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02 September 2004 @ 03:51 pm
 

The Plan was simple. As I knew my work was ending, I saved up money all year (no small feat for me; I am firmly in the crowd that money is made to be spent.) Thusly, when my job was over, I had more money saved up than at any point in my life. Ka-ching! All else being equal, I wouldn't have to actually find a job until November or so.

"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh."
-Al, Deadwood

So, of course, it's never "all else being equal." Both trips cost more than I budgeted for. My glasses needed replacing, and were more expensive than I expected. Oh, and then my car broke in an undriveable way, which meant I had to fix it instead of putting it off. That was a month's worth of rent right there. And biggest of all, RQ stopped getting steady paychecks less than a month after I was laid off, meaning even more money gone. In fact, most of it is gone now, so I actually need to find a job, after this nice vacation I've had.

Some would say, I was born under a lucky star. This morning, I got a call from the HR department at an IT contracting company (SRA) looking to hire me for a new NOC they are creating to support the IT for the HHS Department. Full time job, benefits, etc. (My resume was put in for me and recommended by a certain Nigerian former coworker, who I will owe big time if this goes through.) Fingers are crossed there. It's even in Maryland!

In addition, I finally made my way down to campus today, to hit the Career Center. This is a trial in and of itself. So, I get there, and find out PG2 no longer has meters. There's like no meters on that side of campus, it seems. I end up at a 30-minute meter, *behind* the Cambridge Quad. Now, since the Career Center is in Hornbake, I know this is a crappy plan, but hey. It all worked out OK, though, because it turns out I didn't want the Career Center at all, I wanted the Personnel Department, which is centered out of... the Chesapeake Building. Which is past Lot 4, in fact you can see it from 193. So, hike out there, and find out, in fact, they don't have any better resources than what they already have available online. Yeeps. I *did* find a part-time librarian position! Making all of $12 an hour. Uh, no. I *may,* however, apply for the admin 2 position working for the Greek Council. Heh.

Let me also note the Closet of Comics changed their name without notice like two weeks ago, now they're Liberty Comics and Books. Oh, and there's an ENTIRELY NEW BUILDING NEXT TO THEM that was an empty lot last month. World, moving too fast.

I probably forgot something in there, but if so I will add it in comments later.

Finally, since you sat through all that so patiently, a pic of my bebe at day care, on Wear Something Red Day. Dosvedanya, comrade!

UPDATE: Interview tomorrow. w00t.
Also, I finally set up that gmail account thingy, it's paul dot jacobus at gmail dot com. Think I'll use that as my new primary backup when my regular e-mail dies. FYI.
 
 
salami_salomesalami_salome on September 2nd, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC)
Ah yes. Welcome to campus. There's an entirely *new* parking garage over by the English building now, but I didn't know that meant PG2 was off limits. Do you have to have a parking permit to park there, or is just one of those pay when you leave dealies?
Also, Chesapeake Building? What the?

HA, I am amused by the idea of you working for the Greek Council. All us freaks should get jobs working there, and undermine the system from within.

That sure is a cute li'l pinko kid you got thar!
PMMJ: Memento - the Factscheetahmaster on September 2nd, 2004 01:30 pm (UTC)
Ah yes. Welcome to campus. There's an entirely *new* parking garage over by the English building now, but I didn't know that meant PG2 was off limits. Do you have to have a parking permit to park there, or is just one of those pay when you leave dealies?

All permits, all the time.

I swear, they keep putting up new buildings when I am not looking.

Also, Chesapeake Building? What the?

Again, that one I should have know, as I was a former campus employee. When you leave campus using the entrance near Lot 4, on the way out there's a building right before you hit 193. That's where Personnel is headquartered.
salami_salomesalami_salome on September 2nd, 2004 01:34 pm (UTC)
All permits, all the time.


Mother bitches. I'm sorry I couldn't have warned you, but I'm pretty much a slave to Lot 1, so I didn't know.
PMMJ: Memento - the Factscheetahmaster on September 2nd, 2004 01:37 pm (UTC)
It's all good. Not like I don't need the exercise.
relicsong on September 2nd, 2004 01:27 pm (UTC)
HOORAY for the former co-worker and you! You know of course, that contracting can be spotty but there's a lot of contractors in this area who do work for the government on a fairly regular basis. Are you gonna have to get a background check?

Also, you may want to see what the National Archives has open. Federal jobs are really nice. They have good benefits and excellent job security.

Part time librarian position sounds pretty good for me, after Ben goes back to school. I need to get out of journalism, me thinks.

Oh, and Zoe looks cute. See you all Sunday, yes?

PMMJ: Memento - the Factscheetahmaster on September 2nd, 2004 01:32 pm (UTC)
You know of course, that contracting can be spotty but there's a lot of contractors in this area who do work for the government on a fairly regular basis. Are you gonna have to get a background check?

It's not actually a contracting job. I would be working full-time for SRA, who will be running the IT for HHS. No background check that I know of. And, according to the nice HR lady, I can also move around within the company, if I so desired. Definitely worth investigating.

Oh, and Zoe looks cute. See you all Sunday, yes?

Sunday, indeeeeeed.
Jenexamorata on September 2nd, 2004 01:29 pm (UTC)
Dude, it's like planning isn't even worth it sometimes, you know?

I have my fingers crossed for the NOC job for you! Join the vast labyrinth that is HHS!

Also, in re: photo: AWW! It's her hair that really puts it over the top.
PMMJ: Memento - the Factscheetahmaster on September 2nd, 2004 01:36 pm (UTC)
Dude, it's like planning isn't even worth it sometimes, you know?

"A plan is just a list of things that aren't going to happen."
-Parker, The Way of the Gun

This is the story of my life. Great grand plans that never happen, and then things just happen. Yeesh. And people wonder why I used to say I wouldn't live past 30.

Also, in re: photo: AWW! It's her hair that really puts it over the top.

RQ calls it "Bam-Bam hair."
keep it darksnidegrrl on September 2nd, 2004 01:32 pm (UTC)
if you like i can also send ye olde resume to the dude that contacted me yesterday.
PMMJ: Memento - the Factscheetahmaster on September 2nd, 2004 01:33 pm (UTC)
I Just Might.
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PMMJcheetahmaster on September 2nd, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Me!ceciskittle on September 2nd, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC)
Dude, it's like planning isn't even worth it sometimes, you know?

"Are we gonna spend the hour and a half argueing about the plan so we can go into battle and just not use it anyway?"
~Someone at my D&D game

Someone else I know has just acquired a job with them. Good Luck to you!

And the Bam-Bam hair is most cute. :-)
PMMJ: Memento - the Factscheetahmaster on September 2nd, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC)
Was this someone else named Salvador?
Me!ceciskittle on September 2nd, 2004 03:09 pm (UTC)
Yes sir. ;-)
Andy: whee!castironskillet on September 2nd, 2004 08:08 pm (UTC)
1
Break a leg!

Andy: mountain goatcastironskillet on September 2nd, 2004 08:09 pm (UTC)
2
Are you sure you're okay with that gmail thing correlating your google searches and your real name and your email content and stuff?
PMMJ: Jade Scorpioncheetahmaster on September 2nd, 2004 08:46 pm (UTC)
Re: 2
I'm not particularly concerned, no. It's not like I've made other efforts to make myself particularly hard to track.