Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Online Interview Trend?

by on Friday, June 16th, 2017

Now here is an interesting trend. I would say new trend, but I don’t know how long it’s been around. I recently applied for a part time job, working from home. Part of the application process is a video interview. You are sent a link in an email. It is suggested that you dress as you would for an in person interview because they can see you. You just can’t see them.

When you are ready you press the link and begin the interview. On the screen you will see questions. You take a minute to compose your response, press the button, and begin speaking to answer the question. I felt a little nervous and then felt foolish because I felt nervous. It was rather extensive, lasting an hour.

It’s interesting to think of the person on the other end whose job, perhaps, is to sit and watch these videos all day.
A second application required a much more detailed process. It was an online assessment which included percentages, vocabulary words I looked up, practice customer telephone calls and a typing test.

I hope I hear back from the company, because I would really like to work from home. Imagine, your work day taking place in your house, in your robe and slippers, with a big cup of coffee. Sweet deal!

New Years in New York and Nashville

by on Sunday, January 1st, 2017

So, we stayed up late last night to celebrate the New Year. This is the first time we did not go out and join a party somewhere. We had thought about going downtown last night, but it has been cold and raining all day and that just kind of killed the mood.

Ended up watching the ball drop in New York City. Watched Beyonce with her technical problems and walk off the stage. As big a production as New Year’s Eve is, I can’t believe they had a problem with the audio. Someone should get fired over that.

The rest of the show was predictable, although it is still weird to me to know that NYC celebrates midnight a full hour before we do because we are in Central Time. So, in a way, we celebrate midnight twice – watching NYC at their midnight and then still partying for an hour so we can celebrate it again at our midnight.

Pontoon Boats for River Fun

by on Saturday, September 17th, 2016

I really want a boat. There is a nice river nearby for all kinds of water fun, but a lot of people keep telling me that a boat is a hole in the water you pour money into. I don’t think that way. I look at it as an investment in living a life outside of the work, home, work, home, work, home grind.

What is the point of working if that is all you do. The time has come to get out of the house and DO something. I like to fish and so does the wife. So far we can only do that from the bank of the river and have to deal with tons of mosquitoes during the warm months. If you are on the water itself, it is so much better.

I just have to decide if I want a pontoon party style boat or a ski style boat. It has to be larger than a john boat because the wakes cause by the larger boats will swamp you on the weekends out on the river itself. I don’t want to be stuck in the back water ways and if it is larger, than we can take friends and family out with us. That right there is a great reason for a pontoon. Especially if it has all the amenities, like a BBQ grill and such. Some pontoons you can even ski behind or at least pull one of those big floats. I am thinking a pontoon might just be the way to go.

Shopping – Men vs Women

by on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

I had to go buy some clothes today for myself. My wife decided to come along and that is where the trip went from a short one to an hours long marathon. When I man goes shopping for clothes, it is relatively simple. There are two kinds of men. Those who wear suits to work and those who do not. Either way it still is the same principle of shopping for us. We know what size we wear and we go to the store and buy exactly what we need. Pants, shirts, socks and underwear are the basics. The only deviation from that is if we need a suit.

Women on the other hand, have to try on fifty different outfits, along with the accessories and shoes for each one. The buying of a bra can take an hour and a half all by itself. Styles, colors, matching underpants etc… It is enough to drive a sane man completely crazy. Which is why I usually make sure she shops with friends or other female family members rather than me. In and out in thirty minutes or less is my motto and I stick to it.

Women and men should never shop for clothes together, especially when the woman always asks for my opinion and buys the exact opposite of the one I like. What was the point of asking me, if you are only going to get the other one? Note to self. Do NOT tell her when I am going to go buy myself clothes. I am going to the hardware or auto store from now on whenever she asks !

Rodents Predict the Weather Better than TV Guys

by on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Groundhog Day, when rodents prove they can predict the weather better than any of those TV guys. If you look at a calendar, we are 6 weeks out from the first day of Spring. Whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, in 6 weeks it WILL be Spring.

And whatever weather happens in Pennsylvania has absolutely nothing to do with the weather that is happening in Nashville or any states other than PA, NJ, Delaware, NY, CT and MD.

Well played, groundhog. Well played.