18 February 2009

Quite a bit these past few days

Friday 6 February was quite an interesting day. I took a job test that morning with the 2010 U.S. Census, for a position as a poll taker or office worker. I did very nicely, scoring 26 right out of 28 questions in the multiple choice test. I will know in due course if I get a job with them or not. Then, I met my high school classmate and good friend Tim Popp for lunch at Rich and Charlie's in Mehlville. Tim was in town on business for Anheuser-Busch InBev, working and living in Oklahoma City. He as down with a bit of a cold, but was otherwise fine, and we had a wonderful afternoon getting caught up.
My 45th birthday on the 7th went well. I was busy refereeing soccer and futsal that day. My parents took me out to dinner the next day.
I went to a networking event Tuesday morning the 10th at JBuck's in Clayton. That was interesting, although rather crowded for my taste. Still, was able to make a few contacts there. That afternoon, I did a phone interview to get a part time job as a phone agent for a local surveying firm. I would get paid per completed telephone survey done at home, using my phone and computer linked online. Did my first calls for them last Monday the 16th. Will try to do some more in the coming days.
Also last Tuesday the 10th, my Dad came along as my guest to the monthly meeting of the Military History Society of St. Louis, a volunteer group of military history buffs. Someone from the Jefferson Barracks Historical Foundation spoke about the base's history and current restoration efforts. My Dad was based there for a while in World War II, and has been doing volunteer work at a building the Telephone Pioneers have on the Jefferson Barracks park grounds. He found it very interesting.
I refereed soccer Thursday night, and last weekend, along with futsal on Saturday and Sunday. Almost done with the winter seasons, with just three futsal games to do this Sunday afternoon. Spring season begins on 1 March, and I already have quite a few games assigned for next month. That should keep me out of trouble for awhile. (LOL)
I was reading Peter Bart's blog on Variety.com this morning and he mentioned a very interesting article blogger Andrew Sullivan wrote on TheAtlantic.com, on why he blogs. Here's the link to Sullivan's essay: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200811/andrew-sullivan-why-i-blog. He makes some interesting points as to why one writes online. Check it out.
That's it for now. Later.

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