The good news is: Alan was salesman of the month for April! Yay him! That means he sold the most RV’s for the month. And he was only selling for three weeks!
The bad news is: That corresponded to very little commission. It’s not how many you sell, it’s how much profit there is in each unit. He made some really good deals for some customers… but, the better the deal for them, the worse it is for him, which kind of sucks. His paycheck for this month? Less than half what he was making in his old job… and we were barely making ends meet then. So…how??? I dunno.
& the ugly news is: Finding out your bosses are sort of the weaselly type of characters you always suspected ‘car salesmen’ to be. Alan has integrity. It’s part of who he is. This makes being a salesman hard. Because to be a "good" salesman, you sort of have to talk people into stuff they don’t want, or can’t afford…or twist the truth abit. Like, the new finance guy told him "hey, units a., b. and c. are on sale." Alan – Oh, good, for what price? "Well, just tell your customer it’s $3000 higher than the sticker, then offer it to them at the sticker". What??!! Alan will so not do that! Because he is honest. Because we hate when salesmen try that slimy stuff on us. We both sort of had a feeling it would be this way… because that’s how the business is…they are in it to make money. End of story. I guess he hoped it would be different with this place, somehow.
Here is how Alan is looking at the whole deal: "God has a plan. For whatever reason, this is the only job I could find. For whatever time period God wants me here, I will do my best – while being honest and holding to the Lord’s standards of how I should treat people. I will not lie, I will not be a weasel. If the Lord wants me to make a living at this, He will sent the right customers my way. If this is not the job for me, God will send me another opportunity."
He has such a great attitude toward this! He is just totally resting in the Lord. The same cannot be said about me! I am pretty much FREAKING out about how we are ever going to pay our bills without coming out the other side in serious debt, which we just took ages to get out of. You know me; I’m a bit negative – sure, I totally believe God is in control. I believe He will do what is best for me – for my "character"….not necessarily what I think is best. I mean, God has always been in charge… uhm, my marriage fell apart once, we’ve been in bankruptcy once, had more than one car repossessed over the years…. I mean, sure, it was usually because of bad choices on the part of at least one of us if not both…but, well, how do I know what God has planned?? Is it to provide well, or is it to let us show others how to react well when you lose everything?? Lol, okay, I’m not that messed up – yet – but, well, my mind runs there sometimes. I’m trying, honest.
On the lighter side:
Kiki and I were waiting for our turn at a place today, and we were having a discussion. She was just arguing with me to argue with me (too much like her dad ) and I called her on it – she was like, yeah, I just enjoy it. I told her "well, you’ll do good when it’s time for debate class." Her reply? "Yeah, all I’ll have to do is pretend the other person is you."