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August 18th, 2010
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Finally, a job
Two things happened in the past two days, and one of them ended up with me accepting a job offer.

Thing 1: In June of 2009 I took a stupid civil service test (SCST). It was the first kind of generic test they'd offered for a long time, a "Principal Administrative Associate" - kind of glorified clerk. The reason I took it is if I passed and was on the list, even though it wasn't the job I was doing I'd be in the civil service system and it would be harder to lay me off. 11,000 people took the SCST - they had to open up extra testing venues and times. It was partly the economy and partly the fact that the city had recently lost a law suit and was supposedly going to be forced to actually use the civil service lists instead of hiring most people as "provisional employees" outside of that system. Anyway, I stood in line in the rain and took the SCST. It was basic math, grammar, usage, and work-related hypotheticals - all multiple choice. I doubted I got any wrong.

Only they didn't release the results and I got laid off. In fact I think I may have been laid off when I was because of the test - get rid of me before the results were released. Well, anyway, they finally published the list - 14 months afterwards. 5301 people passed. I'm number 13. My nose was a little out of joint - I don't like the idea that 12 people did better than me. But then I read the fine print and my score is just a raw score but if you're a veteran you get points added to your score and if a disabled veteran more points added. So I've decided to conclude those 12 all got the extra points :-).

So it's a very low number and theoretically it should get me a job, but after calling all over the city bureaucracy I couldn't find out if or when they're actually going to use the list. I was still somewhat hopeful that it could result in a job but it was in no way a sure thing. But then:

Thing 2: I had interviewed a couple of weeks ago to be Adoption Coordinator for a non-profit agency providing foster care and adoption services. It's low pay (about 1/3 of what my last job paid) and it's 1.5 hours commute each way, so not exactly a dream job. But good work, honest work, and just the dignity of work. Plus health insurance, which I was running out of. Anyway, they offered it to me and I accepted. I start 8/30, after a full year of being unemployed. I feel very happy, relieved and grateful.

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From:lilacsigil
Date:August 18th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
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Health insurance! A job! I'm so delighted for you!
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From:mofic
Date:August 18th, 2010 10:48 am (UTC)
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Thank you! Me, too.
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From:taffimai
Date:August 18th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
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Congratulations!!!
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From:mofic
Date:August 18th, 2010 10:49 am (UTC)
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Thanks!!
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From:kelly_girl
Date:August 18th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
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Congrats! I'm very happy for you.
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From:mofic
Date:August 18th, 2010 10:49 am (UTC)
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Thanks so much!
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From:xianghua
Date:August 18th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
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YAY JOB!
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From:mofic
Date:August 18th, 2010 10:49 am (UTC)
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My sentiments exactly!
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From:bluetara2020
Date:August 18th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
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Woohoo! Congrats!
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From:mofic
Date:August 18th, 2010 10:50 am (UTC)
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Thanks.
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From:barb_krasnoff
Date:August 18th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
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Congratulations -- that's really great! (And the good thing about long commutes (assuming you're not driving) is that you can get loads of reading done!)
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From:mofic
Date:August 18th, 2010 10:50 am (UTC)
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Yes, I've always read while commuting and I'm sure I'll get into the rhythm of it.
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From:xtricks
Date:August 18th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
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Congrats!
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From:mofic
Date:August 18th, 2010 10:50 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:partly_bouncy
Date:August 18th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
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Congrats. :) That's awesome news.
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From:mofic
Date:August 18th, 2010 10:50 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Laura.
From:thelastgoodname
Date:August 18th, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
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Congratulations!
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From:mofic
Date:August 18th, 2010 10:51 am (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:monitorscreen
Date:August 18th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
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Congratulations! Wish you all the best with the job :-)
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From:mofic
Date:August 18th, 2010 10:51 am (UTC)
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Thanks so much.
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From:executrix
Date:August 18th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
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Glad to hear it! And a good start to a new year that may bring even better things.
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From:mofic
Date:August 18th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
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Thanks so much for the kind words.
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From:hominysnark
Date:August 18th, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
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Oh so many YAYS!!!
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From:mofic
Date:August 18th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
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Your icon looks like I feel!
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From:marag
Date:August 18th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
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Yay! Work is good!
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From:mofic
Date:August 18th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
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As Freud said, the signs of a healthy personality are the ability to work and to love (arbeiten und lieben). It works the other way, too - take away the chances for work and love and you have an unhealthy situation.
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From:kuriadalmatia
Date:August 18th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
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Congrats! Long commutes = lots of reading time:) Cheers!
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From:mofic
Date:August 18th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
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LOL! Yes, I will use the commuting time to read. And sleep, likely.
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From:knittingwoman
Date:August 18th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
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congratulations indeed. I cannot imagine what it would be like to be without health insurance.
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From:mofic
Date:August 18th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
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I can imagine. I've been imagining it a lot. But I'm glad I won't have to live it.
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