Job Search Week Two

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.

Losing a radio friend

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 ( 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.

Job Search 2020

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!

Cowboy Sundays

Growing up in Kentucky and Louisiana, my family were not big sports fans. We didn’t have a team that we rooted for and we didn’t watch football on Sundays. When my parents divorced and we settled down in Louisiana, we continued to be a non-sports family. My first roommate in college David Fare (RIP) was a major Saint’s fan and I watched a few games with him. Linda liked the Oilers but she was a casual fan. Sports were not important till we moved to Dallas in 1986.

When you live in Dallas, the Cowboys are part of the culture. I was a fan of talk radio and the first station I found in Dallas was KLIF, and it’s morning show was Norm Hitzges talking sports. I became a fan of Norm’s and his passion was sports was catching. I started watching Dallas play each Sunday, went to Maverick games, enjoyed going to see the Rangers and watching them on TV during the long summer.

Once Chris was born in 1989, the Cowboys were a vital part of Fall Sundays. He grew up watching the games with me. That tradition has continued all the way to today. Even during college, we would text and talk during the games. Currently he is staying at the house to help out but when he had his own place, we would still meet at his place or ours to enjoy the game.

We have a ritual, he decorates the house with Cowboy decorations. We drink our morning coffee in a Cowboy mug. We listen the a Cowboy CD before the game and we cheer and groan with every good/bad play.

The season ends today. It’s been a disappointing season (again) but it has also been a joy spending these 16 weeks with Chris. I’m blessed.

Set Lusting Bruce world wide audience

Here is a list of the many countries that have downloaded at least one episode of the podcast. I’m so happy that so many people around the world have supported my goal to provide Bruce Springsteen fans a place to share their story.

Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba
Hong Kong
Korea, Republic of
New Zealand
Russian Federation
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States