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If you are one of my Chicago readers — this weekend is MayFest in Lincoln Square!  It is one of my favorite festivals in Chi and is a certain indication that neighborhood festival season has officially begun!!!  Stop by for some delicious Hofbräu beer and brats!  I’ll be there all day Sunday (as a wedding will unfortunately keep me away on Saturday).  See you there!  http://www.mayfestchicago.com/

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If you don’t like Chesney, you obviously don’t like freedom either.

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Pet Peeve of the Day: When people say they like “all music except country.”  I used to say that too… until I actually listened to some.  I urge you to do the same.

Quote of the Day: “It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine, it’s summertime” –Kenny Chesney

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I loathe these bags.  I have 2 of them, byproducts of giveaways at Bears and Cubs games.  The reasons I hate these are many:  It is a rare occasion when reusable-bagsI actually remember to bring these with me to the grocery store.  Somehow I always manage to remember my coupons, but these bags?  They remain hanging sadly on the doorknob in my kitchen.

When I do remember to bring them along, they seem to fall victim to some unspoken grocery-baggers rule: “If someone brings a reusable bag, stuff it so full it can barely be lifted and feels like it may possibly break at any moment.”  Whyyyyyyy?  Why does a reusable grocery bag seem to cause all common sense to be blown to the wind?  I live on the third floor and I need to carry these bags a long way.  You better believe that when I get plastic bags, I tell them to double them.  And they don’t pack those to the gills.  WTF?

Just yesterday, I saw an interesting item on the news that is the final nail in the coffin for these bags:  they are breeding grounds for all sorts of crazy bacteria.  (http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/chi-talk-bad-bagsmay27,0,5879847.story)  Granted this story was put out by the Canadian Plastic Council, but it’s propoganda I can get on board with if it will excuse me from being “green.” 

valeThere is one person who seems to enjoy my reusable bags, and that is Klinker.  For some reason she is infinitely fascinated by them and loves to play in/with them.  So I guess if their purpose morphs into cat toys, that’s still pretty “green”… and it’ll keep Al Gore outta my grill.

Things I Live For: Day drinking; bonfires; scarves

Quote of the Day: “Facts all come with points of view” –Talking Heads

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05.27.2009

Job Search


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So, while this blog has been keeping me entertained, it’s simply not enough to fill my days.  Also, there’s that part about me being completely broke.  So I have been venturing on quite the little job search.  I have applied to places from CVS to Red Lobster to random Craigslist ads.  All I am looking for is a small job to make some extra cash this summer before I start school in the fall.  (Yeah, me and 60% of the world… I know.  This is why I’m keeping my options open and would willingly work at Red Lobster despite the fact that I’ve never been there and I hate seafood).

Basically I have thought about every business there is in the area, gone to their website, and submitted an application.  Many of these places however, have you complete a little questionnaire if you will, in addition to the application.  You are given numerous “statements” (sometimes as many as 80…) that you are to either strongly agree with, agree with, disagree with, or strongly disagree with.  I gather that this questionnaire is supposed to immediately weed out the unsavory individuals, but in these surveys I have noticed a pattern of redundancy, sheer stupidity, and questions where I ask “are you fucking kidding me?”

For example, this statement appears on 90% of the questionnaires I filled out: “Most people would steal if they thought they could get away with it.”  Huh?!  Does anyone REALLY put strongly agree??  It doesn’t get more obvious than this.  If anyone answers anything other than strongly disagree and subsequently gets hired, I need to know now because, “UNCLE!”

Then, there was the questionnaire I filled out for a part-time job at a cosmetics counter at a department store that will remain un-named.  I didn’t realize you had to be a fucking genius to aggressively spritz innocent passersby with perfume, but apparently you do.  The question I came to was this:

Pick the number that completes this sequence: 3 9 4 5 25 20 21 441

A) 436 B) 442 C) 430 D) 439 E) 454

I don’t remember what I picked, but I assure you it wasn’t the right answer.  I paused for a few seconds to think about it, then just clicked on whatever I felt like and went to the next question thinking, how the fuck did that question find its way in here?  But, the next question, AND THE NEXT TEN AFTER THAT were more sequence completion questions!  I was livid (and confused) at that point and just clicked on numbers to get through the survey.  I still don’t know what the answer is to the above question.  But guess what?  I DON’T CARE.  I have a college degree, I have held numerous jobs for lengthy periods of time, and I have worked on cases where millions of dollars are at stake… ALL WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT NUMBER COMES NEXT. 

As to the redundant questions, here is a sample of statements (all concurrent in the same survey), which I had to agree or disagree with, strongly or not:

  • I do tasks that I know need to be done without someone telling me
  • I take the initiative on completing tasks
  • I can work independently and don’t need to be told what to do
  • Upon arriving to work, I know what to do without my supervisor assigning me a task

And, I shit you not, there were literally about 10 more variations of this.  Hell, maybe I can just get a job as a human thesaurus to come up with a million different ways to ask the same thing.  The scary thing is, the majority of people probably respond differently to each of those questions.  The jokes on me though because those are the idiots that must get the jobs. 

So my job search will continue, (I mean, I’ve got spare time), but hopefully with better results and less questionnaires…

Pet Peeve of the Day: Chicago Bikers.  Ugh. 

Quote of the Day: “What you are speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you say.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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05.26.2009

Things I Wonder…


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Do people really sing in the shower?  What’s the deal with that being like “the thing”?  I sing in the car, along with the stereo.  The shower where just the water beats down and there’s no background music?  Negativo.

How are the events of 9/11 taught in history classes?  I suppose I will never know this unless I have kids or meet a high school history teacher.  I am very interested though.

chiskyWould I love Chicago if I’d never been here and came as a visitor?  (Coincidentally, this would be one of my 3 wishes if I ever meet a genie– visit Chi as if I’d never been before).

Why do people hate the Cubs so much?  You should pity our team and our fans; some sympathy and compassion would be nice!  Everyone in the world was pulling for Boston when they finally won the World Series; why are we different? 

Why is it news when someone goes into court for arraignment and pleads “not guilty?”  America = innocent until proven guilty.  Only a fool would ever initially plead guilty.

Why do women never call into sports talk radio?  I listen to more than my fair share of sports talk radio (670 The Score and ESPN 1000) and in all my years I have only ever heard one woman call in.  I know that I’m not the only chick listening!  So I guess a short term goal I will have is to call into The Score myself.  It’s gotta be a good comment though, I can’t come off sounding like some dumb girl– I gotta make us lady sports fans proud!  Stay tuned!!

Things I Live For:Driving back into the city on south Lake Shore Drive and seeing the skyline in the distance ahead of me; Delicious Johnsonville brats!

Quote of the Day:“Bad road trip.” –Lou Piniella

(Don’t forget to check out the new quotebook page!)

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My gym plays a lot of random videos on their “own” channel.  I happened to catch this classic one (from the movie HELP!) the other day (I love the musical notes part):

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I hope everyone has an awesome Memorial Day weekend! 

Quote of the Day: “And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.  And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.” –Lee Greenwood

Bonus Memorial Day Quotes: “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” –Joseph Campbell

“These heroes are dead.  They died for liberty – they died for us.  They are at rest.  They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines.  They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest.  Earth may run red with other wars – they are at peace.  In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death.  I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead:  cheers for the living; tears for the dead.”  –Robert G. Ingersoll

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