Unemployment, the new form of torture

English: 1923 unemployment insurance stamp.
1923 Unemployment Insurance Stamp

So it’s been two weeks since my contract ended.  I’ve been looking for a job and I’ve had a couple interviews.  One of the interviews is promising and the company would be great to work.  I met 5 people from the company and I liked everyone I met.  From what I hear they all liked me.  The waiting to find out if they  offer me the job is torture.  One can only hope that everything works out.

So over the weekend I’ve been keeping myself busy.  Friday night I went to go see TAO: The Art of the Drum and it was amazing show.  The presentation was great.  The music was amazing.  Saturday I went to the Chinese New Year parade.  Today (Sunday) I went to the Russian Festival to add a little more culture to my weekend.

Tomorrow, we’ll see what I can get involved in during the day.  My ultimate hope is that I’ll hear from this company.  Maybe I’ll take myself out for a nice lunch.  I would say I might buy myself something pretty but I know I won’t do that.  I don’t have any plans this next weekend.  I might take a little road trip next weekend.  Just  to get myself out of town and clear my head.

2011 in review

2011 In Review

So I was thinking the other day that I hadn’t posted anything here in a long time.  Which is a real shame. I had hoped that this would be something more for me to work on my writing skills and creativity.

So lets talk about what happened this year.  It started with me turning in my resignation at work.  That’s pretty major for most people.  Then four days later on January 6th I had a minor stroke. That was something and really threw life in a tail spin.  Afterwards I picked up and move forward.  I went to the doctor and found that I just need to be on Coumadin or Warfarin and have my blood tested.  Coumadin is a blood thinner so if I had to much of it in my system I could bleed to death if I cut myself.

So in March I noticed that there really wasn’t anything special going on with my treatment.  So I talked with my friends about the move to California that I had been planning to do in January.  They encouraged me to make the move because either way I was going to be unemployed.  I agreed and made the decision to move at the beginning of April.  My friend Ray booked a flight to Columbus and we made our plans to drive across the US with what would fit in my car.

That’s right I got rid of almost all of my belongings.  I only kept what would fit in my Scion xB.  That mostly comprised of my Tuba, artwork, and clothes.  Needless to say it was pretty full.  It’s a good thing that the back seats laid down so that we could use all the space.

So April came and Ray arrived in Columbus. I was ready for the most part but of course in typical procrastination style I had stuff I need to get done before I could leave.  The day after Ray arrived we got in my car about 9 AM and we started the drive across the US.  Since it was April I decided we would take a southern route.  I did that because I didn’t want to be caught in a snow storm driving across Kansas, Nebraska or any other state.

So after arriving in San Francisco I knew I need to find a job or some kind of work.  So I began searching for a job in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay area.  It was a little discouraging but I kept plugging away at searching the internet and sending out my resume.  I started getting interviews and there were several jobs that sounded good but as you might guess I didn’t get any of those jobs.

Lucky for me I have my music to fall back on.  I had already spoke with someone in the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Freedom Band.   So on my second day in San Francisco I started going to rehearsals.  That really helped make me feel like I was part of something more then the unemployed.  I played a concert with them and of course the event to top all events was rapidly approaching.  That’s right my first San Francisco Pride.  I of course volunteered to march in the parade because I have been doing it for years.  It was amazing and overwhelming but most of all I felt like I belonged there.  I didn’t feel like I was out of place or in over my head.

With all that there was something else happening with the band.  Like I always have previously I volunteered to help in ways that I could.  After Pride I became the Assistant Direct for the San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Freedom Band.  That was something that I was proud of but I also wanted to be modest about what I was getting myself into at that point.  No one likes a pushy smart ass and I certainly didn’t want to be labeled as such.

In August I landed a job!  That’s right I got a job.  It isn’t my dream job but I’m not unemployed any longer.  I was grateful for work and the chance to bring some money in after being unemployed for seven months.  It is a contract job that ends January 27th but it is a job.  I’m sure you have heard the old adage also it’s easier to find a job when you have a job.  That’s what I’m counting on in the next couple weeks.

So of course something good happened so something bad has to happen.  Like Newton’s Law what goes up must come down.  So what happened was I was driving downtown on a Friday night when my car was broadsided and totaled.  The other driver admitted to running the light and so I wasn’t at fault.  Progressive insurance was very nice and helpful.  We wrapped everything up an settled on the car. Now I’m just waiting on them to sell the car for scrap so we can close out the claim.

Things were quiet for a month but it was all leading up to another first for me.  My First Dance Along Nutcracker with the San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Freedom Band.  I had never played a show like this before.  It was like being in a pit orchestra which I had never done before.  If you know where Howard, Ohio is you would know that orchestra isn’t something that have there.  The show had a 60’s theme and was fun to perform.  The actors and actresses did a fantastic job.  It was a huge hit with the audience.

Last but not lease I just had my first Christmas in San Francisco.  It was quiet and I spent the day with a great new friend that I was introduced to by some friends back in Ohio.  Funny how many people I’ve met from Ohio and Pennsylvania out here in San Francisco.

Well that wraps it up … I think that’s enough for one year, don’t you?  I hope this finds everyone and anyone who read my blog in good health.

Three months after my move

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I’ve now been here in San Francisco a little more than 3 months. Everything is going OK and I have to say I’m getting attention when I send out my résumé. That is one thing that helps me keep my chin up and not be blue about being unemployed.  Today I had a 2nd interview and those kinds of things help keep me sane.

I’m at a point where I’ve had four interviews and everybody says that they love me as a candidate and they want to bring me back in.  Sounds great, right? I kind of figure I’ll have multiple offers all at the same time.  I’m just one of those guys who doesn’t want to lead people on but you never know if someone is going to make you an offer.  Of course I’ll have four offers all at once and it will not be an easy choice.

The other part is that it is major companies that I’m interviewing with for positions I’ve found mostly on Monster.com.  So in a city of start-up companies, it’s the established companies that are contacting me for interviews.  Recruiters are calling of course but those aren’t always very productive.  Recruiting companies have a place in the employment market but there are so many of theme that they are like piano players, a dime a dozen.  The IT job market here in San Francisco is good.  There are always job posted.

I’ve also started doing work for TaskRabbit.com.  TaskRabbit.com is a web site where people can post task/odd jobs and people (like me) can bid on the work.  It’s funny some of the stuff I’ve seen posted but there are always people posting jobs/task that they need done.  If you’re in San Francisco check it out and see if it’s something you can use.

Well I should go search those job boards and see what I find.  Peace and Love to everyone out there.