semiotic_pirate: (eyeball)
For a couple months or so now I've had this dream, based on a nebulous offer of a job that would only happen if something specific came through for this person.

Last week, I was approached by that person, who told me that the plan was approaching implementation and was I and DH in.

Yesterday, I got taken out to lunch to toss around ideas, brainstorming on said dream. That I'd have my choice of two sweet projects that would support and benefit the community it was based in and that I already had a person with a hefty bit of project management to be teamed with to get it done.

At 1:30am this morning I awoke with a stream of panicked thoughts about if I was ready for this kind of leap, if I could find a way to avoid self-sabotaging this amazing opportunity. If it goes through, how I would resolve stuff in my present environment (house, bills, current job, etc.) I didn't watch the clock to see how long it took me to get back to sleep because I would've never gotten there if I had.

Sorry for being so cryptic, but I've kept this a secret for so long that I've gotten used to talking of it in sheer generalities unless in a closed room session with the other parties involved.

Here's the deal.

A coworker of mine comes from money. Her cousin is coming into an even bigger sum of money via a lawsuit that is pending a payout. Once the payout drops, the whole lot are moving off to the US Virgin Islands with plans to build some businesses, be philanthropic, partner with existing businesses (bringing in new tech & needed public services) as well as the local university system. I was approached as one of the people at my company that she wanted to cherry-pick / poach for her/their future plans.

The most recent iteration of my part of the plan is to start up a biodiesel facility as well as a series of vertical farming operations. The latter is likely to be tackled first as there are a number of domestic and foreign companies that already do this and can be partnered with for a JV w/an option for us to take full control at some point in the future. The reason for going with the vertical farming plan first is because there is a real need for locally grown fresh produce since nearly all of what is available locally is either shipped over from mainland US, (via Fla.) from PR, or from South America. By the time it gets there it's all practically going bad. This is an image of one, growing strawberries:

I can talk about the technology for hours, mentioning that it's aeroponics, that it uses a significantly lower amount of water than traditional farming, that it is all monitored by computers for moisture and other environmental factors, that it uses LED lights that are programmed across each day to provide the optimal spectrum range and amount of light... I have the ability to research the hell out of this, pros and cons, typical stumbling blocks and so forth. The talks I had with my coworker included mentioning that I'd do onsite gladhanding and working with existing production companies as well as figuring out the types of people we'd need to implement.

Part of me is so excited about this whole idea and is hopeful that it actually happens and gets all wide-eyed saying "Woooooooo!" Another part is daunted. By their belief in me. By my lack of experience in doing anything like this. By a fear of failure.

Taking on this opportunity would require I figure out what to do with my house [because my DH is also included in said plans (he would be doing things he already has experience doing and has plenty of contacts to get what he'd need to do done) and he says he's looking forward to not having to rake or shovel snow] because accepting would require relocating to the US Virgin Islands.

Looking into the locale, I start learning about the cost of living on an island. I learn that USVI is the only US location where drivers drive on the left hand side of the road... I'm waiting until something becomes definite before looking more into all this.

If it happens it would do so sometime in the fall, from what I gather. I don't want to get my hopes up too high, or count any chickens before they hatch... I've promised DH that if it DOES happen and we move to USVI and do this, he gets a lizard and a Land Rover Defender. Sometimes it feels like I'm joking. Sometimes it feels like I'm serious.

This seems like an opportunity that has the patina of a "follow your passion" experience.
semiotic_pirate: (Kiki's Gigi at Bakery)

On my continuing journey at my place of employment we had a continuation to the "New Employee Orientation" yesterday, a Diversity/Inclusion training day last week (still need to post about that in detail) and all next week I will be at "Rookie Camp" where one of the many things covered will be a book we were assigned to read called The Power of Ethical Management by Kenneth Blanchard and Norman Vincent Peale. One of the sections in the book, as an illustration of the "Mirror" technique of judging how a situation makes you feel to help in making an ethical decision has the original of the poem that the following was based on.

The Person Reflected
A found poem, by "SP's Real Name Here"
Based on The Man In The Glass by Dale Wimbrow

When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you leader for a day,
Just go to a mirror and look in those eyes
And see what that YOU has to say.

For it isn't your relatives or partner or friend
Whose judgment upon which you must pass;
The person whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the YOU staring back from the glass.

Some people may think you are honorable and kind
And call you a wonderful gal or guy;
But the YOU in the glass says you're only passing time
If you can't look them straight in the eye.

The person to please, never mind all the rest,
For you're with your YOU clear to the end.
And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the YOU in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of life
And get pats on your back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you've cheated the YOU in the glass.


There was homework assigned in preparation to discussing the book and ethics in general. Some of that was done today, some tonight, and the rest will be finished up before Friday... Took Halloween as my floating holiday!
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Yep. The time when I've decided that my alarm clock will be set for... at least it was until a week before vacation and this past week when I returned from vacation. I was rolling out of bed mostly before the external alarm was set - did that yesterday too in fact, though it was for a 6:55 AM external then. Maybe my body/mind is readjusting back from the pre-vacation slouch/slacker/sloth mode I was adopting. That included not reading my f-list or posting btw.

Funny email exchange with my boss:

Me: BTW - R said "Hi" yesterday when he called us...

S: I give, what's BTW?

Me: First LOL now BTW? We seriously need to get you an internet acronym dictionary. FYI: BTW means "by the way."

Note that he uses FYI all the time in his email messages.

S: What can I say? IAOOT.

I am out of touch.

- It's good he put in the meaning of his acronym because that's a new one on me. Not sure if I would've just pinged him back or Google'd it first though.

I got a lot of compliments on my shirt as well, which was a nice touch on the day. It had sparklies on it - which attracted them like magpies and other shiny-object-collective corvids it seems. I've been sidling up to the idea of getting (*Gasp!*) more "feminine" clothing... You know, skirts and dresses. It's like my mind has decided that the dress code at work is an excuse to do this or something. Actually, with sitting in a chair all day (well, for the most part, I do get up to go to various parts of the building semi-frequently) which can heat up pretty quick and well, a skirt/dress would be infinitely cooler to wear than pants. And since none of my choices will be form-fitting I'm going to switch over to (here's the TMI point people) boxers and/or boxer briefs which are infinitely more comfortable and come with the added bonus of zero chafing. Surprisingly, women's foot wear is a very flexible item, dressy sandals are allowed. Hell. Nice capris/gauchos are allowed too.

Have I mentioned how much I like this place? Yeah.

Was involved in getting another deal approved (this one for $6.5MM) on which I got compliments from the Credit Committee on the Industry/Market/Product analysis I wrote as an exhibit to the main document. Also got a "congrats" type pat-on-the-back email from my boss. Yay!

Got tapped for a special project today - I'm going to probably take over keeping the "Protein Complex Producers" Industry benchmark spreadsheet updated. I know Excel gurus out there probably already know this, but... I found out how to create a chart using data scattered all over the spreadsheet! That CTRL button really does give you control sometimes. When I first learned how to do this, my teachers all told me the data columns and rows all had to be adjacent to each other in order to create a graph/chart. When did they "fix" this issue? And that was just ONE of the many super things I did to impress the old-school man of a loan officer. He's come to rely on me to follow through and expedite these kinds of little "missions" as he refers to them. What can I say, his son is in special forces so he slips in a lot of military lingo here and there. I get it. Hooah! For those of you more up to date on military slang... it has been a long time since I used the "Hooah" and I never knew how it was spelled or if it has an acknowledged spelling. Am I getting it right?

Apparently we are entering our "slam season" part of the year too. This may or may not mean another long dry spell for me posting, with intermittent f-list reading/replying phases. I don't know yet. All I do know is that I'm glad I cranked out the three annual audits I did right before vacation instead of leaving them until after. Hot Damn.


Jun. 27th, 2008 05:33 pm
semiotic_pirate: (OMG!  OMG!  OMG!)
Yeah baby! Got a glimpse of these things a while back at some conference of geekitude - or just read something on WIRED about them. Then the other day I find this girl geek site called io9 - and there was this woman talking about how, when she went to the dentist's office for some drilling, she wore these glasses to take her to another world while getting drilled on.

If you go to the site - watch out for the German - you can request to be a lead user because it just isn't offered for sale in the U.S. unless you go through serious loop-de-loops, speak German, and are buddies with the Hoff. A lead user is kind of like a tester of the new technology. They send you their device, and you use it for two weeks, send it back, and review it. If you really like it, you have the option to buy at a discounted rate.

Watch video through these little glasses? Yes please! Here's the site's English version.

On the job: End of three weeks and I'm still enjoying myself greatly. Helped to close a 10 million dollar deal with the credit committee. I am the go-to hot prospect researcher.
semiotic_pirate: (OMG!  OMG!  OMG!)
and counting.

Tonight: Sushi Extravaganza!


Jun. 13th, 2008 04:50 pm
semiotic_pirate: (huzzah! turtle)
My first week as a full-time salaried employee went extremely well.


*fist pump*

I've been instrumental in problem solving a number of times this week and getting assigned "picking up slack" tasks as well. Yeah. Just like Cake's "Short Skirt / Long Jacket" song. How do you get nails that shine like justice? Hrm. I would've embedded the video but it didn't have that option. Go watch it! It's a great version because it was when they went around getting various people off the street all over the nation to listen to the song and give their opinion. This is a cleaner version of the song, if you are all interested.

Anyone else think keeping track of all this stuff, so that when it comes time for my annual review (next March, actually) and I'm asked to prepare a "self-assessment" to go into the meeting with, is a good idea? I'm keeping a series of text files with the date and Daily in a folder on the drive that I have been told is "private" that only I have access to. A "06.13.2008 Daily" type title with a list of the things I've accomplished that day and for whom it was tasked.
semiotic_pirate: (huzzah! turtle)
*dances around the house in little energetic hops*


Made a bunch of phone calls to yell the above phrase... Woke me up out of a sound sleep, from a nap I needed to recover from my cat waking me at 4 AM and having spent the day with high-schoolers. Totally forgot my text file with all the simple questions about normal starting hour, hours in the day, review process, etc. I will call tomorrow and ask them all.

Now, I wait for the promised written offer letter. Which will be read, signed, and returned. I may start as early as next week, depending on how fast the letter gets here. Heh.

The rejoicing BEGINS!
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From one of the reviewers at the amazon listing:

"The premise of the book is simple - Megan Hustad has read a ludicrous number of self-help business books and has put together a book of the high points of a number of the unlikely ones, with each chapter focusing on a certain kind of idea and a book or author who is iconic to it. A few of these are familiar but dated, such as Carnegie's 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' or Covey's 'Seven Habits of Highly Effective People' but most of them are either much more obscure or far more unlikely to be useful. 'Sex and the Single Girl'. 'Dress For Success'. The etiquette writings of Emily Post. Even Donald Trump gets a nod.

The book walks a marvelous line between enthusiasm and criticism. Some chapters, especially dedicated to older or more obscure sources, seem to focus on uncovering lost jewels. Other chapters, usually dealing with more modern books, are all about cutting away the bulk of it for the one or two choice morsels inside. The author has no love of Stephen Covey, for example, and restricts her analysis so a single habit, but drills down into it very seriously."

Details about the book are further revealed in an interview Ms. Hustad did with Newsweek:

Hate Your Job?
Advice from the author of a new book, 'How to Be Useful.'
Daniel Gross
Newsweek Web Exclusive
Updated: 3:45 PM ET May 21, 2008

Just in time for college graduation comes a career guide for the smart liberal-arts grad who believes such guides are nothing more than a pile of self-help mush: "How to Be Useful: A Beginner's Guide to Not Hating Work," by Megan Hustad, 33, a history major at the University of Minnesota, and former book editor at Random House and Basic Books.

"How to Be Useful" draws on a century's worth of career advice--from Andrew Carnegie and Dale Carnegie (not related) to Helen Gurley Brown and Stephen Covey. But Hustad's book is more than an I-read-this-so-you-won't-have-to exercise. She believes there is plenty of career gold in these mines, and she intersperses her readings with anecdotes from the contemporary workplace. Hustad spoke with NEWSWEEK's Daniel Gross about the clich├ęs of the career canon, what it takes to get ahead in the "creative industries" and the delicate art of managing your first boss. Excerpts:

NEWSWEEK: So, who is the target audience?
Megan Hustad: Recent grads, twentysomething or older, who would normally never pick up a book of good advice. I wanted to stop these lessons from being lost to a whole subset of pretentious liberal-arts grads like I once was.
Read more... )
On the whole, I'm planning to at least sit down at the cafe in my local bookstore to browse through it. I wonder if she mentions thank-you letters at all? It could be an interesting read, or it could be dross. I won't have to pay for it if it seems like the latter, going the cafe route. I'm also wondering why it is being specifically aimed at recent graduates. What about career changers? People coming back to the workforce after whatever reasons?

I've got a handful more articles lined up to read and some research about fuel efficient vehicles pending. Perhaps you will see another post or two today, perhaps not. I'm almost afraid to look at yesterday on the calendar and see how many posts I made. Nooooo... That's not a hint to go looking for them, read them, and comment on them at ALL. :D
semiotic_pirate: (speak your mind)
All previous reports are bullshit. In the words of The Fair & Balanced News commenting on Sat, 2007-05-26 23:42:

"The EEVS System is addressed beginning on page 196 or so of the PDF. NO WHERE in the wording does it state that ALL employers of ALL employees will be required to obtain pre-approval from the System. Of course, any Govt agency can do whatever the hell they want at any time the want."

Before I had gotten to this guy's statement, the only person out of all the commenters here who actually appears to have read the immigration bill, I decided to go looking for myself. Someone had given false directions to where to look earlier in the comments and instead of just walking away from it I actually started to read the damned thing to find what everyone was going on about.

I found it. I say again: All previous reports of "the sky is falling" are bullshit. If you open the pdf file, here are your directions to finding the refutation of all the headless chicken action going on the last day or so - page 217 Unlawful Employment of Aliens, page 221 Document Verification Requirements, and the kicker... page 228, lines 18-22 No authorization of National Identification Cards... and much more as I continues to read the document.

Baisically, the hoops we already have to jump through - using our license or passport - to prove our identity to our prospective employer during the initial hiring process is THE SAME. Nothing has changed for U.S. Citizens. There are no requirements to participate for employers in the U.S. at this time.

Page 228, line 18-22: "(6) NO AUTHORIZATION OF NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION CARDS.--Nothing in this section may be construed to authorize, directly or indirectly, the issuance, use, or establishment of a national identitification card."

The Electronic Employment Verification System seems like just an extension of what the IRS in conjunction with the Social Security Dept already has in place. Recordkeeping seems to be the same for employers as before... Info about the EEVS starts on page 228 line 23 - employers and employees of said employers are already required to register themselves and be tracked in databases via the IRS, using state & federal employer ID numbers and state & federal ID cards (social security card and state license or other id). Reminds me of how Homeland Security swallowed the US Coast Guard.

Something that seems new for the prospective employee appears on page 233 under INFORMATION REQUIRED: that employee must provide to the prospective employer: "(III) the employment identification number of the individual's employer during any one of the 5 most recently completed calendar years" which, in an additional section on page 234 said previous employer is required to provide to an individual upon request in order to comply with their new employment situation.

For flubs in the system, where a person cannot be confirmed (as a citizen or employable alien) which is actually referred at this point as "tentative nonconfirmation" people DO have an opportuntiy to CONTEST (within 10 days of written notification by prospective employer) and that (page 236 line 23) "An individual's failure to contest a tentative nonconfirmation shall not be considered an admission of guilt with respect to any violation of this Act or any other provision of law." and if contested, it will be cleared up within 30 days.

Page 243 line 18 begins another section on Contest and Self-Verification. This new power by "The Secretary" is in consulation with the Commissioner of Social Security. There is a provision for an idividual to "seek to verify the individual's own employment eligibility prior to obtaining or changing employment, to contact the appropriate agency and, in a timely manner, correct or update the information used by the System. Which reminds me of the working permit you have to get when you are a teenager in school... interesting parallel there. And I am sure that the employers will look favorably on prospective employees who allow the burden of confirmation to fall on their individual shoulders.

Page 240 line 15 provides protection to individuals who are in a process of contesting: "(viii) PROHIBITION ON TERMINATION.--An employer may not terminate the employment of an individual based on a tentative nonconfirmation notice until such notice becomes final... or a final nonconfirmation notice is issued for the individual by the system." however they allow a loophole immediately following "nothing in this clause shall prohibit the termination of employment for any reason other than such tentative nonconfirmation."

Another caveat in favor of the prospective employee is found on page 246 line 18-24: "(i) IN GENERAL.--If the Secretary makes a determination under subparagraph (C) that the final nonconfirmation notice issued for an individual was not caused by an act or omission of the individual, the Secretary shall compensate the individual for lost wages... beginning on the first scheduled work day after employment was terminated and ending 180 days after completion of the administrative review process described in this paragraph or the day after the individual is reinstated or obtains employment elsewhere, whichever occurs first." Of course, the source of funds for this compensation is a bit vague. You can contest, appeal, and even go on to obtain judicial review by a civil action commenced "not later than 60 days after the date of such decision..." wherein the above compensation kicks in.

There is a limit on the amount of information collected and penalties for collecting more than the "minimum requirement" for the purposes of identification of confirmed employability. There is allowance (compliance) with the rights for individuals and entities to file complaints (and one may assume, civil suits) giving investigative authority to our friend The Secretary of Labor under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and so forth.

Overall, this is a confirmation process of U.S. Citizenship and registered aliens that are allowed to be employed in the U.S. specifically geared toward disallowing employment of illegal aliens. Of course, it does not take into account the possibility that there will likely be an increase in "under the table" employment. Protectionists should be ecstatic that some percent of jobs will be "safely preserved for people who need them and are entitled to" however, this extra hoop to hop through is disturbing. Mainly because the policy and procedure already in place should be enough to get this self-same job done. This just seems like another power grab by Homeland Security, and they are assuming that none of the people who want to commit terrorist acts in the U.S. can be U.S. citizens. Timothy McVeigh anyone?

Of course, before any of this can be implemented, the program needs to appropriate $400,000,000.00 first... and that appropriation needs to be annual btw. Gah. Four hundred million dollars and it would probably be a lot less if it were just added to the policies and procedures already in place for verification purposes.
semiotic_pirate: (PirateWildKate)
Out of the seven I originally applied for, I only got three "you do not fit the bill" emails - those were for the USDA Farm Service Agency Loan Assistant positions. I think they were looking more for people with experience in bank loans as well as finance specific geared majors.

Of the other four, no word yet. This is good, because according to the postings it takes 60-90 days to hear anything back from them if you've made the initial pile to be assessed. Yay. One with NIST, and three with DOC - Bureau of Economic Analysis, although only two (don't know why) show as application completed.

Yesterday I applied for another four jobs listed on USAJOBS, great site. They are all economist positions, so my degrees are perfectly aligned with them. So, those new jobs are listed for th Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Economics and Statistics Administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Bureau of the Census. Of course, applying for the BLS is kind of like having thirty applications in one - since they are listing so many different locations at the same time. Signed up as amenable to all of them except Los Angeles county. I don't think I could deal with the Hollywood set nor with their climate/environment.

So, that means I have *counting on my fingers* eight applications out in totol. Yay. Otherwise, I'm not really sure of any good places for an economist to start at entry level in the private sector. Forget about the non-profit, I'm sure they all want people with experience. Anybody want to put in their two cents, feel free.

In other news, my Captain Marvel comics FINALLY made it to me... eBay guy had to (supposedly, becuase he has many many - appx 2% - bad reviews about missing in transit, very long shipping time, offering and selling stuff that he doesn't actually have on hand "yet" and another bunch that are either neutral or leaving masked with positive rating negative comments - in fear of retaliatory bad ratings). This will teach me to read through a person's ratings before buying. OTOH, the comics themselves are mar-vell-ous, heh. It is a three part set about Mar-vell just before he and the other Kree head to Earth - when he encounters the Brood. Now I want to read more about him. *sigh*

In other, other news, I got in touch with the local rep (he is the rep for both of the following organizations) for the Uconn Cooperative Extension System and the Tolland County Cultural Center. He is the person to go to to get help for writing a business plan, especially one with an agricultural focus. Has experience with both the academic side and actual business side of writing business plans. Yay. Oh, and if this plan actually pans out as being feasible and all that, I might actually try and attempt doing it. Hell, this is a plant that goes for about $80 - $100 USD/pound, and there are only three growers in the United States, one in Canada. No, I am not ready to reveal the product yet, tyvm. ;-D
semiotic_pirate: (Choke on Biscotti)
I just found this highly relavant and very interesting subject matter. As a college student someday hoping to graduate and find a job, it seemed apropos to put this in my journal for my own future reference. For those of you starting new jobs - or on the lookout for one - keep this in mind.

Fatal mistakes when starting a new job
Whether you're changing jobs in mid-career or starting your first full-time gig as a new grad, here's how to avoid common - and dangerous - errors.

By Anne Fisher, FORTUNE senior writer
June 2, 2006: 9:17 AM EDT

(FORTUNE) - Congratulations on landing that new job! Now, listen to some scary statistics: About one-quarter of all new hires won't make it through their first year, according to research from the Employment Policy Foundation. And that may be a conservative estimate: Almost half - 46% - of rookies wash out in the first 18 months, found Leadership IQ, a training firm that studied 20,000 newly hired employees over three years.

These dire numbers don't just apply to the lowly rank and file. In fact, other studies suggest that the higher up in an organization you climb, the more likely you are to fail. Indeed, 53% of managers and executives brought on board from outside are gone within a year, according HR consultants Development Dimensions International.

Obviously, when you start a new job, you want to impress your co-workers and bosses so you'll thrive. Milo Sindell and Thuy Sindell, Ph.D., a husband-and-wife team of consultants for clients like Charles Schwab (Research), Cisco Systems (Research), Wells Fargo (Research), and Yahoo! (Research), have written a book called Sink or Swim (Adams Media, $14.95) that just might help. They've also got a web site,, that offers in-depth interactive training for newbies.

"In our consulting work, we saw a real need for a blueprint that would give new hires a manual for success," says Milo.

"Our goal here is to spare people unnecessary misery," agrees Thuy.

Some excerpts from our recent conversation:

Q. Why do so many new hires wash out in their first year?

Milo: A big reason is that a huge percentage of new employees, including new managers, are not clearly told what they were hired to do or what their goals should be for the first six months and the first year.

Thuy: They also usually aren't told where to find information that they need, so they spend a lot of time reinventing the wheel - and their managers think they're idiots for wasting so much time and not asking colleagues or bosses for help.

Q. What are some "red flags" that might indicate you're in trouble in a new job?
Thuy: One is, if you don't know why you are doing something. If you don't know your goals or what success looks like, you can't succeed. Another red flag would be if you frequently find your mouth open. You need to listen at least five times as much as you talk.

Milo: It's a warning sign, too, if no one on your team comes up to you and tells you they're glad you're on the team. If you don't know what your team wants from you and how they want it, you haven't got a chance.

Q. Suppose there are people with hostile attitudes or petty turf concerns who are really hoping you'll fail at this job? How can you deal with that?

Milo: Three things. First, try to bring to the surface the reasons behind the attitude. Ask questions to understand what's really going on. Second, change the conversation. Focus on the goals of the group, team, or company.

Thuy: And third, rise above. If all else fails, you need to be the one who takes the higher road.

Q. Your book emphasizes the first 12 weeks in a new job as being the most crucial for laying a solid foundation. What is most important for someone just starting his or her first job out of college?

Thuy: Meet as many people as you can, and explore lots of different opportunities and areas of interest. Constantly look for chances to build your experience.
Milo: Make sure you deliver on every commitment that you make.

Q. In Sink or Swim, you write that each of us is our own champion at work. What does that mean?

Thuy: Since 2001, Americans have lost 2.3 million jobs to layoffs. Like it or not, if you want to remain marketable no matter what, it's your responsibility.

Milo: Successful people know themselves. As a new employee, you need to know what you value, and what success looks like for you. Not all of us want to be the CEO. If you have a clear mental picture of your own success, it will help you understand what skills you need to develop, and recognize opportunities to do that.

Hear, hear.
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Well, I talked to the guy up at the cooperative today... I called because I wasn't sure what was going on and didn't want to wait until after the holidays to find out. Apparently everyone on the board (as well as the accountant, which seemed like a big deal to him) except one person really liked my resume and everything. One out of nine New Englanders isn't bad. This one stickler has decided that they should, in order to make sure that there isn't a better candidate out there, advertise the position in the Massachusetts Agriculture Bureau Bulletin. I have no problems with this. They are probably required by law - in their own bylaws of the cooperative or something, to practice due diligence in making sure they hire the right person for the job. Besides, this is an important step for them, this isn't a position that they are likely to just give away and hope for the best, it means that they are fully invested in the best for the cooperative. I like that. I applaud the decision and hope I get to say so to said stickler. Heck, it isn't like I'm setting all my hopes on this position either, I still have a year left of school, and they know that too.

All the preparatory research that I have been doing over the last few days - gathering information mainly from USDA publications - has made me realize that getting involved in cooperatives as an economist is what I want to do. There are SO many different facets of the situation, and there isn't a lot of research currently being done either. The biggest thing I noticed is a surge of support and encouragement for the creation of cooperatives in developing nations. They are being used as a conduit to empower people, to give them a say in what goes on in their societies; they are being used for the purpose of nation building with an emphasis on community involvement. Cooperatives are based upon the very essence of democratic ideals. The opportunities for women especially fascinate me. ::drools over the possibilities::

So. The end result of the phone conversation this morning was that I have passed another hurdle, and that I now have to wait three weeks (from the release of the advert?) until I hear more. When I asked for the name of the publication again he said that he would send me a copy of it so that I could see the advert. At that point, if there is no other candidate... I am not sure if I would be meeting the board formally or not. He mentioned that he would like to have S. and I come up then, to talk particulars, salary, benefits, etc... I like that he wants to involve my S/O in the decision making process, not to get his "Okay", but to acknowledge that we are going to be deciding this together. That the meeting would probably be in the form of an informal lunch or something, and that I would be introduced to a few people.
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He sits there with his "Puss in Boots" look and convinces me to hand feed him little bits of mango... The first time he did it I was completely flabbergasted. I mean, any type of fish product I can understand, but fruit?

Plus, two of my cats (both the aforementioned mango-lover and another of my three) will clean a bowl like it's been washed if there is either pasta sauce or the gooey remains of a Mrs. Pauls chicken pot pie.

Cats are amazingly curious creatures, the trip keeps getting weirder. Loving it totally.


I had a FANTASTIC interview today! It was for my first REAL job since starting school again. More real than any of my previous positions held over my lifetime. It was perfect! The kewlest thing about the whole situation is that if I get it - I still have to be approved and interviewed and rubber stamped by the Board of Directors - I'll have J.O.B. locked in and ready a whole YEAR before I graduate with my Masters in Resource Economics! No spoilers on where/when/what until after I hear, because if I don't land this job I'll want someone else to get it. The only semi-questionable issue that was brought up: because it is such a small "rural" area, for public relations reasons only, I would probably want to join one of the churches in town in order to bond with the surrounding community.

::does a happy dance thinking positive, visualizing, MAKING it happen with the power of my mind::

My sweety says: "Don't count your chickens before the eggs hatch." He is wise. I am idealistically optimistic. ::visualize, visualize::

Anybody have any peanut gallery comments or suggestions to make? x-posting second part (with additional commentary) to the atheism community.


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