1, 2005 was eons ago. I was eight months out of college,
still working at the job I got in High School to make the loan
payments. Last January was a big downer for me.
Job Search '04 went on so long I re-named it Job Search '05, and while
WFTX in Florida seemed promising last January... none of the openings
there panned out (or even existed!).
2005 was different things to different people, especially for those
in New Orleans! As for myself, 2005 was defined simply as:
"New York's Last Stand." Several things happened
(or began to happen) in the first two months of '05 that led to my
decision to move out of New York, my big event of the year.
The self-kicking for still working at Wendy's was bad enough, but my
Shift Supervisor responsibilities began sliding back to Crew work.
I threw what I could into looking for work inside and outside of New
York, but anything that wasn't crumbling under my feet was just doing
nothing. Of course, if you asked me then where I was
working, I would've said "Love 96.1 FM". The radio
station helped a little... for my bank account (I was recovering from
the Supra's expensive and bumpy start) and for my sanity... but
I needed something solid, something real.
When my stepfather, John McLellan, left his job at WFTX he
gave me another shot at a job there and also something I could use in
any case. John took over production at First Assemblies of
God in Fort Myers, and said I could come down and do camera whenever I
wanted. Now there was something to do, but I'd have to
move and give up both jobs in NY. The signs seemed to be
pointing to Florida, and after little inspiration I decided to
give New York one last try (so I couldn't kick myself later for
missing out on anything). In the spring, I neglected all
of my personal projects (including maintenance of egrabow.com) and put
every resource I had to the Job Search. While the one
interview I got in Manhattan was lovely, it too went nowhere.
In the last month before my "deadline", I realized that... I
didn't want to work in New York anymore.
self-imposed ban on EG work was lifted with a vengance in late
June/early July, as egrabow.com's index page and "Stuff Page" had
signs announcing the number of days until I left New York.
My creative work for Wendy's (over more than 6 years!) went on
display, and I modified a slogan Blockbuster Video recently used for
my own ends. The numbers "7/9/5" represented my last day
at Wendy's and printed with them... "The End of Uhhhh, The Start of
More". After coming home on my last day, I took down
the Wendy's page and replaced the "NEW YORK RESIDENCY ENDS x DAYS"
signs with one that you see just before driving off Staten Island...
"The Start of More"? It could've been the start of me
being broke and jobless!
took a lot of prayer, but this felt right. The trip down
in the Supra was surprisingly uneventful. I began at
the church immediately, and it felt good to be behind the camera
again. Job Search '05 continued, without the time-eating
hassle of an existing job. I had at about three months
before the money dried up, but it didn't take one. On
August 2nd, "Global Prospects", a telemarketing firm in Fort Myers,
became Job #5. It was a Part-Time job and one that I
didn't want long (cause telemarketing sucks sending or receiving).
Much to my relief, the search ended only two days later... on the
#5 is out... WHAT??? Job #6 is SOOOOOO IN! Posted
Job Search '04/'05 officially ended today... with COMPLETE
SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you tell I'm excited?
After a brief run with Global Prospects Inc. (who became Job #5 on Tuesday),
the title of Job #6 and the "winner" of this job search has given to WBBH-TV
in Fort Myers. On Monday, I begin as a Full-Time Production
Assistant... friggin' awesome!!!
Was moving to Florida a good idea??? Heck yeah! Bite
me New York!
Coming soon to EG... my apartment search!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can you tell I'm excited?
the Job Search out of the way, the apartment search began.
I found a saturated market with a three month waiting list.
Fortunately, the new job gave me access to an unlisted opening when
the main sports guy moved to Salt Lake City, and I got to move in with
his crazy retired-sports-guy-but-not-retired-crazed-USC-fan roommate,
Oh yeah, some other stuff happened, too!
My niece, Sabrina Waurio was born on July 12. Post:
Waurio - my newest niece! Posted
was born to my sister Sommer on Tuesday, July 12th, as I was driving down.
I'm gonna be her cool uncle. She's so precious and I'm
pretty sure she's the first newborn I've held in my arms (but not the first
May the Lord bless this new family (which I happen to be related to).
The yagi antenna I got in 2003 came into use in May, I had the
antenna for two years, and used it for about eight weeks.
The logs are up on my
I switched to Earthlink when I moved out of Massapequa (since cable
internet access wasn't gonna be free anymore). Post:
Spam is up 8,000% Posted
New phone number. New e-mail address. New spam.
I've never received a telemarketing call on my cell phone (I
don't think they're allowed to call those anyway), and my old
received a very manageable trickle. Now, though, I have a new
ISP and a new landline phone to access it through... and both
are being used extensively by people trying to sell me junk!
Even better, I was getting spam before I started giving out my new e-mail
address! As for the new (unlisted) phone number, I've only given
the new number to my family!!!!
I'm hoping the "spam" level goes down as I put myself on a few
"do not call" lists. Still, though, I know how to use my delete
Hurricane Wilma knocked power out for a week and I scored some
My cell phone went missing.
And... love961.com fell into the control of an evil supervillian.
(or just a guy named Peter Elia) Post: