The two sources of my apathy.
Decided to take a trip to Fashion Valley Mall yesterday, on my way home from work. Sometimes it’s nice to just cruise the mall and check out the patrons.
I went into Old Navy looking for some work pants, and found these awesome Pride shirts. I had previously heard about them and their limited quantities, but never actually seen them in store. 10% of the proceeds benefit the It Gets Better Project, an outreach program for gay teens.
The cool thing is that they are available in toddler, mens, and womens sizes. I was surprised to see limited sizes available at my local store, but that’s a good sign that these are popular items- especially with the recent repeal of Prop 8. I plan on wearing my new shirt to the San Diego Pride, along with the annual Gay Days Anaheim event that occurs at Disneyland.
I thought I’d share them with you to get the word out. Currently, Old Navy has 26 stores across the United States that feature these shirts. I’m hoping if they grow in popularity, that Old Navy will take the hint and make them more widely available to folks who feel the same.
I figured I’d write about something near and dear to my heart. For those of you who have known me a while, you probably don’t know about this, but here goes.
When I was around 2-3 years old, I suffered from chronic earaches. I remember drinking ‘pink liquid’ like it was water. My Mom was frequently taking me to the doctor to figure out what was wrong, but they kept telling her it was allergies and a little amoxicillin would cure me. They also handed out ear drops like they were going out of style. I absolutely hated them because they always made me feel worse.
Another doctor’s visit later, my Mom finally stood up for herself (and me) and told the doctor that something clearly was wrong. She asked the doctor to refer us to a specialist. The specialist ended up being a doctor at Children’s Hospital up in Kearny Mesa. I believe his name was Dr. Kearns.
After a hearing test and examination, Dr. Kearns determined I was suffering from 80% hearing loss. Fluid was not draining like it was supposed to, causing an infection and hearing loss in my Eustachian tubes. The solution was to utilize ear tubes to ventilate my Eustachian tubes, which would ideally improve my hearing.
I don’t remember anything about the surgery itself, but I do remember going to Scripps in Torrey Pines for further hearing tests and examinations. Meanwhile, I was fitted with specially-made ear plugs because water could not enter my ear while I was being treated. I could not swim, and when I showered, I had to use the ear plugs to prevent any moisture from entering my ear.
I remember going to Coronado one year for 4th of July and hearing fireworks for the first time. I cried because the sound was so loud, and covered my entire head in a blanket. I would compare this sound to someone taking a blowhorn to your ears. Not pleasant at all.
When the tubes were removed, my Mom said there was a substantial increase in my hearing and I was much happier because I wasn’t in pain. She said I pointed to the birds in our back yard, because I never knew they made sounds.
As an adult, I am thankful for my Mom paying close attention to my health and standing up for herself because she knew something was wrong.
In elementary school, I picked up an American Sign Language book and began teaching myself how to finger spell. By middle school, I could hold my own in a conversation and befriended some of the deaf and hard-of-hearing students. It was great because if I didn’t know a particular sign, I could fingerspell it, and the person I was talking to would teach me the sign and respond. It was awesome.
When I worked at Dixieline, I had a coworker who had noise-induced hearing loss. She wore hearing aids, and could speak normally. Occasionally, she and I would sign because our store would become very loud and she couldn’t hear me. People would walk by and make remarks such as: “What, you two have a secret language or something?” and “Why are you signing?” It was frustrating at times because I had to maintain my composure about our ‘secret language’ and explain why we signed. I also felt bad for her because she would face insults and mean remarks because she had to repeat herself for customers and they’d accuse her of not listening to their requests. Sometimes, I’d pull the customer aside and explain the situation so they could apologize for being rude to her.
I considered becoming a sign language interpreter for the court system but later changed my mind. Maybe one day I will reconsider.
I know my hearing is not 100%, but I believe the tubes saved quite a bit of my hearing. I really would like to have a hearing test done to see how my ears are doing, but I don’t have insurance. I still suffer from hearing issues especially when I fly, or go to high altitudes. For some reason, my ears will not lose the plugged feeling. I feel bad for whoever I fly with, because I feel as though all I ask is, “Huh?” I have tried chewing gum, but to no avail. I also have issues with my equilibrium during and after roller coaster rides. My ears plug up and I feel woozy for a good 20 minutes before feeling somewhat normal. I tend to simply avoid rollercoasters due to this.
So what’s the point of my rant?
I want those of you who have small children to challenge what your doctor says, if you feel even slightly unsure of the prognosis. Drugging your kid up with antibiotics does nothing but make the child groggy and less immune to other illnesses, when a root issue may be to blame. Eustachian tube dysfunction is more common than I thought, though not all children face hearing loss due to this issue. Some will simply tug at their ears, and will face frequent ear infections.
I am also writing this because I would really like to join a deaf or hard-of-hearing meet up group. I’m sure these individuals could use another friend and a listening ear, so to speak. I feel that if I know a language, I should put it to good use, and bring a smile to someone’s face. Who knows, maybe I will meet someone who had (or has) the same condition I did. I’d also like for people to realize they need to use common etiquette when dealing with folks who have disabilities and/or special needs. Making a mockery of people does not improve the situation. If you have a question, just ask. If you don’t know sign language, but want to communicate with a deaf person, feel free to grab a pen and paper, and communicate that way. I am sure it would be much appreciated, and you too, may make a friend simply because you were kind enough to strike up a conversation.
So, I’m heading to Portland next week. My last visit was over 5 years ago, but I do know my way around up there.
Do any of you have any suggestions where I should go while visiting? Any cool exhibits or areas I must see?
It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I have been enjoying my summer free from school and homework. Even though I have been on break, I have been looking at my finances to see if I could afford a new(er) car. I was incredibly concerned whether or not I could afford to make car payments, and whether or not I was ready to commit to them for 5 years.
On the flipside, I had a 1995 Mercedes Benz C280. Certainly a cute car, with only 80,000 miles, but it was costing me $200+ a month just in gas. In the 4 years I owned the vehicle, I spent roughly $5,000 in repairs. $3,800 of it included a new wiring harness, new throttle body, and a water pump, because the damn car decided to die on the freeway during rush hour traffic.
I went to various dealerships to see what their APR was, and to test drive any vehicle(s) I was interested in. I decided I would look for a Toyota Corolla, specifically white or black, and the car must have a sunroof. I was highly amazed how many dealerships attempted to con me into buying something I did not want. Some would attempt to show me a Camry, until I stopped them and said: “Um, this is a Camry.” They then tried to convince me the engine was “Really not that much bigger” and “both cars get roughly the same gas mileage.”
As soon as they started doing that crap, I’d leave. I may be a woman, but I do know enough about vehicle makes and models, along with engine sizes, to know that a Camry does not equal a Corolla.
I then went to another dealership because I saw a 2007 Corolla they had in stock on their website. I immediately fell in love because it was white, had a sunroof, had a 6-disc CD changer, and to top it all off, it had leather seats! I didn’t have to sacrifice any features from my Benz. The friendly dealership let me take the car home for FREE for an ‘Overnight Test Drive.’ I absolutely loved the way it handled, and I loved how fuel-efficient it was. I just wasn’t certain if I was ready for car payments, so I sat on the notion of getting a newer car for a month.
I ended up creating an Excel spreadsheet of my monthly expenses, and determined getting the car would only cost me $100 more a month than what I was paying. I figured it would be better to get a newer car with a warranty, rather than forking out money on an old Mercedes which was depreciating quickly.
I have had my car for a month now, and I have yet to spend over $100 in gas. I also qualified for the 2.9% APR, and was able to score the extended warranty for only $10 extra a month on the payment. It’s going to be so nice not having to fork out mass amounts of money to get this car fixed!
I also did some research on Toyota’s Website, and found their owner’s website. I was able to look up my car’s service history for free, and thankfully, my car was very well-maintained. I also have access to owner’s manuals and other Toyota-owner perks. I thought this was handy for people like myself who are curious about the condition of their Toyota.
If you’re interested, here are some pictures of my car:
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Summer 2011 has officially arrived!
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Double Hoops Shot
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Here’s my first blog on WordPress. Just taking a generic stab, so please don’t throw me under the bus!
In this horrific economy, the demand for jobs is high, while the availability is minimal.
I know numerous people who bitch and complain about not being able to find a job, or are unsuccessful at landing an interview.
Let’s evaluate things a little closer:
What do you submit to a prospective employer first? Your resume.
It’s mind-boggling to think that so many people submit incomplete and/or grammatically incorrect resumes. It’s kinda like walking into an interview with a stain on your shirt. Not cute.
One of the biggest concepts which has helped me when writing my resume, is to assume the reader knows nothing about you or your former position(s). You need to make yourself sound great, without appearing grandiose.
Carefully analyze the job description for key words and phrases. Carefully integrate these into your resume to pin-point specific areas required for the job.
- What did you do? Be descriptive.
- How did it contribute to the overall health of the organization?
- Did you streamline a specific process, reducing costs?
- Did you implement a new procedure? Did you invent something new?
“Utilized knowledge of assigned programs, priorities, goals, and objectives to identify workflow problems or other situations which had a negative impact on organizational efficiency.”
- Highlight any obstacles or barriers you overcame to achieve a desired result.
One of mine would be that I maintained my professionalism and dedication to my job, while taking 17 units. Inevitably, my dedication earned me a 3.6 semester G.P.A., and demonstrated to pessimists that “Yes, I can do it!”
- Demonstrate a level of commitment and persistence!
“Ensured accuracy and conformance with applicable workplace regulations. Resolved complex timekeeping concerns and inquiries.”
- Did you receive any awards or certificates? If so, describe them.
- Do you speak any foreign languages? Highlight these skills, even if you don’t speak the entire language. If you don’t know any foreign languages, consider brushing up on some!
- Do you have any future educational/personal/career goals? Show motivation! Highlight classes which will cater to your career and educational goals.
“Currently pursuing my Bachelor of Science in Engineering, and my Bachelor of Arts in English.”
“Continue to exceed the organization’s requirement of a 2.0 G.P.A.”
“Enroll in a C++ Programming course, to enhance my analytical skills.”
Sure, you may have your PhD, but nothing looks worse than a misspelled word- especially those that have double entendres. Specifically, know the difference between “your” and “you’re”; “there”, “their”, and “they’re”.
What if you’re rather inexperienced?
That’s alright! What you need to evaluate is the experience you DO have.
- Have you ever baby-sat a child? If so, this demonstrates trust and accountability. You must be a fairly decent person if another individual allows you to care for their child.
- Have you ever cared for an animal while their owner was away? See above. This also demonstrates that the pet owner can trust you with their fur-baby.
- Have you ever house-sat? Someone who gives you full access to their house definitely trusts you.
- Have you ever volunteered? Donating your time is HUGE. This will prove your selflessness, and ability to show compassion toward others.
- Have you ever tutored or mentored a child? See above.
Once you land your interview, dress to impress!
- Be sure to make frequent eye contact with the interviewer. Constantly looking away may signal dishonesty or nervousness. It’s like when you’re on a first date, you want to appear confident and appealing! Own your shit! You want that second date, don’t you? (AKA the job!)
- Keep your hands in your lap, or relaxed on the table. Don’t sit there and twiddle your thumbs or play with your hair.
- A no-brainer- DON’T CHEW GUM! You look like a cow chomping on grass, and nobody likes to hear chewing as they are attempting to interview you. Take care of your oral fixations PRIOR to the interview.
- Sit still, and focus on the questions. Carefully navigate tricky questions by turning positives into negatives.
- As you finish your interview, be polite, and say something along the lines of “Thank you for taking a moment to interview me.” Followed by a polite smile.
Certainly, not everyone will land their dream job the first time around. It takes time and perseverance on your part. Do some research on the organization you are applying to. If possible, make some internal contacts to get a feel for what type of work is done there.