Friday, October 29, 2010

Proud Parents

My 4th grade daughter was just chosen to be on her school's Math Field Day Team.  AWESOME!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thunder in the Mountains

Thunder In the Mountains: The West Virginia Mine War, 1920-21Over the summer I read Thunder In the Mountains: The West Virginia Mine War, 1920-21.  It is about the largest armed insurrection in US history.  About ten thousand miners rode, drove and marched from Charleston, West Virginia to Blair Mountain.  There they had an armed stand-off, with occasional gunfire, with about five thousand men made up mostly of deputized citizens and some State Police along a 10 mile line.  This went on for 3 days until the Governor convinced the President to send the military.  The miners disarmed and surrendered without a fight, because their fight was not against the US Government, it was against the mine operators.  

I grew up 10 or 15 miles from where this happened and I did not hear anything about it until maybe 10 years ago.  The book is very readable.  A lot of it is in short snippets of news stories.  It was very interesting to read things I did not know about the town I lived in and about a couple of people I knew.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes history, and specifically West Virginia History.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Write it When I'm Gone

Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations With Gerald R. Ford I just got finished reading the book about President Ford.  It is the result of interviews given between 1974 and 2006.  It was refreshing to read about a genuinely good politician.  Part of the book talked about how civility in politics turned into the hyperpartisanship we see today.  While there was nothing quite earthshaking about any of the revelations, it was interesting to read about the Ford/Clinton phone conversation just before Clinton's impeachment trial.  I always felt Ford was underrated as President, and this book, at least for me, proves it.

I recommend it.  Pick up a copy at Amazon today!

Friday, July 9, 2010

One Year and Counting

Still unemployed after a year. But it is not for lack of trying. I have sent out at least 2 applications/resumes each week. Most weeks it was three or four. I have approached my job search in a very organized manner and sensible manner. I never blindly send out resumes. I always targeted them to either specific ads or specific companies which I research.
Now, I am asking you - the one or two people that still check this blog. Do you know of any jobs either in IT or retail sales. I would prefer the job to be somewhere in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia or in Central West Virginia (telecommuting would be great as well)

Please let me know if you know of anything.

Thank You!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Why Now?

News Alert: Obama administration to order lenders to cut mortgage payments for jobless
06:02 PM EDT Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Obama administration plans to overhaul how it's tackling the foreclosure crisis, in part by requiring lenders to temporarily slash or eliminate monthly mortgage payments for many borrowers who are unemployed, senior officials said Thursday.

For more information, visit

My question is why now?  Would it not have made better sense and helped people to do this when they were doing the Economic Stimulus Package.  This could have helped me out a lot (and it still may).  I am sure the mortgage company lobby will be out in full force on this.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Spys, Terror, Organization

At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA

I just read this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Of course it helps that I have an avid interest in the CIA.  I really think this book was underrated when it came out (My wife found a hardback copy for sale at Dollar General for $1).
Mr Tenet and Mr. Harlow have a good writing style.  The book flows from Administration to Administration and from each area of concern to the next smoothly.  I don't want to give away much about this book, but it did confirm some suspicions and theories I had.  In conclusion, I would recommend At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Another Interview

I recently had another job interview.  This job seemed to me perfect - an IT job in an area I wanted to live.  My skill set matched the ad almost perfectly.  I thought the interview went well.  Then I was notified by email that there was another candidate who matched more closely what they were looking for than me.

Nothing like a kick in the gut to wake you up.  From now on, I will redouble my efforts to find a job, refine my interview skills, review old skills and learn new skills.  I really need a job.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Commericalized Space

Is anyone following what President Obama has proposed in the way of the space program.  Here is a good post from NASA.  I hope they are listening to themselves.  We need to get this right.

I have been following the space program since I was a kid.  In many ways it inspired me to be the best I could be even faced with impossible obstacles.  I hope for the millions of kids around the world that they get the transition right and inspire those kids as I have been inspired.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Still looking for work.

I am still grinding out my job search.

I am looking for something either in the IT, Database, or Web industries.  I would like the job to be somewhere in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

I am hardworking, loyal, and am very good at analyzing business processes.

If you are hiring, or know of someone how is hiring, please let me know.

The search continues...

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Well for the last 7 days I have been shoveling snow and shoveling snow and then shoveling more snow.  We officially got a total of 52 inches of snow from 2 different storms.  Who needs to go to the gym when you have snow. 

On the job front, I have put two applications out this week. It was really hard with all the shoveling.  (Did I mention I shoveled snow this week?)

The kids will be missing a total of at least 7 days of school as they have already called off school for Monday.  They have really enjoyed the snow until today.  I think they got burned out on it.  I guess it's a case of too much of a good thing.

Monday, February 1, 2010

I Have a New Laptop

HP G60-535DX Laptop Notebook - Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4300 2.1GHz / 3GB DDR2 / 320GB HD / 15.6" LCD / Built-in webcam with microphone / Windows 7 Home PremiumI bought a new laptop last week and I now have it up and running almost to my satisfaction.  Now all I need to do is find a job I can use it for.  If  you know of any IT or database jobs either in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia or a telecommute job, I would greatly appreciate hearing about it.  Hopefully I will find something soon.  I am too good at what I do to be out of work for long. 

Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Bloggers Added

Please look to the right hand column for new bloggers from Martinsburg, West Virginia.  Please go visit their sites.  If you are a blogger from Martinsburg (or anywhere in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia), leave me a comment or email me and  I will add a link to you.

If you don't want me to link you, let me know and I will take down the link.

As for my reading lately... I will update it very soon.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone is safe and warm.  It has been a few weeks since I posted here...  Oh well. 

I have been reading up a storm here.  I will update the books in the next few days.  Not that anyone in actually reading this on a regular basis.

I am still unemployed after 6 months.  I really did not think it would be this long this time.  I really miss work -- of any kind.  But I will keep sending out my resumes, cover letters, and applications.  I will keep going on interviews.  Someone will eventually hire me.

I hope 2010 is better for you and me than 2009 was.