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May. 17th, 2005 @ 09:45 pm Well shucks
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I was going to write a huge boring entry about my efforts in the job search, but that's all moot now.

I went and got a job.

It's a contract position, working for a recruiter, on contract to (Big Name Company), working on a contract they have with (Another Big Name Company). BNC likes to do that, then they can lay off all the contractors, end up with a great bottom line for the month/quarter and rehire the folks after the start of the next reporting cycle. Stock manipulation or just plain ol' greed, you decide.

So I won't be making this my long term career choice, but it's work, it pays pretty good and maybe, just maybe I can make it to Glasgow for Worldcon this summer. (Won't know for sure until I can talk to the manager with BNC, he seems pretty cool, I'll just explain that I've been planning for two years (true) to attend a family gathering (you guys are family to me!) in Scotland and would it be Ok if I took a week off, without pay (Ouch! but that's the deal with contract work).

Good news is that I haven't touched my severance pay and with any luck I won't so that will cover my wages for the missing week.

Meanwhile, I've still got a resume in to Big Shipping Company about a job as Security Architect, I'm getting interviewed by Big Banking Company Thursday for several positions that I'd fit in with, we were going to see which group I fit in best and decide then on the job for me. Both of these are encouraging as they are perm jobs, so there would be benefits and perks (but it's getting to be so close to Glasgow, that I might still have to take the time off without pay!). On top of those two are the fact that my recruiter is looking for a perm slot for me, plus I've got two, no four! other local recruiters shopping my resume.

So I'm set while I wait for that perfect real job to come along. I'll have enough money coming in that I can pay my bills indefinitely and while I might not be able to take 5 days and do the local cons, I can surely get off a little early on Friday and fly out to (wherever) to have fun.

Pretty cool huh?
(Not naming names, because I'm still superstitious about talking about it before it's completely settled, but at this point it's pretty much completely settled :)
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From:jaylake
Date:May 18th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
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Good for you. Less shorts-pucker this way...
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From:ferragus
Date:May 18th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
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Thanks
Good to know that I can feed my addiction to Con's and parties a little longer.
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From:ogre_san
Date:May 18th, 2005 01:51 am (UTC)
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Great on the income source!
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From:ferragus
Date:May 18th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!
In theory the old job was feeding me hours every so often, but that's started to dry up.

Very good to have things progressing smoothly.
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From:piratelady
Date:May 18th, 2005 02:14 am (UTC)
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Awesome! Glad you found something.
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From:ferragus
Date:May 18th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Yeah!
If things go well, soon I'll be out of this rental and into a house!

You really should come out and look around, the desert is so green this year, andit's only been over 100 once since I got here ;)
From:gfjames
Date:May 18th, 2005 02:26 am (UTC)
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So, the career move to MacDonald's is off the table? Trust me when I tell you, they NEED quality people...


Anyway, it's good that you haven't touched your severance package. I'm happy (but I bet not nearly as much as you are) that you are moving in the direction you want to go. Continued good luck.

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From:ferragus
Date:May 18th, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
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Funny you mention that, I did the McCareer right out of high school, worked my way up into management and got really burnt out at it. Stepped back to maintenence (yeah, scrubbing toilets and washing windows, but at a managers salary) while I did some schooling and it ended up being the only job I walked away from without notice.

I'd go back to tending bar/bouncing or selling cars before I flipped burgers again.

Or maybe I'd just walk dogs ...
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From:kradical
Date:May 18th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
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Congrats!
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From:ferragus
Date:May 18th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)
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Grazie
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From:merlinpole
Date:May 18th, 2005 05:15 am (UTC)
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[rant warning....]

Arizona's a Red State. Red States have the Federal Largesse and jobs creation from federal income redistribution to them. New Jersey taxpayers see $.58 of every federal tax dollar they pay get spent in New Jersey and $.42 get spent in other states--Arizona I think gets back more than a dollar in federal spending for each dollar its taxpayers contribute. There isn't anyplace in the northeast US quadrant that;s close to parity, and I don't think there's a Southern Tier state that close to parity, they get more back than they pay.

The base closings recommended cut 29,000 jobs--13,000 of them in New England. That's 6 states with probably under 12,000,000 people out of the country's 300,000,000, being singled out for nearly -half- the job losses. And the two big bases beeing closed are the last major facilities in the states affected, there are no active duty Army full-up bases left in the region (the Army Natick Labs is a research base and tiny, it's barely noticeable even if one drives past it! It's considerable smaller than e.g. Sun's complex in Burlington, Massachusett) and there's a non-flying Air Force base which does electronics systems contract management. I think that the sub base at Groton CT and Postsmouth Naval Shipyard as are the last two major Navy facilities left in the entire area, both of which are the recommended closings list--and which account for more than 13,000 lost jobs--at the two most northern Navy bases in the country, and thus also closest facilities to Europe. I wonder what Canada thinks....

Anyway, the antics in DC have me wanting to see the earth scorched of the home states of the people who elected and kept in power the regime in DC that's promoting even greater thermal instability in world climate, that's had nothing but lies regarding oil politics in the Middle East and "terrorism," which has Christian Dominionist policies promulgated and championed, which had turned blind eyes to sexual abuse at the Air Force Academy and more recently has been raping the Constitution at the Air Force Academy regarding official promotion of born-again Christian and harassment and proselytization and discrimination to anyone who's not an evangelical Christian (less discrimination at Christians of non-evangelical persuasions than the bigotry applied to non-Christians, but proselytzing evangelicals go after non-evangelicals, too, with their conversion zeal and intolerance of the concept of religious pluralism which is explicitly in the Bill of Rights).

I've been unemployed for months, and am getting angrier and angrier and angrier.
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From:ferragus
Date:May 18th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
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Arizona's a Red State.

I'm working on that, give me time, at least until the 2006 election cycle.

There's a push out here to get a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and "any laws which attempt to grant the benefits and privledges of marriage to a civil union". There's so many ways to fight this, but I'm thinking of pulling out the Nixon dirty tricks and seeing if we can't kill this unholy child before it'd birthed. then if we can get the various fundie groups pointing fingers at each other in blame ...

It could be the start of something big.
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From:kalligraphy
Date:May 18th, 2005 05:17 am (UTC)
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As I recall I already congratulated me.

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From:ferragus
Date:May 18th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
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So tempted ...
Yes you did, many thanks.

I held off on making it public until I was very sure.
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From:azang
Date:May 18th, 2005 06:24 am (UTC)
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Job is good, congratulations!
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From:shadowhelm
Date:May 18th, 2005 07:07 am (UTC)

Congrats!!!!

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I did contract work for years -- you can make a decent living at it.
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From:ferragus
Date:May 18th, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Congrats!!!!

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yeah, but I'm addicted to cons and time off, 20 years ago I could have worked for years without taking any time off (and did in fact), but these days, I like to stay home if I'm miserable sick, go to the odd convention and hang out with great people and maybe, just maybe spend the holidays with my honey.

With contract work, you have to really save up, since all that will be unpaid time.

Thanks again though!
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From:shadowhelm
Date:May 18th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)

Re: Congrats!!!!

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There's some truth to that, but usually you make a lot more as a contractor. What I would do is work half the year and take half the year off. Because of the contract work, I was able to build up my freelance career.

Yeah, I'm addicted to money. But I'm also addicted to time off.
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From:mevennen
Date:May 18th, 2005 08:04 am (UTC)
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That's great! Well done.
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From:cardigirl
Date:May 18th, 2005 11:35 pm (UTC)
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Congrats on income!! That's gotta be a load off your mind.

only been over 100 once... Hang onto your hat, man, it's comin' like a locomotive now. We've had an exceptionally mild spring, but every sign is that it's going to be over 100 most of the next four months. And you'll come to consider 105 a blessing compared to 115!

Local cons. *sigh* Don't let me discourage you, but I generally find them completely uninspired/inspiring. I haven't been attending them regularly for many years. I'd hoped, when there were a passle of cons here last year, that I'd find things had improved, but sadly, it was pretty much same old same old. My assessment is that the local concoms *tend* to run conventions for each other, instead of for the fans. There are striking exceptions to this, a few very nice people.

For the best "local" convention, plan on hitting TusCon in November if you can swing it. Uniformly good people, fan and pro, and a better mix of good times than anything I find up here.
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From:wood_dragon
Date:May 19th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Hooray for the pay! Congratulations!