I didn't want to include this with the last post because I just didn't feel like adding a different subject with it. Debated not even posting this one for a while, but thought I would anyway. Monday night, I asked Russ if he was planning on talking to Rich on Tuesday (he had Monday off). Russ sighed and said that the more he thought about it, the more he felt that going to Dal is the right thing to do. We had gone to the temple on Thursday after he mentioned he was still wondering if it's the right thing to do. There, he got the impression that he needed to talk to Rich to get any sort of closure.
Anyway, after I got back from scouts yesterday (Russ hadn't gotten home by the time I left and a neighbor girl offered to stay with the kids until Russ got home), he told me that he had talked to Rich. And it didn't go quite as he imagined it. He said he has never seen Rich act as humble as he had. Rich offered Russ another $1 an hour to stay, and told him to think about it and get back with him in a few days. Also told him that he wouldn't really blame him for leaving, but that he was sorry if they made him feel like they wanted him to quit, because they didn't. Also thanked him for the work he has done for them over the years.
As of last night, Russ hadn't changed his mind about leaving Contempo. He did tell me that one of his tile contractor friends heard he is going to Dal and got excited. He's happy that they will have someone working for them who knows what he's doing.
Edited stuff: Russ came home from work today and said he's made his decision. Decided that he really doesn't have any potential with Contempo, where with Dal, he has a lot. He feels he can offer a lot to Dal and if Contempo doesn't realize they are losing their best guy at AO, tough. Decided that offering him a dollar more to stay really isn't worth it. And if they don't recognize his value and potential for them as a worker until he wants to quit, it's too little, too late. I asked Russ a few minutes ago if he feels better having decided. He grinned and said he'll probably change his mind tomorrow.