Dont let me out of here! Unless…?

Yes, work related blog, so if that doesnt interest…?

One year ago today, I walked into my new place of work for the first time as an employee. The rest, as they say, is history! Its ironic, all that time it took me to find work, and then I struck gold! I knew they would never know, but I said to myself at the time that I wanted to show all those firms that had passed on me, that they were wrong to do so, but now I’m glad they did.

Even more so, as they have been so supportive of the ‘old crock’ who has (temporarily, I hope) had to cut back to a 4 day week, because of her back issues, and everything else related to it.

Given that under the current rules, I am due to take retirement in just over 6 and a half years, its fair to say that unless they push me out of the door, or my physical health gives up completely, I’m planning on being there until the end. Unless…?

I know, I know, its an actress, and the dream thing. I still dream that by some strange miracle, I’m going to get plucked from anonymity by some director, producer, or whoever, and get offered a dream role. Lets face it, I havent done anything for a few years now, I’m fast approaching 60, and the body is in less than perfect condition, so yeah, who’s going to do that? in truth, no one will, but no, I dont want to, just yet, quite give up on that dream! Mind, currently I’m only good for roles that require someone to be sat down for the whole performance, or in a wheelchair! Hopefully not for long, but…

But yes, in hindsight, with all those mental bruises gone, about finding a job at my age, thanks for that. Because in the end, I’m grateful to you, even if I didnt feel so at the time.

Video time. The blog title isnt the song title, but its a well used line of lyrics.

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End of The Road?

Now, before anyone thinks I mean the end of the blog, having reached 30,000 posts, panic not! But it might have gained a few extra readers with that title lol!

No, the thing that I’m hopefully at the end of the road of, is job hunting, for the very foreseeable future. Yes, tomorrow morning, I head off to Bradford, to start the job I wanted to get, and I’m really looking forward to it. Fine, there have been a couple of Capita false alarms, that I’d rather forget about, but. One, was their fault, they werent prepared to let us do a decent job, and as it was only for a matter of weeks anyway, I bailed out.

This time around, they were hampered by the fact that the day after I started there, I found out I’d got this job, and I knew which one I wanted to do. Better money, better commute, more interesting job, just for starters. And in truth, having tried it, I now know for sure that being controlled by technology is more for me, than trying to give out advice about it. So, all in all, for the best.

I know, its not the 30 hour a week job, in Huddersfield, I was looking for, 15 months ago, but I suspect that was always going to remain a dream, but never mind. Who knows, maybe the new ebook will sell thousands of copies, and I can take up writing as a full time occupation, and…yes, I’ll stop laughing at that idea sometime next week!

Think the odds on someone turning me into a full time, collared slave are probably less than those! And yes, thats not expected either! Which would I prefer? No comment, strictly!

Its been an interesting journey along the way, but I’m glad its over. My favorite time would have to be the 4 weeks in Hollywood, obviously, the worst would be that job from hell, last December. In between, if I could have got a visa/green card quickly, or had already owned one, I could now be doing a tour as an actress in the US! Now that would have been a job I would have loved, but anyway…

So yes, like the job hunt, its time for this edition of the blog to reach the end of the road. But dont worry, it will be back next weekend!

The video, nothing could be more apt. One of those songs that never got the kudos it deserved.

Oh Harlean, you’ve gone and opened a door

Anyone that can work out the video from that title, I’m impressed. There’s a name change, for a non hit record, so…But it has a great connection.

That door I’ve opened, its the being offered a job one! Yes, after last week, and the final cracking of my head at last opening a door, its become a habit! Yes, thats right, been offered another one as well!

Last month, long before the smooth passage called being offered a job in Leeds, I went for an interview in Bradford, to work in a Civil Service Call Center in Bradford. Better hours, more money, more interesting role, but…I’ve got a job now! Thing is, these people in progressing things, dont move quickly. So yes, I’d sort of given up on them, even though those sort of places always let you know, of hearing anything positive about it. Yes, thats right, yesterday, got an email, provisionally offering me the job, subject to the standard security checks!

Alright, fine, what I’ve decided to do, is…Start this job on Monday, and see how it goes. If its great, just simply withdraw my application, screaming inwardly while doing so, and stay there. Otherwise, wait and see what happens when the checks get sorted, how I feel, and then decide which to go with. I know, knowing me, I wont move again, but while I’m in the trial period, it could be done? No, I dont like the idea of doing that, but…its the one that I want, lol, to quote a famous song.

Mind, if either wants to offer me a more interesting training method, no contest! 😉

Yes, never rains, but it pours, does it?

The video, as I say, a song from the 70’s that most, if not all of you, will never have heard. But yes, the band are from Bradford, which is the connection I’m playing up here

Is there life on…?

So fine, the EU vote didnt go the way I wanted it to, or expected it to, but anyway, regardless, I accept the result of the democratic vote, unlike more than 2 million others, who are demanding another vote, because it wasnt the result they wanted. I know, just over a million, on a vote of over 33 million, but we have to take it, that needs to be faced. I am at least, whatever I think.

Alright, fine, if I actually qualified for an Irish passport, I might have taken my chance by applying for one, just to be able to stay in Europe. Only thing is, last distant point in lineage for that is grandparents, and my last known lineage is great grandparents. Equally, if I was at an early point in my working life, I might look to move over there, and work, but seriously, at 58, its not going to happen. Its been hellishly hard finding work over here, without attempting to find work over there, so I guess I’m stuck with it.

Irony, getting a Green card to go to the US is far easier for Irish folk, than British ones, but all the same…

And no, I dont think at this point in my life, moving to a part of Europe that involves learning a whole new language is going to work with me, either! Well, unless someone can offer me a direct neural download to make me fluent in just about any language, and then you have a deal, regardless! Yes, I’d enjoy that FAR too much! 😀

Moving further afield? Well, yes, fine, I’d love to move to North America, but given my age, my talents, and everything else, its not going to happen, unless some crazy soul proposes marriage! No, I cant see that happening either! But yes, if someone wants to take a chance on me (job sponsorship, marriage, or whatever), feel free to offer.

Even further afield? Well, as far as I know, currently, all other planets, and the Moon, are pretty much out for habitation at present. If someone knows otherwise, I’ll go as human, robot, or cyborg, open to all suggestions there. Oh, and if an alien wants me to go even further afield, then feel free to come and get me, ideally in one of these!

CJ and Todd

OK, video. As I said, at present, life on other planets is out of the question, but it didnt stop Bowie mooting the subject. Live version, a bit different to the studio one

A funny thing happened yesterday

Well, its funny, or amazing, depending on how you look at it, I finally got offered a job yesterday!

Yes, I know, amazing stuff.

The boring details, starting on the 4th of July (yes, for me, an ironic start date), I will again be working in a call center in Leeds. No, not the same one as before, not the one of the December debacle, but somewhere fresh. It is inbound, it is 5 days from 7, so yes, I will again suffer the ‘delights’ of commuting on a Sunday, but it has to be done.

I know, I know, I wanted something different, and ideally closer to home, but it wasnt to be. Yes, in the end, anything positive won out, I just hope it doesnt end up getting to me too much. I’m sure I’ll survive, and I’m pretty sure, knowing me, I wont bother to look for something better, as I probably should, but anyway…

OK, the ironical funny thing. I need to find money from somewhere! Nowadays, you get paid monthly, in arrears (understandably), but before then, I have to pay out for a months worth of travel passes (£150-160, depending how I do it), and I also have to pull myself into shape, as hair, in more senses than one, has been sort of neglected while I havent had spare cash. The obvious one, the hair on my head, which was soon due for coloring anyway, had to go ahead and book it now, while I can. But additionally, I havent been waxing anywhere since September! The big issue is my eyebrows, they probably need sorting with a pair of scissors, before waxing, in truth. The other area seriously in need, is under arms, but I suspect that they will be covered up at work anyway. Being frank, the whole body needs to get hairless, but besides that…Help!

I did consider doing a fund raising thing, but in truth, given the result of the last one, I cant see any point! I havent got anything to offer, but my sanity, so…If anyone does want to help, shout, and I’ll let you have some Paypal details, or something. Yes, I’d love to be ‘robot smooth’ apart from the hair on my head, but thats not going to happen without help! Fine, I’d love to be a ‘robot’ at work, but doubt thats on offer!

Lastly, by the morning, when I wake up, we should know if we’re still in Europe, or have decided to leave. Yes, I’ve voted, but no, I’m not telling you which, as politics, in blogs, isnt a favorite subject of mine! But fingers crossed, people make the right decision (or my idea of the right decision, at least), we will see.

OK, the video. Given most of my audience here are in countries that prefer their songs in English, I’m providing this version

Personally, I prefer the Bilingual, or French version, but anyway…they arent hard to find!

I’d like to buy the world a Coke

No, seriously, I dont, I couldnt afford it at present, but its a tribute to one of those moments when you know you’re getting old.

Back in 1970, a catchy advert jingle came on TV, and yes, you’ve guessed what the product was, from the title of the blog, coca cola. I’m guessing, from the nature of the advert, and everything else, that it started off in the US, and spread to the UK, because it was catchy, and successful.

So, the inevitable happened, the 30 second/1 minute jingle ad, got turned into a standard length single. Well, I say standard length, said single was still only just over two and a quarter minutes long, but long enough to release on to the music market. The thing was, it wasnt the original jingle singers that made the record. It was made by a pretty well unknown (at the time, at least) British group called the New Seekers. Anyway, the rest, as they say was history, it went to the top of the UK charts, seemingly stayed there forever, and all that.

So why am I mentioning this today, you ask? Well, the man who created the original jingle died yesterday at the age of 89. So yes, given this was written when he was 43, and I heard it at the age of 12, I’m feeling rather old today.

Yes, the video is the obvious one, the single version, created from that famous advert

Oh, and in another sense of feeling old today, the job thing. I guess I sort of knew it might not be easy finding a new job in my late fifties, but I never expected this. The last couple of weeks, even the contacts back from agencies, and companies, to my application have slowed down dramatically. So yes, I’m feeling old, and depressed, in that sense too. Anyone, anywhere, want to make me feel younger again, please?

Anyone want to adopt an orphan?

So fine, I’ll admit it, I was looking for inspiration for the blog tonight, and then I remembered this meme I saw yesterday. And given that the last blog was a cheeky look at ways I could move to America, I thought this was perfect as another one.

adoption offer

Yes, lets face it, the authorities would have a fit over anyone adopting a 58 year old, admit it! Apart from anything else, I’m sure the rules would have an age limit for such events, which I suspect is 18, but dont quote me on that! Right, I’m not quite the cute orphan Annie type lol!

Equally, strictly, I’m an orphan, with no known family, so…? If anyone with legal knowledge knows the answers to these matters, feel free to shout out! Think I know the answers, but… Yes, I think the marriage option is still the best one lol!

Oh fine, there is equally the mad scientist seeking a helpless female to do interesting experiments on, option, but I think, sadly, thats about as likely as being adopted! Oh, I wish! Or a Dominant, seeking a submissive…Yeah I know, pigs fly!

Alright, I’ll try to find something more original for midweek, probably Wednesday, honest I will. Yes, on a 3 day split, as I have an assessment center for an interview on Tuesday, and given its in Halifax, its probably going to chew up a fair bit of the day. So being practical, 3 days is more likely.

The video, what someone might conceivably say to me, but I doubt it!