Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Is there an APP for that?

Yes, MARTA does have an Iphone app.

I know, shocking, right?

It's not very robust. Unlike other cities apps, it doesn't tell you where the bus is if it is late...it just states the time posted on the schedule.

Not super helpful....but at least it is something.

Here's an article about how other cities and other riders are using technology to avoid freezing rain and Sahara-like heat.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Remember Me

the following is a review of the movie Remember Me written by me in March of this year. Oddly enough, when I decided to make this post I visited the IMDB site and low and behold it was the featured review today....

If you haven't seen this unsung piece of cinema, you might want to consider renting it -

Life Lessons are the Hardest to Learn, 14 March 2010
Author: cgerrits from Atlanta, Georgia

Have you ever noticed how some people can teach you life lessons about who you are what you hold dear? Have you ever passed a stranger and wondered what tragedy they've endured in their lifetime? Have you ever asked why me...or better yet, why NOT me?

Life lessons are often the hardest to learn and you never know who's going to be the instructor. Sometimes it's an actual teacher who fulfills that role. Sometimes it's a friend. Sometimes it's a parent. And while you could argue that we really already know deep down the things these instructors reveal to us, it stands to reason that a reminder now and again about who we are and what we hold dear can and should serve as wake up call or guiding light as we navigate our lives.

And this film, well, I think it reinforces that the inner revelations we oftentimes try to ignore, deny, suppress, and trivialize should be recognized. And valued.

Thoughtful and touching, the film resonates after the lights come up. It's been a long time since a film followed me home.

Kudos to the writers and the cast. Well done all around.

The Heat is On

Well, as I mentioned before my bus route is going away. Effective date is 9/25/10. http://www.itsmarta.com/proposed-service-changes3.aspx

Unfortunately, no other existing routes are being reworked to serve the route 105 rides.

Fail.

Which means that even if I find a job I'll need to get, at the very least, a beater car that can get me to the train. Walking to the train (about a half mile) in work clothes in the morning isn't conducive to a successful working day.

Showing up a sweaty mess every day won't work in the corporate world. Especially at a new job.

Keep your fingers crossed for me...on both the job front and the car front.




Thursday, August 26, 2010

On Tap for Tonight - Packers v Colts....

look for me in the stands....


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Grateful Dead - Truckin'


Here is today's rental car....

Monday, August 23, 2010

What we have here is a Failure to Communicate!

So, as I close in on four months of unemployment, I thought I'd post an update on the job stats.

  • Position applied to: 58
  • Rejections received: 10 (17%)
  • Pending decisions: 48! (83%)

I am not liking the percentages.

At all.

Frankly, I'd rather the rejection number be higher...at least then I'd know where I stand on some of these positions.

The good news is that I am starting to hear from the companies I applied to back in June and July...so at least I am getting some feedback.

In the meantime, if you know of anyone looking for a "can-do" kinda gal, have them visit my linked in profile at: http://www.linkedin.com/profile?viewProfile=&key=2378864&trk=tab_pro


Friday, August 13, 2010

It's Almost Time for me to fly

I gotta leave for Hartsfield in 4 hours...and I can't fall asleep.

Just my damn luck.

Looks like I am pulling an all-nighter...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

365 days - One Trip Around the Sun

One year.

With no car.

I did it.

With a lot of help.

With a lot of sweat.

And even some tears.

I've been a have.

And a have not.

And as Joni's song articulates, when we are kids we see life as a fairy tale. The world is our oyster..or so we think.

And as we grow up we learn life lessons..and those lessons don't come from books.

They are lessons about who we are and what we hold dear.

And what we can endure.

And we look back over our life and remember a time when the world was our oyster.

And remain hopeful for what is coming around the corner.

In this whirlwind called Life.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Per Capita Income fell Three Times Greater than the National Average

Government data released Monday shows income falling in most American metro areas in 2009, with Atlanta down 4.8 percent – a loss of nearly a dollar in each $20.

http://www.ajc.com/business/atlanta-incomes-sliced-in-588320.html

Friday, August 6, 2010

With 42 jobs "pending" this wasn't a surprise to me..

Companies showed a lack of confidence about hiring for a third straight month in July, making it likely the economy will grow more slowly the rest of the year. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.5 percent.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Some days You're the bug, some days You're the windsheild

As mentioned in Monday's post, I had to report Unemployment on 8/2 for a workshop dealing with Financial Stress.


Sadly, most of the tips they tossed out I’ve already instituted.Unplugging stuff, making a wants v needs list, that sort of thing.


The good news about not having an extravagant life is that I can make it on a lot less than the average bear.


The bad news about not having an extravagant life is that I don’t have much fat to trim.


The really bad news is that it cost me about $30 to get to this session.This is $30 that I could have applied to another bill rather than waste it on transportation costs.


To recap:

  • Session started at 2:30…so I had to leave at 11:30 to allow enough time to bus/train to Lindbergh and then get the Zip Car.
  • The session only lasted 1 hour…but my travel time to and from the Department of Labor was 4 hours.
  • Total cost to get there in back? Roughly $30. (more if you factor in the water I had to purchase since it was 812 degrees that day…dehydrated on the train is not a good look for me.)
  • What the cost would have been if I had enough faith to trust Marta to get me there in a timely fashion? $4.

It's a shame the system is so screwy I had to incur an additional $26 out of pocket cost to get hither and yon.


Moral of the story: Random selection for participation in these workshops is unfortunate for those of us without private transportation....and it presents another financial stressor on us in an already trying time.


I think that once I am gainfully employed again a strongly worded letter will be written to the Department of Labor.


I’m sure that will go over well.

Monday, August 2, 2010

And the Drama Begins....

I thought I had a ride to Unemployment today.

The plan was to catch a ride there and then MARTA home.

Yeah, that fell through.

And given MARTA's propensity for failing to meet its schedule, I am now taking the "ass around my elbow" route and will have to leave two hours before I am scheduled to arrive just to be safe.

I have to be at Unemployment off of North Druid Hills for a 2:30 workshop...that will last all of 40 minutes. And if I am more than 15 minutes late they will not let me enter the session and they will suspend my unemployment benefits. And then I have to start the whole process all over again.

Um..no.

So, this means I have to catch the bus at 12:40 (instead of 1:10..which will cut things too close if there is even a minor hiccup)...ride it to Dunwoody...wait for a train to take me to Lindbergh...where I will exit the train...pick up a ZipCar (which is another stresser)...and then drive to the Unemployment office.

And did I mention I am doing all of this for a meeting that will last about 40 minutes?

And that is it supposed to rain today too?

Here's the irony: Today's session is on "Dealing with Financial Stress During a Layoff"...ironic since I have no vehicle and it will cost me about $25 to get to and from their office.

I was randomly selected to attend these sessions. Mind you, NONE of my unemployed friends who have cars have to report to the office at all. They have an easy way to get there and somehow I drew the short straw.

Talk about being born under a bad sign......

Nirvana - Come As You Are

I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not. - Kurt Cobain

Sunday, August 1, 2010

42

As of 12:15 today, that is the number of jobs I've applied for since my lay off in May.

Of those 42, I've heard back from about 8 organizations saying something along the lines of, "Thanks...but no thanks."

The other 34 are still pending. Which I fear really means they are stalled somewhere in the system.

The 8 rejections don't bother me so much as the not knowing about the other 34.

So, I will continue to apply/follow up/rub a rabbit's foot and remain positive that something great is around the corner.

In the meantime, I was once again randomly selected for another Unemployment workshop. I have to report tomorrow for a session about dealing with Financial Stress. Timely topic since the severance is dwindling rapidly and the Unemployment isn't very robust on its own.

Good news is that I've figured out a MARTA route to get me to and from the Unemployment office. Which means I don't have to rent a car or shell out a ton of cash for a cab.

Check back later this week to read about this new route. According to the schedule, it should only take me 56 minutes.

Let's hope that's a fairly accurate estimate of travel time. It's supposed to be 96 on Monday with a HI of 110...so standing out in the sun waiting for a bus isn't high on my to do list!