i've been convinced to leave my job. it's not a dead-end, but i have learned everything there is to be learned without the boss purchasing expensive equipment. his face squishes up when i mention the price of said equipment. the make and model i'm looking into is in a higher five to six-digit price range. absolutely too much to purchase outright. i see it as an investment; he sees it as bags of money floating away. i told him i'm not telling him how to run his business, but he's missing out on a lot of money by turning jobs away because the shop simply cannot handle the workload. so i dunno. i've tried as much as i can. the boss has helped me out incredibly, but still won't pay me what i'm worth. so i'm looking into a career that will. i still have the knowledge from the first job to fall back on.
longtime buddy worked his way up the chain at his job and thought of me when his superiors said "hire eleven people in the next six months." it's a complete 180 from my current industry. going from manual labor to an office job is going to be rough. the first day i went in to the current job, i was wearing nice pants and a button up. the guy who hired me was like "hope you're not planning on keeping those slacks nice HEH HEH." he was right. my pants got ruined and i never wore anything nice to the shop again. this was twelve years ago.
also, MAN dropped wordpress because it felt as if i was fighting the style/theme as opposed to the theme working with me. went back to coranto because, surprisingly, it still works fine. although, trying to go back and figure out how everything works in concert is suuuuper shitty. i haven't touched perl or css in over a decade. it's all moved to css and php. css can do some interesting stuff, but i really really don't like how every wordpress blog or page or whatever looks and acts the exact same. all of them use a hacked up variant of a free theme because you either hire somebody to build you one or you learn how to code using their custom xml language which shouldn't work, but does for some reason.
i'm serious. inspect any websitepage. it's all a spaghetti mess of css and DIVs.