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A New Chapter

March 9th, 2015 marked a momentous occasion in my young adult life. After many years of searching and interviewing and protesting perhaps a bit too much, I’m happy to report that all my effort finally paid off and I’ve officially started a new job. Although I must say, it’s not really accurate to call this […]

The Hardest Job

I don’t talk much about the ins and outs of my life here on this blog, and that’s a very conscious decision I made many years ago. It’s not that I don’t want my (albeit minuscule) audience of readers to know the particulars of my everyday existence; on the contrary, I frequently use personal history […]

Contingency Plan

Earlier this month I celebrated my birthday, which – despite what you may expect – is frequently anything but a happy occasion. Last year I was basically broke, and so the best I could do to celebrate turning another year older was buying myself some coffee at my favorite shop in Midtown. I often suffer […]

The Boy is Back in Town

It’s the beginning of a new age! After nine long months, the slacker days are officially over. Oh sure, I flirted with substitute teaching in the last few months, but I always knew that what I really needed was to find a stable job back in the city I love. And found one I have! […]

Figuring Out Where I’m Going

Lately I’ve been think about what I want to do and where I want to be in the next year. I’ve been substitute teaching, which has been great for earning money and generally getting me more productive during the week. However, I’m still no closer to finding a “big kid” job back in Sacramento. Come […]

On Job Hunting (and Why It Sucks)

I know I’ve been pretty quiet lately about how the job hunting has been going, and the short answer is quite simply that it hasn’t been going well. At all. The longer answer is this: I’ve been looking for new employment for about a year, and have been unemployed for closing in on six months, […]

Besting the CBEST

Two weeks after my grueling Saturday morning spent with the CBEST exam, my results are in: I passed with flying colors! If you recall, I was less than enthusiastic with my performance following the ordeal. Looking at my results, I definitely started the test stronger than I finished. The reading section, which tripped me up […]

I Thought I Was Done With School

Yesterday was CBEST Exam Day, and I’m happy to report that it’s officially behind me. I’ve been stressing about this exam for the last month, worrying (primarily) that I would completely flunk it because I’m so terrible at math. As it turned out, neither the test nor my mathematical aptitude were as bad as I […]


I had a good idea for an iPhone app the other day. I mean really good. It was so good, in fact, that I was ready to call off the job search and just wait for the iTunes Store profits to start rolling in. So long day job, dress shirts, and morning commute! Hello early […]

Mid-Year Resolutions

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about my goals in life, both long-term and short-term. I know this is partly due to my ongoing job search, but I’m also a person who constantly strives for something greater in life. I know there’s always room for improvement, and this knowledge has often pushed me to better […]

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