Posted by Doz on Nov 19, 2009 in Doz's Blog
I have been employed as the Snack Shop Assistant for TARC for almost two months now. It’s a job I didn’t want. I had seen the job advertised for almost two months before I actually applied. I didn’t want to go back to this place that I had left almost seven years previous, but I had been out of work for seven months and I was about to be hired for a job I really didn’t want. So I made a call and then applied for this job.
The reason I didn’t want to go back to this job is because I had worked there for nine years the previous time. While the first six to seven years had been great I was beginning to suffer job burnout. Plus we had an Executive Director that was more interested in pushing the 7 HighlyEffective blah blah blah cult theme then he ever was in the people served or the staff that served them. I was tired of the screaming and the yelling and the behaviors (and that was just from my co-workers!) and my heart just wasn’t in it anymore. I didn’t care. When you don’t care about the people that you are serving then it’s time to get out of human services. So I left.
Now seven years later I am back working for the same organization and loving it! When I wake up in the morning I am eager to get to work. I guess it fulfills a bit of a dream I used to have back when I worked my first job at Pizza Hut.I always wanted to run my own store and in a way I am now doing that.
It’s kinda like having my own little corner diner or coffee shop. Everyone’s a regular and everyone knows my name(most of the time) and I know their names. I get to do the shopping and make choices about what we sell. When I come back from shopping and it’s in the middle of one of the break times I get greeted like Norm from Cheers.
All in all I’m very happy right now and that’s a good thing.
Unlike my propensity for not being able to ask someone out, sometimes things do change for the better and you can go back and enjoy yourself again.
Posted by Doz on Oct 11, 2009 in Doz's Blog
Still loving the job.It’s nice to have a job that I like to be able to go in to. It’s almost like I never left.
It’s also nice to have a little bit of cash that I can spend.
I got a new Dell 23 inch wide screen HD Flat Panel monitor. It’s pretty awesome watching movies on it.
Then I got an iPhone 32 gig 3G S model in black. I was expectingto have to pay a deposit before I got it. The guy did some stuff on his screen and then called in. They told him they didn’t need to talk to me, and that I was fine to go. When he got off the phone he said he must have hit the button on the screen to many times.If I had had to pay a deposit I would have bought the 16 gig but I was able to get the 32 gig one which made me even happier.
I’ll post more tomorrow about the phone tomorrow if I get a chance.
Posted by Doz on Sep 20, 2009 in Diabetes
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I went to take my pre-employment physical on Tuesday of this week. I had to fill out forms about all the meds I was on and any medical conditions I had. I put down that I was diabetic and was off my meds. They tested my blood sugar and I was at 425. With my blood sugar being that high they wouldn’t finish with the rest of the physical and would not approve me because part of the job I had been offered required me to drive. They won’t pass you if your Blood Sugar is above 300.
So with my possible job in jeopardy I called TARC to see what needed to be done. They told me to go see my Dr. and they would work with me. The reason I hadn’t been on my meds or seen a Dr. was because of no insurance. Luckily I had enough money to go see the Dr. and get some test strips. My Doc is a great guy and is always willing to help me out. He gave me 3 sample pens for Levemir insulin.
So I went back on Friday and got my physical. Blood sugar was 295 and I passed everything else. Went home and called TARC and let them know.
Tomorrow (Monday) my seven months of unemployment ends as I return to work at TARC. I’m excited to be going back to work and I am excited about the possibilities that my new job is going to offer me.
Have to go to bed early so I can be bright-eyed for w0rk!
Posted by Doz on Sep 2, 2009 in Doz's Blog
I had an interview this past Monday. I’m afraid I’ll get the job and I’m afraid I won’t get the job.
The job is as an overnight person for people with disabilities. the position requires you to be awake during the whole shift which is no problem I can do that. It may also require,depending on the location, for the overnight person to do toileting and help bathe the person. Not sure I can really do this especially the toileting part. The pay rate is also a little lower than what I would like to be making. Of course the thing is that the pay rate is more than what I am making on unemployment.
If I am offered the job of course I’ll take it because I need to work. I’m tired of not having any money for some of the funner things in life. Plus it would give me somewhere else to be other than here. Plus I’m not a lot of fun to be around right now because I don’t really have anything to talk about. Not that I was ever that much fun to begin with, but at least when I’m working Ihave a little bit more to talk about.
I do fear that if I get the job I’ll be there for a long time. I tend to get somewhere and stay for a long time. There aren’t really a whole lot of well paying jobs out there for people that have no skills. Plus every job out there want’s a damn cover letter. I have troubling extolling what I do well and why I should be chosen for this job or that one because I really don’t like myself that much. I was lucky on this last one because Sparky wrote my cover letter for me(Thanks Sparky!).
Well off to play bejeweled Blitz…again…
Posted by Doz on Mar 11, 2009 in Diabetes
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Been a month since I was let go from my job. I’ve looked through listings online for my area but there is nothing out there that I’m qualified for or would fit what I need. I’ve gone through not working for 5-6 months a lot in the last six years. The thing that is different this time is that I was fired from my job not laid off with a high certainty of call back. With the economy the way it is this is REALLY not going to be an easy search.
My last two jobs have been sitting in front of a PC doing whatever the job required, neither required any special skills. This has been a good thing as I have none. I can Google with the best of them. You want me to post on twitter I can do that too. I can also scroll through things and check little boxes, I’m real good at that!
I’m in debt with no way out. My debt right now is $26,000. The majority of my debt is in the form of student loans from training that didn’t work out. By Work out I mean I finished both the training from both places but was unable to get jobs. Neither place would help with job placement. I can’t go through bankruptcy because you can’t disperse student loans through bankruptcy. If I was a major corporation I could ask the federal government for a bailout and get one.
I can’t take place in the tech revolution because I can’t afford any of the gadgets, but that isn’t the worst thing right now. Sure it sucks but the bad thing is I’m a diabetic with no health insurance.
For most of the last two years my diabetes meds have been free. I was part of a clinical study and got them free through that. Then as a thank you from the company running the study I got a years worth of free meds, strips and syringes. As of right now I am on the last week of my Actos prescription. I still have a four month supply of Metformin which is the cheapest of my drugs. I’m also on the last bottle of Lantus which is insulin I’m supposed to take once a day. I’ve been skipping one or two days between doses to make it last longer.
Metformin is $4.00 for a 30 day supply. Lantus is $90-$100 for a bottle which is almost a 30 day supply. A 30 day Actos supply is around $250. My Doctor won’t do any re-fills without an appointment for a check up, But I might be able to do something about that if I can let them know I’m unemployed and have no insurance.
So right now things are tighter than usual but I’m sure that I’ll make it through somehow. Just wish I find a work at home job.
Ah well I’ve gone on for to long and there is a game of bubble spinner waiting for me. So I guess that’s all for tonight. Thanks for reading. Sorry for unloading all this on ya.
Posted by Doz on Sep 13, 2008 in Doz's Blog
Things are going well these days. Now I have to hope that I haven’t jinxed myself by saying that. Work is going pretty good, even though I have two write ups for quota failure. It seems they want to keep me because they are helping me out to ensure that I make through the quarter when the write ups expire. It’s really nice to have a job that I like and to have supervisors that are interested in helping out their employees.
I have a new show that I am hooked on. It’s called The Middleman. The bad things is I didn’t watch it while it was on Broadcast TV so now I’m paying $2 an episode to DL it from iTunes. This is one of the cool things about our technology these days, if you miss something there is almost always some way to get it online. You may have to pay but at least you can get caught up. I know I could DL it using bit torrent but this way it comes formatted for my iPod and I am supporting the people who produce the content, so hopefully they will make more of it.
My brother is putting out a daily audio blog and you can catch it here. Check out the one about the surly Frisbee golfer to find out why his dog Brigid is a master of comedic timing.
That’s all for now. Gotta go watch the Terminator:The Sarah Connor Chronicles which I missed on Monday and had to DL form iTunes. Then it’s on to another episode of The Middleman and his sidekick Wubby.
Posted by Doz on Mar 18, 2008 in Doz's Blog
Spent the weekend re-installing Win XP…umm trying to re-install Win XP that is. I screwed something up when I did it the first time because instead of doing a clean install which is what I wanted I re-installed it in the same partion and almost filled up my hard drive. So when I tried to re-do everything It wouldn’t let me re-install. Luckily my brother was able to help me out with a new disk on Monday so I spent Monday night re-doing every thing I tried to do over the weekend. YAY!! Thanks Jason.
Work is going well. I’m staying ahead of the clips per hour that I am supposed to be getting so that’s good. Of course I’ve kind of plateaued at 12 clips per hour and I need to get to 15 cph. I still have about two and a half months to get there so I’m not real worried yet.
They are getting us bigger monitors at work also they look to be 22 inch wides creen flat panels as opposed to the 19 inch flat panels we have now.
Looks like one of the guys that was in my training group has quit. He didn’t show up today.He was down to 6 hours out of the 25 unpaid hours of leave that they give us each year. Unpaid leave is used when you don’t have any paid time off built up. Once your 25 hours is gone. you can’t miss anymore time or you’re fired.
Unfortunately it wasn’t Crunchy Snot. He’s like a cancer. He’ll never leave .
—————- Now playing: Jim Sturgess – I’ve Just Seen a Face
Posted by Doz on Dec 13, 2005 in Doz's Blog
Things are going great. Got to learn a new job. No raise in pay but it is a move up and I actually get to use a computer.
That’s all for now.
Hope ya all are do’in fine.