"It would seem that while I was living it up at Lollapalooza he was attending sleep away camp for the first time."
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Roda Osman works at an airport shop and is still taking the train -- but at a cost. The train now doesn't start until 6 a.m. on weekends, but Osman has to open her store at 5:30 a.m.
She can’t give up the $10 per hour she makes at her job. So on weekends, the single mother does the only thing she can: She takes the train to the airport the night before, she said, and sleeps in a chair in the lobby.
“What are you going to do,” Osman said. “I have to be here in the morning.”
Thursday, December 16, 2010
There has been virtually no progress from a year ago, when the jobless rate stood at 10.2 percent in November 2009. This November was the 38th consecutive month that Georgia’s jobless rate has exceeded the national rate, which is 9.8 percent.
for more on this story, visit - Georgia’s unemployment rate jumps to 10.1 percent
Sunday, December 12, 2010
It's not that I don't have things to say or stories to share. Rather, I have a tons of things at the ready to post about.
Problem is, I can't seem to get motivated to actually write things up.
I am hoping that as I get used to working again (and commuting in a vehicle where I can't flush out my posts like I did on the train) I'll find a way to get back into the groove.
Until then, I ask you for your patience.
Top 10 States People Are Fleeing
New York, Illinois and Louisiana are expected to lose more residents than they gain this year.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Anyway, this is just another perk of my new locale - Manhattan is only four hours away! Solid.
A job based migration. Probably not as pronounced as the Industrial Revolution migration but I think as people face long term unemployment I predict a noticeable pattern shift in where people live. After all, one must go where the jobs are.
From the NYTimes:
The longer people stay out of work, the more trouble they have finding new work.
That is a fact of life that much of Europe, with its underclass of permanently idle workers, knows all too well. But it is a lesson that the United States seems to be just learning.
This country has some of the highest levels of long-term unemployment — or joblessness lasting more than six months — ever recorded. Meanwhile, job growth has been, and looks to remain, disappointingly slow, indicating that those out of work a while are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Even if the government report on Friday shows the expected improvement in hiring by business, it will not be enough to make a real dent in those totals.
So the legions of long-term unemployed will probably be idle for significantly longer than their counterparts in past recessions, reducing their chances of eventually finding a job even when the economy becomes more robust.
“I am so worried somebody will look at me and say, ‘Oh, he’s probably lost his edge,’ ” said Tim Smyth, 51, a New York television producer who has been unable to find work since 2008, despite having two decades of experience at places like Nickelodeon and the Food Network. “I mean, I know it’s not true, but I’m afraid I might say the same thing if I were interviewing someone I didn’t know very well who’s been out of work this long.”
Mr. Smyth’s anxieties are not unfounded. New data from the Labor Department, provided to The New York Times, shows that people out of work fewer than five weeks are more than three times as likely to find a job in the coming month than people who have been out of work for over a year, with a re-employment rate of 30.7 percent versus 8.7 percent, respectively.
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Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
So, my plan to get to Baltimore with one solid day of driving has gone astray.
Given the horrible weather that was in Atlanta all day yesterday and most of last night I've modified my plan and will only be going to Charlotte today. Thank goodness for Mountaineer hospitality!
Will be good to see my friends there....and given the last minute staging stuff I need to do for my condo, this probably is a better plan anyway.
Will post again when I get to Charm City.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
MARTA picked 40 to 50 companies from among those who had received more than $50,000 from MARTA in the last fiscal year, asking each for $5,000 to $10,000 to fund the Dec. 11 event, Tyler said.
Therefore, if 45 companies toss in an average of $7500, the party budget will be $337,500...and with that kind of cash there could be a serious throw down...or perhaps they could restore the Route 105 bus.
I'm just sayin....
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Change of address request has been sent in to Post Office.
Had a final hair cut (for now, anyway) from my fabulous hair guy, John.
Comcast service set to be cut off Wednesday.
Several going away fiestas on the books.
A few farewell lunches are slated for the early part of the week.
Clothes I am taking in the car have been identified. Ditto for my blanket and pillows. And my office stuff.
Trip to the UPS Store Monday to ship what I don't think I can get in the car.
Bathroom stuff to be packed up Tuesday night. (And I am sure I'll be shocked to discover just how many potions and lotions I have tucked away...)
..and just like that, I'll be gone.
But I promise I won't go all Keyser Soze on you all...for, I will be back on occasion.
Friday, November 26, 2010
My Top 10 Christmas Movies
I do, however, enjoy my movies. So this morning on my way in, I decided to draft:
Without further ado, here’s my list of personal favorites in the Christmas genre:
10 – Elf
When this first came out, I wasn’t a huge fan. Upon subsequent viewings (courtesy to the almost constant showing of it on USA/FX/TBS) it’s grown on me. Amazes me how Will Farrell can project such wonder on his face. The scene where Buddy confronts fake Santa is classic (You stink. You smell like beef and cheese! You don't smell like Santa). As is Buddy’s attempt to ride an escalator for the first time. A new Christmas Classic indeed.
9 – The Holiday
A chick-flicky Christmakka treat. Two strangers trade houses over the holidays to get away from their lives and the associated drama therein…only to create new and different dramas on the other side of the globe. Great cast, strong writing and lovely locales. And Iris’ speech about getting over someone and on with your life is just so heartbreaking…and true..that it burns. This is a two week life swap I’d love to emulate in my own life….except I don’t think anyone is clamoring for a visit to Sandy Springs. Or the whopping 711 SF that is the Chez Cari.
8 – Trading Places
Philly at Christmas. How that town got the nickname The City of Brotherly Love is beyond me. People there aren’t always the jolliest souls. Plus it’s usually grey there all winter long…which makes it cringe-worthy, if you ask me. However, the tale of a Richie and a Con Artist swapping places…and then taking down the bastages responsible for their reversal of fortune.. is wickedly funny. If I even think, “Looking good, Billy Ray!; Feeling good, Louis!" I go into a fit of hysterics. (sidebar – how odd is it that kids today think of Eddie Murphy solely as the voice of Donkey from Shrek? From RAW to Shrek? Am I the only one saying WTF?)
7 - Home Alone
While wildly far-fetched, this story of a forgotten boy and his acceptance of his situation always makes me smile. Kevin and I have a lot in common. We are both the youngest of large families. We were both scared of the basement at one point. And I’ll be the first to admit I, too, often wished everyone would go away and leave me alone when I was little. I know I felt, “This house is so full of people it makes me sick!” on more than one occasion. (Point in case – I actually lobbied to go to boarding school…unsuccessfully, I might add). Even as an adult, I (every year) consider not traveling home for the pandemonium that is my family Christmas. But in end, I’ve yet to miss one. And I guess because like Kevin, I realize that someday I might really be all alone..and it might not be all it’s cracked up to be.
6 – While You Were Sleeping
This movie came out in the Spring of 1995..and I saw it in July at the theater. Talking about staying power at the multiplex. Perfect timing as I needed an escape from both the brutal summer heat and the brutal breakup that was on the cusp with my then soon-to-be ex-college boyfriend. Another very well written, superbly cast movie. From Grandma down to fellow Mass Transit worker, the cast hits this one out of the ballpark. Even the guy in the coma pulls his weight. My favorite line in the movie? “If you can fit in my jeans, I will kill myself!” The case for head trauma has never been more appealing.
5 – Die Hard
It’s beginning to look like chaos at Nakatomi Plaza! NYC cop comes to LA for an estranged family Christmas… and instead has to battle some cash crazy terrorists who’ve crashed the Nakatomi holiday party. And he does this while barefoot. Witty banter, Reginald Veljohnson and the effective use of "CHRISTMAS IN HOLLIS" by Run-DMC make this a seasonal must see! Favorite line (and it’s not the one you think…) –“Nine million terrorists in the world and I gotta kill one with feet smaller than my sister.” Pennsville is proud Bruce Willis!
Now this is where it’s going to get hard kids….any of these four could actually be number one on any given day….all depends on my mood. Needless to say, this is the most fluid part of the list.
4 – Christmas Vacation
Oh the good, old fashioned family Christmas! With booze. And tears. And insensitive guests. And lest we forget, the Squirrel. Riotously funny. And the details, my God! The use of the Wally World punch bowl set for Egg Nog? Genius! Whenever I am channel surfing and come upon this gem, I have to stop and ride the Griswold Christmas wave. Thank God they didn’t listen to Rusty and head to Hawaii for the holiday.
3 – Better Off Dead
For the better part of my existence I’ve been utterly draw to John Cusack..or more correctly, his characters..and this movie is the reason why. Sure, I saw and liked Say Anything but for me it all really started with Better Off Dead (or quite possibly, Sixteen Candles where he played Brice). The story of a freshly dumped semi- outsider and how he copes a) with his heartbreak, b) his crazy and out-of-it family, c) a devilish paperboy and d) all the other trials and tribulations of his high school existence. He likes frozen dinners…so naturally, his mother buys him a CASE for Christmas. He gets in a drag race with Howard Cosell obsessed Japanese brothers. And he “skis on one ski.” Lane Meyer, you are the man. And I think Beth still rues the day she let you go.
2 – The Ref
This movie puts the FUN in dysfunctional. Denis Leary in his most frayed rope role yet. Forced to take a couple hostage to get himself out of a jam, he soon discovers they bicker all the time (Great, I hijacked my f(*&^ing parents.) And then he finds out the the rest of the family is to join them later that evening. And let me tell you, when the rest of the gang (in-laws, kid, siblings) arrives, these folks make the Manson Family look like the Waltons. As my dad would say, there is a lot of “rough language” in this one, but if you can get past that I promise you will howl with laughter, “I know loan sharks who are more forgiving than you. Your husband ain't dead, lady. He's hiding.”
1 – A Christmas Story
The quest for the bb gun. The flagpole scene. The Easter bunny outfit. The Bumpus hounds. A few glimpses into why I and so many others love this movie. But for me, there is another reason. I saw this movie with my Dad in 1983 over Christmas break. My father was about the same age as Ralphie Parker during the era in which the movie is set. I remember hearing my father’s laughter in that theater like it was yesterday. I remember thinking for the first time that my dad wasn’t always my dad. That he too had, in fact, been a child once. I got to see what my father at 10 might have looked like and he got to relive some memories from his youth. And we both walked out of the theater with sore stomachs from laughing so much. Dad’s not the movie buff I am so it would be 15 years before we went to see another movie together. And that one was Titanic….a story that his father (my grandfather) remembered hearing about as a five year old who just happened to be the one who brought in the newspaper the day the story ran.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
When I see something like this, I have to say, my life seems quite boring by comparison. I mean, I've traveled with a kazoo but that's not nearly as exciting.
All this instrument talk reminds me of the time I saw a guy driving a car AND practicing the trumpet at the same time....but that is another story of another day.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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In the meantime, I'll try to remember to Just Breathe.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Got to see some WVU friends on the way up...and even did a drive through of Wild and Wonderful West By God on the way to the homestead.
All in all, a great two days.
And now, to the Million Moderate March...which is more like the Million Moderates Milling About.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
- Positions applied for: 103
- Number of responses: 26 (or 25%). I’ve interviewed for 5 wildly different positions (19%) and gotten “thanks but no thanks” letters from the other 21 (or 81%)
- Number pending: 77 (or 75%). For all intents and purposes, I am figuring the majority of these outstanding applications are now dead. I'd say at best, there may be 10 remaining that ever have hope of coming to fruition. And I may be overly optimistic with this guesstimate.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
And as a bonus, I am taking the "Fall foliage" route home...so I should get some good photos along the way too. Will be sure to post any decent color shots I capture on the way.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote -- a very different thing - William H. Judd
Friday, October 22, 2010
On November 2, you can help remedy this situation.
The Yes 2 Save Lives Campaign represents concerned citizens, safety and community advocates, health care providers, local governments, and the business community. Our goal is to get Georgia voters to say “Yes on Ballot Amendment 2” in the Nov. 2 election – to approve a constitutional amendment for an annual $10 car registration fee. Funds would be directly used to provide a dedicated funding source to improve and expand the trauma care system across the state.
I got word (no pun intended) this week I finally made it! If you're curious to know what said word is, hit the link
Thursday, October 21, 2010
- I really missed writing. Granted, this is pure and simple fluff blog but I truly didn't comprehend how much I used writing as a release mechanism;
- Now that I am without a job, I find I miss my mass transit adventures. Maybe it's just that I miss having a job to go to. But my time on my Marta bus route was an interesting journey out of my comfort zone. It was nice to get to know folks on the bus. Folks that in the normal course of my life I probably never would have met. I don't miss standing in the rain and late buses but I do miss the camaraderie;
- I think that as I continue to search for a new job, possibly in a new town which might lead to a new life, I need to get back in the habit of venting here. It's ugly out there for us job seekers. I'm starting to feel dejected and worse, worried about what the future holds. A lot of times I don't share these feeling with the people in my life because I don't want to sound like Debbie Downer. I don't want them to worry...and also because I can't bear the thought that anyone might pity me. Certainly I know that there are many people in worse positions than myself...and I am very lucky in too many ways to list. But after so many months of concentrated effort trying to find the path that leads to my future even the sunniest of souls can start to feel a bit grey.
- Toa chie
- Без перевода
- Tak for lån
- Cám ơn quý vị rât nhiều
- and finally, plain old THANK YOU!
In closing, here's a little something from Sly and The Family Stone....enjoy!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
So, I had to go to Buckhead for a meeting this afternoon. And Buckhead is all of six miles from my house.
I figured I could catch the bus at Noon and get there in plenty of time.
I was wrong.
Question: Which is worse?
A - That it took me 1 hour and 29 minutes to travel six miles or so on the bus?
B - That fact that the Iphone battery so sucks that by the time I arrived at my meeting more than half of the juice was gone?
Both options are unfortunate..and frankly, unacceptable. That said, I am going to go with A since I had people waiting for me.
(Sidebar – I also managed to fall OFF the bus once I did disembark thanks to all the thoughts swimming around in my head – but that is another story all together.)
As for getting home after the meeting, well, there was considerable drama there too.
I was able to utilize the free BucRide shuttle (http://www.bucride.com/Blue-Line.html) to get to the train station.
This was immensely helpful as a) the BucShuttle sticks to its schedule; b) it took me to the closest train station, thereby saving me time in the form of not having to sit in traffic on Piedmont to get to the station the Marta bus serves and C) this also allowed me to catch the 4:35 bus at Dunwoody so I wouldn’t have to walk home from the Sandy Springs station.
Win. Win. Win!
I got to my stop, exited the train, and as I made my way to the bus bay I was almost run over by a dude in a red shirt who was racing up to the platform.
Not a big deal, I figured he was just running to catch his train.
Been there, done that, got the tee shirt.
I continued on my merry way and exited the station and then sat on the bench waiting for the bus.
So, you can imagine my surprise when about 5 minutes later I hear this woman from inside the turnstiles yelling something – I couldn’t make out WHAT she was yelling – loudly.
I got up from my seat outside of the station to see what the fuss was about and at that moment the same dude in the red shirt races by me toward the exit turnstiles.
I started to make my way over to the exit area to trip him or something when all of the sudden a Marta cop LEAPS from the third step and tackles the guy.
I’m talking old school Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat take down.
Whoever said Marta cops aren’t badass hasn’t seen this particular cop in action.
So the cop lands on the guy in the red shirt, and also manages to knock down a sign that was posted by the exit, and holds him as his partner brings up the rear. Cop #2 shows up within seconds …with the lady who was yelling for help not far behind him.
To the guy in the red shirts credit, he didn’t struggle at all. They zipped tied his hands behind his back and off he went to wherever they take alleged perpetrators.
All of this transpired in no more than one minute.
Forget about Action Jackson. Forget about Chuck Norris. I want this Marta cop on my side when the shit hits the fan!
And while I am the first person in line to complain about what Marta is doing wrong, I’m also the first person to admit when they do something right… and hiring this leaping Robocop was definitely right in my book.
In closing, I’d like to thank all our public safety personnel for their efforts to keep the general public safe. It’s a thankless and dangerous job. And you ARE appreciated!