If I can be optimistic, anyone can

Augh! This was not a good year to graduate. I just heard that RightNow Tech. laid off half of my friends. Tim: buddy, hang tough. Elliot: don’t give up, at least you still have the model. One of them probably would have been me, had I stayed there. The madness is not just limited to Montana; in eight more days, Josh finds out if Boeing still wants him for the rest of the year. If no pink slip shows up, he’s in the clear for a month or so, and then he’ll roll the dice again. Anyone who says America is a land of opportunity is wrong, baby, wrong!

To all my friends that are facing tough life changes (especially the involuntary kind): hang in there! Stay positive, be confident despite your discouragement, and have faith. All things work for good (I really do believe that, and I’ve been unemployed for 5 months).

What? It’s October already?

What? It’s October already? Who let that happen?

Still no job, but I’m getting really close… In other news, I went sailing this weekend with Annie, Jason, Julia, Jed and Angelique. It was totally sweet; cutting silently through the waters of Lake Washington, watching the sun sink over the Seattle skyline and the moon rise above Mt. Rainier. Yes, I have pictures; they’ll be up soon. Maybe next time we’ll go through the locks and cruise the Sound. If nothing else, at least now Annie and I know what a “jig” is.

Must-see TV premieres!

Must-see TV premieres! Oooh! I can’t talk, it’s almost 8!

I stole this next bit from the “site news” section, since I know nobody reads that…

It is now possible to send an instant message to my cell phone (limited to 107 characters by the hardware) from the “contact” page. I can’t send one back to you yet, until Verizon gets the flash update kit for my phone distributed to their Seattle reps. But I can call you back, or at least have a good chuckle in response to your scathing wit.

A note: I made it very easy to turn off in case it gets abused… I mean you, Tyson!

I’m taking a weekend away

I’m taking a weekend away (in Missoula) from job-search stress, and as such I spent a wacked-out evening with Ann, Pat and Jessica. I expect you to call me, Pat! And happy birthday a few days early, Ann!

Also this weekend I had dinner with my Grandma Frances (Friday), and my Grandma Polly and Grandpa Allen (Saturday). It was great to see them, as it’s been awhile, and they’re all three really fun, energetic people that I always enjoy visiting with. The only person I didn’t get to see this weekend was Danielle – I missed her by a week – which was a bummer. Hopefully I’ll be able to visit her sometime soon; if not, there’s always Thanksgiving!

I’ll be back in Seattle by Sunday night; after this summer the drive is becoming pretty familiar. I’m also giving the Max a good workout – it’ll hit 31k miles before the weekend is up. Augh!

Still plugging away

Still plugging away on the whole job search thing. I’m getting pretty used to this unemployment gig; not quite sure how it will be to go back to work. 😉 Josh and I spent the afternoon on Alki beach, finishing with a spendid dinner of fresh salmon fillets, pasta and a bottle of chianti in an outdoor Italian cafe, 10 steps from the sand. The food was excellent, the sunset gorgeous and the sea breeze very refreshing. I highly recommend it.