I got the job!!! Cell phones

Well… I got the job at Scott & White. They called yesterday and made me a formal offer! What a relief! I’m a working man again. My start date is March 4th. Thanks to everyone for all of the support.

Elise and I got a pretty good deal on a couple cell phones today. We’re both not really keen on cell phones, but I feel a lot better with her having one – being a female and having a truck that’s getting up there in miles and wear and tear. I think it will be good for me too while I’m alone in Temple for the next couple months.

Anyway, we went to Best Buy just to look at phones and service options. They had a special going today: Buy a Sprint PCS phone and get a free DVD player. They were all out of DVD players, so they were offering $100 off each phone. The phones we chose were Samsung SPH-N200’s at $150 each, minus the $100, minus a $50 mail-in rebate. So we got two nifty cell phones for free.

We’re going to ditch our land line long distance, so we’re pretty much coming out even, plus the added security of having cell phones.

Waiting to hear from S&W, Blackhawk Down

I just called Scott & White again this morning. They’re still discussing the candidates. I asked when I should expect a phone call… they said by Monday.

Scott & White would be a great place to work for. For example, they offer partial tuition reimbursement if one should choose to go back to school and earn another degree. I wish they would offer sleep reimbursement. We went and caught a late movie last night. I drank a big Coke. We came home and the caffeine kept me awake in bed until after 3am. I still woke up at 8 because I keep expecting a phone call from them!

About that movie… We saw Black Hawk Down. Two words for you: Don’t go. Don’t even wait for it to come out on video. If you do, and you rent from Blockbuster, wait until it becomes a “favorite” and the price to rent it goes down.

The movie is based upon true events: the U.S. and U.N.’s involvement in Somalia. Kudos to Ridley Scott’s direction and the rest of the production team’s portrayal of the events.

In short, at least an hour of glorified and unnecessary gun fighting could have been editing out. Our soldiers are portrayed as Gap commercial ‘Yo Boys’ (no, not Hooah men – I know what that means). Saggy fatigues and little respect for authority. By no means am I knocking our military, but I think this movie did.

Dark Holler, Garage band, Weedeater Austin County Fair

Went to see my friend Marshall’s band last night – www.darkholler.net. The band that followed was very heavy, reminded me of one of my favorite heavy metal bands, Motorhead. We stayed for a couple songs, then headed home. I went straight for the closet and dug out the old tapes, trying to find one of my Motorhead cassettes. Couldn’t find it, but I did stumble across one of my old garage band tapes. Yes, yours truly was in a garage band!

We never established a name for our band – I was always keen on Panhead, but we never played anywhere that would necessitate a name except in garages turned into studios with egg crates on the walls or in Ash’s game room.

I think we started the band when I was around 16 or 17 years old. We practiced every Sunday. Core members were Ash Darby (drums), Tom Darby (lead geetar), Chris Whitehead (bass) and myself (rhythm geetar). There were frequent cameos by other ‘local’ musicians including Aaron Sanford, Craig Godden, Eric Arning, Stacy Holba and Derrick Zander.

Unfortunately, I have only one demo tape. Ash had the 4-track, so all of our recordings are either with him, or lost somewhere. I remember one of the first songs we recorded was a cover of Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls”. In order to pay tribute to the gods of heavy metal, we, of course, had to play as loud as Chris’s Crate full stack would allow. Needless to say, Mr. Darby wasn’t too impressed when the sound knocked all of the pictures off of the walls in his game room (seriously!!!)

Anyway – I hooked up the old jambox to my soundcard and ripped a couple mp3s. I wrote “Weedeater” for my girlfriend-at-the-time. Her and I became a couple when she approached me at our senior Homecoming dance. She was into smoking pot and the like. I wasn’t. She wanted out of that lifestyle. To make a long story short, I found out later that she had snuck off a couple times to smoke pot with some of her old friends. I was pissed and wrote the song. It doesn’t have any lyrics – I kind of like to think of it as “instrumental anger”.

The other song, I don’t think it ever had a name. Chris and I just made it up and recorded it one Sunday night after the rest of the band members went home. We performed this song at the Austin County Fair in 1994 and won 3rd prize… don’t ask me why!

Self esteem is plummeting – I need this job!

I’m losing sleep and my self esteem is plummeting. The people at Scott & White told me they would contact me early this week. I was going stir crazy today, so I called the Director of Human Resources. I know, it might have been too early for me to call, but hey, I want this job! Anyway, she told me that they’re still reviewing the candidates. Hopefully I’ll hear something soon to set my mind at ease.

Second inteview with Scott & White, Valentine’s Day, Pharyngitis

I had my second interview with Scott & White on Tuesday. I think it went quite well. We won’t know anything until early this week. I’ll keep you all posted as I receive news.

I’m finally getting over my Pharyngitis. For those of you who didn’t know – I was running a 103 degree fever for 4 days and feeling really crappy. El finally dragged me to the doctor last Friday. I got a script for some antibiotics – feeling much better now. There seems to be a strain going around Central Texas that is affecting men. El’s boss was sick for over a week, some of El’s regular golf customers had been sick, our friend Victor was recently very ill had to be rushed to the emergency room, my friend Reid has been running a fever. Hmmmm…

Valentine’s Day: El and I were given free sneak preview movie tickets to see ‘We Were Soldiers’. The short of it: very sad Vietnam movie starring Mel Gibson. Prior to that, I made dinner for the both of us – 8 oz. Filet Mignon with a mushroom and red wine sauce, baby potatoes and asparagus with Hollandaise sauce. It was a pricey meal – but it was Valentine’s day and we would have spent more going out to dinner.

Scott & White?

I’ve heard back from Scott & White!!!  I interviewed with them back in early January for a Communications Coordinator position.  I have a second interview on Tuesday.

Scott & White is located just inside Temple, TX.  I’m really hoping I get this job.  I hate to admit, but we’ve been kind of counting our chickens before the hatch.  I’ve lost sleep thinking about getting this job, doing really well,  moving out there, saving money on the cost of living, settling down, starting a family… cross you fingers for me!!!

El and I have been kicking around the idea of moving out of Austin for some time now.  Austin is great if you have the time and money to take advantage of all of its resources.  I think we’ve come to the conclusion that, while Austin is great, we’re ready to move on.  We have some serious financial goals that we’d like to meet (buying a house, getting El a car), and moving outside of Austin would definitely allow us to save some money.