jcollie719: (tiger jump)
Both of the errands I scheduled for today wound up not going as planned. I brought my car to an auto body shop to get an estimate for fixing the hail damage. I was told I needed to bring the written estimate USAA gave me (I forgot it.) Later, I went to a credit union where another Toastmasters member and I were supposed to meet to open a new club account. I waited inside for over an hour, but the other member never showed up.

I may just delete my LinkedIn account. I haven't had any luck finding a job using that site. Several of my "connections" on LinkedIn have said the site hasn't helped them either.
jcollie719: (Hot Air Balloons)
"All right! LINE 'EM UP, LINE 'EM UP, LINE 'EM UP! Ass-kickin' time!"

I don't know how long it will take to accomplish this, but I'd like to find a weekday job or start my own business within the next 5-10 years.  Financially, I'm doing okay at the moment, but I don't know how long that will last.
jcollie719: (I Farted)
"She sends out an aroma all under my nuts
It drips on down in a mist from my butt
just the girl, she's just the girl, the girl
you want" (Obviously-misheard lyrics)

I wonder if there are any low-cost franchises available locally.  Most of the franchises I've seen listed online require at least $10,000.  I could raise about $20k, but that would require emptying my accounts and my credit limits.  A more-realistic figure for me would be $3k-5k.  Like with poker, I don't want to go all-in if I'm not confident about my hand.  I've been wrong most of the times I went all-in in both poker and investing.
jcollie719: (Collie Wink)
KRCC's membership drive will likely wrap up this weekend. This is the first drive in a long time where I wasn't constantly stressed out during my Saturday/Sunday shifts. So many positive things have happened in my life since last October, and I made sure to get enough rest and nourishment before each shift. Breakfast for the morning shift usually arrives/is made around 7:30, but I used to feel grumpy when I came to work at 6:00 on an empty stomach. Having a light snack before work alleviated that.

Speaking of so many positive things happening in my life, my 10-year anniversary on LiveJournal will be in a few weeks. Back in May 2005:

* I was still living with my parents since I couldn't afford an apartment.

* I was recovering from an April 2005 auto accident. I had broken my right knee, right ankle and left wrist.

* I worked two jobs: Board operator/announcer at KRCC-FM (which I still do today) and news writer at Metro Networks (2001-2008.)

* I hadn't heard of the "furry fandom" until the following year, but I liked to pretend I was a dog ever since I was a teenager.

* I created the LJ account mainly to comment on a Web comic (Purple Pussy) that shut down a few months later.

Today I live in a condo (though my dad had to buy it for me,) the Subaru Impreza I bought after totaling my previous car is still in great condition, I haven't broken any bones since then, and I'm debt-free. I set up accounts with MySpace, Twitter, Facebook and Fur Affinity. MySpace is the only account I haven't updated recently.
jcollie719: (On Air light)
As much as I like being out of debt and having 2-3 years of savings in my account, I'm still not much closer to accomplishing some of the goals I'd like to reach.  One goal is to work full-time in radio and/or own at least one station.  My current radio job is part-time, and there are no available full-time positions unless someone in management quits, retires or dies.  There are a few radio stations in nearby cities for sale, but the cost to buy (and, in some cases, build) one of the stations is too high for me alone.  One existing FM station (possibly Power 103.3) is offering a local marketing agreement, and a current low-power Spanish AM is for sale for an unlisted price.  I have a Part 15 (1/10 watt) FM transmitter which doesn't require an FCC license, but I only play free podcasts on auto-pilot for 7-9 hours on weekdays.  I'd like to have a full-time station with an actual staff that covers more than a block or two, 24 hours a day and can provide a steady income for myself and whoever else works at the station.
jcollie719: (Jcollie719)
Saturday night's furry bowling meet was excellent.  I did about the same as last time, bowling a 116 and 122 (no "turkeys" this time!)  I actually stayed after the meet to participate in Cosmic Bowling.

I was on a team with different furs than the last meet.  I mainly did this to avoid being on a team with a particular fur who kept wandering off and holding up the games.  Unfortunately, the alley switched to a tournament-style of play, with players alternating lanes every frame, and the aforementioned fur was on the other lane's team.

My co-worker will let me know sometime this week when my training at Radio Shopping Show will continue.  I listened to the show to hear how it sounds on the radio.  The people in the studio can hear customers as they call in, though the callers' voices are not immediately put on the air to avoid broadcasting their personal information.  It is a bit odd hearing just the host's side of the conversation on the radio, with background music replacing the other side for several seconds.
jcollie719: (Jackass Fish Slap)
My second day of training at the Radio Shopping Show went much better.  My co-worker will let me know when I'll be needed next week when I see him on Sunday.  I need to remember to have a bit more caffeine in me since the pitching needs to be high-energy.
jcollie719: (On Air light)
The Toastmasters officers meeting was postponed until next Wednesday due to the snow.

I got to sit in on my new weekday job (the Radio Shopping Show) for an hour to see how it worked.  I was a bit nervous when speaking on the air, but I was told I handled it very well.  I took some notes on how the board is operated since it's a slightly different setup than the KRCC board.  I'll go in for another hour tomorrow at noon.

I don't know if I'll have a set schedule once I officially begin work.  Since RSS is a midday show (11 AM-3 PM,) the only activity it might conflict with would be Toastmasters on Fridays.
jcollie719: (On Air light)
"Name something you feel before you buy it."

I got a call back from the radio company where I recently re-applied.  One of my KRCC co-workers works there and spoke highly of me to his boss.  The boss asked how soon I could begin working!!!  I'll be assisting my co-worker with his duties on a midday shopping show.  It may not be the type of on-air work I was hoping for, but at least I get to work weekdays with someone I already know who has an excellent reputation with the boss.
jcollie719: (Collie Wink)
Wow! Someone's actually there who answers the phone!  I phoned the SoCo Radio employee who my friend said to call.  He asked me to send him a resume.

The KRCC membership drive phone shifts for today and tomorrow had already been filled.  I'll begin answering the phones on Wednesday.

My living room window and/or screen must need to be repaired or replaced.  I still occasionally get wasps that somehow get trapped behind the blinds.
jcollie719: (On Air light)
I'm thankful for having a connection to one of the companies where I'm trying to apply for work.  I couldn't get a return call from the company's GM last week, but a friend who works there gave me the contact info for another employee who could possibly help me.

I had a few more cursing fits at work today (thankfully none while I was on the air.)  It amazes me how broadcasting companies (local and national) buy up tons of stations, then complain about the extra expenses/workload or they don't hire enough staff.  SoCo Radio now operates eight stations in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.  I've said this before about Clear Channel/iHeart Media, and I'll say it again about SoCo:  If you can't afford to staff your current station(s) at least half of the time, don't go buying more stations.  That would be like me getting three more credit cards when I owe roughly $5,000 on the two I already have.
jcollie719: (tiger jump)
When I get mad and I get pissed
I grab my pen and I write out a list
Of all the people that won't be missed
You've made my shitlist

For all the ones who bum me out
For all the ones who fill my head with doubt
For all the squares who get me pissed
You've made my shitlist

Another job fair/cattle call is happening in a couple of weeks. As with past fairs, the companies participating are either previous employers, companies that have constantly rejected my applications or require skills I don't have.

I got a call earlier from the Colorado Department of Labor. The caller asked questions about the length of my unemployment, where I've been applying, the barriers to finding a job, etc. She said I would be sent information on local employment opportunities and other (hopefully) helpful information.
jcollie719: (Luigi)
Last week's calorie average: 1,908.6
Days above 2,000 calories: 3 (2120, 2230 and 2080)

I actually got a good night's sleep Saturday night. I fell asleep sometime around 9:00-9:15 PM and slept about seven hours. Unfortunately, I felt sleepy earlier than usual on Sunday night and went to bed around 10 PM.

I don't think I'll get the temporary political job since I haven't heard back from the campaign office (which said they'd call within 24 hours.) My depression is starting to increase again since I keep feeling like giving up everything I'm currently involved in (Toastmasters, furry meets, online chats, etc.) due to lack of both money and motivation. I will be working extra hours at KRCC next Sunday to fill in for one person's shift (and possibly a second.)
jcollie719: (American Flag)
My cold appears to be almost gone. My nose is still stuffy, but my entire head doesn't feel congested anymore.

I have an interview later today for yet another temporary job. If hired, I will work for a state senator's local campaign office.
jcollie719: (Toonces)
Weekly calorie average: 1,882.5
Days above 2,000 calories: 1 (2,080)

I needed to park down the street from my condo for a couple of days this week due to my street being repaved.

Since I can't seem to find a full-time (or even part-time) job that only requires Monday-Friday work, I'm torn between keeping my weekend job and being unhappy about my finances, or taking a (not much) higher-paying job Sunday-Saturday and possibly being unhappy about having to quit a job I liked. A minimum-wage job would only pay approximately $11,000/year (30 hours/week) to $15,000 (40 hours.) I would still be partially relying on my dad, though not as much. Years ago, I estimated I would need to make at least $22,000/year to truly live independently. Keeping my weekend job and adding a M-F job would allow me to make at least that much.
jcollie719: (I Ruff You)
"All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then wouldn't hurt."
--Charles M. Schulz

A co-worker told me one of the other stations where he works is planning to change formats. He said he'd let me know if the station will hire any new staff.
jcollie719: (tiger jump)
Weekly calorie average: 1,810 exactly
Days above 2,000 calories: 2 (2,070 and 2,420)

As much as I love my weekend job, I sometimes feel like I'm an afterthought to the management. I would love to start up my own business, but I don't have a solid business plan or the capital to start one. I tried looking for a business grant, but I don't qualify for the ones I've found.

"This bass line sounds like someone farting."

I guess I'll recycle most of my New Year's resolutions from last year:
1) Find full-time work or start my own business
2) Get health insurance
3) Get weight below 250 lbs. as measured on my home scale (current scale weight=265)
4) Attend Rocky Mountain Fur Con

I've signed up for health insurance through the state's ACA site, and I plan to attend RMFC. My weight has gone up a bit from last year; this morning, my scale measured me at 268 lbs.
jcollie719: (lunchiesdogangl)
Weekly calorie average: 1925 exactly
Days above 2,000 calories: 2 (2,060 and 2,170)

It seems like the only opportunities I have for getting any type of full-time job would require me to either move out of state or magically come up with $75,000 or more to buy one of the nearby radio station licenses I've seen listed for sale. Of course, I'd need much more than that to pay for a studio building, transmitter site, equipment and employees.
jcollie719: (Collie Puppet)
I went to a job interview after Toastmasters. The online posting said the company was hiring sales/customer service people, but the hiring manager told me those positions had been filled. The company is currently hiring insulation installers, but I don't have any experience with that.
jcollie719: (Toonces)
I haven't been in the mood to post much to LiveJournal, Facebook or Twitter the past few days.

I have a job interview tomorrow afternoon. The BBB site doesn't have a listing for the business, but the reviews on a couple of sites were all one- and two-star ratings. I hope the company treats its employees better than it allegedly treats its customers.

I signed up for phone shifts for the first week of KRCC's upcoming drive. It will be nice to make a bit more money before Thanksgiving.

FoxTrot is this weekend, then I'll go to the Howl'O'Ween party and (hopefully) Boo At The Zoo at the end of the month.

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