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Kevin "Bushwhacker" Cook
Begins: Apr 24, 2011
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Fri, Feb 18th, 2011

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Bad thoughts....

I got some bad news today. My leave of absence from work was officially denied. I'm not sure exactly what I'm thinking right now. Hopefully this journal entry will help me sort out my thoughts.

Ironically, most of the reasons they gave in the memo had to do with my leaving. If they can't approve my leave because they can't function if I leave, what should I do? I am already prepared to quit, but now that it's my only option, I'm having difficulty preparing myself to do it. Asking for the leave was hard enough, but I think this is harder. I'm wondering if they realize I plan to hike either way? If they do realize it, do they want me to quit? If they think I am not willing to quit my job, then why would they cite the reasons they did? My initial reaction is to go in next week and rephrase the request. Instead of asking, "may I take 6 months off to hike the PCT?", what I'm really asking it, "I'm hiking the PCT this year, would you like me to come back to work when I'm finished?" If their reasons for denying the leave request are because they can't function without me, then why wouldn't they want me back? The way I see it, they have 2 options. They can grant the leave, and I will work hard to make a smooth transition so they can cover in my absence. The other option is they deny the request and I walk out with no incentive to help them at all. I may sound like an asshole, but this is how I feel. I know I've asked for people to respond on my guestbook before, but this time I could really use the feedback. I'm having a real hard time figuring out why I shouldn't walk in next week and just give 2 weeks notice and tell them "good luck". I feel zero motivation to do anymore work for them right now.

Well, that's all I'm going to write for now. I already deleted the post where I thanked them for their support. Maybe that was wrong, but I'm a little upset right now.

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