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10:26pm 11/09/2005
 
 
LocaKitty
I read the new Barbara Ehrenreich book, Bait and Switch, today. Not too bad. I felt it wasn't as in depth as Nickel and Dimed, but it was still an eye opener. It deals with the white collar job force and their taking of survival jobs and trying to get back into the workforce after prolonged periods of unemployment and all the stuff that these people do.
I am shocked by the amount of people who pay modest sums of money (large to me) to take personality tests, find out what color their parachute is and get their resume retooled by someone who was, until getting this person to give them money, unemployed as well. It also delved a bit into loss of benefits in the corporate world and the rising numbers of "contract" and "temporary" employees who have to keep their own health benefits.

This is the kind of stuff that I am facing. Resumes going out over and over again, cover letters customized for each job only to find out that I am just one of thousands applying for the same job.

This book was more depressing for me to read than Nickel and Dimed. It took her 10 months and she still didn't get a job. 10 months. A few people she had interviewed for the book...over a year. Then she goes into their forays into real estate, insurance sales, etc. I actually contemplated the real estate game, hook up with a realty company in town, get some benefits, get a base salary, nice commissions...then I realize, there are tons of realtors out there, the market is probably close to saturated with them and who knows when the bubble is going to burst.

Maybe I'm talking myself out a career path. Who knows? I did enjoy the hummus that I had while reading this book. I went to Shot in the Dark in downtown Tucson. Got slightly lost trying to find it, then I remembered that Broadway and Congress are the same street. I think I may go back down there the weekend after next and do some photography. Finally test out the SLR camera. Haven't really had a chance to, yet. The cafe is pretty nice. It's close to what I want to open if/when I ever get the opportunity to open a coffee shop. Free wifi and a computer for public use, great food, pleasant atmosphere, local artists on the walls. I'd probably put a few more couches in instead of the tables, but then again, with more and more people going to cafes to work on their computers, I guess it makes sense to have lots of tables. Maybe i'd just have a computer area and then the rest would be all cozy couches and what not. Anyways, it was a pretty cool place. I'll definitely go back. Have to try their chai. If it is as good as Bentley's then I'll have to find a way to split my time between the two.

This is turning into a really long post and I didn't mean it to. Oh well :) :) :)
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 footnotefetish
 
05:48am 12/09/2005 (UTC)
 
 
Why We Cite: Robot Man
Fuckity damn! I actually thought about going to Shot in the Dark this afternoon. I might have seen you if I did.
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 locakitty
 
05:51am 12/09/2005 (UTC)
 
 
LocaKitty
If you had gone though, you wouldn't have made the whole day without coffee, and then you would have been sad.

I may go there tomorrow night, I have another book that I want to start. It's about a tax collector and all his dirty secrets. This way I can know how to get around the IRS.

And "fuckity damn" is a great saying. I'm going to use it, ok?
 
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 footnotefetish
 
06:00am 12/09/2005 (UTC)
 
 
Why We Cite: History Channel
You're probably right about the coffee thing. I don't like the tea selection at thecafetucson. (They just made a LiveJournal community for their place!)

I'll probably be at the Voices of Opposition film tomorrow night. Otherwise I'd be down with meeting you at thecafetucson. If you feel like checking out the film, though, it's free and open to the public. They ask for donations, but I usually just give them a dollar or two--and sometimes nothing at all. (We Asians can be cheap bastards sometimes.)

I don't mind if you use "fuckity damn." You're also welcome to use "The History Channel" as your own code language if you wish. It's already in use among a small group of people in Northern California.
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 locakitty
 
07:15pm 12/09/2005 (UTC)
 
 
LocaKitty
I think they might get more people to show up if they put up where the event is located :)

I can't seem to find anything on their site that gives me an address.
 
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 footnotefetish
 
08:16pm 12/09/2005 (UTC)
 
 
Why We Cite: French Resistance
Whoa--either those guys are paranoid that Big Brother is watching them, or they're still recovering from some 1960s drug binges. (Don't you love it how I stereotype my fellow liberals and leftists?) Well, if you're looking for them, you can find them at the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering building. It's on the University campus, at the northeast corner of Speedway and Mountain. There's free parking in the parking lot just east of the building. Their events are held in the auditorium, which faces Mountain (and, beyond that, the James E. Rogers College of Law).
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 locakitty
 
11:02pm 12/09/2005 (UTC)
 
 
LocaKitty
You probably aren't far off from your theory as the time is not listed either. :)

I think that I will pass on the movie...this is too much like trying to find a rave or some such. Plus, I think I'm hitting the sack early tonight. I would be interested in seeing the next one about Gaza. Are you going to that one?
 
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11:39pm 12/09/2005 (UTC)
 
 
Why We Cite: La Revolución
You probably aren't far off from your theory as the time is not listed either.

They always start at 7:00. Of course, that's 7:00 Tucson time, which means that by the time they wait for everyone to arrive and get seated and then figure out how to get the projector to work, it starts somewhere between 7:15 and 7:25.

I would be interested in seeing the next one about Gaza. Are you going to that one?

I attend these things as often as possible. I would only miss them for sex, or some other important activity.

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 lunarcamel
 
03:57am 13/09/2005 (UTC)
 
 
gazing at the stars and listening to the waltz
Shot in the Dark Cafe is Q!

Okay, well, before it was Shot in the Dark it was The Cafe and before that it was Cafe Q and before that it was Cafe Quebec and before that I think it was something else but I wasn't around for it.

REgardless, I used to live right down the street from there and I'd stumble in there for various meals when I was a shivering, starved college student (my apartment had very very poor heat) so I love it there. I happen to like their chai, but different people can be weird about it. That's where I go to leech wireless and be hip so maybe I will run into after my Egyptian exile is over.
 
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 locakitty
 
04:00am 13/09/2005 (UTC)
 
 
LocaKitty
:)

Just let me know when you will be there (if you can) and I'll get you a chai. To celebrate your new job and new (to you) laptop.
 
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