Thursday, March 30, 2006
There were a few different speakers, who came to the podium and shared personal stories with the audience, about ways that the association has helped enhance and improve their own struggle. One young man, in particular, sticks out in my mind and I can’t stop thinking about him.
His name was John, and I noticed that when he approached the stage he was using a cane, the kind usually used by visually impaired people. He accepted some assistance onto the podium, and folded his cane up and took out some notes on big pieces of paper. My first thought was that he had some kind of macular degeneration disease; my friend Michele has macular degeneration and from what I have learned she has limited low vision that steadily decreases as she ages. It has been predicted by her ophthalmologists that she would experience total blindness in about 10 years. Anyway this young man started to tell his story for the assembled 350 or so supporters.
John started telling the crowd how he has had dark days and had good days. John is active in his church, and active assisting others with mental illness. He appeared a little nervous, a little shaky and started speaking with a small voice that reminded me of a jelly bean at the bottom of an empty tin can. As he started recounting what brought him to the association today, his voice became stronger, filling the room and settling over the silence like a blanket of fog.
John explained that he had experienced his first awareness with mental illness at the age of 19, and it was in the form of a mania that produced a euphoric high with no origin. He felt indestructible, stopped sleeping and eating, and after a short while he started hearing voices. Some, he said, were barely audible, and some were more distinct. He lost awareness of the things he was doing, just functioning in a borderline paranoid excited state. One day, he found himself driving down a major one-way road in the wrong direction, at high speeds. It was a hellish trip, which ended in a head-on collision.
As a result he was convicted of assault, and subsequently incarcerated. The frequency in the voices he was hearing increased, and became more distinct. He said one voice, which he identified as “Michael” spoke louder then the rest and started telling him things he couldn’t ignore.
While in jail, “Michael” told John which of the guards were bad, and which were good. “Michael” told John that his family was in danger, and he was the only one who could save them. This threw John into such a feeling of hopelessness and despair; he loved his family and wanted to do anything to help them, truly believing his auditory hallucination. “Michael” told John that he could help him get out of jail to help his family, but John had to follow his directives.
John believed this.
So, trusting “Michael,” John was told to stop taking his medication, and to stop sleeping and eating. After about 3 days of following these instructions, “Michael” told John to gouge his eyes out.
When John was discovered, he was rushed to emergency surgery at the Casey Eye Institute. Today at the luncheon, John explained that one of his eyes is a prosthetic, and the other has 20/2000 vision.
The still silence filled me up, and I was hypnotized by John’s story. It took all the will of my being to not cry, to feel for someone’s suffering. After he was done speaking, he received a standing ovation. It was an overwhelming emotion, and 10 hours later I still can’t shake the feeling and put the incident on my mental back burner.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Friday, March 17, 2006
When it was the guy's turn in line, he remarked to the server at the counter, "Happy St. Patrick's day! I see you're wearing green!" Now, the counter guy was wearing a brown shirt, and looked momentarily confused. He bypassed his color/holiday declaration with "What can I get you, sir?"
I don't think they heard our earlier conversation about his colorblindness.
Picutre of Anna taking a picture of me taking a picture of her.
John before the gig started.
Here's a picture of Anna, and the sassiest lady I know Pat (on the left). Pat is a hoot to go out and drink with, and the whole time the band was playing she was yelling and cheering. She's one of my more favorite old lady friends, very low maintenance and a strong woman.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Over the past couple of weeks, I have carefully selected the objectives and other key parts of resumes that I found...entertaining.
No kidding, here are some actual examples of what people list as attributes an employer would look for:
* I’m a people person and really enjoy socializing and helping others.
* Into fashion, I excel at deciding what is in style.
* I’m very good with animals and with children.
* I’m very independent and am never satisfied until I get a job done.
* I’m creative and am into many different arts.
* I am seen as a friendly and kind person.
…and for your viewing pleasure, I left all spelling and grammar errors in tact.
To find a challenging and fulfilling position where I can best utilize my experience as well as increase my knowledge and build new skills. I am seeking a position where there exists and opportunity fir advancement.
Seeking an interesting position with a growing company that I can utilize my superior customer service skills.
To become a long term member of your company to work hard and have good relationship wth co-wokers and management.
i think that this job sounds like somthing i can do and i need a first job to get going in my life
At the time being my career objective is to achieve a better grasp on the professional business field to help me in my strive for a bachelors degree in accounting and/or business management. Having worked in professional office settings since June 2003 my progression in the field has been rapid; as well as, participating in business oriented classes such as accounting, human resources, supervisory and management, creative thinking, and investments, I feel that I am able to tackle any job set forth and that I can complete it to the highest standards and expectations. I love a challenge.
(the previous one is a bit long and hard on the eyes)
To become a vital contributor to the success and productivitiy of the company
Looking to find a job where I can apply my skills in a positive environment with areas for growth within the company.
To obtain a responsible and challenging position where my education and work experience will have valuable application.
To find a job that excites and intrigues me.
To grow with a company and eventually be in management.
obtain a good job and work as hard as possible. work with the company as long as possible. develop new skills i havent learned before.
I want to beable to be a helping hand to those around me and help in sticky situations where others have not been able to handle the situations.
To obtaina challenging position within your organization that will allow me to utilize my talents.
Looking to gain a long term position throughout my studies that will allow me to let my creative juices flow.
To establish employment with your company, to grow with the opportunities your company can provide
Always to be the best at what ever I do . To give a 110% all the time . I want to find my self in a leadership or manager spot at some point . To learn what im doing as fast as I can , so I may be a strong team player . With all that said . At this time im realy looking for a swing shift spot . But willing to take what ever shift is open .
To learn as much as possible and to experience joy in my work, to feel the wheels of progress turn under my feet towards a future that will sustain me and all beings in peace, freedom and light.
I am the greatest dishwasher. I would be a great add on for the team. Use to a fast paced enviorment.I am a fast worker and my communication skill is at a peak. I have a great ground as far as computers go, and I have a firm stand that a smile will allways be positive.I think I would be a great add for the company because I aggressively try and reach my goal, which is to be time handling, to lead myself for future work.Physically fit and very professional.Would love to here from you!
Suggestion: don’t list an objective, unless it exactly mirrors the position. And make sure if you are applying for "customer service" your resume doesn't say "food service/hospitality" and other similar mis-matched career goals. It just confuses me, espeically when I've looked at 200 resumes and I'm tired.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Yesteday I had a screw in my tire, the front passenger side. The tire wasn’t low, I have about 24 dollars to my name right now, and luckily the good guys as Les Schwab Tires plugged it for free.
I live in an apartment where the light switches aren’t where you subconsciously expect them to be. For the past six months, I’ve been walking around swiping the blank walls on the inside of the bathroom, kitchen and living room door frames.
Super bowl Sunday was also known as Black Sunday at KFC. I had the pleasure of working there between the ages of 16 and 21, it became an integral part of my development, and helped formed my future eating habits (namely I can’t eat it to this day). Anyway, Super bowl Sunday was the single most revenue generating day, the day when all the staff are working at once, when the largest amount of chicken is cooked and sold in record quantities, special orders for 30 pieces, 50 pieces, 180 pieces, it was complete madness. It wasn't about what position you worked, such as "drive-thru" or "cook" or "front lobby," it was more along the lines of "battlestations." And of course, all that fried chicken is nothing with out ten million biscuits, 200 gallons of brown gravy, 450 pounds of mashed potatoes and coleslaw, baked beans, hot wings, corn on the cob, and every other fixin' you could imagine.
Monday, March 13, 2006
Ready...fighting stance! View my Fist of Fury!
Something to be aware of about Tiger Balm. Be sure you wash your hands well after applying Tiger Balm to the affected (effected?) area. I didn't, and made the mistake of rubbing my right eye, and I made a sandwich. As a result, I spent the next 3 hours wincing as the analegisic minty coolness caused my eye to tear uncontrollably, and my mouth slightly numbed and robbed the taste from my PB & J.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Here's our booth!
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Well, I received an interesting email today, and felt the need to share it with the Blog community. It was pretty simple, most likely from a disgruntled unemployed rocket scientist:
Why don't you let people know UP FRONT that you drug test? You guys suck.
I bet your whole staff uses dope, hypocrites. Have you ever head of a lie of omission?
My co-worker Vero also received a copy of this; we share the same emailbox for applicants. After conferring breifly about it, I sent a politically correct reply back:
Subject: Re: Honesty
I'm sorry about the misunderstanding. I do post in each individual job announcement, and on our web site our employment requirements, which include passing a background check (no theft or person-to-person convictions in the past 10 years, no convictions involving the perpetration of a sex crime or death crime ever), passing a drug screen (meaning we drug test), must be 18 and can communicate effectively in English. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact the Branch Manager, Wendy Smith, at [phone number].
Recruiter, Vandelay Industries
Of course, here's what my alter-Id wanted to say:
Dear Disgrunteld Asshole,
If you took the time, or had the ability to fucking read you could see clearly that the drug screen requirements are listed in every ad so jerk-offs like you don't apply and waste our time with a dirty UA. You want honesty? Stop smoking so much dope and maybe you can get a decent job. If the whole staff does indeed use dope (which, we don't, I can assure you--at the very least we couldn't even afford the habit if we were so inclined) we're not confrontational fucks about it, and thus, are gainfully employed.
Good luck in your job search!
Recruiter, Vandeley Industries
Monday, March 06, 2006
In the lush and damp Oregon enviroment, everything is covered in an airborne moss. It's kind of beautiful, actually, perpetually green sheathing most of the forest.
An overturned tree, exposed moss covered roots that looked really intersting.
On a high plateau in the gorge, a serene pool probably feeding into the falls.
Continuing upward, towards Angel's rest. A break and a nice view of the Columbia River.
Across the river, Washington State. After a couple of hours climbing, finally near the top!
View of Columbia River, looking West from Angel's Rest.
...Columbia River, looking east...
It was unbelievably windy at the top.
My hair was whipping up a fury, and threatening to strangle me at times.
(note the Metallica reference)
The rocks were really cool out here, they looked as if they were stacks of coins.
Total distance hiked: 6.6. miles (not couting the walk back to the car, parked at Wakeena Falls).
Total elevation gained: 1500 feet
Sunday, March 05, 2006
I've never owned any greatful dead music, but have known and lived with people who were way into them. I can't name any songs, or any band members other then Jerry Garcia, and even though he died a while ago I know people still go to concerts (??) I can't even imagine what multi-million dollar merchandising franchise surrounds this enigma of a band.
I must be getting old. Tye-dye hurts my eyes, patchouli gives me a headache, long gituar solos make me impatient and anxious. I think maybe I'm just a rock-n-roller at heart, I need some kind of angst, rage and crunch to feel some degree of statisfaction.