Finding Work

Note: This is cross posted with this post. The crossed listed post is long gone.

For most of the year I’ve been putting in applications to a lot of companies with no luck. I’ve gotten an interview with one company but wasn’t offered a position that I had an interview with.

With the amount of time passing by I don’t know if I would be able to get a job. I know I could go to school and further what ever knowledge that I have, but at this point its just going to keep my busy and there’s a possibility of not being able to get a job after getting a degree of some kind.

It seems like that I have a constant run of bad luck over the last 6 years or so. I’ve been a caregiver for the 10 or so years – which had been a full time job (at least 50+ hours) in which I wasn’t paid for. I was caregiver for a relative with a some what limited income during this time. Not being paid to be a caregiver which is “screwing” me over in a few ways. The obviously way is preventing me from me getting hired on at company in Oregon.

All I want is to find work someplace and save some money to live on. Granted the way the job market is happens to be an “employers market.”

Seems like that I’m looking in all of the wrong places or answering those “assessment” the wrong way on online applications.

I even put in for McDonald’s and I don’t know if I’m going to hear from them. If I don’t, I just wonder what’s wrong on how I’m approaching on filling out applications or whatever related to filling out applications. Don’t know if that made any sense but whatever.

Anyways, all I want to do is to work and go to school …. is that to much to ask. Seems that no matter on what I try to improve my life seems all I get are road blocks of some fashion. It’s like that I shouldn’t have left Alaska in the first place, even though I got really tired of the cold, snow and the long nights.

later…..

a traveling post

Intro

This post is about traveling (obviously). From Alaska through Canada to Oregon and other places I would like visit ….. soon.

Now on with the post….

Well just about a year …. since I moved from Alaska to Oregon. Started on Oct 15 2010 towards Canada and on Oct 16 2010 entered Canada. By this time last year it snowed in Alaska and in Yukon Territories (plus other parts of Canada too at this time last year). When we – my brother and I entered into Yukon Territories lost an hour of the day because the time  difference between Alaska Time and Pacific time (which includes British Columbia and Yukon Territories) – anyways – side from the darkness of the long nights it was a very good road trip. There were a lot of scenery that I wanted to take pictures of – obviously I didn’t take any cause I didn’t have a good dslr camera with me.

Even though I could have stayed in Alaska and I’m thinking that I’m reconsidering the move and heading backup – haven’t decided yet. I’m going to see how things go at a University here in Oregon first – then I would go from there. Also it would depend on (still) trying to find  some kind of job here in Oregon.

Anyway, at some point I’m going to take a longer road trip into Canada where the trip wouldn’t be rushed like the road trip that I took last year (October 2010). This time I would have a good dslr camera with me along with an extra lens or two and couple additional memory cards. Obviously I would need to plan things out well ahead of time. I have a general idea where I want to go and visit to.

Though I would be taking a road trip here in the U.S. at some point to – beyond Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington State. I’m still figuring out where I want to visit to. I thought of going to the Southwest U.S. beyond that I don’t know where I’d go on a road trip to.

Though the places I like to visit are Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. Going to these places are some ways off. Theses are  four place’s I was going to travel with my mother – obviously that’s not going to happen now. That’s another post for another time and place.

Aside from these places I want to visit to – I would like to visit Chicago, New York City, New Orléans, the Kansas for some reason. Maybe a few other places in the Midwest, along with  places in western Europe, New Zealand, and Australia.

Another place that I wanted visit with my mother is to New Zealand. For some reason I can’t remember she wanted to go there  though in part because it’s a scenic place to visit.

latter….

P.S. I’m going to post picture’s when I will take them as I go on a trip to places that I’ve mentioned above.  The pictures that I took last October won’t be posted cause I don’t have that many and what I do have been taken on my blackberry and which won’t be posted cause of the quality.

The End of this Blog for now

Hello

If you’re seeing this post … then that would mean that this would be the last post for this blog. I’ll be taking this blog and this site down for the foreseeable future. Along with this site I’ll be taking down my other site. I doubt that I’ll be putting either site back online anytime soon or if not ever.

This site most likely would be coming down this weekend at the earliest.

If you like to continue reading post’s by me please go to akpdx.wordpress.com.

Goodbye for a while or for good……

Peter

Where to travel

Its been a while since I did a post on this blog, and this post would be about traveling to places I would like to go to. There are several places that I would like to travel to which include the United Kingdom, Australia, Toronto, Edmonton, Maryland, Virginia, Amsterdam, NYC. Also, places that I’ve been to Las Vegas, San Francisco, and possibly a few other places that I’ve been to.

The problem that I’m having is that I can’t seem to settle on which place to visit first. I would like to visit all the places above in one big huge trip but would be too much to do at one time.

I would like to visit Sydney, AU and London, UK on New Years Eve and Day. Though I could one city one year and the other the next year. It’s just a matter of chosing which of these places to go to first.

Though I have little time to settle on a where I want to go on a trip.

Traveling

Generally I don’t mind traveling at all, its just the leading up to getting on to the plane that I don’t like. What I mean is that before I travel to some where or head back home I get a nervous feeling that I would leave something important behind or something that has sentimental value behind when I leave a place that I have visited.

Anyway, I was able to finally get out of the city that I’ve been living in for the better part of 14 years and traveled to Anchorage for just under a week and it was a good feeling too. I was going “stir crazy” by doing the same routine over and over again, which gets very stale, very quickly. By getting out of the same routine every so often is a very good thing for the mind and the soul. Its just by doing something different in a different city even for a short time could be helpful for your mental state and health. Basically a change of pace for me at least is a good things cause I’m tired of being in the same situation that I’ve been (which I really won’t get into at the current time) and getting out of town is nice on occasion.

There are a lot of things that I could about traveling on very short notice, but one thing I hate is the price of hotel rooms when the travel dates are just a day or 2 from the actually finding out especially in regards to traveling with someone who has to go to a hospital in Anchorage. If I had better foresight I could have found better deals on hotels if I actually did a better job looking for the deals. Then there’s trying to figure out the travel plans on getting back home which is a pain of the ass.

I haven’t had an extended or a long trip for a long time, it would be fun and exciting to some extent but it would be fun to travel for an extended time. Though I’ve traveled for a “full” day – like twice – over the last 18 months before this last week. The times that I’ve travels was back in December of 2006 and one day of Summer of 2007 and that was to and from Anchorage.

Though I would like to travel more often but I just don’t want to travel that much by air, I would much rather travel by car or the train. I would prefer to travel by train but passenger rail today in the U.S. isn’t like what you can or could find in Europe or in many parts of Asia – as far as I know. If I was able to I would like to own my own passenger cars and such.

There are a lot of things that I want to do like traveling but its just the matter of getting the money to do stuff like this but when the economy is like the way it is, its just not practical to do so. Plus, the way my life has been going recently its just not worth the time or the energy to even think about doing such things. As much as I want to think and plan trips, its just like planning to do other basic fun stuff when you don’t have the time to do such stuff.

I could go on and on about what I want to do in regards to traveling and things that I want to do but I don’t know what else to say at the moment or what to add to this post.

bye for now…

The proverbial Fork in the Road

As you may tell by the title of this post that there’s a proverbial “Fork in the Road” decision is coming soon that I should or need to make – well in 6 to 7 months time. The decision that I’m trying to make is to whether stay here in Alaska for 2 more years and finish University, or to move to back to the “lower 48” next summer and could finish at another University that I have in mind. I don’t want to say which University that I’m thinking of applying to transfer to yet.

During this time I would need to consider some other factor whether or not I should stay or to leave Alaska. The reason for that statement is that there somethings that are somewhat “beyond my reach” but that’s not the phrase that I’m not looking for. The other phrase I might consider is “beyond my control.” There might be one or two other phrase’s that might be helpful or be used in this situation but can’t think of these phrase’s.

As I’ve just said that there are few other factors to be or should be considered and depending on what happens with these other outside factors/choices would help me make the decision whether or not to stay in Alaska.

Now here is the main reason for this “Fork in the Road” decision I should or need to make: I see an opportunity or an opportunity is presenting its self to me to leave the state of Alaska sometime during this next year possibly for a very long time. If I choose to stay here in Alaska to finish University I doubt that I’ll never leave this state for a long time, and miss a lot of opportunity to broaden my horizon’s in life. Like to travel the planet – see a later paragraph.

Anyway, looking at the situation that I’m currently in is making me think about what I want to do with my future. What I see is that I could stay for several more years and finish University and live here for the next 10 years or more, or I could move in 8 – 9 months and attend another University and “get on” with the rest of my life and have minimal contact with my family over the intervening years as time marches forward. Though there is possibly nothing wrong with either choice with what I want to do with the rest of my life.

If I stay here and finish University here in Alaska I would be done in approximately 2 years time starting in Fall 2008. If I do stay it looks like that I would be taking at least 5 classes per term – not that I mind taking that many classes at one time, though it would be difficult to manage my time among other things.

If I do move and attend another University in the “lower 48” I would figure that it would take me, I think, at least 3 years or more to complete the required course work at the new University that I might attend.

Though I wasn’t planning to be taking classes this long (started in Fall 2002), now is Fall 2007. What I wanted to do was to transfer to another University 2 years ago and that didn’t happen at all. Basically it was poor of did proper planning on my part. I did take several classes over again which screwed things up for me academically in the long run.

Now the problem or the questions I need to ask my self are: What should I do about my education?, Should I stay in Alaska and finish University here?, Should I transfer to another University and finish my education there? Should I stay here and finish my education here then go to another University and get another degree? Should I take a break from University altogether for a year and travel?

One thing that I would like to do is to visit several countries and a few other state’s in the U.S. The places that I would like to visit to while on break from University are Ireland, the United Kingdom, Italy, maybe Spain, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Canada. Though not in this order and would or could take me several years to travel to each country listed here.

During the next 3 to 4 months would help me to determine whether or not on what happens if I’m choose to transfer to another University or to stay in Alaska for the next 5 to 10 years. Though I didn’t plan to stay in Alaska as long as I did – nearly 15 years of my life that I’ve been living here. The truth is that I’ve been wanting to leave Alaska for the last 5 years and the situation that I’m in prevented – well mostly prevented me from leaving and “getting on” with my life.

As I’ve said earlier in this post that there’s an opportunity for me to leave, now the problem is whether or not I should take this chance and take life by the balls and run with it.

I could go on with this post and talk more but it seems like that I’ve got the majority of it said here in this post and I would be just babaling on like a jack rabbit – if there’s ever such a thing to witness. I might post updates to this over time depending on what happens over the next several months.

Bye for now….

Peter

Taking pictures

Last night I tried to take pictures with my digital camera turned out to be a big mistake. The picture of what I wanted to take was a star or a planet that had an orange tint to it, and it was located in the southeast part of the sky. Though there was a slight overcast of clouds but still could see the brighter of the stars in the night sky that could be seen through the clouds last night. It turned out that I didn’t have the right set up for a camera to take pictures at night.

Anyways, the pictures that I did take of this one star (or it might have been planet don’t know though) didn’t come out right and I generally try not to post a sub par photograph on Flickr.

One thing that I would like to get is a high end SLR camera but not really a digital SLR. Having both would be nice but at this point I much rather have a film-based SLR. Though its just a matter of saving money to get a brand new film based SLR – if there even made by different OEM’s to choose from. I would like to have more than 2 choices when it comes to choosing a new camera, don’t know why, but its the way I like it or want it that way for some reason.

Peter

One thing…

I have noticed recently at various places, which I won’t name here, have, to a point, high-turnover in employment of people. Its unbelievable what the turnover is like at several places here in Fairbanks (AK).

Granted I could see where some people are coming from and the like. However, its not to much to say that it could be the management style of the business or people not fully doing the work at their place of employ.

But, then I could be asking for torture, since I could, however unlikely, that I’m thinking if the people at my old job would welcome me back or not, it could be worth a shot or not. Who knows in what could happen about that.

Anyways, as you might have noticed by this post I’m trying to get another job or at least I’m looking and putting in applications around town. Just haven’t heard back from a couple of places but I wasn’t expecting a call from those places anyway. I tend to like to put applications in when I can, just for the sake of trying at the possibility of getting hired on.

Plus, I like to work in groups most of the time and in other times alone.

At this point I’m babbling like a rabbit 😉

laters all

Peter