at last, I can travel

I had my second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday the fourth and I can now travel for vacations and most importantly, work. I wish to stay here in Tulsa, OK for the near future until I have the money to move back to Washington State but that will not be for a couple of years.

That second dose did in fact knock me on my ass. By Tuesday evening I was not feeling well at all. I had the chills; skin was aching, and the location of the shot was hurting more. By Wednesday morning I was in full blown ‘flu’ mode. I mean that I felt like I had a bad case of the flu and the headache had arrived although it was mild and in the background. I only felt the headache when I coughed, which was often. You are cautioned not to take pain killers unless necessary as it could reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine, so I held out, then my fever started, and I ignored most of the symptoms Thursday because I knew it was a reaction and this type of reaction was a good indication of my body’s immune system. Early Friday morning I had had enough of the back pains because of the coughing, skin aches, headache and I got up and took some aspirin because I figured it had been long enough. They recommend waiting at least two days if you need to take something. After a bit, my fever broke and the pains starting gradually going away and I fell back to sleep and did not get up till 9:00am. That is extremely late for me, but I was on the mend finally. After a good day for this week, I talked on the phone for a while and started to feel bad again. My throat was getting froggy and headache coming back. I went to bed at 10:00pm, took some aspirin again at 5:00am and was asleep until about 8:30am but I still felt so tired and did not get out of bed until 9:00am again. Today, Saturday I feel about normal and think this is going to be a great weekend with a resulting great next week.

It may be possible that all those times I had been administered the flu shot and I felt like this it may have just been a reaction to the shot and not necessarily the flu itself. I say that because I know that you can’t get the COVID-19 from this shot because of how it is manufactured let alone the flu from it.

AN evening I will cherish for ever

Last Friday evening was incredibly special. I’ll leave it there and keep this memory inside.

I received a phone call from my application at Brinks for cash processing. He liked my previous cash handling experience and wants to talk to me. I called back but was not able to connect. Hopefully, he calls back today or I will be ringing his phone off the hook until I can speak with him.

There are many more jobs available in the banking industry that I had thought and will be applying to them all this week as well.

Best week yet

Last week was the best week yet for applying for jobs but I did not hear much back. I am going to start applying for at least 15 jobs per week from now on and any more than that will be icing on the cake.

The ingenuity drone on mars has flown two additional times since the first flight last Monday and is doing fantastic.

first flight on mars

Ingenuity has made the first powered controlled flight on the planet Mars! I watched history live on YouTube.

First flights:

  1. Kittyhawk: 1903
  2. Mars: 2021
Ingenuity Shadow
Ingenuity Hover Shadow
Ingenuity Hovering shown from Perseverance
Ingenuity Hover From Perseverance

It looks like my unemployment has run out, no warning is strange and no ability to file a weekly claim. I hope that part is a glitch. Now time to look at getting some of my retirement money. I still have about 3 months of money left so keep praying one or more of the jobs I have applied for come through.

I made it past hr!

For the first time I think I have made it past the HR computer scanners and will be evaluated by a human.

On Tuesday I received an email from one of the places I applied and one job which I very much want to do for this company. The email read as follows:

Dear Michael,

Your application for the Operations Engineer I – Tulsa, OK position (164390) has been forwarded for further consideration.

This means I made it past the HR pukes and a real human will be evaluating me for this job! I am extremely excited with this.

New week, a lot of contacts

Late last week I applied for what I thought were a couple of good jobs that lead to other job search sites. After filling out forms, sending resume’s including playing a fun game showing how you perform your work my inbox has been overflowing with jobs. This morning (Monday) I had to start organizing my inbox so I could keep track of those jobs I responded to, those I did not and those jobs I applied for. This is going to be a remarkably busy job-hunting week. I am extremely excited.

No response from interview yet

As the title says, I have not heard back from Houston yet.

I feel this may have been a good thing. I really did not think I would be a good fit there and given they said they would contact me early the next week and I did not I question their ability to commit. A phone call only takes five minutes.

first interview

I had my first interview last Friday. It went ok but I’m not sure if I am a fit. They are looking for someone that has more of a machining background than I have. I like that fact it is a small company with approximately 200 people. Everyone will know everyone. This could be a good thing or a bad think. The gentile men I spoke with were all extremely easy to talk to and seemed quite nice.

I registered for Upward.net and Ziprecruiter. Both sites are continually active, and I am getting jobs flowed down to me almost hourly.

Finances are ok but people I loaned money to seem to have forgotten that I am expecting to be paid back. Total now is 2,790.00 with no payment that I can foresee.

New Bank Account

When transferring money from the unemployment account to my netspend account I was experiencing problems. It was because it is essentially a prepaid debit card, and it just would not work. Last week I opened a new checking account at a ‘real’ bank. This should make things easier. I was going to change my automatic payments to my credit cards and pay those off with the unemployment card and I found out that can’t happen. You can only make payments on credit cards with a bank account and not a debit card.

Jobs are starting to post

It is now March of 2021 and jobs are now starting to post. I was put in for a job in Houston, TX last week and hopefully get and interview. I will be putting in for an interview in Mojave, CA this week. Crossing fingers. All jobs are Manufacturing Engineering jobs.

Forgot, I also have another Manufacturing Engineering, Composite’s job I will be applying for this week in Denver, CO.

I am stilling hoping for a job at Spirit AeroSystems here in Tulsa, OK or the American Airlines job I applied for a couple of weeks ago. Those would be perfect.

Additionally, the Houston job could include a moving allowance (That would be necessary).

New site covering miscellaneous activities including my favorite activity: Blender