On This Sunday: In Good ‘Company’

This past week has been one that was nearly 3.5 years in the making.

On Monday, I was hired as the new marketing coordinator at Mark Thomas & Company, an engineering firm based in San Jose, Calif. This marks my return to the two professional fields I have long sought to get back into — transportation and marketing / public relations.

Although I have held other jobs in the years since and enrolled in graduate school (which I’ll still be in), I can finally breathe easy. This has been the longest and most difficult job search I have ever experienced — 12 interviews over a 40-month period that started when I graduated from Cal State Fullerton in December 2011. Now, that long search is all behind me.

My first day on the job is Tuesday. I am eager and excited to return to the days when I am fully employed and at my most productive once again.

Have a wonderful week, America.

On This Sunday: Easter / Birthday Weekend

Happy Easter and Passover, America!

Not only is this a holiday weekend for me, my 26th birthday was yesterday. In fact, this is my third birthday that fell on an Easter weekend — Easter Sunday fell on April 4th in 1999 and 2010 when I turned 10 and 21, respectively.

Despite all that, this has been a relatively uneventful weekend as I’m focused on getting an assignment completed for my graduate school class by Monday afternoon. I’ll probably treat myself to belated plans next weekend or sometime later this month. I’ve never been to Santa Cruz so I might take a day trip down there soon.

Have a wonderful week, America!

Reflections and Expectations: Phrasing!

How fitting...almost. (Photo: MarinaAquamarina via Reddit)

How fitting…for the most part. (Photo: MarinaAquamarina via Reddit)

Most months since early 2014 have been relatively dull; some even more so than others. This past month has been uneventful due to a lack of any special plans or major developments.

Still, I’ll keep to the usual format. It’s hard to expand upon something so short (hence the subtitle of this month’s post). Let’s look back at the month that was and look ahead to a hopefully more eventful April — at least marginally, it should be.

March

Graduate school at SJSU – One class ended and another began. I passed my last one with flying colors as usual. One year in and I still got it.

Archer – I binge-watched all five seasons on Netflix as well as all the episodes of the current season on FX. The above subtitle, “Phrasing!”, is an oft-repeated line in the series. Overall, great use of my time during the weeklong break I had between my two classes in mid-March. Phrasing?

RailPAC – I wrote a couple of articles for the organization’s website. I still like writing in personal and professional spheres including on this space. I still hope to land a job soon where I can write on a daily basis once again.

April

  • Birthday – I’m turning 26 this Saturday. As with recent years, I have no special plans for this weekend. I might treat myself to a whole pie or cheesecake. Either of those sound good right about now.

How was your month of March? What are you looking forward to as spring kicks into high gear? Share your thoughts below. I’d love to hear from you.

On This Sunday: 6 days to 26

Birthdays generally don’t seem all that exciting for grown-ups.

The last birthday I recall that qualified as “exciting” by any measure was when I had a few friends surprise me at my dorm at Cal State Fullerton for my 21st birthday in 2010. Since then, birthdays have become largely uneventful occasions with no special plans or events of any kind. Each April 4th since 2011 my usual reaction is, “Oh, it’s April 4th. I turn another year old. What’s else is new?”

If I can predict what next weekend is like, I might simply get myself a whole pie or cheesecake for the occasion. Why didn’t I think of that instead of a regular cake sooner? Perhaps this week is that time.

We’ll see. Have a wonderful week, America!

On This Sunday: Dollars for Dollar

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I’ve always been wary of megachurches, given their massive budgets and emphasis on style over substance. It’s particularly troubling when the head pastor of one megachurch asks his parishioners to pony up $65 million for a private jet.

Anyone in their right mind can realize how ridiculous such a request can be. For all that $65 million can do to make a difference in this world — fighting poverty, eradicating hunger, getting homeless veterans off the streets among many other causes — Creflo Dollar (yes, his affinity for wealth is even in his name) was destined to generate that kind of money for a Gulfstream G650, one of the most expensive jets in the world. Describe by Motley Fool as the “ultimate symbol of wealth,” even millionaires are subject to a four-year waiting list before they can finally get their hands on one.

Bottom line, leave your church if your pastor begins to make that kind of requests to parishioners like yourself. Instead, support your local community churches where they are truly focused on the good word and dedicated to helping others as opposed to enriching themselves. That way, you can hopefully remind people like Creflo Dollar what churches are really meant for…and that doesn’t include fundraising for a $65-million private plane.

On This Sunday: This Week in Dachshunds

Yes, wiener dogs have been making the rounds in the news this past week — a lot more than they usually do. Here is a roundup of all the dachshund-related stories I’ve gathered this week.

Not an article but it does involve a great friend of mine recently welcoming a second dachshund into her family. This little pup’s name is Lexi.

I finally got her to sit still for a picture! #puppy #love #instagood

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On This Sunday: Hawk Strong

11018866_10153130227529127_2859657727111889474_n Last Monday was a difficult day for my alma mater El Dorado High School (EDHS) in Placentia, Calif. 31-year-old photography teacher Jillian Jacobson was found dead in a classroom that morning in an apparent suicide. KABC-TV has the full story.

I did not know Mrs. Jacobson. Nevertheless, it is undoubtedly a tragic moment that affects students, faculty, staff and alumni alike. My thoughts are with her family, students and anyone else close to her.

This tragedy hits home for me as EDHS still holds a special place in my heart. I graduated from EDHS in June 2007. Some of the best years of my life were at EDHS. I made many great friends at EDHS, many of whom I still keep in touch with. With the exception of last year, I stopped by EDHS every December since I graduated to revisit the principal and teachers who still inspire me to this day. I hope to resume that tradition later this year.

I’ll leave you with this post from my good friend Bob Mooney, senior pastor at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Yorba Linda. Regardless of your faith, give it a read for he helps put this week’s tragedy into perspective.