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19 July 2007 Back from San Diego (T-43)
Holy Shit! I really only have 43 days left in the Air Force. It's actually hard to believe.
But at least the future looks decently bright! Why, you ask? Well, this last conference was a bit more successful than the one in Chicago, as in the industries I interviewed with were a lot more interesting. What was even more interesting for me though was that I was attracted most to the sales jobs that were being offered! I know, go figure. No, I wouldn't be selling vacuum cleaners or the like, but rather technology. I think I did pretty well in those sales interviews as both companies are interested in having me on, and I think I'm on to the second round, but I'm not sure when I'll be hearing from them next.
By the way, here's a link to the Shooting Gallery's forum link in which
I keep as up-to-date as possible on my career search:
In addition to the opportunities found in San Diego, a real exciting opportunity may lie in New York City with NBC! Yep, I interviewed with them last Friday afternoon over the phone and while I wasn't sure the interview was going very well, at the end of the conversation the interviewer invited me to come to an on-site interview! I hope that it's not overly technical as in they sit me down in front of a computer and say, "Make it work". But if it is, well, let's hope I have my act together and do my best. I would LOVE to take an opportunity in that area for a few years. How exciting would that be???? I just hope it pays decently, if I were to be offered it.
It's definitely been exciting the last few weeks!
In addition to job hunting this past weekend, I also got to see family! Yep, Mom and Harv came down to San Diego and visited with me on Saturday and a bit of Sunday before I headed off to the conference prep-session. I was staying at Auntie Helen and Uncle Steve's house in La Mesa, so that saved a LOT of money to stay there and it was also a lot more fun to stay with family than at a boring (expensive) hotel. It was definitely a quick visit, but it was great to see them all. On Monday night, Helen and I went out to dinner with my cousin Erin and Eric plus their son Finn, which was great, as I really haven't seen them since I don't know when. And then on Tuesday, Helen and I went to the Indian casino at Viejas, which was quite impressive. It actually reminded me a lot of Red Rock Station - and the casino is definitely high-caliber as opposed to something found in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Just still no craps tables though. But I ended up playing blackjack and for about 4.5 hours, was able to play with $100 and while I was up and down throughout the session, I ended up walking away with a $10 profit! (and that is stellar for me, let me tell you!) I just hope that is a good sign of things to come in Vegas in a few weeks!
Oh yeah, I also had another travel debacle on the way home from San Diego. I was at the airport and going through security, and I was about 4 people back from the actual x-ray portion when my line pretty much stopped. The other lines were going still, and I started getting aggravated. As I started contemplating moving to another line, it dawned on me that then the other lines weren't moving either. In fact, all sorts of TSA agents and cops started showing up and looking at the monitor on my line's x-ray machine. And the lines stayed shut down for 2 hours. Yep, they shut down the lines plus also brought everyone in the terminal and some planes back outside to security for a re-screening! It turns out that a TSA agent had noticed a bottle of something in a woman's bag while it was going through the machine, but somehow the TSA agent 'lost track of the woman and the bag'..... WHAT THE FUCK????? How do you lose track of someone? If you notice that shit in a bag, you immediately pull that person over to the side and make them dump the bottle. But no, instead, you realize you 'lost track' of someone and that means we shut down the airport. Yes, it was fun. Fortunately there was a cool woman to chat with for two hours while we were waiting, but when I finally got to my plane and it took off, I didn't make my connecting flight in Salt Lake City to Colorado Springs. Luckily I made it on the standby list for the next flight a few hours later, but seriously, how annoying was that? But I (and all my belongings) made it back to the Springs and my house was still intact. yay!
And oh yeah, don't bother me on Saturday. I plan on picking up and reading the last Harry Potter with absolutely no media connectivity till I'm finished reading it. I will NOT be spoiled by the well-intentioned or not media. If it takes me all day and a lots of pizza and soda to read it in one day, then that's what it will take!!!!!!!
11 July 2007 Addicted to WSoPC! (T-51)
I've actually got to pause for about 10 minutes shortly to play the online version of WSoPC (World Series of Pop Culture) - I could win $2500 if I answer all 25 questions right!
I do have a lot to report on though - well, it's really just my overall thoughts of how Chicago's hiring conference went; but also about what's been going on with my job search since I've been back. These hiring conferences got me very motivated. But first, I've got some Chicago pictures to put up because I've been ordered to stop being lazy. After doing that, then I'll get to the latest in my job search. And then finally, I'm going to sleep!
As you'll see in the pics below, there's a LOT of scenery shots. New city=takes lots of pictures' scenery. BTW, the damn Trivia Dome online game on VH1 totally didn't work tonight. LAME.
Okay, I'm a dirty liar. I don't have the awakeness to write up all the other stuff going on. But perhaps I'll have even more information to share at that time! Quick newsflash: I saw Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and it was excellent. Very good adaptation of one of the more difficult books, and I was thoroughly entertained!
See what happens when I watch random TV channels? I'm watching G4 to see stuff about the E3 show in Santa Monica and now this crazy ass show called Code Monkeys is on and I'm cracking the hell up. It's in 8-bit graphics and is totally hilarious.
9 July 2007 Interviewing Madness!!! (T-53)
This is NOT for the faint of heart and the easy-to-stress.
I should know, because I was pretty damn nervous this morning when I woke up. But like I knew I would, once I got into my first interview, the battle face gets put on and I was fine. In fact, there was so little time to actually think about things after that point. I'm actually done with 4 of the 6 interviews already; I started at 8:30, had a brief break, then just had 3 interviews back-to-back. And it's amazing how different the interviewing styles were. One guy talked a bit and then basically wanted me to ask all the questions (I was NOT prepared, mentally, to have to do that, so I was definitely having to pull random questions out of my ass!); one guy was all buddy buddy with me and seriously while in the middle of laughing launches into serious-face and peppers me with all the standard interview questions (that was a bit off-putting, to say the least; I hope I handled it well); The other two interviews were done by two people each, and in each of them, I think they turned the A/C off as I was sweating like a damn pig. Wearing a suit is not exactly like wearing shorts, and combined with nervousness and no A/C, well, there you go.
This has definitely been an interesting experience. I'm not sure how much of a fit I am to the jobs they're openly advertising; I've basically had to explain that although I'm obviously IT-biased, I can still do the jobs they're looking for. In the process of some of these interviews though, the interviewers have mentioned more IT-directed positions, which is awesome. One was even being in charge of a company's entire IT division (but not starting till November). That would be pretty damn cool. Anyways, I'll be back in a little bit!
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5 July 2007 OMG LOL! (T-57)
For those of you not in the know, the above is shorthand for Oh My God Laughing Out Loud.
And here's why I'm laughing out loud: I just came back from the Peterson AFB Med Clinic because I wanted them to check out a weird mole-y thing I have on my front waist area. I first show the nurse what I'm talking about and then she leaves; the doctor comes in about 20-25 minutes later and I stand up and show him, which requires me to pull the waistband of my BDUs down a little bit but not that much. Anyways, he takes a look at the mole thing and it turns out to be another damn cyst, which isn't harmful but it is a tad annoying. Apparently my body likes to make those. So that's a relief and as I'm buttoning up my BDU pants, the Doc segueways and says, "So, do you want to show me your penis?" I kinda stop what I'm doing, and look up at him with my most 'WTF' look I can give him. He sees the confusion in my face and continues, "No, seriously, while you're here, you might as well." What the hell is he talking about? Am I getting cruised? After my initial shock, I politely respond, "No, I'm good". He then starts to realize something isn't right here and says that his assistant said that I was visiting him for a penis thing. I reassure him that the mole was the only thing I was trying to get looked at. Then it really dawns on him what he's been saying to me, and he goes, "Oh, I swear, I'm not trying to hit on you!" Thanks, Doc. So he starts just laughing, embarassed, and then starts retelling the story to all his nurses in his office, which cracks them all up and the more I think about it as I'm walking out, I'm freakin' laughing my ass off as I'm leaving the clinic. It was just his matter-of-factness about the whole thing that made it hilarious.
Anyways, that was my funny of the day. I can't believe I'm leaving for Chicago in a few days. I talked to one of the conference coordinators today and they gave me a preliminary list of those companies I'll be interviewing with - some of them I'm interested in and some I'm not sure what kind of role I could play. I wrote myself an email after doing some preliminary research and I've put it below so you too can see what the Midwest opportunities look like. I wonder if this will be similar to what I can expect in San Diego? Like I said before, I'm using this mainly as a practice session; but if the opportunity and the actual position are interesting, then I may change my tune.
HOLYCRAP - Jenny totally warned me earlier this week but I totally forgot that BIG BROTHER 8 is starting tonight!!!!!!!! SET YOUR DVRs!!!!
RESEARCH EMAIL TO MYSELF FROM WORK:
You did some preliminary research on each one and found a website for
- JF Ahern:
- BVR Technologies:
- TAMKO Building Products:
- Sterigenics International:
3 July 2007 Listed (T-59)
Spent this morning officially listing my house on the market. Time to sell sell sell.
Also went to work for about an hour. It was cool. Then we had a going-away luncheon for TSgt Iannotti - he is a pretty cool guy and it will suck to see him leave. Afterwards I went to Best Buy and Men's Wearhouse - I got my suit pressed for free there (it's a nice perk) in preparation for my Chicago trip and also ended up getting another white dress shirt, another 'power' tie, and a cool ivory lightweight sweater. As I was asking about recommendations for taking a suit on a flight, the clerk showed me this awesome travel bag that is basically a rolled-up suitcase that protects your suit from getting creases, holds your ties securely, and has room for two pairs of dress shoes. SWEET. So I totally bought it.
Anyways, yesterday I wanted to update on the fact that I had gotten in touch with a few people from my past that I hadn't talked or written to in a while. First I heard back from my old boss at Nellis - I had asked him to be a reference as I need to compile those before heading out for my interviews. Then I had been talking to Robbie the other day and he mentioned that a guy I used to work with at Kelly was in the Reserves now and was down in San Antonio: Keith Piwowarski. I hadn't heard from him in forever and so I sent him an email a few days back to see how he was. From what Robbie said and how his email sounded, it sounds like he's doing good and hasn't changed too much. It would be interesting to talk to him again. And finally, I got back in touch with Dave Fox again after nearly 2/3ds of a year. I'm so glad to have talked to him again - he really was an awesome friend to have out in Vegas, and it looks like I may get a chance to hang out with him on the Sunday night I'm out there in Vegas and play some craps. Let's just say I'll follow his lead on craps - the man has done well. :-) He also helped me out with some contacts on possible jobs out in Las Vegas. As I have been alluding to recently, I would really like to live back there again. With my clearance, it probably won't be hard. But I'm jumping way ahead of the gun (mixed metaphor?). I really need to see how these next two weekends go. I'm not against seeing the opportunities available in the Chicago area nor back in LA. But I also know I want Plans B - Z at the ready just in case.
Here's a picture of newly reorganized living room. I ended up moving it around because of my realtor's suggestion to open up the room more, and damn, I should have had her come over earlier. I freakin' love that room now as it's so much more of an open space to go into and relax. I also cleaned the carpets in the high traffic area near the porch door, so that room is immaculate. I really hope this house sells sooner than later!
Oh, and before we get to that pic, I have put up DAY SIX OF THE EUROPEAN PHOTO PICS. This page has a lot of Crepeau shots at the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, plus our Paris Lunchtime cafe fun. Good times!
Okay, so you can barely see it in this picture. But I found out I didn't take any pictures of it in its 'before' state. Go figure.
1 July 2007 Photo Download (T-61)
There's plenty to catch you up on, but I also have a task ahead of me: get these damn photos up on the site.
Well, first and foremost, my best friend Jeremy has gone back to Illinois for a sweet job and for a great change of pace. It definitely sucks that he is gone, but I think that in the long run it'll be for the best. He was a blast to have around though, and he'll be missed.
In other news:
- I'm fully booked the next two weekends for hiring conference goodness. The first conference is this upcoming weekend - I'll be flying out to Chicago on Saturday afternoon and return on Tuesday afternoon. I don't know anything yet about who I'll be interviewing with, but honestly, and between you and me, I am not all that interested in that area to work and live in. If the opportunity is awesome, then I'll have to rethink, but this is mostly a chance to practice interviewing and visit Chicago. Like I said, I'm still going to do my best to knock the interviews out of the park, but I think I'm mainly focused now on what is scheduled for the weekend following: a trip to San Diego for another hiring conference. That's the one I'm hoping pans out, as it will include opportunities for the entire West Coast and Las Vegas. The more I think about it, the more I'd LOVE to go back to Vegas now. Weird, isn't it? I was so done with that city. Or so I thought. I think I was just done with the job and needed a change. But the area, its conveniences, ...gambling..., closeness to LA, ...well, it'd be cool to go back. Speaking of which...
- Finally made the Las Vegas trip a concrete event - heading out there the first weekend of August and staying at the Flamingo this time - in one of the newly renovated rooms that are now called the GO rooms. Totally swank, with multiple plasma HDTVs around and all sorts of upgrades. It's gonna be SWEET. Can't wait to use the pool too, not to mention gamble gamble gamble!
Alright, so I really didn't have 'plenty' to catch you up on. Here are some pictures to make up for my grievous lie:
So yes, I know this first set of pics is awful late in coming. But they're cool to look at.
Now coming back to June. Which was last month. Okay, so what. KD & Eric threw a little party at their house when they came back from their honeymoon. I thought it would be a great time to drink heavily. It was awesome. The videos illustrate how silly it got. Good times.
During the last weekend that Jeremy was here, we all went to the restaurant Buca di Beppo - didn't take too many pictures actually, but it was a great, HUGE Italian dinner. I hadn't been to a Buca di Beppo since Carras' going-away in Las Vegas back in 2004, so it was cool to go back to one. Also, before Jeremy left, I took some pics with his adorable dog, Kahlua. Magnum, Jeff's dog, also got in the pics as that guy is a total camera hog. :-)
And finally, my most recent photo set from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. No, there's not a zoo at my work. But the area of Cheyenne Mountain does indeed have a zoo, which is nestled up against the mountain. After having now been there today, I gotta say it's a pretty incredible zoo. Not a huge zoo by any means, but it's a well-designed zoo with just enough animals to see. They actually have one very noteworthy exhibit: this zoo has the largest collection of Reticulated Giraffes (which means spotted giraffes). They've built a really amazing pavilion for people to visit them, so that you can buy crackers and feed them to the giraffes at their head level. You'll see what I mean in the pictures below. Anyways, it was fun!
And that's the extent of the pictures, for now.
And before I end this post, I just wanted to also put it out there that thanks to all the advice you have provided, I'm going to be putting my house on the market - to sell. As my Uncle Richard succinctly put it: "Just sell the fucking house and move on". No truer words have been spoken.
My private dream: I'd love to buy one of those high-rise condos in Vegas to live in, if I end up back there. How freakin' cool would that be?????!!!!