Last night, Karl was supposedly “on the verge of an anxiety attack”, over the fact that he has failed to simply “walk into” the various jobs which he had been “assured” would be trivial to acquire.
Both county jobs are off the table: Lancaster evidently hired someone else, and York has simply failed to respond at all.
Another (unnamed) place evidently shot him down by simply stating “we’re not hiring”, and hanging up on him.
Quite honestly, the most likely explanation is the fact that he has become rather infamous – both for being a petulant little shit, and for the fact that he tends to be fired from most of his jobs.
As of this writing (November 2017) the pattern is clear:
1. He (somehow) manages to lie his way into a job (either by strategically “failing to mention” the other employers who fired him, or by managing to appear at least semi-human during the interview process – or both).
2. Initially, he appears at least semi-competent and likable – until his co-workers/employers discover that he tends to be slow, recalcitrant, and bellicose when he believes that the task they’ve assigned him is “beheath” his dignity, and/or the project itself is being done “incorrectly”.
See, Karl fancies himself to esentially be the reincarnation of Nikola Tesla. As such, he is always and impeccably correct – regardless of what the customer (or the bosses) want done.
If their instructions strike him as the “wrong” way of doing something, he’ll simply do it his way (whether that’s what the customers/bosses wanted, or not). Likewise, if he finds the alloted time-frame too “stressfull” – he’ll “get around to it”, when he damned well pleases.
In other words, Karl is either unable (or more likely, unwilling), to comprehend the fact that his employers have hired him to perform specific task(s), in a specific manner, over an equally-specific time-period. Being terminated for repeated failure to do any (or all) of the above is NOT any sort of “evidence” that “the Cosmos” is persecuting him.
At any rate, he is now back at the point in his standard pattern where his usual facade of arrogance slips, and his (vanishingly-few) “friends” get a glimps of his authentic personality (a whiny, self-pitying neurotic who blames anyone-and-everyone else (up to and including “the Cosmos” itself) for his unbroken, decades-long span of failures, but who is simply too stupid to be able to refrain from making exactly the same mistakes, yet again.
His latest “plan” is substantively identical to a “plan” he devised during his last cycle of self-pity/panic:
1. Dump (yet more) of his poorly-sorted junk into the existing storage-units (snsuring that they are crammed even more tightly – yet haphazardly – with detritus).
2. Relocate to Arizona (despite having no funds, no prospects, a mountain of unpaid medical bills, and a ‘credit history” which is irremediably fucked).
3. “Walk into” any of the myriads of tech-jobs which will just magically fall into his lap.
4. Become “successful” enough to rent/buy a “big enough house” to contain all of the hoarded E-waste.
5. Somehow bullshit his employer into allowing him to return to PA for however long it takes to sort/load up the E-waste.
6. Transport the E-waste hoard to Arizona.
7. Cram the E-waste hoard into his house.
At this point, I’m bored.
I don’t give a shit either way.
Either he manages to (somehow) weasel his way into another job (from which he will inevitably end up being fired), and then manages to stumble through his sad parody of a “lifestyle” for another few years – or he ends up being evicted from his trailer, and having to crash on somebody’s couch.
He has straight-out told me that – if faced with the choice – he will chose non-payment of rent (and resultant eviction) over the “loss” of the E-waste hoard, primarily because if he gave up on the hoard, he would have “nothing to show” for a “lifetime” of “collecting”.
The whole pattern has become completely predictable, and – worse – boring to me.
He is either too stupid – or too arrogant – to ever learn from his mistakes.
As a result, his pattern of (self-inflicted) failure will either continue as-is, or worsen.
Either way, I’m done trying to help him, or give him advice.