We must all become alarm clocks!

The catch-up
Well, I haven't posted in 2.5+ years, but it looks like some folks are still here, so I'll give it a shot. It has been a complicated few years, so I won't dwell on the details:
* Got laid off by the crappy Columbus foundry I'd been working for. Five weeks later they hired me back (plenty more BS there, but I'll skip it). Continued the job search I'd started. I interview with a couple foundries, one in northwest (Buttfuck) Indiana offers me a job.
* The day before I have to accept/reject the Indiana job, my dad commits suicide. He'd lost his wife of 15 years to a slow death from cancer, started drinking heavily again, hid it from me saying he was doing okay, and then he shot himself. Over two years later I still haven't entirely sorted out my feelings on this, and it never seems like I have much time to try.
* I take the job at the Indiana foundry, try to sort out Dad's estate (I'm executor), Emily and I move to (Buttfuck) Indiana.
* After almost two years at the Indiana foundry, business is really slow because their only real customer is slow, and they haven't been developing other customers, layoffs are starting. The people there are mostly indifferent or assholes, not much reason to stay.
* I get called by a headhunter about a position in Davenport, IA that looks promising. There's a lot more *in* Davenport, and this place at least has several steady customers, it might be more stable.
* I find us a house to rent, we move to Davenport, we still have plenty of stuff in boxes but the house is almost functional now.
* One of Dad's things I kept was his old film camera. In an attempt to hold myself together, I've been spending some time shooting again, mailing film off to Parsons, KS for develop & scans.
* Emily's anxiety and agoraphobia are pretty bad, sometimes I don't really know what to do to try to help her.
* I inherited my dad's house back in Ohio 50/50 with my step-brother (who I didn't really know) - most of the value was still owed on the mortgage. He wouldn't help with getting ready to sell it, I finally got fed up with paying the mortgage, so it's in foreclosure now. At some point I need to make a trip back to check up on it, and arrange to keep the yard mowed so Code Enforcement doesn't fine us.

Most of the time I'm just so damn worn out I don't really know how I feel. That's 2011-2013 in a nutshell, I guess, putting one foot in front of the other because I have to.

Car Ears
1.Technical Writer
2.Economic Development Officer
1) Go to (2) Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark. (3) Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions. (4) Post the top ten results. Or, really, however many you darn well please.

1.Technical Writer
2.Economic Development Officer
3.Website Designer
4.Desktop Publisher
6.Cartoonist / Comic Illustrator
7.Operations Research Analyst
8.Multimedia Developer
9.Management Consultant
10.Film Editor
11.Health Care Administrator
12.Communications Specialist
13.Public Policy Analyst
15.Market Research Analyst
16.Political Aide
17.Logistics Specialist
18.Industrial Designer
23.Medical Illustrator
25.Print Journalist

Some sound really interesting, but a lot of them sound like either a real dead end or a bad idea.

"Give me a C! A bouncy C!"
10 (more) things.

Borrowed from erictragedy (All rights reserved, 'cuz he borrowed it from magicwoman, who borrowed it from...

- Comment and I'll give you a letter.
- You have to list 10 things you love that begin with that letter.
- Afterwards, post this in your journal.

Call of Cthulhu
Crazy people

(For Seph) Revenge of the Easter Bunny!
Image: It's just fun.

(The artist's name is Michael Sowa.)

This would be why I sometimes think we all ought to just move to Canada and get out of Dodge while the getting is good. The Canucks seem to have so much more of a collective clue than we do, sometimes. They really make us look bad. Can you see the US government apologizing and paying you millions of dollars for this sort of mess? I can see the FBI/NSA fabricating evidence to convict you of something instead so the government didn't have to apologize. Saying they're sorry? That takes class that the US apparently can't muster any more.

Here we are, Pismo Beach, and all the clams we can eat!
So, while I'm sitting here waiting for graphics-card drivers to download so I can install Winders XP on Emily's machine, I thought I'd actually bother to write something here, seeing as how I rarely do that. Probably everyone is migrating on to some other forum somewhere else even as I type this.

Life's been interesting, family drama that I won't go into here, the new job (which, while good, eats up a lot of energy and generates some stress), visiting both of our families (sort-of) for the Easter holiday... (I'm using ellipses, never a good sign - I used to be much more fond of the semi-colon, but have cut down a lot on my usage, I'm probably a 'recreational user' at most these days).

I will, starting tomorrow, have another full-time person helping me with Document Control (who has to be taught where to find whom, who has to sign what, and what gets done where...). The tour of the plant didn't scare her away at orientation, which is a good sign. Perhaps now we can get ready for the full-bore ISO audit coming up in October.

Emily is now working two days a week at the salon to save money on booth rent; too many people are cutting back on things to save money. I hear the economy is doing well these days, very productive, but it doesn't show in what people are willing to spend. This leads me to believe that most of that economic recovery is ending up in the hands of those at the top:

"...Anyone? ...Anyone? Voo-doo economics."

Okay, well, the download, she is finished! Now we put it together and see if it explodes!

Rock on with your bad selves.

New icon
but not much to say. Work has been 'interesting' this week. Overall it's going well, but it's been pretty stressful this week.

Update to
Now that we're both finally free.

Okay, (maybe) a real update:
The times they are a changin'.

I no longer work at Studio Posh, as of a week ago. I have taken a position with Columbus Steel Castings, a steel foundry which makes trucks and other parts for the railroad industry, as well as some other industrial parts for things such as bulldozers, cranes, and earth movers. Why am I doing this?
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Interests maim?
I blame Tragedy.
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