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!

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.

What Do I Do Exactly?

What is it I do, exactly? I write instructions anyone can follow for how to use software or follow an in house procedure. I can make software do things it might not have been originally intended to do as well via macros or other programming scripts. And more specifically, what can I do to make or save money for a client? I save you time on training and wasted time not knowing exactly how to do something. What is it that’s special or unique about me? In other words, what combination of skills and experience do I have that would make you as an employer want to work with me?

SUPER POWERS

Writing

Short writing pieces like this article or very long items that give detailed, illustrated instructions like my book on Pattern Making for Dolls. I’ve done several dozen sewing patterns, I’ve also written many times on using software. My passion is in writing instructions and procedures. Clear, precise instructions that everyone can understand.

Spreadsheets

Excel & Google Sheets are two of my best applications. I can enter the data and setup the formulas to display it in many ways. I can create entire systems to track data and report on the status of a project. I can integrate the systems with Access and SharePoint, Word and even Adobe Acrobat.

Coordination & Organization

I keep entire teams humming with information and systems to track that information. I track who has what, where an item is in the process and how that process can be streamlined. If there is a way to make someone’s life easier I suggest and implement it.

What’s My Industry?

Question

I’m trying to build a list of target companies, how do I figure out what industry I’m after? I know my locations, I know my roles. I’m seriously not picky on industry except for government, oil & gas or health care are a big NO! Gov & health care is a been there, done that, have the scars. Oil & gas I see as killing the planet and don’t want to go there.

So what industry am I looking at?

I’m very interested in technical writing help documents for software… is that startups, information technology, or what would I look for? I’m interested in using my Excel skills for data analysis but again what industry? I could even use my website development skills in this somehow. What industry do I target there?

Could I combine the target jobs?

What would I look for? How would I find it?

Things I love:

  • Computer software
  • Writing
  • Writing Procedures
  • Teaching computer skills
  • Photography (landscapes and animals, I’m amateur at best!)
  • Cars (but I’m picky… Mustangs, Teslas and classics from before I was born!)
  • Rockets (but I have NO knowledge of what makes them really tick I love watching them take off and especially land… it’s my football!)
These last few believe it or not I’ve already tried to make a living from and would dearly love to do so again but know that the market is too small and too specialized to make a good business for me.
  • Pattern Drafting
  • Sewing
  • Dolls
  • Crafts
For years I’ve tried to find ways to combine my skills I love with my hobbies and other things I love. At this point I can live with just using the skills I love most daily and keep the hobbies as hobbies! That said I still need ideas for industries… without that I’ll still have problems finding “Top 10 Companies in XYZ Industry to work for” even if they are in my location or offer remote jobs or relocation to Seattle I still have to find a way to build a list. I have two local, a remote and a Seattle company… I need more on my list! Message me where ever you happen to see this! LinkedIn, FaceBook or Twitter!

What do I love to do? What’s my niche?

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Writing

I love to write instructions for software applications. I love to write tutorials that go through a process that makes a task easier or automates it. I also love learning new things in the process of writing about them!
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Sewing & Pattern Drafting

I know this is technically a hobby but for a while I did make a little bit of money drafting patterns and writing books on the topic. It is a very technical subject surprisingly and especially when you try to explain how to do something step by step. Teaching it is even more of a challenge when you do it over a chat room and the only way to share images is via email. Ahhh teaching online in the days before YouTube or live streaming or teleconferencing… when it was all still the Jetsons and not real yet! Given the chance I’d still love to teach pattern drafting online only this time with more modern tools!
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Programming

I have been dabbling with programming languages since the days of BASIC A. I am self taught except for Perl and JavaScript which I actually had formal classes in. I hand code sites and learn as I go. I have a wide variety of knowledge and would love to apply it to more projects.
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Events

I enjoy setting up to do an event. A class to teach something, a gathering of friends or family or even as part of my job. Years ago I was an Events Coordinator and had a lot of fun setting up the advertising and marketing for various demonstrations of crafts, many of which I had never done. I coordinated week long summer camps for kid crafting as well. Event coordination is just like project management and I enjoy that as well. Keeping track of tasks and details is a big part of what keeps me motivated and happy.
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