Jefe talked to HR Guy for a long time, came out of his office after 5, asked me work questions, which I answered, then got on the phone. I didn't get a thumbs-up, or anything at all. I left. And other things happened that I will refrain from mentioning now but if I quit, you'll get to hear it.
I'm what they call an A player. I have worked for national law firms and international corporations, and I am not bragging, I'm just good at what I do and I have been valued everywhere I have ever been. I have left dysfunctional jobs, but I've never been asked to leave any job, ever, in my life. I have never been fired, or pushed out. I am the dump-er, not the dump-ee, of a job that isn't what I want. I have been on the A team everywhere I have ever worked. I'm smart, I'm experienced, I'm creative, I know this industry from all sides, I am fluent in dirt and vertical construction AND real estate transactions, and I can surf the waves of bullshit, which is critical in my job. Because this is so far from a normal job, and I'm okay with that as long as we all acknowledge this and I get credit for surfing the waves as I do. But I am just about out of patience with this.
But I'm really pissed because I did not want to have to quit now. I wanted this to hang together a while longer, so I could get the house ready to put on the market and tidy up loose ends and then move on if it still seemed necessary. I would stay on as long as it looked like there was hope. I wanted this to work. But this clock is running out. And the timing sucks, because I'm two months from putting the house on the market and probably 5 months from moving, and I can't afford to be unemployed that long. Contract work sounds like the plan, if it comes to that.