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I do have a phone conference scheduled for later this afternoon. It's a firm up north, but I think they're more like head hunters. They had something advertised on one of the several job sites I frequent, so my resume ended up with them.

With luck, they'll have something for me that's wouldn't present a s&%$ty commute.

If they suggest anything that would require me moving, that's just a no-go.

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Otherwise, it's looking to be a(nother) bright, sun-shiny day. Mayhap we will grill food tonight......

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Forgot to mention, on Sunday morning I had to run over to Kroger for some things. They had some nice 3 gallon stock pots on sale for like $17. I'd been wanting to get a better one for cooking gumbo, so I splurged a bit.

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Sometimes, my ill luck on the engineering job front gets me down and bums me out. Then I come to this website, and realize just how great my life is.

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Mmmmm...turkey sammich.

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And coffee. I'm starting to have really weird breakfast cravings.


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I'm actually thinking of the federal system for employment. One of my professors brought it up, and it actually makes a lot of sense. They are geared to veterans, they are used to hiring older folks starting second careers, and they have a pretty decent system. I found a perfect job on USAJobs... In Portland, OR. :/

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Patrick Curtin wrote:
I'm actually thinking of the federal system for employment. One of my professors brought it up, and it actually makes a lot of sense. They are geared to veterans, they are used to hiring older folks starting second careers, and they have a pretty decent system. I found a perfect job on USAJobs... In Portland, OR. :/

Cool! Except, of course, for the Oregon part. Unless you're into that sort of thing.

Government service can be ok. Good benefits. Decent pay (at least where I was). Flexible scheduling. We got a lot of annual cost of living increases (except when there were budget issues).

And it's nearly impossible to lose the job once you get it. Seriously, you have to screw up big time - like violence, pervy sex s*%*, maybe drug use. I knew a dude who defrauded the government twice (second time to the tune of about $30K), and he just got slaps on the wrist.

Main reason the wife and I left was because we had kind of plateaued out advancement wise, and with budget cuts we knew overall future advancements would be few and far between. One dude I worked with got his promotion by accepting a job in Japan. That and there was talk at the time of moving my wife's duties to another location.

And we wanted to get out of the cesspool that is Philthadelphia.

And F%%% WINTER.


The job I am looking at is structured to give a recent paralegal grad a grounding in experience to further themselves in the GS field. I'd start off as a GS7 with a pathway up to the 9-10 level. That's really all I would need. Plus I have 5 years military that could be added to the retirement. And, I have no real ties to this place.

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As I recall, when I first started my government employment, it was at the GS-7 level. Normally, folks would start at GS-5, but I was so f&!&ing awesome they bumped me up a pay grade.

By the time I left, I was a GS-13 with pretty much no faith in ever getting to GS-14. My wife was in much the same position, except that the post she had held for the previous few years had traditionally been a GS-14 position.

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My mother arrives tomorrow for a week (and change) long visit. Part of the reason she's coming now is my niece (and God Child) is about to make her First Communion this Saturday, and she and her sister are having a dance recital the next day.

So, Granny will spend at least this weekend at my house (since my brother's mother in law is staying at his house). Should be fun. My kids are excited.

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I'm might talk with my brother about us furthering our plans to subtly influence our mother into selling her house in Louisiana and move to Texas.

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If I succeeded, then all I would need to do is convince my in-laws to move here, and I would (likely) never have to set foot in Louisiana again!

WOOT!

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Because, of course, Louisiana is the Wet Crotch of America.

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And New Orleans is the stinky bung hole.

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And there's an image you will all carry with you for the rest of your days. You're welcome.


BUNGHOLE!!!!

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Slow week.

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I wonder if moderators dread these times when I get bored? Sadly, they occur far more often than not these days.

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Gee, what a surprise. More douchebag troll threads.

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In other news, the f&%$ing critter was back in my yard this morning. Apparently, the spray I used is easily washed away by my sprinkler system.

So I threw a brick at it. Missed, though.

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And the gas company never did actually send someone out, like they said they would. So now I get to call back and be the angry customer. What a bunch of f@!$ing a%#&@**s.

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Time for an even more old fashioned defense of my yard from the critter. It seems I'll be making some use of those big stones left over from the construction of my home.

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So I closed off all the big holes where I know the critter can use to get in/out of my yard. In addition, I used a several of the f$*@ load of leftover bricks to plug even smaller gaps where the little s$@~ might be tempted to dig a new passage.

If he does, in fact, decide to dig a new hole, thus showcasing his persistence in attacking my yard, welll....then I'll show him what persistence really is.

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The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard (or Armadillo) die for his.

- Patton


I still think you should mail me the armadillo...

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Talking to my brother - It seems there is an effort to bring the current mayor (and all-around douchebag) of New Orleans (my hometown) up on federal charges. Apparently, one of those old statues he had removed was on the federal register of protected historical landmarks.

While I'm indifferent to the removal of the statues (since I no longer live there), I still would love to see that a%++&++ go to prison.

I do have doubts as to the veracity of all this, because it seems he would have at least been smart enough to check on something like that before ordering the statue removed. Still, one can have hope.....

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And that's about as close as I'll get to politics hereabouts. Anyone else having an opinion on the matter, please be aware that your opinion doesn't matter to me.

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Otherwise, I feel somewhat productive this morning. I applied to 4 more jobs today. That makes 11 total applications this week. Plus 21 applications submitted last week. And 14 the week before that. And countless others in the months since last July.

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I still think you should mail me the armadillo...

The thought of trying does have a certain appeal.......


Well taking care of armadillo would be easier I think than taking care of grumpy old people.

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'Tis a glorious Friday morning! The sun is (sort of) shining, the birds are singing, and I'm fairly certain I kept that damned vermin out of my backyard last night.

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Also, my mother is in town and staying with us this weekend. On Monday, she'll move over to my brother's house for a few days. Then she'll be back with us next Thursday, so I can bring her to the airport on Friday.

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Today, it shall be errands and such.

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Whilst out running some errands today, my mom decided to spend time with my sister-in-law and niece. Later they called me to let me know they were going to Five Guys for lunch, so I met them there.

After lunch, I stopped at the comic book store. On a whim, I did some checking in their back issue section and scored three issues of Sandman I didn't have yet.

WOOT!!!!!

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Long day. And tomorrow looks to be even busier.

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I happened to glance out in the back yard earlier this evening, and there was a turtle in the grass, just off the patio. His shell was probably a good 5 or 6 inches long, at least.

I found a little plastic container to put him in, then the boy and I took a walk down to the subdivision lake area and put him in the shade, on some rocks next to the water.

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We've got a somewhat busy day ahead. Some errands to run and household chores to do this morning. Then a noon lunch at Spring Creek Barbecue to celebrate my niece's First Communion, followed by the actual mass a little while later.

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Baby girl had an accident in bed last night, and the wife couldn't find the spare bed sheet. So we let her sleep in our bed. And, of course, during the child's tossing and turning daddy got kicked in the tenders. That's a hell of a way to be woken up.

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We had family movie night last night, as usual. This time, however, Granny got to experience the majesty of it all. We introduced her to the Trolls movie.

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There was Spring Creek Barbecue for lunch today. And it was good.

All part of the First Communion celebration for my niece/godchild.

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The mass for her First Communion is a little later today. My mom and I are going to the mass, with my boy tagging along (for the first time ever). The wife will stay home with baby girl, as I don't think the youngster would do well in mass.

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It was a nice mass for my niece's first communion. My boy was very well behaved, especially considering this was the first time I brought him to a regular church service. I was proud of him.

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The only bad thing about having a visitor and various to-dos is that it throws off my typical schedule. I had to wait until this morning to go to the grocery store, and I'll end up doing three loads of laundry today. Mrgh.

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I would dearly love to convince my mother to move to Houston. It might have been easier if brother #2 hadn't moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Having three kids and five grandkids might have made it more convincing.

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Happy rainy and gloomy Monday morning!

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I have seen no further evidence of continued armadillo activity. Mayhap my rock and brick solution has been successful.

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I might be in the mood for lunch at Cajun Town Café today. Not sure.

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Sad to see some of the controversy going on in my old home town. Hopefully, the grandstanding douchebag of a mayor will have a big bite taken out of his ass by the Fair Lady Karma.

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