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26  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 07, 2014, 11:35:02 am
Here is why I rarely listen to the forum.  Most of the forum thinks I can't do anything, or can't do anything significant.  Friends don't think their friends can't do anything.  That's where most of the forum utterly fail.  They never give me a chance and try to discourage me from EVERY friggin job I come across.  Shut up, will ya.

Bushie, you need to know your limitations, what you can do and what you can't do.  I wouldn't become a Carpenter or anything like that because well I suck at that type of stuff, and I'm not cut out for it.  No offense, but you aren't cut out for a Customer Service type of job.
27  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 06, 2014, 11:33:19 pm
My old man told me this evening not to ever go back to customer service!!

He obviously doesn't know what he's talking about. What a negative he is!

Part of me understands exactly why Bushie is doing this over and over again, he needs something.  I was hit by layoffs during the heart of the recession and it was near impossible for me to find a job for awhile, so I know how frustrating it can be.  I was out for awhile and ultimately took something that I didn't envision myself taking and wouldn't have taken at the time if I wasn't out of work for as long as I was.  I was pratically starting over.  Still in the financial field, but completely different sector, had to go through licensing exams, etc.  

While I was never even remotely close to Bushie's financial situation, I was struggling and took it because well I needed it.   I think that is what Bushie keeps doing, but the difference is knowing what you are getting yourself into.  I knew exactly what I was getting into, Bushie over and over again simply doesn't.  He gets something in his head and jumps in full tilt without taking a step back, realize his own skills, where he is strong, where he isn't (customer service).

He his obviously desperate, his current financial situation is a complete disaster, and needs something asap, but seems to be going about it completely the wrong way.    

28  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 06, 2014, 11:03:27 pm
Well, guys, I need to go to bed. I've got a phone interview in 12 hours...

I'm not sure how to even respond to this....
29  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 06, 2014, 10:56:26 pm
Hooray for leaving the ridiculously stretched page behind!

Yeah, sorry about that whole thing. My brain just sort of stroked off and I couldn't stop typing. I'll happily accept whatever the hell an "infraction point" is.


As for the job -- I have posed a number of questions to Jeff and find it completely unnecessary to accept a position which is essentially customer service wherein he'll have to learn entirely new skills when he possesses the beginnings of CADD knowledge and enough other basic skills to land a position that won't require yet another "challenge."

If it's the type of organization that I suspect it is, they likely would hire him, because they look for bodies, not talent and capabilities. Having a pulse gets you hired ... not retained.

Hell, I couldn't even get into the whole new skills part, the whole customer service aspect of it made me want to throw my computer across the room.
30  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 06, 2014, 10:37:39 pm
I can vouch that it is a reputable company, the specific job need to find out more, but from what it sounds .....
31  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What type of phone do you have? on: October 06, 2014, 09:56:00 pm
Nah, BRTD, the reason that BlackBerry is still in business is that businesses and government use them.

Yup, it's been standard issue blackberrys for a while now.  Their security was always touted.  However, this maybe final death knell for bb because iphones are being issued to many now.

Android for personal.  I prefer bb to iphone for work.

I'm surprised so many business's still prefer to use bb's.  Iphone's and Android's can pretty much do anything a BB can do anyway.
32  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What type of phone do you have? on: October 06, 2014, 09:50:52 pm
Andriod.  Galaxy S4, have had it since it first came out (which was basically timed perfectly with my upgrade)
33  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 06, 2014, 09:46:27 pm
Jeff, you don't even need to PM JMann and Smash with info on this one. I know they will tell this is an awful job for you and you will fail HARD at it. It's clear as day from the little info you've already provided. Even if you aren't on the phone, this is a customer service job where you will have to answer difficult questions by the customer and your Tourette's will may it difficult for you.

Please get a job at WalMart, Target, or anywhere else for the holiday season. You will be unemployed on Christmas Day if you take a "HelpDesk" job.

I would say that is the reason J-Mann and myself haven't been PM'd this one.  Bushie knows exactly what we will say.  Bushie if you want actual imput send something over (I hope I'm wrong), but I have a feeling your head is planted in the sand on this one
34  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: KY-SurveyUSA: Grimes takes the lead (FORUM exclusive news) on: October 06, 2014, 09:16:46 am
Would love it if true, but need to see more polls to back it up.
35  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 04, 2014, 12:11:57 pm
I think we found what Our Dear Friend should pursue (I think it was eluded to earlier on this page): he must run for, and win, elected office. And unless Oklahoma has recall provisions, he wouldn't be terminated from his position within like two months.

Any attempt by him to run for office would result in Mondale leaking Update to the media.

That would actually make for one of the weirdest political scandals of all time.

Would it be a plus in Oklahoma??  Bushie being  seen as "common folk" down there??
36  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do you typically keep your computer on constantly? on: October 04, 2014, 11:09:21 am
Have a laptop, usually just close the lid and it goes into sleep mode, once a week or so I will shut it down completely.
37  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many detentions and suspensions did you get in high school? on: October 03, 2014, 11:49:57 am
No suspensions, probably 4 or 5 detentions
38  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: October 03, 2014, 11:47:44 am
Bushie, Good luck.  Been a bit busy the couple days so only got a chance to look over things briefly.  Company seems legit, and the job seems like it has potential, I'm not sure if it will provide the training you seem to need, but its certainly worth a shot if you get the call.
39  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Has Pat Roberts Already Lost? on: October 02, 2014, 12:09:07 pm
If a Democrat was down by this much, people would be insisting that it was already lost. For instance, Braley and Grimes are actually winning in today's polls, but people insist they've lost already.

Because they're Democrats in Purple and (atlas) blue states, and this is a Republican in Kansas where you have to account for a potential mega coming home effect. I do think Roberts still loses though.

You can account for that to a point, and would be a valid argument in other circumstances.  However, the Kansas Republican Party is having a brutal year all around, this isn't just isolated to Roberts.
40  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Pick a Winner Week #5 on: October 02, 2014, 11:00:19 am
41  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Pick Em, Week 5 on: October 02, 2014, 10:59:18 am

THU, OCT 2  
Minnesota at Green Bay  

SUN, OCT 5  
Chicago at Carolina  
Cleveland at Tennessee
St. Louis at Philadelphia  
Atlanta at NY Giants  
Tampa Bay at New Orleans 
at Dallas  
Buffalo at Detroit 
Baltimore at Indianapolis  
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville  
Arizona at Denver
Kansas City
at San Francisco  
NY Jets at San Diego 
Cincinnati at New England  

MON, OCT 6  
Seattle at Washington

Bye = Miami and Oakland

Tiebreaker - Total Score Cincinnati and New England  44

42  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 30, 2014, 05:06:29 pm
Hi, guys, I am just going to let you believe whatever you want about me.  I'll be over here living life and doing what I need to do to make the necessary changes to get a good career established.

What would those things be??
43  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 30, 2014, 10:04:45 am
I'm back home and the meeting went as expected, I am out of a job.  However, he did tell me not to give up on my CAD career, but try to find a larger company who might have more time to work with me and bring me up to speed.  Again, I come out of this the winner and not the loser.  It is time now to find a job as quickly as possible and to get over whatever illness I have.

That is not the correct attitude when this happens...


You need to have the attitude that you need to work hard and improve, not play the I'm a winner when I get fired game
44  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Preliminary 2016 Senate Race Rankings - No Tossups on: September 29, 2014, 02:49:48 pm
Since you said no toss ups, I put "tilt" ratings where I would normally put toss ups.

Alaska: Likely R - Since Murkowski will actually be on the ballot next time, it's hard to see her losing, but in a potential three way race it could be possible.
Arizona: Lean R - If McCain doesn't retire, he'd get beaten in the primary anyway.
Arkansas: Lean R - If Mike Beebe runs it's tilt D. But if he doesn't it's likely R. So I split the difference.
Colorado: Tilt D - What happens with Udall this year will speak volumes for Bennet. Fortunately for Bennet, he will benefit from presidential year turnout.
Florida: Tilt R - Lean R if Rubio doesn't run for president, but it's looking like he will.
Georgia: Lean R - Likely R if Isakson runs, tilt R if he retires and Dems get Nunn to run again.
Illinois: Lean D takeover - Hard to see how Kirk survives considering he barely beat a horrible opponent in a GOP wave year. He has no groundswell of popularity, he got hammered for lying about his war record in 2010 and won clearly as the lesser of two evils, not as an above the fray moderate. That said, Dems could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory here by nominating another horrible candidate (it's Illinois after all).
Indiana: Lean R - Coats could retire, even if he doesn't it's possible he could be beaten. Ellsworth would've given him a tough race in a non wave year.
Iowa: Likely R - Assuming Grassley doesn't change his mind. If he retires, tilt D.
Kentucky: Likely R - Whether or not Paul runs for president. Though Steve Beshear running would make it tilt R.
Louisiana: Likely R - Too much in flux here to say anything, but Dems have slim odds.
Missouri: Tilt D takeover - Roy Blunt is not popular at all, and Hillary should do much better here than Obama. It feels weird putting it as tilt D, but yeah, no toss ups.
Nevada: Tilt D - So much depends on who runs. Democrats would be best without Reid, and Sandoval would put the Republicans in control if he ran (lean R minimum). In generic D vs. generic R, the Democrat has the edge though.
New Hampshire: Tilt R - This will be hotly contested, but NH is quirky enough that Ayotte could survive even in a good Dem year.
North Carolina: Tilt R - I think Burr survives by the skin of his teeth, even if Hillary narrowly wins the state.
Ohio: Lean R - Portman could be primaried, which would make this tilt...R I guess? This race should be competitive, but Portman starts with the edge.
Oregon: Likely D - Safe if Wyden runs for re-election.
Pennsylvania: Tilt D takeover -  Toomey will be in huge trouble during a presidential year with higher turnout. Since I have to pick a winner, I'm giving it to Sestak by the skin of his teeth.
Wisconsin: Lean D takeover - Johnson will probably be a one termer. He's done basically nothing he needs to do to get re-elected in a blue state. His only hope is another Republican wave dragging him over the finish line or a crappy opponent.

Everything else is safe. Overall net seats is D+4.

Specter survived in 2004 and 1992 when PA went Dem. What's the difference? And Kirk is shown to be able to hold his own based on early polls.

Nearly every incumbent holds their own in early polls.

Then why are we quick to call them gonners? I get that their states are left leaning, but Heitkamp won when her state went overwhelmingly red? Or why did Brown only lose by high singles when MA went overwhelmingly blue? I'm pretty sure Toomey and Kirk are what loons would call RINOs, so moderacy is no issue. And who is to say that those early polls aren't genuine strength?

Toomey doesn't have the suburban Philly base Specter had.  Kirk hasn't done anything to hurt or help his chance in 2016 (though his health issues could still hurt him).   However, the Dems will have a stronger candidate (almost impossible not to) in a less GOP friendly environment than 2010 in a Presidential year.
45  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 27, 2014, 10:46:54 pm

As far as the company in the PM, it looks reputable, but I don't think there are any jobs that are listed that suit you.  I agree with J-Mann on the initative comment. You would be better suited in a position where you have very speciic tasks that you are asked to do and do them, if you have to think outside the box as part of a job, take things on yourself, that is something you just can't do.
46  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 27, 2014, 10:44:37 pm
Constructive Idea #48482984:

CarMax has dealerships in both Tulsa and OKC. From my understanding, their sales associates are paid hourly rather than by commission, and since the cars have fixed non-negotiable prices, that takes a considerable amount of pressure off the salesman. At their Houston stores, they even have little golf carts to drive you to the car you want to look at, so there's not even any walking involved.

Can Jeff handle this?

Anything sales related is a major no.  To top it off a quick look at the site "unlimited earning potential" = Commission
47  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you a registered member of a political party? on: September 26, 2014, 10:22:48 am
48  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: CO-PPP: Gardner+2 on: September 25, 2014, 11:44:45 am
Excellent news! Still within the margin of error, but this may actually be winnable finally.

Gardner would have to be outside the margin of error by election day in order to be decently sure of his election. Buck was ahead by 1 in the last poll, but Bennet won by 2.

I think those assuming that a 3 point error in one election (within the margin of error) is indicative of some systemic polling bias are potentially guilty of a Type I error. Udall underperformed the polls in 2008, which seems just as likely for Udall to replicate as a repeat of Bennet's 2010 upset.

Exactly.  But even assuming that PPP is off by three points every single Colorado election, this is still not bad at all for Gardner.

Didn't PPP actually overestimate Obama's performance in Colorado by a point or two, anyway?

PPP had Obama 52-46,  result was 51.45-46.09
49  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Pick Em, Week 4 on: September 25, 2014, 11:17:52 am

Week 4: September 24 - September 30

THU, SEP 25  
NY Giants

Green Bay
 San Diego  
 San Francisco  
New Orleans

New England

Tie Breaker - Total Score New Orleans at Dallas-  55

50  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: NFL Pick a Winner Week #4 on: September 25, 2014, 11:12:49 am
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