07 AM | 19 Dec

WSU3

Argh and gnash…  Well, it seems that there was just me and one other entry.  So WSU HRS, in their infinite wisdom, decided that we needed more competition, and told John they were going to leave the job open through the month of December.  So now our close date is January 4, 2015.

Based on what little I’ve heard, though, I understand that even if we still have just two entries at that point, we can move ahead regardless.  Ah bureaucracy – hurry up and wait, they say…

Strangely enough, I find myself trying hard to see the positive side of this situation.  For starters, it’s probably a good thing that at this ripe old age I still have room to grow my patience.  And for another, it’s likely easier to wait to change my income in the new year.  May have been a little complicated to explain a week’s worth of WSU income to the IRS…

So waiting a few more weeks is a good thing, right?  Right!

 

06 PM | 05 Dec

WSU2

Well they posted it.  Finally.  Last day online will be Sunday 12/7.  I turned in my application Wednesday, so all I can do now is wait patiently.  Me patient, right……

The best news is that I found a copy on my hard drive of my WSU resume from 2009.   I was good about keeping that resume current, so it goes back to my first day in January of 1987.  I would have been hard-pressed to pull all of those historical details up from the bottom of my memory…

I had to fill in an online application form, attach a copy of my resume, and a copy of my cover letter.  I probably sweat the cover letter more than anything else.  Had to pretty much write that from scratch.

So I’ve done what I can do.  I gave it my best shot.  Now I just have to wait to find out how many competitors I’m up against.  Wish me luck, k?

11 AM | 14 Nov

WSU

Not sure what I said, but I apparently gave people the wrong impression.

They seem to think I’m already working at WSU.  (I’m not!)  I just heard this morning that the job will be posted either today or Monday.  So that means the posting will be active for two weeks, then interviews begin.  And I still need to convince them that they want to hire me.

I’ve had some dreams about this the last few weeks.  14 or 15 of my 26 years at WSU were doing exactly the same kind of work that I’m trying to be hired for.  It was a few years back, though.  My dreams have been about not being able to answer the right questions when I interview…   Realistically, I know it’s the riding a bike scenario.  It will come back to me, I’m sure.  Question is can I pass the interview process…

I guess I should forgive myself the worry…   Been almost 28 years since I interviewed for a new job…  I want to work, I’ve done the right kind of work for several years, what’s the point in worrying about it…

Well give me a few weeks and I’ll let you know what happens.  No worries, no worries….

07 PM | 24 Oct

Stuff

“Stuff” is about as vague as I can get, so Stuff it is.  This will be a fairly vague post to update you on various stuff in my life.

WSU

Still waiting to hear back from WSU on the job they plan on posting.  I want to do that, so fingers crossed…

VOIP

I don’t think I’ve discussed this here, but I’ve bought a cheap VOIP system to give me a dedicated phone number for Netpalouse.  I have the Ooma console, and it’s registered, and I have an 878 phone number reserved (but not published yet), so I’m all ready to go.  What I still need is the battery pack replacement for my old land line Sony phone system.  That’s supposed to arrive Monday, and after that’s hooked up, I’ll publish my new phone number (I think it’s 509-878-7188)

ooma1

This will help a lot if I get that job at WSU.  No Netpalouse phone calls interrupting me there, and voice mail waiting for me when I get home.  I’ve lived with just one phone for too long now…

AND STUFF

The last stuff I need to tell you about relates to my Newsletter.  Forever I have asked folks to email me ideas for future Newsletters.  Well, I FINALLY GOT ONE!

One of my very best customers raised a really good question.    They want me to address “the issue of having one’s photo posted on their website”.  It’s not an easy question, and I need to give it some serious thought before I publish an answer.  Coming soon to a Newsletter near you…

09 AM | 11 Oct

Work!

Work, work, work…

I keep telling you I’m happiest when I’m busy.  Well it looks like busy is where I’m going.  I’ve been bragging about my retirement from WSU for almost a year and a half now, but that may be somewhat short-lived.

Un-Retired!

Yes siree, WSU has asked me to come back for a while, and I do think I’m going to go for it…  I spent 15 to 20 years of my time there doing server support, and that’s what they need right now.  They are talking about opening an 80% FTE that would fit me perfectly.  That would give me say Fridays off, and leave me with enough time to keep Netpalouse Web Services grinding along…

work

Hopefully my customers know me well enough that they won’t worry at all about me being able to keep up with their website maintenance.  I already sleep pretty sporadically, so I do have a tendency to be up working on things at 2:30am or so…

I really have been living quite comfortably on my retirement funds from WSU, so please understand that I’m not doing this for the money.  I love the work and I love being asked to work again. Between Palouse City Council and Palouse Chamber of Commerce and Colfax Chamber of Commerce and Netpalouse Web Services and now WSU, it leaves me with a pretty full plate.

But I’m a big eater, so I have no problem with that…

 

10 AM | 30 Sep

Sigh…

Big sigh…

I just lost my very first paid web site.  Over 14 years this one has been active.  The good news, though, is that both Marv and Diane (of Marv’s Charters in Seward, Alaska) are well and healthy and completely enjoying their impending retirement.

I used to think it was cool when I lost a web site once in a while.  Like I had been in business long enough to outlast some of my customers.  Not so much any more, though.  I’ve lost a few to retirement (or going out of business), at least one to another web design agency, and one to an early death (I miss Mike…).

The other good news, however, is that I keep putting up new websites…  faster than they go away.  And I’m getting better at it all the time.  So I don’t worry too much about running out of business.  Life goes on and on,  and life is good…