Careers

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Don’t forget the date! April 23, 2015!!

In the paper this week, there was an article about how seniors are trying to re invent themselves, once they’ve retired. It listed a number of men and women who have turned to writing, opening up their own business and volunteering.

So, I asked myself; are you ahead of your time or what? Let’s just see…First off, I’m not really a senior, yet. I’m getting up there in years, but I don’t look or feel my age and consider myself young at heart.

I graduated from the University of Illinois with a Masters in Music Education degree only to discover I was not really cut out to be a teacher. Especially Music where you ended up with close to three hundred students in one class for choir.

Next!

A claims examiner for Medicare which escalated in a career as a Supervisor at Blue Cross Blue Shield. There, I was introduced to programming and absolutely fell in love with it. It was like my Music Theory classes trying to make things fit to make things work smoothly. Kind of like a masterpiece.

Next!

Due to my husband’s career, we moved to Pennsylvania. Didn’t quite fit in ‘career wise’ with programming. With job applications when asked about computer knowledge, all they asked about was how fast could I type? Fortunately I was able to work from home with my Chicago based company. When they closed down, I was at a loss of what to do.

I took a stab and wrote two manuscripts that were rejected immediately. Dejected, I took on a job with IT but as technology progresses, my skills were out of date. This job helped me update them which I will forever be thankful for.

Next!

Moved to the Dallas area where IT workers were a dime a dozen and my resume was one of thousands. Trying to find a job and dealing with the Money Pit of a house, I had my hands full. I documented everything wrong with the house in an Excel spreadsheet and hence; When the Runway Went South was born.

I can’t thank my editor, Staci, enough for giving me a chance and everything she has taught me. I still have a lot to learn.

So, this is my fourth career because you see, I’m not retired. There is too much going on in life to sit still.

Best Comedian Ever? Can you decide?

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Still reeling over Robin Williams’ suicide. Wow! However, we have a big disagreement going around our house. I did post it on Facebook and the answers have varied so much, showing the diversity and tastes of my friends and colleagues.

Who is the best comedian of all times? It has narrowed down to two choices; Robin Williams or George Carlin?

The discussion started over dinner at Olive Garden last night and continued into the wee hours of the morning. We have been to tons of comedy shows in Chicago and Vegas, so it’s really hard to pinpoint. I look back over the years, starting with Henny Youngman, Jack Benny, Red Skelton, Carol Burnett, Tim Conway and the list goes on and on.

Who would you choose, or can you?

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This has been some week! Between Boston, West, TX and the flooding in the midwest, it certainly has tried our nation’s souls. I think Friday was the most tense day, following the search for suspect number 2. I found myself riveted to the television watching the play by play. Granted, I should have been working but the phone kept ringing asking me for updates from friends who did not have access to the television.

Here is Dallas, I watch a local news station because I really like all of their anchors. I also follow them on Facebook.They recently hired a new part time weather forecaster who is a young, energetic and a bright person. The first week she was here, she was criticized for being a little overweight which I thought was terrible. She is only in her upper twenties and was very hurt by that person’s remarks. I friended her on Facebook to tell her not to let those kind of remarks get to her because people can say such nasty things. You know, author? Book reveiws?

She usually works the weekend shift and on Saturdays, they have a segment on animals for adoption. She loves animals and is usually very good with them. This Saturday, there was a Siamese cat who didn’t want anything to do with anybody. You know how cats can get if they don’t want to be held. This one didn’t want any part of her and clawed at her getting his claws caught onto her necklace. She tried to untangle his claw and he ended up biting her. She smiled through the whole ordeal and you could see she was holding back her tears. Granted this is live TV! You wouldn’t believe the number of comments on her Facebook page criticizing her on how she handled the situation. Why can’t people abide by the old motto, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it?

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