My Interview and a Few Other Thoughts

My Interview and a Few Other Thoughts

I just got done being interviewd by a controls company by the airport. I got a feeling that it didn’t go so well. The interview made me realize that I haven’t been able to specialize in anything at my job – and that may hurt me. I’ve been given a great opportunity at my company to learn a lot of different things, but the downside with that is that I haven’t been able to spend enough time on any particular project to master any of those things. That could hurt me with companies who specialize in a certain area. I am not great at any one thing, but I’m good at a lot of things – that could possibly serve as a detriment to certain companies.

I was interviewed by two guys. I think one guy, coincidentally enough he was brown, was messing with me. He asked me, “Are you ok with working long hours…like say…90-100 hours a week sometimes?”. I was like, “Yeah, no problem, you gotta do what you gotta do”, but I was thinking, “man, you better stop playing….what’s wrong with you?!”. Then he mentioned that, “I traveled 50% last year, are you ok with that?”. Of course I’m not, but I said that it wouldn’t be a problem. I was thinking, “This guy! This friggin’ guy is straight flippin’ with me!”…It was an interesting first interview out of hopefully many (I am very interested in seeing exactly what kind of opportunities are out there for me).

A few other random thoughts:

I never really understood why people make self-proclaiming, prophetic statements on facebook. I mean, do I really need to know THAT MUCH about you on your status? I don’t know, it seems a little inauthentic to me. I mean, do I really care if your status is “I’m tired of the haters and ready to move on with my life” – I don’t know, maybe it’s just that I ain’t so keen on making private thoughts privy to everyone (this blog withstanding).

I’ve considered working in the New York area, but there is no significant difference (if any) in salary, so besides the fact that it would be New York, why would I move there? I know, I know…people move there JUST because it is New York…but still…I would at least want to be paid MORE in the Big Apple than in the A. I mean, doesn’t everyone always say that since living costs are higher in the Big Manzana, that you get paid more? It doesn’t seem like it to me. I mean, even in California, there isn’t a real difference in pay for engineering jobs (unless you’re involved in the IT world). I think that the whole idea of working in an expensive city correlating to higher pay is a relative myth. I just don’t see that correlation. I think it’s more about where you actually want to be rather than the provolone you’ll be slicing. Just a simple engineer’s opinion.

20 debates? Really, did we REALLY need 20 Democratic debates? Nothing new has come out of any of the past 4 or 5 debates. And Billary Clinton wanted MORE of these debates? They’re just flat out boring; almost mind-numbingly monotonous. Billary needs to realize that she can only stop the Obamamentum by appealing to the voters and not by bashing her opponent. She just has to get out there and meet voters and explain her case for the Democratic candidacy. She needs to focus her time and attention on the voters – not on her opponent. I don’t know if it’s too late for her to make a comeback at this point, but it ain’t looking good.

The Shaq experiment in the Arizona desert isn’t looking so hot (no pun intended) right now. They’re 2-3 with him in the lineup and they’ve gotten WORSE defensively. I’m not gonna write them off just yet; there is too much season left for me to do that.

I have started to make the transition from Hotmail to Gmail. I mean, I’ve had a Gmail account for years now, but I rarely used it. I’m going to slowly start phasing out my Hotmail account. What was I thinking NOT using Gmail more over the past few years? It is GENIUS. Unequivocally and without a doubt – and it is SO SIMPLE! I’ve never been more proud to waste company money than when I use Google to chat with friends. Plus, Gmail is so fast! It receives and sends e-mails so damn quickly! These Google folks are ahead of their time. I now know how much I deprived myself over the years by ignoring the magnificence that is Gmail. I ask for your forgiveness Google, for I have sinned. I knew not what I was doing.

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