Career Fair Down / Interviewing Up

Well, the “hard” part of this recruiting trip is over. Yesterday was a long day, though not the hardest that I’ve experienced while recruiting at NC State. Sure, there was difficulty in waiting for lunch to be replenished as we all stood around with half-filled plates and the promise that more would be arriving in “just a minute.” Sure, there was awkwardness when I saw a student who I interviewed (and rejected) at Clemson University a few weeks ago. However, overall the day was a good one — at least for this recruiter.

Today will be a long day of interviewing students on campus, with a mere hour lunch break on which my co-worker Joe and I will hoof across Hillsborough to find a quick bite to eat.

I’m coining a new term for Mexican food that I consider to be expensive — “expensican.”

Last night I joined my co-worker Joe for a post-career fair dinner at a downtown Raleigh restaurant called Jibarra. Jibarra is located within walking distance of our hotel (something we both appreciate) and once we found out where it was physically located we were both ready to sit down for a meal.

Don’t look for Combo #5 or “Speedy with Beans” at Jibarra — no, this is more fancy-pants Mexican.

I started us off with the “Guacamole Sampler” consisting of a pineapple, goat cheese, and standard guacamole platter served with chips. Each guacamole had a unique flavor and was quite tasty.

For my meal I chose a trio of tacos — Hongos, Conchinita, and Pollo al Carbon — served with sides of black beans and rice.

Of course I had beer with dinner, two Highland Gaelic Ales to be exact.

Total cost of my meal: $31 before tip. Ooops.

ITP Flickr Pic
Last night’s taco trio.
Most Expensive Mexican I've Eaten
From left to right: Conchinita, Hongos, Pollo al Carbon.

Look For Me At Flying Saucer Tonight
One Raleigh tradition I plan on keeping is sipping a few beers at Flying Saucer. I expect to raise a pint or two with Joe, and if all works out ITP-Reader Randy. I’ll consider the evening’s event as a celebration for a job well done. 😉

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – listening to the “MacCast” podcast
Website Of The Day – Looks like it’s going to be another trip to Raleigh where I am not going to be able to get a popsicle from locopops. Dangen!
Mode Of Transportation To Work – rental car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – couldn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 3, Carnivorous Days – 2
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

October Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 200 miles
– Determine the fate of Sharpened Stone, LLC
– Complete at least one iPhone application (seriously, this needs to happen)
– lose five pounds
– eat vegetarian at least one day a week

2010 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds) [update: On July 1 I’ve sadly gained weight; I’m at 203 pounds]
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Sharpened Stone.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online
– Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in PHP and CSS Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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7 Responses to Career Fair Down / Interviewing Up

  1. Steve says:

    Aye Carrumba! While the meal looked lovely, that is a might pricey for Mexican.

    I had the pleasure of Las Tortal Locas for dinner last night.. a delicious spicy pork tortas (sandwich) and a Coke. 7 bucks. Booyah!


  2. Barb says:

    I just call it an over priced taco joint…… but I do like Expensican – I might have to use that.

    Your dinners sound much better than ours, we had grilled ham & cheese after spending the evening priming – got 75% of the walls done & maybe 30% of the ceiling. 10 ft ceiling sucks to paint I do have to say, so I told Allan he was taller, he gets to do the ceiling. We will finish the priming tonight hopefully, then we need to get the real paint & get that done, then the floor gets painted hopefully Saturday. We REALLY want to get some stuff out of the basement into the garage.

  3. RanLiCoop says:

    Primer spent the night priming – fantastic!

    Looking forward to flying over to the Saucer tonight. Lisa should be home around 6:30 and we’ll probably tag-team to get the boys headed toward bed. What time do you figure to be starting your “Saucing”?

  4. Martha says:

    Barb it sounds like you guys are moving right along. I hope when/if I get around to the shed it goes this well.

    On Sunday I cut back a bunch of limbs (my neighbor lent me one of those saw on a long stick things), some where touching the roof and I was beginning to hear things in the attic, I still have a bunch of stuff to move to the front for pick-up. That’s about the most I’ve done all year around the house.

    No eating out last night but this chilly weather makes me want to cook, so last night I made Peruvian-Style chicken, green beans with cranberries & goat cheese, roasted curried cauliflower and oatmeal & banana cookies. The cauliflower was soooo good!

  5. Barb says:

    funny story from last night (Martha, cutting limbs reminded me) – the next door neighbor actually let some guys that walked up & asked to help her with some yard work do something – they were hanging off a tree cutting a limb – Allan said last time he saw something like that it involved leaving in an ambulance with a backboard……….. so we shut the garage door & ignored them. Then (I’m evil), I think, well, if something does happen & they sue the crap out of her, maybe we can buy her house really cheap some day & hand pick our neighbor!

    Yes – this is what spending too much time priming with Kilz can do to you.

  6. Steve says:

    Primer on primer. Too funny.

  7. You all crack me up. But, you have reminded me that I need to start doing yardwork at my house (in addition to all of the other crap).

    Randy, we are planning to arrive at Flying Saucer around 7pm. Join us whenever you can.

    Back to interviewing…

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