Category Archives: Job search/Job prospects

Job search update, 02/03/14; and other news

(Reblogged from the above original date.  This post is three years old.  Except for my personal situation, the issues haven’t changed.)

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Job search update
Crisis for D.C. homeless families

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Job search update

(Composed 2014-02-01)

Things are moving full steam ahead on my application for a Secretary II position with the City, as I’ve probably described in previous posts. The hours are 8:30-4:30, which under normal circumstances will let me get to the shelter in time to (1) actually get in and (2) take a shower each day. I will need to phone the office Monday morning 02/03/14 to confirm that all’s in line, and possibly find out a start date.
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Shopping list

(Originally posted 01/27/14.)

When I get my own place, there’s no need to move in all at once.  I can do it in stages; the shelter’s still available.  And this will make less for me to have to carry at any one time.

So, here’s my daydream of the sequence of different things I can buy on different occasions.  Lucky for me, I can probably buy all these items at Family Dollar.  I don’t plan to be extravagant, but with the income I’ll have, relative my needs, there’s no need to be cheap, either.
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Update: My financial well-being

Social Security kicked in the last Wednesday in September.  I get just shy of $1,000/month.  Means:

– I can stop asking people for money. (YAY!)

– I can put money in the offering plate at church. (YAY!)

– I have become completely self-supporting.

– I can even be generous to others, within reason.

It does NOT necessarily mean it’s time for me to leave the shelter.

The rule of thumb being that one month’s rent should not exceed one week’s income, I can not afford a room in a rooming house for about $300/month.  On the one hand, I’m not eager for any more of the drama that often comes with sharing a kitchen and bath.  On the other hand, I can project (pray) harmony into my future housing situation.

Or I might seek senior housing, that might have a sliding scale.

My dream has been a studio with private kitchen and bath — and cat — in a nice neighborhood.  I anticipate that the place I want, in the place I want, will cost $600/month.  To afford that, I must find a job that will pay $18K/year.

This is do-able.

For the past six months ago, job search prospects were hamstrung by the fact that the only computer readily available to me was a dinosaur terminal with a dinosaur browser.  The browser typically crashes about once every ten minutes.  Every day, as to more and more sites, it became “unsupported.”  On this browser, I cannot access USAToday, LinkedIn, HuffPost comments, or GoFundMe; I cannot create or edit blog posts.  It is utterly unusable for job search purposes.

Once my new income arrived, I bought an economical tablet that should enable me to go anywhere I choose online, and do job applications.  However, it has a miniature keyboard, so that at this writing I am learning to type with two fingers.  I’m accustomed to typing as fast as I think, so I will probably need to learn to think as slowly as I type.  But once I’m accustomed to this tool, many doors will open wide.

For the moment, I will leave my GoFundMe intact, in case anyone may still choose to donate.  I am grateful for every support.

The Gospel vs. George Will, and other stories

In “recycling” these old posts, my practice has normally been to reproduce the whole post.  In this instance, I’ll merely link to it:

The Gospel vs. George Will, and other stories

What got me at this writing was this passage, which strikes me as awfully current:

“Josh Barro is one of those who just didn’t get it. To me, the whole row has been about free speech. It is unacceptable in this country that mere shifts of the zeitgeist should force an individual’s conscience; that we should become a thought-police state.”

That was dated 01/11/14.  I’m struck that we may now be at greater risk than ever, of becoming a thought-police state.

Swimming against the tide

The Trump administration’s alternative Christianity

In recent weeks, I have become strongly motivated to become upwardly mobile. This raises theological issues.

Phil Zuckerman is a non-believer. He has no accountability to Jesus or the Scriptures. He doesn’t have to walk the Christian walk or talk the Christian talk. He doesn’t face the challenges, or have to do the work, I do as a follower of Jesus. Yet he wants to prescribe what Christianity must be.

He ascribes a certain Christianity to those who surround Donald Trump, and finds fault with it. I have no need to adopt or reject that Christianity. I have my own to practice. But it is not what Zuckerman wants to prescribe to me.

What’s wrong with Trump’s cronies? Apparently, as Zuckerman sees it, what’s wrong with them is that they’re prosperous. The love of God, as he portrays it, does not apply to prosperous people, but instead the poor. Only the poor.

So, according to the Christianity Zuckerman would prescribe for me, if I become prosperous, God won’t love me any more.

If anyone finds that he says differently from that, please advise. I welcome correction.

(Sigh.)

To walk the path to which I feel I’m called, I may need to focus on a Jesus saying Zuckerman does not cite. In fact, I have never heard any liberal cite it. Nor has it ever been cited in the chapel services at the homeless shelter where I stay; where they seem to think that all that matters is what one believes, and never what one does.

In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. … So let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

In other words, do praiseworthy things.

Praiseworthy actions glorify God.

If I were to become self-supporting, would that be praiseworthy?

Might my example encourage or inspire others?

Might I even teach, by example, the ways whereby one may become self-supporting?

Would that serve God?

As to the whole thrust of liberal ideology, it appears that, if I strive to do what I feel called by God to do, I’m swimming against the tide.

(2) Obstacles to my prosperity

Dan Rodricks complained that a recent Baltimore City ordinance on panhandling failed to address “the underlying issues.” He has failed to address them either; so, I thought I would. Here are those I personally see:

CHECKLIST

TREATMENT ON DEMAND. Drug and alcohol treatment needs to be available on demand. This doesn’t affect me personally, but does affect panhandling — and prostitution, petty theft, shoplifting, smash-and-grabs, larcenies, and in fact all crime of any type. It’s not just traffic fatalities — half of all crimes are committed while someone is either intoxicated or seeking drug money. Continue reading (2) Obstacles to my prosperity

(1) I stay at the best shelter on the East Coast

… which shall here remain nameless, for reason that I also have harsh criticisms and don’t need any reader, however well-intentioned, to draw me into controversies not of my own choosing. The administration is rigid and authoritarian, and if I ever need to ask a favor it’s best I not be seen as a troublemaker.

I had ample time to prepare for homelessness. I packed up all my stuff neatly to make it easy for the landlady to dispose of. I gave away practically everything of durable value — dumbbells, tools, kitchen utensils, foodstuffs. Angie wanted to keep the bird feeder going after I would leave, so I showed her how. I was able to ask around and find out the highest-rated men’s homeless shelter in town. I went there at once when I became homeless March 7, 2011, and except for three nights, have been there ever since.
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Job creation: Mitt Romney’s other 30%

(Originally published 10/17/2012 at Trojan Horse Productions.  Reblogged 10/24/13.)

During the 2012 Presidential race, a Democratic party operative secretly recorded Mitt Romney’s remarks to potential donors at a private fund-raiser.  Those remarks included that 47% of voters pay no taxes and thus have no interest in the Republican message.  The release of that recording caused quite a stir.  See “* We are the 47%.”  There are other features of who Romney is and what he does with his money, that got far less media attention.  Like, this one.

Democrats: Political slant marks Romney tax return

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Reasons to seek prosperity

Reasons to seek prosperity

At any given moment, it may help me to have an actual reason to seek prosperity.  As my moods and POV change from day to day, however, a reason that I may have believed in one day, may not be credible the next:  “I’m not feelin’ it.”  So I may do well to have several reasons, different ones of which may be credible on different days. Continue reading Reasons to seek prosperity