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About meOne of 2011's highlights was a Masterpieces of Russian Literature course that I took through UCSD Extension. We read only 3 books: Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment, and Fathers and Sons, but oh what a wonderful class. I love reading great books and discussing them with other readers. I had THE best time in that course. I hope 2012 brings more great reading adventures.

About my libraryI have over 550 books now and I know that doesn't sound like a lot to a bookworm, but it seems like a lot to me. I've read half of them and intend to read the other half.

I finally got my mitts on the B&N Nook Color. Now I can read in bed without having to adjust and re-adjust every 5 minutes for better light and better positioning. I can re-read DROOD and not get a cramp from holding it up. I can read WAR AND PEACE in bed. I can read LES MIS and a host of other doorstop-worthy books any time anywhere as long as I have my Nook. I love this thing!

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Currently readingThe Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath
Blue bloods by Melissa De la Cruz
Love Beyond Your Dreams: Break Free of Toxic Relationships to Have the Love You Deserve by Ma Lmhc Cert. Coach Milne

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Someone else's tat, but I like it. Librarians aren't as prude as people seem to think. ;-)
I loved your post in the "Hypocrisy in the Church" thread. Nicely done. :)
in reviewing the topics, I realized I had not answered your question about the Daniel Silva books. I have read them all. The protagonist is an Israeli "spy" who is a professional art restorer and bases his home and place of work in italy. He is often called on by Masad or what the Israelis call "the Office" to do certain projects that sometimes involve finding Nazi stolen art from WWII, or authenticating paintings, but often involves tracking down anti-israeli terrorists. However, as an undercover, yet truly professional art restorer, art always plays some part in the character's assignment.
I found them to be fascinating books with well developed characters and explains a lot about the attitude of Israel with respect to terrorist acts against them, starting with the terrible massacre at the Munich games. I guess I would call the series "contemorary spy/counter-espionage novels"

Please forgive me for not answering soon, I was away for most of the holidays, and failed to check in here regularly.
Linda, after that grueling interview, I think you should be glad they didn't hire you.

HP never was real concerned with their employees. They (at least in Rancho Bernardo) don't hire most of their employees direct; most are contract so they don't have to worry about providing benefits.

The fact is, though, they have always done business outside the US, especially Japan.

I don't think it's any better here than it was. I know better when I'm unemployed, which could happen any day. Things are slow at work.

I feel so bad for you. I really do. I've been in the same boat, and I know how miserable it is.
My gosh, Linda, that's awful. Maybe you'll get lucky, and they WON'T offer the job!

They don't want a writer or editor; they want a technical engineer for cheap. That's exactly what they were like when I was there in the 90s. I didn't go through all the crap they put you through, but that's only because the head of HR was my friend.

I sure wouldn't tell you what to do, but if it were me, I wouldn't want the job. If they offered, I say no thanks unless I was collecting unemployment money. In that case, I'd ask a bunch of questions about the job without giving an answer, then point out how I have no experience doing that and, frankly, don't think I could. In other words, I wouldn't say no; I'd get them to reneg on the offer so I could keep collecting. I'd keep saying awful things so they wouldn't want me.

You don't need that. San Diego is full of high-tech companies. Send your resume to some temporary employment agencies. Those jobs usually last a year even if they say 3 months. During that time, you can look for a better job and can afford to be picky.

I worked for SDG&E through a temp agency, and that lasted more than a year even though they said it would be 3 months. Some companies, like SDG&E and Hewlett-Packard (another company I temped for for a year), hire practically nothing but temps. It's the only way to get your foot in the door. And the interviews aren't grueling at all.

I also wouldn't bother sending Geraral Atomics a thank-you note. THEY should thank YOU!

Let me know what happens with General Atomics.

When my husband and I moved back to Michigan, we looked for a home everywhere. I thought it would be nice to find something in Royal Oak. But Keith, who is from San Diego, agreed to come here because he wanted to live someplace less busy and more rustic. Romeo was sort of a compromise. But we love it. We bought a home on 2.5 acres with woods at the end of a huge backyard. The house is set back from the road, so our front yard is huge, too. We have loads of trees. Every day, all day we have wildlife in our front and backyards, deer, squirrels, birds, groundhogs, rabbits, etc. We sleep with the windows open in the summer, and there's no noise other than the chirp from crickets. All this for less than we sold our condominium for in San Diego. No mortgage.

I still miss San Diego, though, and wouldn't have moved back here if not for my family here. But Keith, the San Diegan, loves it here and says he'd never want to move back. Isn't that odd? That's partly because there are so many lakes around here that he can fish on. My parents live on a lake not far from here, and Keith goes fishing every Tuesday with my father and his retired friends. Fun!

Back to Romeo--our house is located in a great spot. We're on a dirt road set back behind a high school where we hear no noise, but we're close to a freeway that leads to many military contractors. The army has a tank-automotive complex located not far away. So my drive to work is about 25 minutes. With no traffic, it's 20 minutes. I think a half hour is an ecceptable commute.
Hi, Linda. First, I don't live in Ann Arbor. I live in Romeo, which is way north of Detroit. I grew up in Royal Oak, which is north of Detroit, and Romeo is 20 miles north of that. It's more small townish, not busy.

I worked for General Atomics years ago, back in 1991 I believe it was. And I didn't work in their big LaJolla facility. I worked at a division called Sorrento Electronics in Sorrento Valley. It was 5 minutes from where I lived in Mira Mesa.

I'm sure none of the same people are still there. But I hope you get the job there because it's well known and will look good on your resume. And they have great benefits, which always sounds good to someone who's been contracting.

I did a lot of contract work, too, so have a long resume.

By the way, one person I did know well at General Atomics was Rob Rademacher, the vice president of Human Resources. His wife was a friend of mine. Maybe he's still there,but he could be retired by now.

Karen Field Carol was the managing editor of the San Diego STC newsletter when I moved to Michigan. When I first got here, she was emailing me articles to copy edit because they didn't have someone to replace me yet. I think she said she was moving to Temecula.

You should go to more of the STC meetings and talk to someone about volunteering. I enjoyed copy editing the newsletter. You could look into that.

Wouldn't it be funny if we worked for some of the same companies? You can email me your resume if you want to
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Hi. I'm taking our conversation off group because no one cares but us, right? You should tell me your name. I knew a lot of technical writers and editors in San Diego. I'm Beth Vollbach. I was a writer there as well as an editor, had lots of jobs there. I was the copyeditor for the Society for Technical Communications (STC) newsletter for more than 10 years. After General Dynamics, I worked for General Atomics, Logicon, Hewlett-Packard, SDG&E, and Bechtel.

Have you sent resumes to the many placement agencies in San Diego?

What part of San Diego do you live in? I lived in Mira Mesa.

Where did you work in San Diego?

Are you an STC member? Do you go to meetings, where you can talk to other members during and after dinner, often getting job leads? It was the best networking tool I had in San Diego.

Did you go to college in San Diego? You say you lived in Ann Arbor. Does that mean you went to UofM? If you went in San Diego, where? SDSU? UCSD?

The unemployment rate in Michigan is higher than almost any other state, and I think there are more unemployed technical writers and editors around here than employed. I am very dissatisfied with my job but wouldn't dare quit because there isn't much else out there. The pay is lousy and the cost of living here is high, but what choise do I have.

By the way, I have found that the cost of living in San Diego, not counting the price of property, is less than it is here. Your phone bill, cable tv bill, apartment rental, and car insurance rates are all MUCH lower (like by half). No kidding.
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These are my two precious bunny babies who have now gone to Heaven.
Hi, actually my doxie is a smooth and wire-haired mix and she just happens to be speckled silver. She is named Boston Baked Beans and we have her younger sister a gold wire-hair named Boston Baked Bean's Cayenne Pepper popularly known as Kaia (KI-AH)and a Chinese-Crested (you know, the naked dogs with the flowy manes) named Nylons (Her show name was Sheer Elegance, like the pantyhose) Mary Beth
My particular dysfunction/OCD is books. It would be fair to say that everything else in my life revolves around acquiring books and trying to read them. this is true of doing laundry, and what I cook for dinner, and the fact I almost never watch tv. I have struggled at times to find balance between engaging with my family and my community, and the desire to vanish in a paper world. I am fortunate enough to be a homemaker. When I did try to reenter the workforce last fall, what suffered wasn't reading, but everything else - cooking, cleaning, time with my family, sleep. It wasn't good for anyone. I am, in fact, a fairly slow reader and try to boost my "numbers" (books read in a week/month/year) by interspersing short stuff and juvenile lit. If I could read all night and still function during the day, I would. Blessings, Linda
Love, love your bunny pic. I have owned or been allowed the pleasure of caring for two Rex beauties, Cinder (lavender) and Ruby (red) with their gorgeous thick coats, although Cinder was a bit lanky and runty, Ruby grew to have rolls in all the right places!MB
Man, it's a lot of work uploading all these books!
That rabbit does not approve!

But, I do approve that you joined San Diego Bibliophiles.

I certainly appreciate it.

Noticed you liked Die A Little, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here, as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also gritty, a bit violent, and a bit dark :) I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter) in case you'd like to read more about the novel before you commit.


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