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.
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.
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.