Making A List And Checking It Twice

In theory my freedom should be ending some time in the next six weeks, assuming that I get job interviews and successfully get through one of them. Six months seemed like such a long time in which I could get everything done. Ha! It’s time for me to make a list of things that I need, or at least desire, to accomplish before my freedom ends.

Today Feels Like Monday
Not being a working stiff the days have little significance to me, but today feels like a Monday. This is probably because I spent a few hours in a bar, The Elder Tree Public House, watching sports (soccer in this case), and drinking beer (Smithwick’s in this case). When I arrived Elder Tree was having kitchen issues but were nice enough to provide free doughnuts and bagels for the patrons. By noon, or one, who really knows, the kitchen was back in working order and a breakfast/lunch menu was available. Getting food into my belly was much needed yesterday.

I spent part of the afternoon napping; part learning a graphics design program Sketch, though I’ve yet to finish the Udemy course; part worrying about my eyelid, so I am going to make an appointment for January; part rewatching the first two episodes of The Great American Baking Show via the ABC app on my AppleTV.

By then it was time to go to sleep.

ITP Flickr Pic
I have taken no photos recently. Go back to yesterday’s post and check out the two archival shots instead.

Lunch And Learn
I am meeting up with Hank and another of our former coworkers, Joe, at Ponce City Market for lunch today. Joe scored a position at Mailchimp, something I had been trying to do prior to quitting my job, which is located in Ponce City Market. Though there is a very small chance now, I was considering walking to Ponce City Market since I certainly could use the exercise.

After lunch I have a few chores to conquer, including stopping in at the eye surgeon place on Scott Boulevard and seeing about setting up that January appointment, and spending the rest of my afternoon educating myself. Doesn’t that sound like a fun day?

Dinner And Learn
German classes are on holiday so tonight I will remain home instead. I have a pork loin waiting to be cooked, and tonight that is what I will do. The loin is covered in a pork spice rub and will be cooked in a baggie using my immersion cooker tonight — four/five hours in a regulated-temperature water bath. It should be delicious! My dessert will be a hearty helping of more self education.

Until tomorrow.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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16 Responses to Making A List And Checking It Twice

  1. HamWithCam says:

    “Make three lists…”
    1) the kinds of jobs your want (3-5)
    2) the specific places where you think these jobs exist (Apple, Google, MailChmip, etc) (15-25)
    3) The “100 people” you know well enough to call, email, etc.

    Map List #3 onto List #2 and…. Bob’s Your Uncle.

    The trick is to “network, network, network..”. This is everybody you know and…meet. Yes, even in the line at the grocery store. Not surprisingly, you are only 1-2 people away from…the President of MailChimp (for example).

    Pro tip (of which you a probably already aware): Flickr type Shawn Veader works at MailChimp. As an iOS developer. So does my daughter’s former gymnastics coach. Paulie -> John -> MailChimp (See how the system, works?)

    Don’t waste your time with job websites, etc. The job you want will come through personal referral. Not through posting resumes everywhere. Do use job boards, etc. to research openings then tap into your network to get that job.

    Start your process ASAP (no really), with a quick “I’ve just recently email…)

    To wit:
    “I’ve just recently…blah, blah, blah, Dish Network. Dish has closed their Atlanta office and relocating those willing to Denver.

    You may recall my background is in application development, most recently in Apple iOS, blah, blah, blah.

    While I’m aware you don’t know of specific job openings, you are somebody whose advice and insight I value. I’d like to get together over coffee or perhaps a cold beer and get your suggestions. I’ll give you a call to set something up.”

    You’re not asking for a job, only advice. And everybody loves to give advice. If somebody knows of (or has a job) they will tell you. If not they will, at least, give you a few more names. Boo yah.

    When you work through your “List of 100” you will have 3-4 job offers.
    “I guarantee it….”

    The first of the year is tough for hiring. Budget are typically locked up, until mid to late January. There are exceptions.

    Start t-o-d-a-y and…good luck,
    P.S. – You know me, and others regular ITP readers. Only “84” more to go. I look forward to receiving your email, and that…cold beer.

  2. HamWithCam says:

    BTW: I also use the eye doctor folks on Scott Boulevard (cataract surgery x 2). Large practice, much specialization. Full surgery center, adjacent. I have seen Dr. (Laura) Bealer (my surgeon) and Dr. (John) Thomas. Recall I used to wear glasses, no more. I recommend them.

  3. Barb says:

    Great advice HamWithCam – I may have to refer back to this, as I really “need” to look for a new job.

    Yesterday was a somewhat productive day – finished up the painting of the 2nd coat of green, and removed the tape. The stairwell is officially done, though may need a little cleanup at some point.

    Ran some errands – and we joined the YMCA. The Atlanta Fire Dept was offered a incredible deal for a family memebership for $35/month. That’s way less than the regular price. We had to sign up at the Carver Village Y down south of Turner Field, but I of course will not be driving down there again. Not a bad facility though.
    Our massages got rescheduled to last night – that was nice, so we can now attend the Franco’s Fire Pit party tonight with Sally.

    And- for those that know him, Dave (aka Public Enema) must have some serious pull, he managed to get the NFL to flex the Packers game to Sunday night, so it doesn’t overlap with Cheddarhead.

  4. Steve says:

    What HamWithCam said.

    Last night I attended the visitation for an old Scottish friend who passed last week. There were lots of hugs and lots of tears and lots of laughter as Marie would have wanted it.

    Debbie is already out of the house to a meeting while I am finishing watching last nights recordings of MythBusters who are having a marathon session on the Science Channel.

    More lumberjacking this morning and this afternoon and if the weather clears up as it appears to be doing I believe a bike ride is in my future.


  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Hooray, I can “run” trail and see the Packers game on Sunday.

    I forgot to mention that Betsy and I ran into a hash family yesterday. We both sorta recognized him, I think he said his name was Shrimp, and her, whose name I never caught. With them was their son who hashed in Asia somewhere. Did I mention that I was drinking beer yesterday?

  6. Barb says:

    Shrimp used to hang at George’s – not sure how much he hashed, I think he is/was a lawyer?

  7. Stacy says:

    LOL! Yeah, mad props to P.E. Loved when I saw the game flex. Still don’t know if I’m coming out to Cheddarhead or not – it will really depend on the weather. I am truly a fair weather hasher. If I can find out the end though, I may come and then just leave a little early. As a Packer fan, I’m really interested in that Redskins-Giants game too. I’m pretty sure I know where the end is. 🙂 I can live without bowling.

    Friends passing through town brought me cheese curds last night as a surprise. I am a happy camper today. That, with some summer sausage and good wine and crackers, I think I have my New Year’s Eve feast. (I’m a stay in and avoid the craziness kind of NYE person.)

  8. Barb says:

    I’m being told the end is at Little Willie’s – bowling at Suburban Lanes (that probably has a new name by now)

    Cheese Spread & her hubby will be in town for Cheddarhead, but we won’t do much NYE, maybe meet up with some of the other Wisconsonites – who knows.

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Have you ever been to Cheddarhead Stacy? 🙂

    My intel (P.E.) tells me the end is at Little Willy’s and we are bowling at The Comet (?) which is the bowling alley formerly known as Suburban Lanes. And if you’ve not been to Scott Blvd / North Decatur Road / Church Street in a while you will be floored by how much it has changed.

  10. Stacy says:

    HA! Yes, I actually have been to Cheddarhead. Most of the time I’m not because I’m either out of town or big time recovering or something. The fact that I have the day off *after* Cheddarheard this year makes it more likely I’ll go. I had assumed Willy’s too…since he’s only a mile away, I may park my car at the end and then walk to the start and do trail.

    Yeah, that area of town is nuts! I’ve been through a couple times (to get out to Phil’s or Georgia’s). So different. Another neighborhood I visited for the first time in a long time that blew my mind was Brookhaven: the Dresden Rd. area. Met friends for a Packer game at Kaleidoscope there on Saturday (it’s patio is a Packer meet-up place). It’s CRAZY what’s over there now!

  11. Barb says:

    I haven’t been to that part of Decatur in forever- I can’t wait to see all the changes.

  12. Steve says:

    It really is unbelievable how much that area of Scott/N.Decatur/Medlock has changed. I find it amazing they just knocked at church down on the corner and paved it over for the apartment. I have a friend who owned a house on Scott right across from the hardware store and I don’t know what she got for the sale of the house but I think she might’ve been premature.

  13. Stacy says:

    This is not related to anything said prior but I figured ITP readers would want to know…

    WHAAAA? We have an ITP “Tasty China” now? How have I not known this?

    Jia – and it’s a sister company to Tasty China (same people and everything). OMG.

  14. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Doctor appointment made for 1/3.

    WHAAAA? Indeed!

    Saw Mailchimp’s office today, holy shit is it nice!

  15. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Well gosh darn. I was in Ponce City Market market even saw that place, but had no idea it was connected to Tasty China until it was too late.

  16. Barb says:

    They need to fix their write up, TC might be the first Peter Cheng restaurant “in Atlanta”, but it wasn’t his first restuarant.
    I had heard they were opening something down there, just never thougth too much about it.

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