Tuesday, April 10, 2012

One Bite At A Time

See the eyes of this elephant? Well, that's what my eyes look like as I'm scanning the computer screen looking for jobs. Remember the saying "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." Well, that is what I'm trying to keep in mind as I'm attempting to enter the Houston job market. Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada was the first place I utilized my job hunting skills since I reentered the job market, and actually landed a great job. A job that wasn't even posted anywhere! Information interviews were the trick there and I'm sure it's the same here. However, Fredericton has a population of about 75,000. The population of Houston is around 6 million. So, how do you find a job? One information interview at a time, but unlike Fredericton, my target is a much larger elephant and may take a bit longer to eat.

Bon Appetite!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Abundant Life

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. You are my friends if you do whatever I command you." John 15:13,14

Today is Easter, the reminder that the God who sacrificed his life for us did not stay dead. He was resurrected, and he gives us that same hope, a hope that is sure, so we can live a life of joy here and now.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Old and Familiar

"Florida woman, 93, reaches end of the road after 576,000 miles in her 1964 Mercury," was reported in an April 2, 2012 news article. These are the kinds of headlines I enjoy reading. Read on: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/02/florida-woman-3-reaches-end-road-after-576000-miles-in-same-car/#ixzz1r5rCtzQz

In an age of disposability and mass consumerism, hurray for her! I call it getting your money's worth. One of our sons recently stumbled upon my husband's somewhat aged engineering calculator and shouted, "Hey, retro! Cool." I totally denied the "retro" thing but after a quick Google search, I had to eat my words. What do you think?

So, back to the 93 year old woman. I love her attitude. After all, why get rid of something that works perfectly fine when a little tender loving care and maintenance will keep it running? Case in point is my Amway CMS1000. 23 years ago, it was the first and last vacume cleaner I ever bought. Does anybody remember Amway? It was the lifetime warranty that sold me. You can completely disassemble, clean, and buy replacement parts for it so, hey, why would anybody ever need a new one?

But there may be something more here than getting one's money worth. I call it familiarity. Sort of like an old pair of jeans that you refuse to throw out.

Personally, I love old, familiar things which is definitely not a result of my upbringing. In Southern California, everything seemed to be new and trendy, but I always gravitated to the old, even if it wasn't familiar. In my teens I started collecting antique furniture. In my early 20s, I had my heart set on a 1967 250SL Mercedes, which, of course, was way out of my price range. Recently one was posted on eBay for a mere $54,770, and I'm no closer to it now than I was then.

As I got older, I thought buying and fixing up an old house would be the best thing ever, until I actually lived in an old 1908 unrenovated farmhouse in Old Town Orange and changed my mind.

Well, enough talk about old stuff. On to the 21st century and pricing out the latest software updates for my computer and checking out the latest i-gadget.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Homes vs. Purses

This morning at our Sunday breakfast table, I casually mentioned to my husband that I walked into Sears the other day and the store seemed so sad, empty, and eerie. I immediately left. He quickly remarked, "Yeah, my Dad was born in a Sears Roebuck house." So, with that fun historical comment, I decided to do a bit of research.

From 1908–1940, Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold about 70,000 - 75,000 homes through their mail-order Modern Homes program. My husband recognized this plan as his grandmother's house in Colorado, the place where his family has lived for generations. This particular plan had no indoor bathroom, by the way.http://www.searsarchives.com/homes/1908-1914.htm

This was a sharp contrast to a website I recently visited featuring the project on which David and I worked together, The Fillmore Center in San Francisco. This is an apartment complex on a grand scale which was completed in 1991. At that time, a studio rented for $700 per month. Now, that same apartment rents for $1,900 to $3,400 PER MONTH for 510 square feet. Insanity! http://www.thefillmorecenter.com/san-francisco/fillmore-center

I guess Sears just hasn't kept pace with the times. Unfortunately, on December 27, 2011 http://www.msnbc.com/ carried an article about Sears Holding closing many of their stores. I just hope they're not replaced with Neiman Marcus selling purses for $850. That was about the same price of a home just a century ago.