IT loved me.

During one of my past “lives” aka the State of Alaska job I held I was one of IT’s favorite people. I saved systems, setup systems and tested systems but it was well out of my job description!

I walked into a co-worker’s office as she was booting and heard the fans growling loudly and start yelling shut it off…. saved the HD from frying along with a ton of work. Went down to IT to tell them what was wrong and in less than half a day the HD was in a new machine. Same thing happened to my boss. Growling fans, quick shut down and she was back up in a couple hours no data lost. The rest of each machine was toast but I knew to shut it off so it didn’t completely fry!
If something was wrong my co-workers asked me first and then had me explain to IT what we’d tried. I was also a guinea pig for new builds… bricked a new build in 2 hours flat… it was a record. I had another machine real quick.

At one point at the same job I had keys to the server room, I got upgrades first so I could run interference when everyone else upgraded, I knew how to force update laptops and my own PC, I was nabbed by Sr management to troubleshoot teleconference equipment, I fixed 3-5 different copiers frequently enough that when repair was called they’d troubleshoot over the phone with me or come find me to see if I had a part stashed somewhere. I once spent time on a 3 way conference call with the head of IT and Costa Rica tech support so we could setup a new copier. That was fun, desk phone, cell phone and run back and forth to the copier.

Best one was my “hammer of behavior” which was for whacking computers and printers that didn’t want to work. 3 whacks and it was back to purrrrring. IT witnessed that one and couldn’t believe it until I had to do it again. I still have that foam hammer.

I wish I’d had the IT type title but alas I was an underpaid clerical staff member.

Now? I’m seeking a new position to use those odd skills I have for fixing and troubleshooting things along with my programming skills in HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP/MySQL. If you happen to have any leads drop me a note but be sure you mention this article’s title!

Notion

So I’m helping out a friend I’ve known for 20 years or so online today as we discovered that we’re both new to Notion, me only by a couple weeks! Being the Technical Writer I am and the fact that we both have books written and things we’ve published it made sense to me to build a custom system to track data based on what she needed but using my own books as sample data.

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Books & Awards

Books Contest, Magazine Etc Notes Files Due Date Submission Date Submitted Results Prize
Pattern Drafting for Dolls Library of Congress Webby Library of Congress was submitted in June of 2001 @Jun 23, 2020 @Jun 16, 2020
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Pattern Making for Miniatures Library of Congress Webby Library of Congress was submitted in June of 2001 @Jun 23, 2020 @Jun 16, 2020
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🥇Little Bo Peep International Doll Magazine State Fair Technically the year I did this they were due at just about the same time so the two tags applies CCI @Aug 05, 2005 @Aug 05, 2005
Best of Show Published Author $50.00

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Books Contest, Magazine Etc Notes Files Due Date Submission Date Submitted Results Prize
Pattern Drafting for Dolls Library of Congress Webby Library of Congress was submitted in June of 2001 @Jun 23, 2020 @Jun 16, 2020
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Pattern Making for Miniatures Library of Congress Webby Library of Congress was submitted in June of 2001 @Jun 23, 2020 @Jun 16, 2020
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🥇Little Bo Peep International Doll Magazine State Fair Technically the year I did this they were due at just about the same time so the two tags applies CCI @Aug 05, 2005 @Aug 05, 2005
Best of ShowPublished Author $50.00

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Double Dog Dare You…

What in the world is my “football” you ask?

Go ahead ask me about my “football” and you are likely to get me to go off on a half hour or more deer trail where I send you links to watch clips of my “football”. Remember you asked! My “football” entails long hours of watching live streams on YouTube of a variety of channels all focused on rocket ships. Not just any ship but Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, StarHopper and Starship the lineup of rockets built and launched by SpaceX.

This is the short version of the best parts of this launch. It was actually about an hour or more watching the whole thing and then watching Starman until he was out of range! The MOST impressive and yelling worthy point of this mission was the fact that BOTH of the side boosters landed on land at the same time! Sadly the center booster missed the barge due to the high seas (if I remember right). This rocket has only ever gone up TWICE but there is one more planned for later this year!
My next favorite was watching the “flying water tower” known as Starhopper take off and land as the precursor to Starship testing.
These tests have us watching “football” multiple times per week just to possibly see something like this brief instant. Often everyone is up late as SpaceX does testing at night with 4-6 hour windows.

The BEST is coming soon however…

Next week is the launch of Dragon 2 to the ISS with VERY SPECIAL cargo… the first humans since 2011 to launch from the USA! Yes, it is football season year round for me…. right after the DM2 is a Starlink launch AND a 150 meter launch and land of Starship after likely a couple more test fires of it’s engines!

So really, I double dog dare you to ask about my “football” you will end up getting an education on Raptor Engines and LOX and so many other things that go into a launch. I’m only an armchair scientist but with every single launch I learn something new!

Want to learn even more about the rockets and their engines along with ALL the other rocket companies out there? I totally recommend watching ANYTHING Tim Dodd, The Everyday Astronaut has done from his videos on the engines to his live streams of all the launches including landings! On the live streams he answers questions as they fly at him in chat and there is so much he has learned just by talking to those in the industry including people at NASA and SpaceX!

I do have to admit I have watched other live streams of Boeing, Ariene Aerospace and several other ships going up too but I am a big fangirl of SpaceX.

On Scammers and Job Scams

You get a random text on your phone or a LinkedIn chat that talks about a great job in Admin/Data Entry/Data Analysis which kind of matches what you’re looking for. Your first instinct is to dive into talking with the sender of course since it’s a job contact.

Over time you start to realize that it’s garbage. How do you avoid these? Well, likely you can’t but you can start and control the conversation by asking for a link to the job description because likely the scammer can’t produce one. They might ask if you have an issue working from home or have your own equipment or have skills X, Y & Z.

BEWARE especially if they give you a fantastic, too good to be true, hourly rate that is far outside what you know is the going rate for a job in that industry/department.

Do NOT answer them in fact until you have a link to a legitimate company and can confirm that the contact is working for or with the company keep asking for that link to the job. After all you should be doing due diligence on all jobs and companies. If asked that is exactly what you are doing. Too many of these scammers get a hold of your resume and just prey on your need for work.

Don’t give them anything and insist on an actual description and a company contact. If they start in on an NDA ask again for a company contact and or the company name and directly contact the company and confirm what you’ve been told. If the company asks explain that there have been scams regarding jobs. Hey, it shows initiative and that you care. One company I did this with literally started legal proceedings based on my reporting it and posted an article!

Be careful in your job hunt and protect your personal data! For me no address or social security until I have a full written offer in hand. No background checks or anything like that without an offer and even a contract. Either can have a “if you don’t pass the background check we don’t hire you” clause. I’m fine with that but you don’t get anything more out of me until it’s signed!

Good luck everyone!

What is the most rewarding aspect of what I do?

The most rewarding aspect of what I do is the giving/sharing of my knowledge, skills and abilities in pursuit of doing a set of tasks more efficiently. I love knowing that my team is doing simple things efficiently and has more time to move on to more advanced tasks. Or is doing a very complex task well with high accuracy and excellent results.

Designing and building the tools the team uses with only the basic tools on hand and currently installed on our systems is a great challenge. I learn about writing macros from scratch versus recording a macro. I learn how to share those macros across the network and write the scripts that automate tasks. Yes, my skill set is homegrown but as I’ve needed to learn something I’ve read more and more about programming which has inspired my taking 30+ courses across LinkedIn Learning, Udemy and EdX to expand that knowledge.

I am now looking for a job where I can continue to innovate, create, solve and build as well as apply all that I’ve learned and am yet to learn.

I'm a Geek and I know it…

So as a job hunter you should keep record of the jobs you apply for and all the demographics that go with it. I started hunting November 1, 2019 and have been keeping a log of all my contacts so here’s a peek at the types of jobs I’ve applied for and still have pending.

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