Expert in a Weekend

On Friday I secured an interview for the following Tuesday. The job requested expertise in a particular technical area I didn’t know anything about. If college taught me anything, it was how to cram. I went to sleep early Friday night so the weekend would be free. There was an online class with 33 hours…

Alcohol is Degenerate

Every time I visit the liquor store, my immediate reaction to the clientele, products, and proprietors is of witnessing outlandishly stereotypical lures for pathetic losers with cultivated schemes to profit off of their weakness. Some customers are functional alcoholics; others just bored with nothing better to do than get drunk. Few of them are able…

Raising a Family

The young couple complained that they could not raise a family on their income, and blamed various systems for oppressing them and forcing them to be childless. Meanwhile, 30 million illegal aliens who do not know it was impossible easily created large families. They had modest apartments and lived inexpensively, cooking simple foods and making…

Heavy is the Head

The phrase ‘Heavy is the head that wears a crown’ is an idiom about the tough burden those in charge must bear. While all others can comfortably wait to be told what to do, someone in charge must accurately decide the best choice and arrangement of things, and then commit to all aspects for achieving…

Resignation Matters

Some employees fantasize about writing a dramatic resignation letter in which they imagine will destroy their boss. Realistically, all a nasty interaction accomplishes at work is burning a bridge by displaying how crazy and spiteful you really are. Better to hold it in and simply write the minimal to communicate your intentions. Give your 2…

Confessions of a Social Media Lurker

Most people probably share my disposition. When we check out social media, we are saddened and repulsed by what we see people post, especially the aggressive lashing out and spiteful politics. We don’t wish to add to this, so we say nothing. Neither do we want to help anyone better understand the topics that frustrate…

Mostly Peaceful Activism

The furniture store advertised a sales job, so I applied figuring it would be easy work that could be done while high on fentanyl. It paid hourly plus a good commission and local people with money would be coming in to buy something spontaneous they decided they needed today, putting honest money into my pockets….

Hippie Career Obliviousness

I never considered the idea of a career because I lived as a hippie. There was always some job that paid enough so I had food and a place to live. Modern life seemed to make a wife and kids improbable, so there was no pressure to have a complex job paying enough to support…

Avoid Advice

I recently received an unsolicited call from a recruiter who had found my resume online and wanted to discuss a c-level position. This was of interest because I hadn’t considered myself a candidate for such a position. We spoke for 30 minutes and he requested a current resume, so I set about researching the details…

Defiance

When I was splitting my time between three clients, one of them persisted in offering me a full time job every few months. I politely refused each time because one of the purposes of consulting is to not be worn down by a job. The independence and use of focused time, as well as superior…