Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Eagle Powers, Come to Me!

I'm searching for housing. And a job.

I'm trying to find housing that is in the "good" part of town (meaning it is just barely less dangerous than the more dangerous places).  Safe + within 30 minutes of school + no mice but probably still roaches = More than my monthly paycheck, before utilities or internet or food or gas or Redbox movie nights.

Dangerous + within 30 minutes of school + lots of mice and roaches and vandalism and everything else = about the same as my current monthly paycheck after one utility bill.

I'm going to transfer within my company across the country so that I have the assurance of at least some form of income.  The problem?  Only some stores in Baltimore pay a small fraction more than my own store. Most pay the same, or even less.  Not really livable in the situation we're about to go to.

Most jobs I'm seeing that I should qualify for now require an extra degree or two, and 5-7 years of experience with a very specific programming language or type of analysis.  Wanted:  Bachelors in Biology, Math, Bioengineering or related field.  Masters or PhD highly preferred.  6 years experience required documenting eating patterns in manatees of the southern Indian ocean.  Must be able to jump on one foot and hula hoop at the same time for minimum of 5 minutes.  Happy smile preferred, but not necessary.

I did the time - I got my degree!  I even tried to pursue a degree that was less desirable to students, hoping it would be more desirable to employers.  Exactly a year ago, the Department of Labor released statistics that showed that 53% of college graduates under the age of 25 are either unemployed, or underemployed (meaning they worked either part-time or had a job which required no degree or qualifications).  Hooray for the current economic situation!

I'm feeling a bit like Nacho Libre during one of his fights.  He put in some training, and climbed a steep cliff to eat an eagle's egg.  He had been promised eagle powers to win his future fights and get money for his orphanage.

Imagine his surprise when he still lost the fight.

Eagle powers, come to me!

"Those eggs were a lie, Stephen!"

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Super Cool

I listed some of Caleb's old textbooks on Amazon, and one sold yesterday.  I checked the packing slip for the address, and I'm shipping the book to one of the editors at WW Norton in Manhattan.  So cool!

That is all.

Monday, April 15, 2013


Kaitlin and I share a Netflix subscription, as well as a HuluPlus subscription.  Best of both worlds!

Does anyone out here watch "The Middle"?

If you haven't seen it before, you should!  It gives a weekly dose of realistically funny family life.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Caleb was accepted to the School of Pharmacy at University of Maryland!

He was given the choice between the Shady Grove campus in Rockville (less than an hour's drive from both Baltimore and D.C.) or the Baltimore campus.  After going over all the pros and cons, we ultimately have decided to move to Baltimore.  Even though it is inner-city, and crime and rent are both high, he feels  better about being able to attend class live and be able to speak with professors in person.

Now on to the fun stuff!  Finding a job so that we can afford to live in the city.  Oh, and finding which parts of the city are safe to live in.  I won't go into what I have found out so far.  My mom will freak out.

Check in soon!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Move-out date is in 4.5 weeks.  Still no word.