So, a bit of an update. Right now I have 2.5 jobs: I deliver papers every morning (03:00 – 06:30, I'm typing this after my shower), I’m about to start DMing kids in D&D 4th edition and I have my usual shtick with designing things and what not.
On Sunday I have an interview with John Bryce and I hope they’ll hire me.
In unrelated news this Monday I have been to a remarkable performance by Theatre in the Rough in Jerusalem (Gan HaPa'amon). They presented a wonderful rendition of Twelfth Night, costumes and moving audience included.
Despite the 1.5 hours of getting there (stuck in traffic due to an accident and missed the first half hour) and the 1 hour of getting back I still feel it was worth it. I love Shakespeare and it is always a pleasure to see it preformed with a passion the way it was performed in this case. I made it a point to thank every one of the actors in person for my experience (so if I missed anyone I’m sorry).
I should also point out that it is always nice to meet old friends (like Cesario) and new friends like Yardena in one place where I can enjoy their company along with an excellent bit of culture.
In conclusion, if you have a chance to see this wonderful troupe of actors take it. I already said that my vote for their next performance should be ‘a midsummer night's dream’ (one of my favorite plays by the Bard).
For those who are interested I have uploaded some pics from the event to my Facebook page. They may be found here.
Sun, Aug. 15th, 2010, 11:56 am
I gave this one more chance today. I couldn’t take it. So I quit. No job is worth the panic attacks and stress I was feeling. I feel slightly better now. Poor and jobless, but better.
Back to the ol’ drawing board and hopefully I’ll find something more suited to my skills.
Wish me luck.
Wed, Aug. 11th, 2010, 08:47 pm
I am depressed. It isn’t going away. I do not like my job. I do not want my job. I have to do it regardless since we need the money. That sucks.
I had another job interview on Sunday. They gave me a flash project to do in two days as a test. I failed.
On the mail back they said that although I am a Photoshop “Artist” (brackets in the original) they are looking for a different look and feel then the one I can offer and obviously they are also looking for skills that I lack.
That sucks too.
My Chinese doctor (acupuncturist) told me that I had no pulse (Blargh, I’m dead). That my energy level was as low as she ever saw it and that I am risking my health unless I find a way out of this.
I know I haven’t written in a while but this is going to be a whiny, ranting post so this is a fair warning – do not read on if you do not want to.
Two weeks ago I finally found a job after looking for one for a VERY LONG TIME – tech support for Microsoft. I'm currently in the course to teach me the basic tech skills needed to do tech support. Once this course is over I will be indebted to the company for a year under penalty of 5000 NIS fine should I leave early.
The job is theoretically in shifts but in actuality it is a full time job and more, with some days ending past 19:00, 20:00 or even 21:00 in the evening including Fridays once every two weeks.
I really do not want to do this job. But for now I see no other option since we really need the money. I have been looking for a design job for a long while but it seems that I just do not have something people are looking for be it technical skills, marketing skills or connections.since no one ever responds to my application I have no idea exactly what it is I'm lacking.
It makes me feel quite depressed to learn that whatever skills I have managed to accumulate till now are deemed worthless by society at large (since a skills worth is measured by how much people are willing to pay you to use it) and that essentially I have to start from scratch disregarding almost everything I know, think I know or have learned since I left the army.
It makes me feel worthless, useless and quite depressed.
I have two weeks to find a different job and I really hope I do but any hope I have at this point is slim, and it would appear I am looking into a future entombed in tech support telling people who cannot read English to type commands in one letter at a time to solve a problem I have seen too many times to still care.
If any of you know of any job I can do using my current skills, something fun that will make a difference, like working in a magazine, fashion (where I can utilize both my Photoshop and photography skills), publishing, photography studio etc', somewhere where my Photoshop skills can really shine, I'll be very happy to hear about it.
Thank you all in advance and sorry for the whine, I just feel bad.
Let me know…
Last night was Tamir's bachelor party. Hosted by Dolev (Dana's brother) it was a nice event with the proper alcohol (weird beers), games (flux, munchkin, illuminati, strange synergy, guillotine, settlers etc') and food (hotdogs and hamburgers).
Although there were plenty of games (as noted) we ended up playing the Baron for most of the evening. For a first timer it turned out I wasn't half bad and I had a lot of fun recounting how I ended up dancing waltz with the robot guards of the barbarian queen on mars and I how I survived having my head separated from my body and buried 5 feet under the ocean floor after having been the king of Holand.
Tamir turned out to be a Baron prodigy telling us how he ended up destroying the city of Tel-Aviv and rebuilding it three times on the same day without anyone noticing and how he came to be riding a white ass to the devils castle on the same day he won his soul back and lost it again (in that order).
This is a really great game. If anyone out there is organizing another Baron night I'll be happy to attend if I can.
And of course, I take this opportunity to send my congratulations to Tamir and Dana on their upcoming nuptials.
Sun, Oct. 4th, 2009, 09:55 am
That is probably the longest I went without posting here so far. Things were tough there for a while but Ilana finally got a job, her dream job to be exact.
Starting today she’s a technology journalist for Ynet. You can read her articles there since she started posting months ago as a freelance reporter but today is her first official day as a full desk member.
I’m still freelancing web designing, working closely with Diz. We need to learn to work faster if we want to make ends meat but I hope it’ll turn out OK. Ilana’s income, now that she has one, will help in that, and I hope to stop ending the month in a huge minus soon.
This weekend my entire family is going up north for my parent’s 30th anniversary and my dad’s 60th birthday. We all got zimmers in Metula and I hope it’ll be fun.
That’s pretty much the main points so far. If I think of something else I’ll be back.
On Monday Diz, Pettri and I went to a midnight screening of ‘Watchman’ at the Cinemax in Cinema-City. The screen was three stories tall and we had the entire hall to ourselves. I never got to see a movie in the cinema like this. We talked freely and did a bit of MST3K since we could. It was practically a private screening. Even the guys at entrance knew us as the ‘Cinemax Three’ (since we were the only three people to buy tickets for the midnight screening).( May Contain SpoilersCollapse )
I figured I should probably write down a few impressions for posterity and for other people about to get married. My impressions will, of course, be from the groom’s perspective.
( I woke up at 08:00..Collapse )
All in all it was a wonderful wedding and I wish I could have enjoyed it more, all the food and people and music. I (and many others) can’t wait for the pics and movie – it might give me a better idea of what actually happened.
I’ll be happy to receive your own impressions of my wedding - for posterity and just to let us know how it looked from a perspective of a guest.
I know you had fun and I’m happy you were there to share it with us.
Sat, Mar. 21st, 2009, 01:27 pm
So, I’m getting married in two days. Everything is basically ready apart from polish/waxing the car and preparing the area sitting arrangement.
I’m still nervous and stressed, so much so that my entire upper back is locked up tight. I hope it loosens up a bit before the wedding.
Ilana’s bachelorette party was Thursday night and according to her it was great fun. She painted two people on stage with glow in the dark colors and after her performance proceeded to get royally drunk. So drunk, in fact, that when I asked her in the morning how her party was she replied ‘I don’t know, I don’t remember’.
My bachelor party was a great success as well. I had a karaoke party at my brother’s appt. with some close friends and people came and sang and fun was had by all. Unfortunately, the karaoke guy had to leave at half past midnight which is sad since I could have gone on singing for the rest of night.
I LOVE singing.
At 1200 nis it was a bit expensive for 3.5 hours but it was still worth it. My sister and Gil brought booze and those who wanted to drank some. My brother and Inabl got pizzas so there was no shortage of food or drink. Since my sister and her husband wanted none of the booze to go to waste, they drank a lot of it themselves and got very drunk. Falling off the chairs drunk (good thing they had a designated driver with them). Inbal, my brother’s fiancée, got drunk as well. I drank about three sips of alcohol the entire night and I still have a headache this morning. Oh, and my brother has set a wedding date – he’s getting married on 23.12.09.
I want to thank all of you guys who came to my party and made it the success that it was. I love you guys. If any of you is interested in any of the recordings I got at the end of the evening let me know and I’ll see what I can do, but only after the wedding.
Next stop, Monday – My Wedding Day.
See you all there :)
Fri, Feb. 20th, 2009, 08:53 am
Since I do not have most of your snail-mail addresses, please forward them to me so that we can start sending out the invitations.
Hope to hear from a lot of you soon, and see you at the wedding :)