was mostly concerned about the increase in salary. I couldn't blame him. We do provide very well for our employees, much more so than the local economy can provide. But there are others that provide more than we do. It's the same in most foreign hardship posts. I gave him my thoughts on it and expressed our desire to make sure he was happy with his job. The problem is, he been with us for so long there's no where else for him to go. With a cap on his grade and title, we can't do too much more. I offered to review his job description before I leave to include some of the changes he's had to undertake in the last year. I know when I first arrived, the previous boss had made a few promises about training and the jobs for local staff. Unfortunately, it was dropped on my desk when I took over. But I picked up the pieces and confirmed what was promised with other American staff. During the year, I've setup off site training for several of the staff, re-evaluated job descriptions and even went through an interview process to hire more staff. Not something I had been directly assigned to do, but fortunately my previous experience in the private sector was put to use. It's never ending, I don't mind doing it but I hate when others promise something and never follow through.