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Happy New Year! – Here’s to 2019

It’s been quite a year: 2018. Much has happened, many transitions, many friends lost and gained. I’ve uprooted and sold my home, lawn & garden, and left many years of relationships, comforts, routines, groups, cliques, occupations, community, well-being, and familiar surroundings.

I’ve relocated to Columbia, South Carolina, okay actually the dirt road country of South Carolina in Leesville, to start a big brand new adventure! So happy to be with my folks. I have a new place, yes in the country, with no neighbors, and so quiet that I might even think I sometimes miss the traffic, gun shots, and ghetto bird flying above. I’ve learned about well water and yes there is a pump under the house I hear every time I turn on the water. I’ve learned about septic systems and how they don’t work with those nice “flushable” toilet wipes and I’ve never thought I’d miss a garbage disposal until I realized you can’t have one with a septic system! But alas I don’t pay for water or sewage and if I want to take a piss anywhere in my yard the only harm is when I unknowingly stand on a fire ant hill while doing so! Yes they hurt and don’t take kindly disturbing their nice mounds!

I’ve struggled to make new friends, fit in, and adjust to the “ways” of people down here. Seems the speak your mind, high-paced, go-getter, get-it-done attitude that I’ve been for decades up North may not always be a charm down here in the South (Don’t get me started on the left-lane drivers who consistently will be on a Sunday leisurely drive during rush hour traffic or a one lane road and I’m in my Mazda and can’t Zoom Zoom!) Anyway, I’ve made mistakes mingling and I’m sure I’ll make more but I will make them with the support of my folks and future friends along the way. I’ve re-invented myself so many times thru out my life that this will only be another reiteration!

My move was focused on being closer to my folks, nature, the beach, and of course the warmer weather but also to realize that gone are the party days of earlier years and one must accept that being cool at my age is more about enjoying the creature comforts with a floppy hat on my head, perhaps a foofy drink, learning to fish, enjoying the abundance of wildlife and nature but most importantly to adapt to a different work force down South and acclimate myself to many more years of working if I’m to fit in and drive a pick up truck towing a boat to my water front property.

Happy New Year everyone! I know for me 2019 will bring many challenges, obstacles, and adjustments but I also know it will be filled with new adventures, new people, new friends, new loves, and especially precious years going forward with my folks. I hope 2019 will bring challenges to you as well for life isn’t living without challenges and change. Much Love and Happy New Year!

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UPS Permanent Hire

So I had commented on 12/21/17 of tentatively accepting a Per Diem Site Supervisor position with The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). This was a two part plan to have some hours during the week and to compliment a permanent hire position at UPS that would mostly be on the weekends. So as it turns out I will not be accepting the position with the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). After waiting a couple of weeks for the new hire packet and didn’t receive, I finally get a call asking to come in to phone interview with the regional manager. I did this upon my return from South Carolina and just didn’t get a good feel or fit for this position after it was offered to me. My plans were to work this on-call position during the week and work as a permanent hire with UPS on the weekends that was still in the final stages. Going forward I’ll pass on this opportunity and will start with UPS next week as a Package Dispatch Supervisor – one of the first positions I held as a temp. With my last temp assignment with UPS during Christmas, I was promised my choice of two positions – one at the Obetz location and one at the Trabue Rd location that is currently going thru a large expansion. I opted for the later because of it being close to me but also because of the advancement opportunities. Only part-time for now but that part time position comes with excellent healthcare coverage and tuition reimbursement and of course the opportunity to move within the organization, something I couldn’t do as a temp. Excited for this opportunity as it has reached 3 of my 9 goals for 2018!

The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)

I have tentatively accepted a Per Diem Site Supervisor position with The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). This 501(c)3 nonprofit organization for more than 30 years, has been providing immediate, comprehensive and effective employment services for men and women returning from incarceration. This is a highly structured and tightly supervised program dedicated in helping participants regain the skills and confidence needed for successful transitions to stable, productive lives.

The Columbus, Ohio office is new but has established offices in Cincinnati & Cleveland, OH, New York, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.

I’m excited to be bringing my people skills, communication skills and my community involvement/awareness skills to this endeavor. https://https://ceoworks.org

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The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)

[Update 01/17/18] I have tentatively accepted a Per Diem Site Supervisor position with The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). This 501(c)3 nonprofit organization for more than 30 years, has been providing immediate, comprehensive and effective employment services for men and women returning from incarceration. This is a highly structured and tightly supervised program dedicated in helping participants regain the skills and confidence needed for successful transitions to stable, productive lives.

The Columbus, Ohio office is new but has established offices in Cincinnati & Cleveland, OH, New York, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.

I’m excited to be bringing my people skills, communication skills and my community involvement/awareness skills to this endeavor.
https://https://ceoworks.org

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01/17/18/So turns out that I will not be accepting the position with the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). After waiting a couple of weeks for the new hire packet and didn’t receive, I finally get a call asking to come in to phone interview with the regional manager. I did this upon my return from South Carolina and just didn’t get a good feel or fit for this position after it was offered to me. My plans were to work this on-call position during the week and work as a permanent hire with UPS on the weekends that was still in the final stages. Going forward I’ll pass on this opportunity and will start with UPS next week as a Package Dispatch Supervisor – one of the first positions I held as a temp. With my last temp assignment with UPS during Christmas, I was promised my choice of two positions – one at Obetz and one on Trabue Rd. I opted for the later because of it being close to me but also because of the advancement opportunities. Only part-time for now but that comes with excellent healthcare coverage and tuition reimbursement and of course the opportunity to move within the organization, something I couldn’t do as a temp. Excited for this opportunity as it has reached 3 of my 9 goals for 2018!

Amy’s Donuts

So wanted to bring some special donuts for the work crew tonight so stopped in at Amy’s Donuts, 650 Georgesville Rd, Columbus, OH 43228, at 1:55 PM. Since I’ve never been here before but have had their delicious donuts, I was immediately overwhelmed by all the delicious flavors of donuts I saw in the display cases and my mouth started watering! The friendly clerks assisted me as I started asking questions on cost per dozen etc while moving from display case to display case drooling over all the creations until I spotted the first gnat in one case and said “oh well” then spotted another large gnat in another case and said “oh well concerned”, and then spotted the third and said “oh hell no!” – no donuts from here to feed my crew! I told the two clerks about the gnats and they just looked at me unconcerned and I wished them a Merry Christmas and left the scene.

Although so tempting were those pretty delicious donuts, 1 gnat, 2 gnats, or 3 were just a bit much. Hopefully just a random thing or perhaps flying gnats are acceptable landing on food but for me I barely tolerate that even at a picnic let alone in a store in the midst of winter. For now, for me, Amy’s Donuts are off my list.

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2004 Pontiac Grand Prix – New Battery – 06/25/17

2004 Pontiac Grand Prix – Putting in New Battery – 06/25/17
So no the battery doesn’t just slip-in-and out like a fine tuned whore without first loosening the stabilizer bar screws and taking one out to slide the stabilizer bar over and then taking off the fusebox compartment box and then totally removing the battery hold down clamp to finally get the battery out. I definitely went up 22 points on the butchness scale (2 points for actually stating the parts correctly)!

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iPhone 6 stopped working

So I’m on I-64 in WV in the mountains streaming music and using the navigation system from my iPhone 6 when all of a sudden the screen goes black. Thinking my power cable must have become dislodged I fiddle with it and nothing. I decide maybe the car accessory port went out so plugged into another one. Still no luck. Switched out the cable and finally put my battery pack on the iPhone and still no luck. Managed to survive all the way to Statesville, NC before stopping and seeing if I could get my iPhone to work by connecting to my MacBook-iTunes. No luck. Frantic now I get online to find the nearest Apple store anywhere! Found two in Charlotte, NC so there I went since I was driving thru there anyway. Nice, young friendly Apple Tech guy plugged my phone into a diagnostic device and determined the problem – my processor is fried! I asked how could that be? Of course the reply, it just happens. So of course I’m out of warranty but for $300 they could replace the phone. I said that I was on a payment plan thru AT&T so wasn’t there something they could do. Well for $280 I could buy out my plan and keep my dead phone unless AT&T was willing to take the phone as turn in by buying out the remaining payments of totaling $80. I decide to go to AT&T and told them I wanted to upgrade and got the new 128 GB Jet Black 7 Plus. Clerk looked over the phone and saw was in pristine condition with no scratches. I though I was all set until the clerk tried to turn the phone on and nothing. She plugged it in and still nothing. Needless to say I had to pay the $280 plus the taxes on the new iPhone. I walked out the door much poorer (using all my savings) but I was at least connected to the world again. The phone is beautiful but by the time I got to Columbia, SC was dismayed at all the smudges and grime on the surface. This apparently is a flaw of the Jet Black phone as well as being highly susceptible to scratches. So going back to AT&T today to trade in for a different color and heck might as well just get a 256 GB. LOL. Also there is a repair service next to AT&T and will check to see about putting a new processor in the iPhone 6. If they can get it fixed and is reasonable before I leave I’ll just get that fixed and take the iPhone 7 back to AT&T. Sad thing is I’m really liking the feel and speed of this new phone. Battery life seems to be much better than my iPhone 6 as well. Yea, I can’t live without my phone!

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