Random LinkedIn requests (are you stalking me?)

I signed up for LinkedIn years ago.   I don’t really use it for anything and have never actually benefited from having it.   I keep contemplating deleting my account.  The amount of spam email they keep sending out grates on me.

On occasion, I will get LinkedIn requests for people who want to join my network.    The problem I have with these requests is that often I have no idea who the person is.   I didn’t go to school with them, work with them, or belong to a social club with them.  The request merely says that they would like to join my network.

I automatically consider the person lazy just because they’re using the stock invite.   If you want to connect to a complete stranger, you’re going to have to make some sort of effort.

There are a few things that would make me consider accepting their invites:

     1) Tell me something about yourself.  Who you are, what you do, or what makes you interesting.

     2) How you know me.   Am I just someone you picked at random?

     3) What benefit you hope to gain from joining my network.

I find it frustrating that in a world where we have much better ways to communicate, we communicate less effectively.

 

 

My 2013 New Orleans trip.

The Xmas/New Years holidays are usually slow at work since a lot of people take time off.   Because of how the holidays fell on the calendar this year, I had 12 contiguous days off by using four days of vacation.

I was debating about what I should do with the time off.   I knew I wasn’t interested in going where it was cold.   I spent the majority of my life living in cold/snowy areas.   I don’t romanticize snow.  

I had not been to New Orleans since April of 2011 and it seemed like a good idea.

The last time I was there, I hardly got out of the French Quarter.   The Quarter is fine, but it will wear on you after a while (especially if you’re reasonably sober).  This time, I wanted to see more of the city.   I spent a lot of time walking around areas of the city I hadn’t been to before.   Some of the things I did: Went to the Pelicans/Nuggets basketball game, headed up to the “New Orleans Jazz Historical Park”, went to NOLA brewing, and visited the National WWII museum.  

One day, I still really want to attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

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My two-year anniversary in San Diego is on February 14

It all seems a blur.   Sometimes it seems much shorter than two years and other times it seems much longer.

I took a gamble when I sold a house and moved 1000 miles to take a seven-month temporary job.   I desperately needed a change.   I had worked for both major engineering companies in Boi-C (locals are fanatical that you enunciate it correctly).  I interviewed with some of the smaller companies, but wasn’t particularly interested in the work.

After my initial seven-month contract, I was extended for another 12 months.   This would have put my end date on September 15, 2013. On September 3rd, 2013, I was converted to a full-time employee.   I’m still digesting what this means exactly.   After nearly four years of being a temporary employee, I haven’t full shaken “temp mentality”.    What I mean by this is that as a temp, you never allow yourself to plan more than a month in advance.   Mentally, you always have a bag packed by the door.

What I miss about Boise:    I miss the neighbor kids.   I miss beer-and-pizza nights with a friend of mine.   I miss my house.   

What I don’t miss about Boise:   I don’t miss the isolation of that place; it’s way too far from any other major city.   This has the effect of a lot of people being very provincial there and developing a “destination mentality”.   I definitely don’t miss the cold, snow, ice, and slush.   

What I like about San Diego:  The weather is great.   I don’t have to quit riding the motorcycle for five months a year.  I like the diversity in culture.

What I don’t like about San Diego:  The cost of living is high here.  My one bed apartment runs close to $1600 a month.   I’ve started to look at real-estate, but the thought of a $600k mortgage makes me clench up tightly.   The problem I have is that even if I can afford the payment, I can’t afford to do other things I value like save for retirement and take the occasional trip.   

I’m looking forward to what the coming year brings.