Take It, Shove It: He Don’t Work Here No More

Eight months — nine, actually — I gave notice, and for the first Monday in thirteen years I’ll be waking up without gainful employment. It’s going to take awhile to sink in, but I’m quite eager to take on this next phase of never having to work for someone else again, or make excuses for their bullshit, or any of it. It’s frightening but invigorating. When people ask about the income I hope, or need, to make as a writer and photographer, I can tell them with confidence that I’ve made enough already the last couple years to know there’s more to be made. I’m excited.

I did my best to keep things cool with the former employer, gave lots of notice, all that, but in the end things got a little weird and a lot of stuff started to rub me the wrong way. So I don’t have any qualms posting this video, and if it could be construed as lighting a match to a bridge, I’d happily use a flamethrower. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I’d rather live in my car than ever be that guy who’d show up to some of those sinkhole companies in fucking khakis and a polo shirt. I should have done this ten years ago or more. If anything makes me queasy, it’s what I was, not what I’ve gone and done.


I’m going to be updating things around here a bit, and, hopefully, posting a little more. It’s a big change, and I want to build some momentum. I hope everyone else is staring down the long corridor of 2016 with as much enthusiasm as I am. Happy let’s-kick-things-in-the-ass New Year!


Author: Chris

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and a photographer. He is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lives in Missoula, MT.

10 thoughts on “Take It, Shove It: He Don’t Work Here No More”

  1. Happy for you brother! Life is short as you know. Follow your bliss and live with integrity – sounds like you’re doing both. I’m looking forward to the new chapters!

  2. As a person who almost cried because he had to come into work today, this special Corporate circle of hell where I ply my trade, I will officially be living vicariously through you. Congrats!

  3. Congrats on taking that justifiable leap of faith into the great Known. I’m sure that you’ll give your ex-company the true middle finger salute that they richly deserve.

    1. Ha ha, thanks. I don’t know that they deserve it so much. A few of the people on the projects I’ve worked on certainly do, though. It was them more than my employer that really made me decide to throw in the towel. They can all take both barrels and love it, as far as I’m concerned.

Leave a Reply