It's been a while since I've written anything. I have/had a personal blog elsewhere but I felt like I was writing for an audience that will never read what I write.

This is a much better community over here. Folks interact here. I like that. On top of that, Jackie just made a comment that hit home. I really haven't been around here much lately. I'd like to get back into the swing of things and be part of this group again.

So, what's new?

I quit my job in June. Wasn't happy where I was. Living on a college campus for 11 years can really wear on you. So I quit. I've been searching for a job since March, knowing that I'd be leaving in June. I figured I'd surely have another job lined up before my last day in June! So? I'm unemployed still. Going on 3 months now. I have a job interview at Office Max tomorrow. Hooray for sales positions.

I want to stay in Higher Education, but the economy is really pinching the College/University scene right now. Endowments are down, and schools are cutting back. Positions that empty are remaining empty. Sucks for me. I gots bills to pay!

So, I'm looking outside of Higher Ed. Office Max, Borders, Target, Home Depot. I even applied for a job with the TSA at the St. Louis airport.

So, that's a bit of my life. I'll try to chime in more. Not just here, but around the rest of while I'm at it.

Eight Replies to I guess I'll chime in... again.

Jackie Mason | September 24, 2009
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Amy Austin | September 24, 2009
Hi, Erik. Sucks to be unemployed... I know. But... I cannot *Believe* that you voluntarily quit your job in a time like this, thinking that you would have another lined up. Either you are possessed of an incredibly healthy ego, confidence and optimism... or you just aren't paying attention!

Like yourself, I am back in a college town and with hopes of securing a university job, of course. I am also sort of beginning to wonder what the hell *I* was thinking, and -- if you have not already read it elsewhere -- I have even applied for custodial jobs!

Steve West | September 24, 2009
I, too, quit my former job with no other job lined up. Albeit that was a dozen years ago. The classified section of the paper seemed soooo thick that it led me to believe there had to be at least one job in there for me. I feel kinda fortunate the way things worked out. Anyway, look forward to hearing more from you Erik and you'll always be a college puke to me.

Erik Bates | September 24, 2009
Well, Amy, I quit my job under... unique... circumstances. There was a bit of a falling-out and I honestly felt that leaving that position was the best option for me at the time.

Aaron Shurtleff | September 24, 2009
As a person in a university job, yeah it's bleak. And from what I hear, it's not just UFL, but good universities, too. :) Sorry, required to make occasional digs, or they'll pull my UGA alumni card.

And also as a person who has had to leave a job under...unique circumstances, I can understand that, too! Sometimes, you just have to get the heck out, consequences be damned. I hope you didn't have that horrible of a situation (and I'm not asking you to elaborate), but I can relate.

Good to have you back around, and hope to see you around.

Amy Austin | September 24, 2009
Oh... well, I've certainly been there, too... and far be it for me to seem like a hypocrite when I say that you should just suck it up and press on (I really suck at sucking it up, ha) -- but man... I think I'd have given some serious and deep thought to leaving my job now (if I had one). Not that you didn't, I'm sure... but I guess I've just spent enough time on this end of things now to know that it ain't easy, and "bleak" is definitely the job search word of the day! (I recently made it into the top 40ish of 430 applicants... yes, for *one* job -- and didn't get an interview -- after a weeks-long hiring process!!! And every other person I chatted with during the testing already had a fucking job that they just didn't like. Tell me that doesn't smart.)

Ah, well... I guess it doesn't really matter to me as long as you aren't in my pool of competition -- then I'd really have to bawl you out! ;-) I'll save it up for a certain big-mouthed alumnus of a school who can't even spell the elementary school level name of their mascot. ;-p

Tony Peters | September 24, 2009
Well I'm a Lumber chucker at Home Depot, the pay's marginal and the hours are long but for the most part the people are good and you get to do cool things like drive fork lifts, which does a lot for 3D visualization....Back in school now. Writing essays, speeches and commentary on Poetry has my mind in a frazzle

Scott Hardie | December 10, 2009
Erik, it's been three months since you wrote this, and I'm glad to see your participation around the site pick up since then. TC has cooled off and needs people talking. I want to start more discussions, but my schedule is too erratic to give it the consistent involvement that it needs. I have plans to boost TC's activity level, but so far I don't have time to enact them. :-|

On a Rant

Another desperate attempt of Erik Bates to create a blog that nobody will read. Expect illogical arguments with no basis in fact, and plenty of contradicting statements. Read more »


I would also like to add that the other day I realized that I hadn't shaved in about a week and a half. Ok, so it didn't just dawn on me suddenly. I'm just too lazy, and hate shaving. Go »

Starting this thing off right

Let's get the party started already. I'm tired and I'm feeling like rambling for a while. I haven't read anybody else's posts in several weeks, so I can't really respond to anything going on in the XQC-osphere, and unlike what the title of this blog would imply, I have absolutely no rants or musings to share. Go »


Ok, I knew a good rant would come up sooner or later, and here it is. To begin, I feel we need to clarify some terms. new (adj.) Go »

My Cunning Jayne Cobb hat

Looks like Lori isn't the only one that makes fun clothing based on obscure television shows :-) Cross-posted from my personal blog. Being the sci-fi nerd I am, coupled with my love of the short-lived series Firefly, when I realized that my knitting was getting pretty good, I decided that it was time to try my hand at creating something that every other true science fiction geek has done at one point or another: attempt to create a replica of an article of clothing from the series. My chosen article: Jayne Cobb's hat he received from his mother to keep him warm on his travels. Go »

On GooCon, and the rugged handsomeness of Scott Bakula

So this past weekend was GooCon, and I managed to make it out for the festivities on Saturday. I got to the house at about 8:30am, and finally got to meet the folks I'd been interacting with since 2003 (or 2002, if you count that first guess I randomly sent Scott). Granted, I'd met Scott before when we both happened to be in Chicago, and we had an impromptu man-date taking the double-decker bus tour of downtown Chicago. Go »

Dude didn't even get his degree!

Anyone who has ever eaten with me at a restaurant will know the issues I have with the offering of Mr. Pibb when I order Dr Pepper. Yes, Pibb is a cheap knock-off, but it is not the same thing. Go »