It’s time to end February School Vacation week, for good

I’m not writing this because I don’t think kids in school don’t work hard enough, because teachers have too much time off, or because I have some other ideas about school/teacher/union reform.  I’m writing this because 1) I grew up without a vacation in February and since moving to New England and finding out about it I’ve decided it’s an absurd practice, 2) I work with the public day in and day out and the very worst times of year to deal with people are school vacation weeks, and 3) Climate Change.

If I lost you on that last one, let me go into a little more detail.

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How to fail at Networking without really trying

Anyone who’s spent any time in the job market will tell you that networking will get you everywhere.  Knowing people and being willing to talk to them about what they do and who they know is the fastest way to land interviews and jobs.  I recently landed a new part-time gig that I’m really excited about for precisely that reason: I had the skills and experience and I knew someone who was able to hook me up with the people who were looking for someone like me.

Today I happened upon a lesson in exactly how NOT to network.  Someone failed in spectacular fashion at Networking 101.  Let the following be a lesson to us all.

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Snowpocalypseageddon 2: Winter Strikes Back

Well, after we had the original Snowpocalypseageddon event two years ago, I figured since that was so epic it might be a while before we have anything like that again.  But I was wrong, apparently.  Looks like we are in for quite a doozy tomorrow night.  And to make matters worse, winds will be blowing so hard that we may actually meet the official criteria for this to be a blizzard.

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Ecuador, Japanese Food, and Bugs

My friend Shoyo is a pretty cool guy.  He’s an undergraduate student at BU, he’s got a wicked sense of style, and he’s been volunteering at HMNH since he was about 5 years old.  He’s also the only thing I can think of that unites the three things listed in the title of this post.

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Footprints in the snow

I worked a half shift yesterday before I went to rehearsal last night.  I wasn’t really in any mood to deal with people but one of my coworkers had called out sick and another was sick and needed to go home.  Word had also spread about Rerun’s passing and this particular group of people, who are ordinarily nice to me, were super sweet and supportive.  I ended up with a lot of time to work in the quiet places and get some time alone.  I really appreciated it.

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School Vacation Week: notes from the front

To most of us, most of the world even, this week is the festive week between Christmas and the New Year.  Most Universities are in Intercession, some non-profits are closed, and many people choose to go on vacation.  To those of us who work in education, this is School Vacation Week.  To those of us who work in the Service Industry, this is Hell Week.

To those of us who do both, this is a tsunami of bad behavior, worse parenting, and unbelievable entitlement.

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Plumbing fail, again

Our hot water heater has decided to give up the ghost.  It has ceased to be.  It is an ex-hot water heater.  It is pushing up the daisies and gone to meet its maker, so to speak.  As you can imagine, this does put a bit of a damper of any plans to take a warm shower, as anything that comes out of the shower head now feels like pure glacier runoff.

Although this time, at least it is not sewage backing up into the tub.  Still, it tends to be a bit of an inconvenience.

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The Holidays and Tips from your Friendly Local Service Industry Professionals

December is upon us, we’ve survived Thanksgiving weekend and the Black Friday-Cyber Monday mayhem that ensued.  I didn’t hear any stories about people getting trampled to death at Wal-Marts this year, but that just might be because I was working Fri-Sun and not watching the news.

To do my part to keep this month as harmonious and happy as possible, I’ve collected some tips and tricks from my own experience and from various individuals and places around the internet.  Read these, learn them, and you’ll find that your shopping, dining, and general interactions with people will go better for the rest of the year and possibly into the next one.

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Hello again, everyone. Long time no blog.

I am just now managing to recover from I guess what you might call a flare-up of my old back injury.  For a little while, it was pretty bad.  But it is getting better.  I have been utilizing the collection of canes that Kelly and I got not quite six years ago when I managed, in the space of a few months, to badly injure my right knee and then my back.  Probably the worst injuries, at least in terms of recovery time, that I have ever had.

But this current episode makes no sense to me.

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