Friday, October 29, 2010

700 miles

in two days and I've arrived in Maryland. Where it is very chilly!

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

News from DC Mass Transit

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pakistani-born man was arrested Wednesday and charged with trying to help people he believed were al-Qaeda operatives in planning to bomb subway stations around the U.S. capital, the FBI said.

The FBI said the public was never in danger because its agents were aware of the man's activities before the alleged planning took place and monitored him throughout.

Scary stuff!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

When Does the Law of Averages Kick In?

Here are some personal job related statistics for you folks out there that like numbers.  As of today:
  • 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.

With numbers like that, it’s easy to see why my spirits are a bit lower than normal of late.

The good news is that through my network, specifically Fred B, my resume made it into the hands of the hiring manager of a full-service provider of specialty products and engineering services company.  They are looking for a Marketing Manager.  And they are located across the street from my house. And I think this one I might actually have a good shot at landing.

This is the best news I’ve gotten in some time.

So, I’ll keep charging along and hoping for the best.  Or in the words of REO Speedwagon, I’ll keep pushing on.  

Because really?  There is no other choice.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Chicago isn't happening

I got word through the grapevine today that the job in Chicago was given to someone else.  This didn't come as a huge surprise as I never felt terribly warm and fuzzy about it in the first place.  

That said, I do think it's odd that I haven't received a rejection letter or even a rejection email from the company.  They flew me out for an interview so it seems odd to me they wouldn't at least drop a Dear Jane letter in the mail to me.

So, back to square one on the job hunt.

In other news, I went to Unemployment on Friday and found out that it appears my Unemployment coverage is going to max out on Friday, December 3.  I remain hopeful that I'll find something permanent before than, but with more layoffs here in Atlanta just last week I think I need to mentally prepare for the worst.

Next week I have an interview in Baltimore.  If this position doesn't pan out I am coming back to Georgia and will attempt to get a seasonal position somewhere...and also work the night shift at UPS.  I'll do this until the first of the year or so, at which time I will then re-engage in the full blown job search.  

After months and months of searching I think I need a break from the job hunt merry-go-round.  And if I can make my bills doing seasonal and night shift work, I think it's in my best interest to do so for awhile.  

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Have to be in Baltimore next week for an interview.  So, I've decided to head up early. Going to visit friends on the way up in NC and will arrive in Maryland just in time to attend this on Saturday:

If you have suggestions for something I can paint on my car window to let others know where I am headed, please post them in the comments section.  I know tt's not Woodstock but it's something.  

And as a bonus, I am taking the "Fall foliage" route 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

Early Voting Locations for Georgia Voters

If you are going to be out of town on election day...or if you just want to avoid the crowds, hit the link to find an early voting location close to you!

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

Deadly Handsome Men

This compilation always cracks me up!

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Twitter Gadget on the Blog is Broken....

And it doesn't appear Blogger has any intention of fixing it any time soon.

If you are on Twitter and care to follow me, I can be found under @MassTransitChik.  

Here's hoping you and yours have a great weekend! 

Read about the Issues, Think about them for a while, and Vote as you See Fit

Georgia has just HALF of the trauma centers needed to serve its citizens.

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.

Vernacular is Spectular

Since I have so much free time these days I've focused my efforts on getting a word into the Urban Dictionary.

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

Thanks World!

So today I looked at blog stats.  A first for me.  Anyway, I discovered that people from all over the World have either A) been reading on purpose or B) are accidentally accessing my page and that is why so many other countries show up in the reader stats.

If you fall in Group A, thanks for taking the time to read my rants.  If you fall into Group B, thanks for popping by..and I hope you'll return from time to time to see how things are going in my corner of the world.

When I first started this blog I was fearful that I wouldn't be able to be witty enough or talented enough or committed enough to keep it up.  I was afraid that I might not have anything to write about.  And I'll admit, I am still not sure I am doing my best.

But I will say that in doing this blog I've discovered three things about myself:
  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. 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.
So now  I wish to say thank you to all the readers, where ever they may be, for taking the time to read the words I write.  I send you all wishes for continued health and happiness.  As best as I can manage, here's a big THANK YOU in your respective languages:
  • Toa chie
  • Dankeschoen
  • Obrigada
  • Без перевода
  • Tak for lån
  • Dziękuję
  • Merci
  • 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!

More pain for long-term jobless  |

More than 236,000 laid-off workers – 50.7 percent of all the men and women in Georgia searching for a job – haven’t found work in at least 27 weeks, according to September statistics released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

More pain for long-term jobless |

I must say, I am starting to feel a bit hopeless these days....

Saturday, October 9, 2010

It's Football Day in the South.....

but today I am going to see this instead.

I am sure it will be horrifying, inspiring and at times, very tough to watch.....