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Interviewing is interesting. It used to be, when I was young, that you walked into a store, told the people why you were awesome, and you were either hired or told politely that a 9 year old probably shouldn't be looking for a job.

What? I was proactive at that age.

But really, I got my first real job because I walked into the video store at least once a week and asked the man who owned the store if he needed help. One day I saw him at Kenny's, a little corner market where I liked to buy some candy and I asked if he was looking for help yet.

He said yes. I had a job. It was magical.

Now? Now applying for the job I want has become a little bit different. First, I fill out an application online. Then, when that's approved and not immediately deleted I get a phone call from a person asking which position I'd like out of the three that they emailed me about. After a brief conversation with them I'm told that yes, I have made it to the phone interview part and that they will call me in a few days.

Today was the phone interview part. I was myself, talked calmly, relaxed, and generally just went with the flow of things. I am now set up for the computer skills assessment test! Apparently I did well enough on the phone interview that they want me to come in again. I am very excited!

I'll be in central New York this week, about 180 miles away, but I return next weekend and on Monday I go in for the computer test. I'm not really nervous - the phone interview was the most nerve-wracking part for me because there's no body language to read and if the phone cuts out it could all end in disaster, etc.

I'm very happy right now. Time to go get some strawberry milk.*

*I'll explain this last comment later. Right now though all I have to say is WHOO!!!


Jul. 23rd, 2010 01:39 pm
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If you had to sum up your life as it currently is with one small phrase, what would it be? What do you want it to be?

Right now I am "Figuring s#!t out." I want to "Continue being Awesome." All the while I will continue to "Pay attention."


Jul. 22nd, 2010 11:05 pm
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I used to be able to wake up moments before the alarm would go off, no matter what time the alarm was set to. It wasn't perfect but I was pretty good at it and my internal clock was fairly impressive. This doesn't mean I would get up at that time but I'd look at the clock and groan.

I'd like to test this.

So, tomorrow morning I will try to wake up at 7 AM without the use of any kind of alarm clock. Heck, I don't even think there's a clock in this room within my eyesight so that will make it that much more difficult.

7 AM. Let's see if it works.
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I'm looking for interaction today so let's do an old meme:

Ask me a question. Any question. I'll answer to the best of my ability. It can be about me, my life, the sky, astrophysics, anything at all. (I like real questions, but silly ones are okay too; it's all good.)
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I have now applied to over 50 jobs in the western New York area between Rochester and Buffalo. I have applied to 6 jobs outside of those areas. Those 6 jobs, though, are the ones I'm very excited about.

All six are through Americorps with opportunities to live, work, and experience some place new. The nearest of the six positions is in Florida. The others are split between Texas, Hawaii, and Alaska. I'd be happy to take any of these positions and delighted to move into those areas.

If something else really good (like a job at Geico or United Health) comes up first then I will by all means jump on that and take it as an adventure in a different sense of the word but really my eyes are peeled on these Americorps positions. I'd really like to help the world while also gaining valuable experience and learning how to live on my own with little to my name.

Plus there's that whole "travel to amazing places" thing. Texas, Florida, Alaska and Hawaii may not seem all that amazing to you but as a boy who's never left the eastern shore please let me assure you that they are.
jmfargo: (puppy)
I had an interview this morning that seemed to go well. It ended on a positive note of the boss saying that she thinks I'd fit well with the company and that she will contact me when she figures out where.

I have applied to many jobs that would be absolutely amazing if I get them.

I have a cell phone loaned to me by a great friend from Buffalo who even put about an hour's worth of minutes onto it.

My friends are all amazing. Brett, Derek, and Kath with offers to house me, feed me, help get me on my feet. Just hands-down amazing.

Next week will actually be a "week off" so to speak in that I'll be in an area where I won't be actively applying for jobs. And I'll see more friends and family.

So far, nobody has told me to quit my bitchin'. I take this as a relatively good sign that I haven't overstayed my welcome in the pity wagon. I'll try not to. Promise.


Jul. 21st, 2010 09:05 pm
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I'm astounded to find that there are now things I feel I can't/shouldn't/don't want to talk about in public, or even really to friends. Things that make me feel somehow broken. I don't understand it and always thought I was a "share everything" kind of guy.

I guess we only know our true limits when we hit them and bounce backwards.
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Note: I would guess that reading a bunch of my to do lists has gotten kind of boring. Please understand that eventually I will go back to being that hip, hilarious, and awesome guy you're used to reading (or, well, as close as I ever get) but that right now I just need to kind of chronicle plans, keep track of what's going on, etc.

That being said:

I think that over the next few days or weeks, depending on how long it takes me to get a job, I will have to keep busy. It's really the best thing I can possibly do. For this I have come up with a list of things I'd like to try to do every day until I get a job. After I get a full-time job somewhere this will be altered to something else, but right now I just need to focus.

So here's what I'm thinking, and I'd love some feedback:

1. Apply to 5 new jobs

2. Hula-hoop for 15 minutes minimum

3. Spin poi for 15 minutes minimum

4. Practice the cello for 15 minutes minimum

5. Shower/Shave/Medicine (not much of a "to do" but it's important)

6. Work out, whether at a gym or at home using what I have on hand

7. Read

8. Go for a walk

9. Take photographs

10. Write

Not much of a list, really, and some of it probably seems silly to other folks, but I need to do new stuff, try new things, push my limits and keep busy. But what am I missing? Thoughts?
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I got up late today after going to bed around 1 AM or so and I haven't had a lot of time to get things done. I will be heading to Buffalo tomorrow so I decided that I needed to make sure to accomplish at least five (UPDATE: Or more, I suppose) things today that would make me go "Okay, I did something."

So, here's what I've done so far, and I will be updating as the day goes along:

1. Applied for 5 office jobs
2. Enjoyed a short beautiful rainstorm with peels of thunder in the background*
3. Changed out the garbage in the kitchen (Hey, ask Maria - it's an accomplishment in my world)
4. Finished packing for a trip to Buffalo
5. Made grocery list for next week (making sauce, stew, chili, and soup - whoo!)
6. Practiced spinning poi
7. Practiced hula-hooping
8. Practiced cello

*I felt like it was done special, just for me because of my "Things That Make Me Happy" list from yesterday. Also: I never said the list had to be of productive things. Sometimes just enjoying yourself is a good thing to put on a list.
jmfargo: (sam the eagle)
I am a morning person.

I am a solar-powered person.

When the night creeps in, so do all the negative thoughts/emotions. I never really realized this before because I had little to be negative about.

Now, the darkness happens and all the happy-go-lucky good things I had in my brain during the sun-lit hours go away, followed by doubt and insecurity.

I guess that means it's time for bed. Sleep allows me to ignore these things, at least consciously. Sub-consciously I'm guessing it's time for yet another zombie dream where nothing I do is good enough to hold them off.

But hey, at least I get to shoot the zombies right in their f#@$ing* faces. Good dreams. Zombies go bye-bye.

G'night all.

*My mom reads this. Hi mom!


Jul. 15th, 2010 12:05 pm
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Today is my day to clean up my room, organize my stuff, get ready for a trip to Buffalo for a few days and generally be a homemaker for a day. I've already learned to fold a t-shirt in 2 seconds (a skill I am stupidly proud of), but now am realizing that I'm going to need to know more than that.

Don't get me wrong, folding stuff isn't a problem. Shirts were the only things that ever gave me problems and now I've got them down. Folding is easy.

But what's this "iron" thing I keep hearing about? I remember once, a long time ago, in dim memories passed being shown this hot flat thing used to unwrinkle clothing but I think that was a myth, or a time so far gone these skills no longer exist.

I've organized my room, folded my clothing into neat little piles, and packed for my trip but I'm going to have to ask my (roommate? landlord?) friend to show me how to use an iron. I feel kinda dumb, but so be it.

I'm sure there's a whole bunch of things I'm going to need to learn in the near future. I guess I should get used to asking questions.

To Do

Jul. 13th, 2010 10:07 pm
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If nothing else has gotten into my brain over the past ten (nearly eleven) years with Maria then the power of the to do list has at least penetrated my dense brain walls. I've come up with a good to do list of things I have to finish over the next few days in order to feel like I'm accomplishing something.

Apply to 6 jobs/day
Buy toothpaste
Go for a walk
Ask dad/mom for a ride to/from CNY some time in the next week or two
Whirly Wednesday*
Pack for trip to WNY
Read a book**
Find fitness requirements for joining Air Force Reserves
Go to Derek's birthday party
Organize living space
Post resume/job postings on Craigslist
Find a gym partner who can drive us both to Planet Fitness (I can get you in for free as my guest!)
Upload photos to Facebook
Hang out with more friends

*Hula-hooping, fire spinning, drum circle hippy thing done in the park. Not really "hippy" but that's the way most people would probably see it. It's a chance to make new friends and hang out with old friends. UPDATE: No old friends, all new friends, but it was a good time.
**Stephen King fantasy book. Weird. Very weird.


Jul. 13th, 2010 10:47 am
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Maria and I have separated in hopes that distance and time apart might help to fix things between us. I'm in Rochester for the moment, living with a good friend who drove 7 hours one way to pick me up on Sunday, then endured the 7 hour drive all the way back here that night.

This was going to be a long post explaining everything that happened in excruciating detail as I've seen it but I realized that that's not going to help anyone. Here's the bare-bones of it:

We decided to become polyamorous about 7 months ago. Our relationship was strong, we trust each other and communicate well*. Life was good.

Stuff happened. Maria realized I might not be the person she wants to be married to. Not that there's anyone waiting in the wings, just that I wasn't as steady, ambitious, and well-grounded as she would want me to be. Neither of us knows where we belong in the other person's life anymore. I moved out. Maybe I'll move back in but things have to happen on both sides of the relationship before that even becomes a possibility.

We're working on it. I'll be out of the house for at least 2 months. My two big goals are to get in shape and to find a job. If I stay out here longer I'll need to find a way to become independent and get a place of my own. Not because my friend would be kicking me out but because I'm just a guy that likes a place to call his own.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Comment or email me. I'll answer anything. Oh, and if you're in the WNY area, I'm definitely looking for some company over the next few days, weeks, whatever. I came out this way to be around the people I know and care about and would love to see you.

*Why yes, I did switch from past-tense to present-tense in one sentence. In this case I find it appropriate.
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I am currently living in Rochester, NY with a friend. We left yesterday and got here around 4:30 this morning. I unpacked almost all of my worldly belongings from his Ford Focus in less than half an hour and was as settled in as I could be.

I will be here for an indeterminate length of time. I have no way of really getting anywhere at the moment so if locals want to hang out I am very much willing, but you'd have to come to me. I also have absolutely zero money so hanging out would include, um, watching tv, talking, and, well, hanging out.

I lied. I have exactly $20 left to my name at this point. So I could have A meal.

I need a job. Today I rest, tomorrow I start looking. Any suggestions?

Also, yes. Most of my entire life fits in the back seat and trunk of a Ford Focus. That was a rather startling revelation. I don't know if I'm happy about that (yay! Not much "stuff!") or really sad about it. Which should I be?

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