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Friday, November 13th, 2015
2:30 pm
Nov 13 Friday - My lucky day brings me the first full-time regular employment paycheck in forever, thanks to a call center and a pharmaceutical recall. I'm a real grown-up working at a real job again, and it looks like it will even pay most of the bills.
Saturday, October 31st, 2015
7:05 pm
Week 42: Success, of a sort
Oct 29 Thu - SMU also responds for a Linux admin position!
Oct 30 Fri - It turns out there is a Facebook group just for people to put out calls for workers in DFW. Not too many scams, but enough for me to almost buy into one. Two leads come up, one about job fair and one about a call center. The call center man says to be there tomorrow at one sharp.
Oct 31 Sat - I make it to the "Job Fair" which turns to be a chance to walk in and fill out an application at an assembly plant. At the second place, 1 pm becomes 1:20 pm but I score a full time position starring Monday. It's incoming customer service, and the atmosphere is pleasant and uncrowded inside.
Monday, October 26th, 2015
3:20 pm
Week 41 eh, Week 42 starting ostentatiously. I mean, auspiciously.
Oct 19 Mon - new glasses are in effect!
Oct 20 Tue - went in for brief interview with recruiter Rachel Brent @ Matrix
Oct 21 Wed - began a Mon/Wed hands-on C# wokshop
Oct 22 Thu - got an Excel assessment for Datascan, but it wouldn't go. EDIT: also had lunch with people from Raytheon, UTD, and Dallas ISD at "Advice and a Slice!"
Oct 24 Sat - commenced an AWS workshop series, possibly leading to cert. Also did a Jekyll install with UTD LUG, but technical difficulties ate up the time to actually do anything with it
Oct 26 Mon - SMU responds with essay questions for "Graduate Application Processing Coordinator"
Thursday, October 15th, 2015
5:34 pm
Week 40 - Plan C begins
Oct 15 Thu - Transmitted my application to the academy this year (Notre Dame).
Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
1:19 am
Week 39 starts
Oct 5 Mon - had a callback on work helping to repair oxygen concentrators, but it turns out that really clear hearing is necessary to diagnose and verify proper operation in a shop with multiple units operating. Went to a presentation for http://www.swri.org/ that was under attended and they took my resume, but still did not hear back from recruiter about interviews tomorrow.
Friday, October 2nd, 2015
12:23 am
Week 38 retrenchment
Sept 29 Tue - discovered 2nd cohort of Convergys' IE Engineers are in March. BUT, other sorts of support engineer positions are hiring in between, so I have put in my hat there.

Sept 30 Wed - Did warm body interview with Brooksource in what is technically Uptown, I think, and am submitted to a dev position in Plano. Later that afternoon, med refills arrived days early, yay!

Oct 1 Thu - Found I had missed an announcement for a Southwest Research Institute recruitment at UTD, but was able to get in by direct e-mail since the event had not filled. We will see how this works out on October 5th. In other news, household is in order and the cupboards are not literally bare, but the coffers are rather dusty.
Saturday, September 26th, 2015
10:37 pm
Week 37 has a sad
Sep 23 Wed - Verification did not go so well. I answered a couple of about 5 scenarios adequately, but the evaluators seemed to be interested in more specific methods than I could muster on the rest. I had gotten the word about that the night before, but the battling medications and infections in my leg just did not allow for much quality study time. I skimmed to start of the most recent docs before collapsing. Later I googled one of the impenetrable interview questions about memory issues and found myself on a familiar-looking site. "F12 devtools included with IE11 feature an all-new utility for troubleshooting and resolving memory leaks..."

Sep 24 Thu - Did not get an offer, at least not for the first wave. I'l have to see if I can wangle a reconsider on the second or third.

Set 25 Fri - Okay, *now* my UTD ticket is where I can pay it, and where it can prevent my transcript from going anywhere until I do. Ugh. But there are fully supported PhD gigs in Southbend and Denmark!
Monday, September 21st, 2015
3:25 pm
Weeks 35, 36, start of 37: progress and adversity:
Sept 09 Wed - in-person verification interview with Insight Global down town, Francesca from IG Orlando calls me on my way back to set up for a phone screen for a much better position, Monday
Sept 11 Fri - interviewed for a PACE position at RISD, they my call me near winterbreak; Monday phone screen moves up to Saturday!
Sept 12 Sat - I am travelling and miserable with fever from injury to my bad leg, but apparently do good on the phone regardless.

Sept 15 Tues - I return in time to make it to Convergys IE SDK basic and advanced quizzes. guards loose my phone for two hours, but I find out that I scored well. I should hear back about a verification, and be invited to an orientation Sept 25 if all is well.

Sept 21 Mon - Recovered from my cold/fever. EDIT: Just heard from Francesca that I have a verification on Wednesday, scheduled for 1000 Central!
Sunday, September 6th, 2015
6:58 pm
Week 34 - a tiny nibble
Sept 4 Fri - New lock on the apartment door.
Sept 5 Sat - Scored a minor piecework for someone associated with a school district.
Sept 6 Sun - found that Notre Dame assets full support on CS PhD candidates, similar to Universities in Denmark.
6:22 pm
my ham sandwich, material cost
$0.14 2 slices of bread
$0.33 2 slices of Oscar Meyer Lean Honey Ham
$0.22 1 Kraft American single
< $0.08 light mayo
< $0.03 yellow mustard

no more than $0.80 total, probably much closer to $0.70 since allocated half an ounce of each condiment to avoid under estimating.

Typically, I make a sandwich with 1 ham, 1 turkey, 1 cotto salami and 2 cheese slices, which due to similar cost turkey breast and $2.00 cotto runs close to a full dollar.
Sunday, August 30th, 2015
8:58 pm
Week 33 - do not want
August 24 Mon - R&D guy sets meting for Wednesday.
August 25 Tues - Car towed. Epic journey to Pluto St in West Dallas nets return of car for only $192.
August 26 Wed - R&D guy pushes meeting to Thursday. Instead, I enjoy waiting 10 hours for a replacement parking sticker.
August 27 Thurs - R&D guy pushes meeting to Friday.
August 28 Fri - After two months of not actually working for a certain company, the R&D guy when asked if there was any prospect of me doing work that would be compensated during the month of September said it depended, and he would have to check. Apparently, others before me have used up the budget for my project.
August 30 Sun - rooted my Samsung, wifi tethering is now a thing for me again. I'm also divorcing my roommate, who does not want to go but since he has neglected to sign the lease or pay any of the utility expenses like a reasonable grownup will have to anyway.
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015
5:04 am
Week 31-32
Aug 14 Fri - I though the phone screen with Greyhound was good, need to touch base with recruiter "emily mc phair heather"
Aug 17 Mon - Began some demo work on AirSide PC via TeamViewer, hope to begin work in earnest shortly
Aug 22 Sat - two-week response from HP is a week late, sending "How can I do better letter?"
Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
1:58 pm
Week 30, nada. Week 31, some.
Aug 12, had a good phone screen with Greyhound, David Collins Springfield and ?? Dallas. And a UTD ticket.
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
10:43 pm
Week 29; activity!
Which is good because in Week 28, I made no progress toward getting a job other than that I was able to shuffle around Glassdoor and a few other sites to produce leads to entry level dev jobs that I could apply to rapidly with a few clicks. This week, I've noticed there's more than a few listings for work from home dev that I need to investigate.

Mon July 27 - Darby phone screen for HP, I think
Wed July 29 - in-person interview with Regan at Veredes recruiting for iStation, and I'm back on the assessment vending machine again
Fri July 31 - in-person interview at 2pm with Mike (Stone? need to check my notes) and Dan Yarbrough who work for Tracy Hamilton for HP. Sounded good but they say Tracy would contact me next in abut two weeks.
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
5:52 pm
Week 27
July 13 - Contract final word?, (did not) complete Java assessment for iStation
July 14 - First day at contract will be Monday, July 20th; requested to come in early to complete paperwork, prepare office accommodation.
July 15 - Granted early access to contract offices, spent 3.5 hours becoming familiar with office position, coworkers
July 16 - Notified my contract project would be delayed until after others are completed during August. :(
Monday, July 13th, 2015
4:27 am
Week 25 and 26 have done, start Week 27
July 2 - began work proposal for Airside Logix

July 6 - completed work proposal for Airside Logix
July 7 - 1st phone interview with Argo, 1st phone interview with HP
July 8 - 2nd phone interview with Argo, mis-scheduled meeting with WWEX.com
July 9 - ftf interview with Argo

July 13 - Airside Logix final word?, complete Java assessment for iStation
Friday, June 26th, 2015
3:11 am
Week 24 have done
June 22 - Airside Logix: phone interview
June 24 - World Wide Express: phone interview
June 25 - Intel: phone screen for Software Quality Engineer
Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
10:00 pm
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Friday, June 12th, 2015
11:30 pm
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
5:14 pm
Week 22 have-dones
I think I am going to start tracking have-dones instead of to-dos for a while.

Assessments and 2nd phone interviews:
May 27 - State Farm
June 5 - Lanyon

Onsite Interviews:
May 22 - Medicalistics
June 9 - AllSec Technolgoies (Irving)
June 10- Lanyon (St Paul Station)
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