Monday, May 12, 2008
In the continuing saga of me looking for work, a new wrinkle. The place I interviewed on Friday apparently only wants me for the lower level job. That makes them less attractive and I have something else to grab my attention which seems a lot better and certainly would not knock me around with a two-hour commute each way, every single day.
The other place -- which also wants to interview me -- is right downtown. It's a permanent job, the money is good and the work looks interesting. If I get it, I will most likely take it. Even if the work stinks, it beats the heck out of four hours of planes, trains and automobiles. We'll see how it goes.
The week is totally full. Tomorrow is my third round of interviews with the place out in the sticks, Wednesday I have an all-day class and Thursday I'm hoping to interview with the place I mentioned above. Then Friday Mr. J and I are leaving town. No way am I interviewing on Friday. We'll be totally without 'net access, the whole nine yards. Won't be back until Monday, another day when there's no way I'm interviewing anywhere. So if Thursday doesn't work out, it'll have to be next Tuesday.
Oh, the song? It's because the fishmonger guy (who looks kinda like the actor Chris Elliott) said I was one of their favorite customers. Is the fish guy hitting on me? I dunno, aside from a cabdriver downtown while I was running to an interview (who looked me up and down and asked me "How's it goin'?"), I haven't had anyone other than Mr. J hit on me since, oh gosh, who knows how long?
And I won't be seeing the fish dude this week because we're going on vacation. Will he pine away and drown his sorrows in pike? Will he commit hari-kiri with a frozen flounder? Will he talk to a tuna, pretending it's me? I have no idea and I'm sure I'm making more of this than it is but, heh, it feels good to be noticed, even if it's just for ordering a half-pound of trout.
Next week: As the Salmon Turns.
Stay tuned. Er, tuna'ed.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Big ones, too.
Like how to be a professional woman. How to be gracious. How to read. How to appreciate reading. To be politically active. To be good to people (something I strive for but to her comes so naturally). To give of herself.
I'll be calling her today, of course, and we'll be calling Mr. J's Mom (also a wonderful woman), and my sisters-in-law.
Thank you, Mom.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
A lazy, cloudy day. Reminds me of Joni Mitchell, so enjoy Both Sides Now.
In the meantime, I need to get some lunch.
Friday, May 09, 2008
Well, it might be.
I had the interview -- it was actually two interviews as there are two openings. I am quite sure I got the lower level of the two. The question is whether I got the higher level one.
The commute wasn't too awful but I can see how snow days would stink unless I went by train. I also learned that they'd let me go home and work via VPN client, or work at home, on occasion, when it gets mucky.
They were lovely people and I could definitely see myself working there. It's one of these situations where you bring order to chaos and I tend to thrive on stuff like that.
I have to go write my thank-you notes.
I'll hear next week.
Meanwhile, enjoy one of my favorite singer-songwriters, Joe Jackson.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
I had a very interesting phone call this morning. With an employer, of course. And while they are outside my commute zone the job is so good I will consider it.
The icing on the cake: I can take a commuter rail to the next town over, and they have a shuttle bus that would pick me up. I imagine they've run into this before, where someone in the Boston city limits balked at the commute.
The commute will still be kinda ugly but not as bad as I feared. I had been afraid I'd be driving every single day (which I hate), including in blizzards. Instead, here's how the commute would go:
1) 6:40 AM grab bus that stops in front of my house. Take it to the end of its line.
2) Grab trolley for 2 stops.
3) Grab 7:37 train and take it to the approved stop. It arrives at 8:22 AM. I assume they have an 8:30 pickup.
Since this is the first train of the day it'll probably be loaded with folks doing exactly what I'd be doing, but by the time I get on it's only the second stop. So chances of me getting a seat are very high. Plus I have 2 other decent bus-trolley-train options for before about 10 AM. The reason for there not being too many trains on the schedule is because this is the reverse commute.
Another option is occasionally working at home. So even in blizzards I could be home, and then otherwise just do the above. It's not perfect -- nearly two hours each way is a long time. But I suspect they'd give me a laptop or at least a Blackberry.
Why am I so confident about what they'd give me? Because, heh, there are 2 openings, they are dying to meet me and -- wait for it -- one of the openings is to be a Team Lead.
We'll see how it goes, and I am certainly not counting any chickens yet but to be a paid manager (I already manage a website, but that's on a volunteer basis) would be amazing.
The in-person interview is tomorrow at 10. I'll drive there as I don't want the stress of wondering about all of that transportation. I'll leave at something like 8:15 and bring stuff to read as I'd probably be early but it's good to have a huge time cushion for something like this.
I am excited and a tad nervous. My suit is ready, the car has gas and I have directions.
If I get the original #1 job, the one I interviewed for a few weeks ago, I'll still take it. But if they don't act before this place (hopefully) makes me an offer, I suspect I will find a way to make this work.
Aside from the commute, the whole thing is fabulous. It's the perfect match to my skill set. It's a job where you bring order to chaos (which I like to do). It would be management. The company is practically recession-proof and is regularly named as one of the best places to work in the state.
No chicken-counting allowed!
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