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good stuff to put in the “that’s life” file….

Darn!  I’ve been under the weather these past couple of days with something that feels like the flu but it’s not as bad as the flu but it’s wiped me out.

It started Saturday night after I came home from seeing an old Neil Simon play called, “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.”   It was a good production – very funny.  But, for about ten minutes before curtain and during intermission, I was craning and straining my neck to chat with people sitting behind me, like this:

Photo by Andrea O'Connell

I knew I was straining my neck, but never realized I’d disable it completely.

Only today has the pain subsided.  But what it left in its wake is a horrible clogged throat and head and nose blah.   It can’t decide if it wants to be a reasonably common cold, or a hateful and feverish flu.

So, I’ve laid on the couch and in the bed waiting for it to decide how mean and nasty it wants to treat me.

I think I’m getting better though.  I finally got out of my PJ’s and into real clothes.

Now, for the good news…..

I got a job!  I don’t have the written offer yet….so it’s not a completely done deal, but I have a start date!  It’s February 20th.

And it’s a good one, too!  I’m not going to jinx it by talking too much about it.  I can tell you that it’s a good company, with super nice people!

Here’s the bad news though…. I had to tell Microsoft that I have another job.  I emailed the recruiter today.

I was still in the interview process with Microsoft.  I’d had 3 interviews and the 4th one was not scheduled until next week. This meant I’d have to stall on the job I’d just accepted to wait for Microsoft. I didn’t want to do that.  Plus, if I had gotten denied by Microsoft and I’d put off the other job, I’d be the real loser.

I didn’t want to play games or gamble.  I sent my Microsoft recruiter an email and said thank you for considering me and….. I hated to send that email.

So….I didn’t get this:

It’s okay.  But I really really really really REALLY hate leaving that great opportunity on the table….

Then again, I love the job that I got – I am very excited about it – it’s a perfect fit in so many ways and I am very happy.

So, my “that’s life” file is looking pretty good.

(I still heart Microsoft.)



it rains and pours good things

Although this little fellow looks somewhat miffed at being in the rain, I am happily enjoying the fact that it’s raining (opportunities) for me…

There’s one really good opportunity, with a company and people I really like, there’s still Microsoft, too…..  I’ll have an update soon.

In the meantime, Happy Friday everyone…. I’ll be back with a story soon!

photo by Andrea O'Connell


you got a killer education but no job? no prob: sue, sue, sue!

A colleague at the university I work for emailed a CNN story to me today that nearly knocked me out of my chair! 

Warning: Now is the time to put on your seatbelt.

So, let me start by advising all you Mom’s and Dad’s out there who are coughing up your left lung to pay the college tuition for your Johnny and/or Sally…. if your kiddos don’t get a job after finishing their Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, well, hey, no worries… SUE ‘em!  Ahem, I mean, sue the college, not your kids

I have to take a deep breath here and not let the sarcasm come screaming out of my pours and assault all our senses! 

Okay.  Deep breath.

Here’s the story. 

  • The college:  Monroe College, Bronx, NY
  • The student: Trina Thompson, age 27.
  • The cost of her tuition: $70,000.  (What?????)
  • The cost of her stress: $2,000.   

Trina recently graduated from Monroe and apparently believed that the college would also grant her a great job after she completed her degree.  I find it difficult to swallow that no one at Monroe advised Trina that it is the university’s responsibility to furnish her with an education; but it is up to her to do the rest.  Higher Education institutions will support the student and guide and support them as they journey on into the real world, but cannot act as an employment agency, too.  It’s simply not realistic.  And not what they are intended for.

Furthermore, this student claims that because her attendance record was stellar, and her GPA (grade point average) was 2.7, she expected a leg up from the college and wanted the real work-a-day world to shower her with juicy job offers.  ( Puck’s line from A Midsummer Night’s Dream calls out to me…  “O, what fools these mortals be!” ) 

The sad fact, dear Trina, is it is also a sign of our times.  Jobs in our economy are scarce (my 4 year old niece would have told you that), and even students who earned a 4.0 GPA (perfect grades), are having a very difficult time. 

Maybe, Trina, had you worked a tad harder and earned higher grades….?  

You are dreaming, Trina.  You simply have to get in line, just like the millions out there, and hope that the economy and the job outlook will improve, and fast

Everyone is sorry that education costs are high, especially now, and we feel for students like you, Trina, certainly we do – but that is all. 

Keep trying, Trina.  Never lose hope, but please, be a tad realistic and put the blame where it should to be, which, dear mortal, is certainly not on the college.   

Here’s the CNN story, written by Jason Kessler:

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