Friday, April 30, 2010

Another thing...

When you're not working you get to have lunch with your best friends, stay as long as you like, and then come home and take a nap.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Don't talk to strangers

Since I'm not working, I now have time to ruminate on reports like this one that says NASA has proof there's life on Mars.

Just last week genius thinker Stephen Hawking revealed that he believes aliens are among us--and they're up to no good.

This is not great news for a country that's having such a hard time protecting its 2000 mile border with Mexico.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

12:22pm home

Well, I've been profiled and updated and checked in and out by the Missouri Career Center. Gina advised me not to be discouraged (I'm not) and let me know I'm entitled to two years of continuing education--for free! I think I'll look into some computer classes. She also gave me leads on two more jobs I may be qualified for. All in all, a very productive morning.

11:33am

Gina just profiled me.

11:10am

When I got here there were 9 people in the line ahead of me. Now there's noone in line, and more office workers than job seekers. Next month I'm coming at 11am.

How do I get one of these government jobs, anyway? It's a very nice office.

11:06am

A woman with a baby and a pink I phone is at the computer next to me calling about jobs. Someone needs to work with her on her phone skills. I hope the people she's talking to look past that and give her a job.

11:01am

One thing I've noticed is everyone around here is very cheerful. It's nice to know that even though we're all unemployed and the economy stinks, we can keep our positive attitudes.

Looks like people are leaving to go to lunch. The place is clearing out.

I forgot to tell you, there's a Dollar Store and a manicure place in this same complex! Talk about convenience!

10:57am

I'm still waiting for my name to be called. I think there's one man in front of me.

Scott Bakula left. He couldn't figure out how to work the computer. He said he used to have one "years ago."

I successfully applied for Job #3.

10:49am

Job #2 (which I really wanted) is no longer posted on the company's website. Bummer. It was fairly close to my house, too. Also, close to the casino which would have been a big plus.

10:44am

Unfortunately, I'm not qualified for the first job. Too much web/techie knowledge needed. Note to all students: Take as many computer classes as you can fit into your schedule.

10:37am

Apparently, you can just come into the Missouri Career office and surf the net. It's free.

10:26 am

I've made it into the Missouri Career Center. I've already checked in (do not bring a firearm), and logged onto the computer.

It only took about thirty seconds to do my in person 4-week reporting. Even though you do it "in person" you still do it by computer all by yourself.

Now, I'm on the Missouri Career Source website scouring for jobs that I'm qualified for. They've already highlighted three for me! Tax dollars at work.

I'm a little scared, because a man who looks a little like Scott Bakula is sitting at the computer next to me and keeps asking me questions. If he was really Scott Bakula I'd be more inclined to talk to him.

They should be calling my name soon to "profile" me. (I thought that was illegal).

9:44am On my way to the employment office

I decided to wear a skirt. I didn't know whether I should dress for success or look `down on my luck.' I'm somewhere in between.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

American Idol 2010 Top 6 Power Rankings

1. Siobhan Magnus (in a surprise showing)
2. Casey James
3. Lee Dewyze
4. Aaron Kelly
5. Crystal Bowersox
6. Michael Lynche

I won't be mad if Michael Lynche or Aaron Kelly head home this week.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Live blogging from the employment office!

I've been summoned to the unemployment office for some "specialized training." I already have Bachelor's and Master's degrees, so I'm interested in all higher education. Especially for free!

I'll be live blogging from the site Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

"Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden." ~Orson Scott Card





Who knew not working would be so exhausting?

Book Report: Neuromancer

I'm not a huge fan of war movies, mainly because I lose track of who the good guys and bad guys are and who's winning the battles. But, I can still appreciate a great war movie like Saving Private Ryan or The Longest Day.

That's the way I felt reading Neuromancer, by William Gibson. I probably only understood about 30% of this book. Neuromancer is all about an underground, futuristic world of artificial intelligence, double crossing low-level thieves, computer hackers, mercenaries, and other captivating characters...like the Rastafarian pilot who figures largely in the climax.

Interestingly, Neuromancer was written more than 20 years ago and except for some dated computer references it's surprisingly modern and maintains a huge cult-like following. The characters are far more developed than the plot, which is both a good and a bad thing.

Did I like Neuromancer? Ah, not so much. But, ironically, I'm glad I read it--and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes science fiction.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

American Idol 2010 Top 7 Power Rankings

There are really only two contenders for the AI crown this year.

Here are the power rankings after tonight's performances:

1. Crystal Bowersox
2. Lee Dewyze
3. Michael Lynche
4. Siobhan Magnus
5. Aaron Kelley
6. Casey James
7. Tim Urban

Tim should be headed back to Texas, but Siobhan, Aaron or Casey could be packing their bags as well.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Yee Haw!

I'm back.

Just in case you missed me.

(And, even if you didn't).

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Book Report: The Time Traveler's Wife


Here's a funny story. I never read this book whenever it was tops on the charts. I never saw it at the movies. I thought it was about an astronaut's wife and that just didn't interest me. Don't ask how I got that idea, the title is clearly "THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE."

So, it really is about time travel. And, once you kind of catch on to the flow of the book it's okay. Henry meets Claire when he's grown and she's a little girl...eventually they fall in love. That part is a little creepy to me.

The rest of the book is pretty good, but I think I liked the structure of the novel and Henry's and Claire's side-by-side timelines better than the actual story.

Read it though, it's a little bit of a challenge--but a nice love story with a twist.

American Idol 2010 Top 9 Power Rankings: You say hello, but Aaron says goodbye

1. Crystal Bowersox
2. Casey James
3. Lee Dewyze
4. Siobhan Magnus
5. Michael Lynche
6. Tim Urban
7. Katie Stevens
8. Andrew Garcia
9. Aaron Kelly

Monday, April 5, 2010

Station break

Oh my! We've certainly had a lot of changes at Chez Collett.

After nearly 20 years with my television station, and over 30 years in the media world, I find myself unemployed. I'm choosing to look at this as an extended vacation--or early, early retirement.

Wow! What happened?? Who did what to whom? Who said what? How? Why?

I don't need to go into any of the details here, if you want those you'll just have to ask. Suffice it to say that working at the station hasn't been a lot of fun for a very long time, so other than the obvious (lack of pay check), it's really a positive situation.

I've been amazed by the kindness of so many of my friends. And, well, I've also been amazed by the people who I thought were friends that I haven't heard from.

Wrapping up my twenty years at the station, I couldn't be more proud of my performance and that of my team--everyone who has come and gone, and those folks who remain. We took a station that was #4 in the market and made it #1!

In a few days Mr. C and I are going on vacation. Think of us enjoying a sunny beach during the day and a nice sunset in the evening.*

Change is good.

"There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and forty-eight." ~Ezra Pound




* I bought all new shorts a size bigger than I usually wear so I can eat whatever I want...