While it is unfortunate that I was laid off at the start of the year there are several good things happening here in Dallas in January. The Cowboys have a new coach. Chris and I are excited about what Mike McCarthy will be able to do with the team. Linda’s ankle is at 90% and she is back to being mobile. Charlie’s ear is totally healed and he is back to normal (after the great Christmas Day incident). The job search is going well. I am getting a lot of people helping and I’ve had a few interviews.
The other item that is making me feel grateful is the number of people who have reached out to be guests on the podcast. I have several episodes already recorded. I have discussions with Bella, Chris Bloom, Dr. Scott and Noah all recorded. I have talks with Rachel, Ron and Tom all scheduled.
As always, I need more content so if you know of someone who hasn’t shared their story yet, send them my way. Thanks as always for listening.
For today’s TBT (Throw Back Thursday) episode, we bring back an episode from October 2015. Mary Green joined me to talk Bruce, the Pit and how we thought at the time, Bruce was ready to be a grandfather. Mary’s twitter @honorthygreen
I finished my 2nd full week of my unplanned sabbatical. It was a pretty good week. I had two phone interviews. One of them lead to the next step which was pre-employment testing. The other lead to an in person interview on Friday.
I think I did OK on the test (the toughest part was the math, with me trying to remember how to do long division). I’ll know the results next week. If I pass the test, they will schedule an inperson interview.
The interview on Friday went well. I have a 2nd interview with the company, this time with the hiring manager coming up this week.
The only other irons I have in the fire (as they say) is a company requesting a phone interview. I’ve applied for another company and one of my contacts (thank you Bruce) knows the CTO and they are reaching out to them to have them review my resume.
It was a good week. Thanks to everyone for the good thoughts and kind words. No Retreat, No Surrender, Better Days are ahead.
If you listen to the podcast you’ve probably heard me talking about the local sports radio station, I listen to often. Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket has been my choice of radio companions for over 20 years. If I’m not listening to E Street Radio, my radio is turned to The Ticket.
The guys on the station are funny, insightful, thought provoking and always entertaining. Dallas (like many cities) is a little sports crazy and The Ticket has kept me informed and entertained about the sports scene for a long time.
Chris grew up listing to The Musers, Bob and Dan, Norm and The Hardline. He and I are both big P1’s (the station’s name for listeners). Through the station, I have become good friends with my co-hosts for How Many (http://howmanypodcast.libsyn.com/podcast) Bob, Junior and Scott. The station helped me to laugh and feel better during dark times like losing my father, unemployment and cancer. They are a good companion on this part of the ride.
On Monday January 6th 2020, Mike Rhyner the cofounder of the ticket and cohost of the afternoon drive show The Hardline, announced his retirment. The Old Grey Wolf ( @theoldgreywolf ) is an radio legend in Dallas. His love of Baseball, Tom Petty, Steely Dan and other passions are well know. He and I both had children that attended Catholic Grade Schools and we would meet often at various church events. At remotes and other live events, Mike would always recognize me and offer me the warmest of greetings.
Mike is in good health. He has no beef with the station. He’s just decided that it’s time to turn the page and to go future on down the road. His opinion of the Great Game (baseball), the Cowboys, Mavericks and other sports topics will be missed. His love for music and his passion for Tom Petty (he leads Petty Theft a Tom Petty tribute band) will be missed. His voice coming through my car speakers will be missed.
Live long and prosper Mike. You are an origional and I will you nothing but happiness and success in what every road you choose to take going forward. Stay Hard Mike and keep jamming.
Happy New Year, sort of. On January 2nd, I was told by the powers that be that my services would no longer be needed at my company. They were very polite about it and I do feel as if they did not come to the decision easily. Money needed to be spent elsewhere and they decided that my role could be done by the rest of the team. Happy New Year indeed.
I’m now in my 2nd job search in the past 4 years. If you have been through it you know that there is nothing fun about it. The worry about money, health insurance is just part of it. The dark grey gloom that settles over you is something that is hard to shake. You need to keep a positive attitude but at the same time, you have to be realistic.
The up and down of interviewing can wear you down. You have an interview that seems to have gone great. You can picture yourself working there, you go back home and wait for feedback. You can wait days if not weeks to get told that “while your qualifications were impressive, we’ve decided to go in another direction.”
During the next few weeks (months) as I look for a new work home, I will need everyone’s good thoughts and help. Knowing that my fellow Bruce fans are there to help, means a great deal.
I did want to mention that if you had ever considered buying a Set Lusting Bruce shirt or donating to the podcast, now would be a great time to do so. No pressure, just a suggestion if you were considering it.
Let’s hope that I’m back at work soon so I can start saving for 2020 tour dates!