Archive for February, 2009

Jobseekers Anonymous

February 23rd, 2009 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Not much has changed from two weeks ago, as should be apparent from the title.

I had what I felt to be a pretty sold interview a week and a half ago – now it is a matter of waiting to hear whether there will be further interviews with that specific company. I do have a few other leads, and I’m pursuing them vigorously. Still, the pressure is definitely building. The goal is to get something lined up by Spring Break. This objective is becoming more difficult as each week passes, but is still something I’m shooting to accomplish.

Career Servies has set up a job search group that is actually quite helpful in terms of setting priority and direction. It’s a great resource to take advantage of, and yet another reason why to go to business school. (True, it’s one I wished I didn’t have to take advantage of.) There are only 3 in our group (1 has dropped out of the group, having secured an offer), but other groups have as many as 16 members. I like the small group size – more personal attention / feedback. We (the group members) joke that it’s something of a 12-step group.  So it goes like this:

“I’m Pete and I’m unemployed.” 

“HI PETE” (group in unison).

Well it doesn’t really do down like that….but it’s not that far from the truth.

School keeps plodding along. I don’t have any work or projects of any significance to deal with in the present or immediate future.

It’s off to Alabama next week for V’s brother’s wedding. This figures to be a highly enjoyable time down in the Deep South.

The song and quote this post come from a gentleman who released his ninth solo album last week. It’s one of his best in years.

Song: Morrissey  “Something Is Squeezing My Skull”

Quote: “You have to, at least from a distance, look as if you know what you’re doing , and I can manage that.” – Steven Patrick Morrissey


Mixing it up

February 9th, 2009 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

I’m presently putting together a new mix CD, few things in life crack me up more than setting up the segues between songs.

There are some signs of life on the job front…we’ll see what happens, but it’s a start. It’s like stumbling upon an oasis and getting a cool drink of water after wandering in the desert. It’s no guarantee of more water, but it’s something.

I watched Weird Science the other day…I hadn’t seen it in probably 10+ years. Yes, my Friday nights are now a lot different than they once were. (As Robbie Robertson remarked in The Last Waltz, “It’s not like it used to be.”) Anyway, this led to some vigorous debate amongst some friends, which remains presently unresolved.

The question – and it is quite vexing – is this: what is Bill Paxton’s greatest role?

A) Chet in Weird Science

B) Simon in True Lies (aka Carlos the Jackal)

C) Bill Hendrickson in Big Love

Do I have too much time on my hands? Likely so. But seriously, this is tricky stuff we’re dealing with here.

I cannot wrap myself around class right now. I don’t know that I’m going to back to the point where I’m ever fully into it. I’m obsessed with getting a job, and that is where my efforts and concentration are being directed. Right now, I average about two classes a week due to cancellations and scheduling quirks. I hadn’t really figured on doing a ton of schoolwork this semester by design, but this is a bit of a farce nonetheless. I’m better when I have a lot of things going on and need to priortize.

It’s off to Philly this weekend for V-Day (but frequent readers, you know well that every day is “V Day”). Wine will be drank, and I’m gearing up for a Trivial Pursuit rematch of epic proportions. Last summer’s defeat at the hands of two of my favorite females still stings, and on Saturday, my pal Tornado and I will be back with venegance.

Not a good week for Michael Phelps or A-Rod. The Yankees haven’t been to the World Series since they signed A-Rod. That’s not a coincedence, despite his gaudy stats. He’s not a leader, not a winner, and I regret ever cheering his signing. He’s not a Yankee.

They should probably just all fess up at this point – the owners, the commissioner’s office, every player..basically all parties. Then they can set up a Steroid wing at the Hall of the Fame so that it can be addressed head on. “This is the Steroid Era, take the numbers you view inside with the proper perspective.” Just deal with it and move on.

Then let in Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe…

No chance of any of that happening. Pitchers and catchers can report as early as Saturday, now that is something to celebrate.

Song:  R.E.M. “South Central Rain (I’m Sorry)”

Quote: “Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make easier to do don’t need to be done.” – Andy Rooney