Sunday, March 25, 2007

Damn, I've Been Busy

For someone who knows his way around a keyboard, has a good work ethic, has experience in an extensive array of professions, and has salvaged a significant degree of brain cells despite many years of behavior conducive to destroying them, I've had a terrible time finding gainful employment. I've responded to hundreds of listings for freelance writers and recieved about four responses -- each wanting to pay little or nothing for my words. I've applied for about 50 traditional positions that I felt I was a perfect candidate for and have recieved two rejections and one request for more information which was followed by one of the previously listed rejections.

Perhaps this is because of my anti-disestablishmentarianism and vocal opposition to political corruption. It might be I don't know how to effectively ask for jobs and am presenting myself incorrectly. It could be my age or for all I know my last name. I simply can't figure it out.

The calls that I won't answer are becoming more frequent and the pile of things I need to pay is getting taller.

So I've been trying to take my mind off of it and after spending two or three hours a day applying for work, have been escaping to the yard to do some long overdue yard work. While this doesn't pay, I've managed to work off some of the extra weight I've gained as a slave to the keyboard. This morning, I put on and actually buttoned a pair of pants that were too small last month.

The $170 fuel pump went out on my pickup the other day and I actually managed to change it myself. Whoever decided these belonged inside the gas tank really pisses me off. And of course it had to happen the day after I nearly filled the tank.

I had an interview with Nielsen Media Research Friday in Nashville. I took some critical reasoning tests and should find out if I passed or not within the week. If I do, I'll go onto the next phase of the application process, which will include another interview and background check. The job has some pretty good benefits and will enable me to pretty much be my own boss. Not holding my breath yet, as there are about 20 out of 140 still in the running for two or three positions available.

So, if I've been less than attentive to my friends, family, acquaintances and my fan, please accept my sincere apologies. I've been damn busy and in a pissy mood. You probabvly haven't wanted to hear from me lately. Nonetheless, I truly am trying to remain positive.

I started this post to tell readers they should now be able to leave comments here. I've had a few people tell me they weren't allowed to. If you still have problems, let me know and I'll get it fixed. In fact whoever reads this should at least let me know you were here and leave a quick comment. Thanks.


D. Armenta said...

Maybe, at 250, you're getting a little old for such work..
So that's what's been wrong! Got to tell you, I was getting concerned. Love what I'm reading so far..great voice.



Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear of these hard times, you are one of my favorite folks. I'll be on the lookout for any opportunities that you might be interested in. Hang in there and at least enjoy the great weather.

Ron DeYoung said...

It's kind of a bummer when an anonymous comment says I'm one of their "favorite folks." During tough times it can be helpful knowing who is on your side.

Nonetheless anonymous poster, I thank you for your words and at the same time ask, "What great weather?" It's been raining since very early this morning. Blahhh!

This low spot will pass also and I'll be on top of my world again eventually. As Hunter S. Thompson said, "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."

Anonymous said...

I was anonymous on purpose, because I know you dislike anonymous posts, anyhoo, I hope your luck changes soon, you are very talented and you will be an asset to any employer.


Ron DeYoung said...

Dear Malinda, How the hell are you? Did you think from the tone of the post that was running low on things to frustrate me? It's great to hear from you. I'm sending a private email.

Anonymous said...

My charter account bit the dust. You can email me at