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  • 12/19/14

    12/19/2014 8:41:38 PM, by RHOOK20047

    Well today was another test of patience for me. The recruiter sent me to a face-to-face interview with a manager who didn't know I was coming. Also said that two others were to interview me, and they were both off. I was quite embarrassed and sure that I made one heck of a impression. I don't un... Read more

  • 12/18/14

    12/18/2014 11:19:07 PM, by RHOOK20047

    Well as my wife can attest to, patience is not my best virtue. This week is driving me nuts. I know they told me that the decision would not be made until the end of the week, however, I am getting antsy and starting to doubt, that the interview went as well as I thougth it did. I know I am secon... Read more

  • 12/16/14

    12/16/2014 7:29:19 PM, by RHOOK20047

    Well, it took all day, but I finally got caught up on my emails. A break in routine, can put you behind. I am feeling optimistic from the interview from yesterday. It was quite unique. It was a one on one with the hiring manager. I think it went well. We had a great conversation, and it seemed... Read more

  • 12/14/`15

    12/14/2014 10:39:26 PM, by RHOOK20047

    There's no place like home. Boy I thought as we got older, life would slow down. Today, after we left my KofC meeting, I went with Margaret and her Clown Club to Cuba KofC, where they had a Christmas Lunch with Santa. There were over 300 underpriviledged children there. I don't clown, but I hel... Read more

  • 12/13/14

    12/13/2014 10:47:16 PM, by RHOOK20047

    This evening was an eye opening evening. We hear in the bible we neither know the hour or day and that almost played out tonight at our banquet. My friend who was the M/C tonight had just introduced a speaker on the dias and then had a massive heart attack. It was shocking to see this. The hote... Read more

  • 12/12/14

    12/12/2014 10:30:08 PM, by RHOOK20047

    Well here we are at the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark. Tonight Margaret and I took a carriage ride this evening. I was fun and something we hadn't ever done. Was a little pricey, but it was fun snuggling in the back of the carriage and being pulled by a pair of horses. Everything here ... Read more

  • 12/11/14

    12/12/2014 12:08:15 AM, by RHOOK20047

    Nothing going on the job front today. I have another face2face on Monday. Then the unemployment office sends me a letter saying I have to appear Monday morning for a 90 minute meeting. This is going to put more stress on me. But I will work it out. They say that rescheduling could cause denial ... Read more

  • 12/10/14

    12/10/2014 11:09:08 PM, by RHOOK20047

    Boy old habits die hard. This has not been a day of good news for me today. I was rejected for three jobs that I applied for today. I really dislike using Consulting companies, as they don't listen to you. Two of the jobs didn't surprise me, as I wasn't qualified for them. I told the consulting... Read more

  • 12/7/14

    12/7/2014 9:33:10 PM, by RHOOK20047

    Many years ago I was studying to become a Permanent Deacon in the Catholic church. Due to a physical problem not being able to genuflect, the Archbishop at that time, told me I couldn't be ordained, and I was asked to leave the program. That was almost 8 years ago, and the hurt and pain has never ... Read more

  • 12/6/14

    12/6/2014 8:14:56 PM, by RHOOK20047

    Happy St. Nicholas Day! Brings back memories of being a kid and my mom would give us a stocking of candy on St. Nicholas Day. She would make most of the candy herself. And we would be on a sugar high for the rest of the day. Those were the days. Kids of today probably don't know who St. Nicholas... Read more

  • 12/5/14

    12/5/2014 7:58:57 PM, by RHOOK20047

    I keep trying to wonder how the media gets the information to report the news. We keep hearing about how the economy is recovering, and unemployment is down. However, I am serving more families at our food pantry this year and helping folks with their utilities at a higher rate than any other year... Read more

  • 12/4/14

    12/4/2014 4:38:00 PM, by RHOOK20047

    Went through a mock interview with the outsourcing company, and although they had some constructive criticism, she said I did well. I just have to be more specific and boast of my accomplishments. If that's the way you got to play the game, then so be it. I found myself being more confident durin... Read more

  • 12/01/14

    12/1/2014 8:38:37 PM, by RHOOK20047

    Well what a day. I sweated a phone interview for a job today and tried to cram my brain with technical information, and it was more of a HR interview. I hate the behavorial questions such as what is your worst work habit. What do you bring to this team? What irks you most about co-workers? How... Read more

  • 11/30/14

    11/30/2014 8:00:51 PM, by RHOOK20047

    Well I don't understand why weekends go by so fast. My son and DIL left for home. My son came with a stomach issue, which I think he passed on to my wife and I. My poor DIL has morning sickness all day long. But looks so cute, with her little baby bun! But I successfully made it through two Tha... Read more

  • 11/28/14

    11/28/2014 8:42:38 PM, by RHOOK20047

    Boy life is teaching me many lessons these days. Yesterday, with my sister-in-law, today I called a couple who are our best friends, to ask if they wanted to do dinner and theater in a couple of weeks. Well we were all on, until she called back an hour or so later and told me her brother was diano... Read more

  • 11/27/14

    11/27/2014 8:43:30 PM, by RHOOK20047

    Today was a great day and a very sad day. We celebrated Thanksgiving with my Brother and his family, and I believe this will probably be the last year my SIL will be with us. SHe has a degenerative brain disease and it it advancing very quickly. She only speaks in single words now and very softly... Read more

  • To my PRECIOUS SP friends

    11/27/2014 6:47:27 PM, by NORTHWOODSMOM8

    I just wanted to say hello and I MISS you all! I've been pretty much inactive on SP for at least a 18 months. TOO long! And I need help! I've done pretty good the last 18 months with my eating--in fact, I hadn't had sugar since April 2013 or gluten since May 2014, but Dennis and I celebrated... Read more

  • 11/24/14

    11/24/2014 10:50:12 PM, by RHOOK20047

    Well the verdict of the grand jury was released and pandimonium is reigning in Ferguson. The police officer that shot Michael Brown was not indicted, and the protestors are going crazy. Police cars are set on fire, they are throwing batteries at the police, stores are being looted. We seem to be ... Read more

  • 11/23/14

    11/23/2014 11:15:10 PM, by RHOOK20047

    Well, today was a busy day. I cantored at Mass, and then went shopping for food with my wife. I then made a pot of beef stew and a pan of apple crisp for Bible Study. Now I am wiped out and heading to bed. Hope everyone had a great weekend.... Read more

  • 11/22/14

    11/22/2014 9:17:35 PM, by RHOOK20047

    Boy, I don't know where this day went. I did finally get caught up on emails, and went shopping at three stores looking for used jeans, but I must be in a non-existant size. No luck finding jeans, but my wife found 3 pair of dress pants very cheap that I can shrink down into. She also got a match... Read more

  • 11/20/14

    11/20/2014 7:48:48 PM, by RHOOK20047

    I had a good meeting today, and made a few more contacts. I don't want to jinx a job chance, but I heard back from a recruiter who said that there is someone at the place I am trying to get a job at that had an ex co-worker of mine from my IBM days that said that I had to be interviewed. However, ... Read more