Radiogurl a la Carte

Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006
Agenda of the Monster

I have a job interview tomorrow at noon. It's a crappy job but it'll bring in a little bit of money, at least. (Emphasis on little.) As long as I can make enough to cover the basics, we can make do for the time being.

I also put my resumé on Monster.com today, at the advice of several people - and after a significant rewrite. Let's face it. My experience is in radio, but I do NOT want another dead-end, low-pay crapola radio job. So the resumé been restructured to focus more on the computer/web-building aspects and management experience. I also mailed out the revised edition for some local jobs listed in the newspaper. We shall see what, if anything, comes of that.

Oh well. I've got nothing to lose with Monster.com, and I know a few people who have gotten some mighty good jobs that way. Cross your fingers.

This Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of when MC and I met, or at least when we met face-to-face. In some ways it seems like yesterday; in others, I can't remember my life before him (nor do I want to.) We were talking about it today, in fact, talking about the fact that this was our first actual Christmas together and this weekend will be our second New Year's Eve. I suspect we'll be celebrating in a big way, all things considered.

I put some more clothes on Freecycle today and once more, they were spoken for almost immediately. Though one person asked me to drive them to her in a place about 75 miles from here.

Umm... no, don't think so. I don't mind driving into Scary Vista to drop something off, because we are frequent flyers that direction. But this lady was just waaaay off the beaten path.

I also saw someone begging for a brand new laptop on Freecycle. They put the specs (not the least of which was 1G RAM) they required, and made sure it was the latest and most expensive available.

Is it just me, or does everyone find that offensive? This program is designed to help keep extraneous stuff out of landfills and to get rid of something you genuinely don't want or need - to clean out your closets, garage, yard, whatever. I wouldn't have been offended by someone asking for a computer or laptop. But to put down very specific requirements while asking for a free laptop computer, technical specs that haven't even been available until the past few months? That's just not kosher. What's next? Somebody begging for a new Lexus or Mercedes Benz, or how about a new airplane or, while you're at it, a four-bedroom split level?

I guess no matter how good the idea, somebody's bound to try and take advantage, whether or not they're successful.

At least the guy who started with one red paper clip and ended up with a house did have an original idea, and he didn't beg for anything. He simply kept trading up. And it took him a year, but so help me, he did indeed get a house, all by trading.

Makes me wonder what else could be accomplished with a little industry.

Hopefully next year for Christmas, MC and I will be able to have the kids over to our house for the holiday, and I'll be able to cook a real meal. This year our Christmas dinner was (you ready for this?) burgers from Jack-in-the-Box.

Yup, thats right. Burgers. My kids thought I was bringing food, and I'd have been willing to buy something to cook, only there were no grocery stores open in the Phoenix area on Christmas Day. Zip. Zilch. I think that's a first, though I also don't begrudge the folks who decided it was more kosher to close up shop and give their employees the day off. Historically, there have always been at least a couple of grocery store chains open until 3pm.

Oh well - next year, better planning!

The rest of the week promises to be pretty busy for us, so I think I'm calling it a night now. I heard from the guy for whom we drove round-trip some 360 miles. He said he never got our bill and wants to pay it before year-end for tax reasons.

I hope he actually does pay us asap - it wouldn't cover all the bills but would certainly make a dent.

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )