March Leftovers: Lake Mary and Lone Pine
Anytime I come back from a trip that takes me through
the heart of US395 in Owes Valley, I always come home
with tons of photo's and video.
Here are a few leftovers from our trip to Mammoth last
Lake Mary at the Tamarack Ski Center:
The front range outside of Lone Pine:
More stuff here...
Found a Job / Lost a Job All in 6 Days
I found a great job at a VSP (VOIP Service Provider) as
a member of their web development team. It was a Friday
(the 16th) when the deal was sealed. Celebration
6 days later, I got an unthinkable phone
call. It was the manager that hired me.
"Unfortunately there are some things that are going on
at the company that take priority, and they have decided
not to fill this position after all."
conversation lasted another 25 minutes of which I don't
recall much of what was said. I was in shock. Jeez, I
had been living the last 6 days as though I had a job!
To his credit, the manager was shamed, kind, and deeply
sorry. He had been in the dark about this as well.
I did get a follow up email later that week from him
indicating that the position will indeed be filled in
the upcoming weeks, that the company must finish with a
few acquisitions that have been in progress for months -
then return to it's staffing needs. I was to get
the first call.
Hmm.. Ok, I guess that's better
than being told "No, not now, not ever...".
it's back to the cleaners with my suit, back to scouring
the job web sites, back to all that stuff I thought I
had moved beyond in the first place. No use in
relying on them to get back to me anytime soon.
Lesson Learned: Being Prudent (Advanced
We've all know about the
lesson about not "counting your chick's before their
hatched" - a saying that means not to assume anything
until you have absolute confirmation.
I followed this rule nicely during my repeated visits
with this company. I didn't get too excited about the
first few interviews. I was reserved after the third
interview. "There'll be time for excitement
if get the job" I kept telling myself.
folks, sometimes that isn't enough. How skeptical
do you have to be? I would have been called crazy if I
were to take this stance: "Yeah, sure
buddy, I know you just offered me a job, signed a
document with my start date and salary, finalized the
agreements with the recruiting company, but I'm still
not convinced! I want MORE Proof!"
forward, I'm trying to take the high road here.
Trying to apply yet other lessons I've learned in life:
"Something better will come along." "It wasn't meant to
be." "The best things in life are worth
waiting for." If life throws me an Advanced Lesson
in being optimistic - then forget it. I'm going Postal.