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Archive for April 2010

It’s been a busy week

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I have a few minutes this morning to say I’ve been very busy this week.

Going back to work, even to train for a temporary job, will do that to a person.

The first day of training for the Census job was mostly paperwork. Plus we took our Census oath of office (yes, we’re sworn government employees, sworn to keep your information private) and got fingerprinted.

Yesterday, our class practiced interviewing people. Today and tomorrow, we’re to go out into the field for some actual interviews.

Plus I’ve been working on some freelance assignments and going to Toastmasters in my spare time (what spare time, I ask?).

Speaking of Toastmasters, tomorrow and Saturday is our Toastmasters district spring conference in Southfield. So no rest then for the busy, either. But it’ll be fun. (At least I think those things are fun.)

Time for me to say words I haven’t said in awhile: I have to leave for work soon. 😉


Written by Joanne

April 29, 2010 at 8:04 am

Thoughts on a Sunday morning

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  • I’m with my computer in the mall food court on a Sunday morning. I’m taking advantage of their free wi-fi. It’s just me and the mall walkers. I recently finished my latest computer lesson at my favorite computer store. Since the store’s not officially open yet, I’m waiting for something else to open so I can either get a snack, buy something else I can live without, or go back to the Apple Store and drool over the iPhones.
  • Every time I do this — go to the mall for computer classes at or just before the time it opens — it always amazes me how many people are here walking around. Or here working. It’s like this whole secret subculture about which I never knew of before.
  • I have just enough Catholic guilt in me to think that I should be in church now. Well, my parish does have 5 p.m. services. 😉
  • Is there any public or semi-public building in this country which no longer has free wi-fi? (Besides the hotel I stayed in in March?)
  • Speaking of walking, this mall is on the route of today’s March of Dimes Walk. There’s a light rain outside, which hardly seems fair to the walkers. Good luck to them.

Written by Joanne

April 25, 2010 at 11:51 am

Good old Facebook

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As some of you may know, I actually have two Facebook pages: One for myself, and one for my blog. This morning I was adjusting the feed of my blog’s posts to its Facebook page when Facebook instead fed the blog to my personal page.

Got that?

So now I have several “What’s So Funny About Unemployment” blog posts in my Notes section. And the blog’s page is still missing about two weeks worth of posts.

Oh, well.

Written by Joanne

April 24, 2010 at 8:40 am

They want to count on me

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The Census Bureau called me this morning.

Not because I hadn’t filled out and sent back my 2010 Census form; I had.

No, they called to ask me to report to training next Tuesday through Friday for a census enumerator position. That means I’ll be asking questions of everyone in my area who hasn’t sent back his or her census form. And the pay is good.

So if a tall, brown-haired woman shows up at your door to ask you a few questions this spring or summer, please be nice to her.

What is a Census Taker? – 2010 Census.

Written by Joanne

April 23, 2010 at 11:27 am

Shameless plug time: Visit the EXPworker45+ blog!

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Today I wrote my first guest post on another group’s employment-related blog. As one of my friends would say, it’s now shameless plug time for me to promote their blog.

Correction: I should say “our blog,” because I’m one of the members. Anyway, on with the plug.

The EXPworker45+ networking group is a group of Baby Boomer/mature/older job seekers meeting Wednesday mornings in Ferndale, Mich., for mutual advice and support. Most members are in their 50s or early 60s. (I’m in my late 40s and I believe I’m the baby of the bunch.) We’re sponsored by the Ferndale Career Center.

Since we’ve started meeting in March, we’ve been quite active. We’ve discussed unemployment extensions, practiced our answers to “Tell me about yourself,” carpooled to a job fair, and discussed how to use Twitter and LinkedIn in a job search. Our group even has Facebook and Twitter accounts along with our blog.

Since the leaders knew I blogged, they asked me to contribute to the EXPworker45+ blog. For days and weeks I wondered what to say. Should I be inspiring? Be funny? Give resume and cover letter tips? I just wasn’t sure.

Finally, I had an idea. It’s here.

This Wednesday, April 21 at 10 a.m., the EXPworker45+ group plans to meet at The Coffee Beanery, at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Wiltshire (south of 12 Mile, west side of Woodward) in Berkley, Mich. If you’d like to join us, bring your laptop or netbook computer — we’ll be using the wi-fi to collaborate on our LinkedIn accounts, other social media accounts, and resumes. I’ll be the one with the new shiny happy MacBook. 🙂 And an old HP laptop PC to share. 😉

Dear Internal Revenue Service, part 2

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Internal Revenue Service

Washington, D.C.

April 20, 2010

Dear Taxpayees:

When I last wrote you on Tax Day, I was upset.  I thought I owed you (and the State of Michigan) a few thousand dollars in income taxes.

Since I’m unemployed, I currently have no way of paying taxes — beyond what’s already been dutifully withheld, of course.

So on the night of April 15, I went to my nearest major post office, observed the Tea Party tax protest, made sure my extension forms were properly postmarked, knew the extensions wouldn’t save me from what was already due, and prayed you’d somehow understand once I finished my returns.

Yesterday I finished my returns with a copy of my W2. To my surprise, you actually owe me. About $550. (Insert my happy sigh of relief here.)

I quickly e-filed off my 1040 to you. Here’s where you can send the refund.

I trust this concludes our business for another year.


Joanne Taxpayer

cc: Michigan Department of Treasury

I’m having a nice weekend

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Even though my house sitting gig has ended and the weather is now unseasonably cold, I’m having a nice weekend.

The high point  — so far — was last night. I went to a comedy film festival at an old movie house, had some laughs with some good friends — and won some much-needed cash in the 50/50 drawing at intermission. A win-win. Especially since the non-profit theatre society got the other half of the money.  🙂

Before then on Saturday morning, I took a workshop at my new favorite store on using my new favorite electronic device. After the workshop I had a cup of coffee. And, later, a different kind of coffee.

This afternoon, I’m stopping by an interesting-sounding event at my local library. How can any bibliophile resist  “The Day of Books and Roses”? I sure can’t. (If you can’t, it’s from 2-7 p.m. at the Ferndale Public Library in fashionable Ferndale, Mich.)

Hope you’re also having a good weekend.