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Hot Coals.

The job ended last week. The last day, there was the debrief — two hours of people slapping each other on the back, with a little bit of actual feedback on how to make the place run better — followed … Continue reading

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My new hero.

Last week, Fox News “discovered” actor Geoffrey Owens, who had been on the Cosby Show, working as a cashier in a Trader Joe’s. Fox did a predicticably nasty little piece. They picked on the wrong guy. First of all, the … Continue reading

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All done.

[See sidebar disclaimer. These opinions are my own, and my employer — or recent employer — has nothing to do with them.] To paraphrase H. H. Munro, it was a good job, as jobs go; and as jobs go, it … Continue reading

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Democracy. I love it.

Standard disclaimer: See sidebar. These are my views, not those of my employer, for whom I am in no way authorized to speak. I am writing from my experience working for an elections division, a worker bee who gets to … Continue reading

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The story that just. will. NOT. die.

Standard disclaimer: See sidebar. These are my views, not those of my former employer, for whom I am in no way authorized to speak. I am writing from my experience working for an elections division, a worker bee who got … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to The Republican Nominee.

Standard disclaimer: See sidebar. These are my views alone, not those of my employer, for whom I am in no way authorized to speak. I do not identify them, but I know what the Internet can do. Dear Mr. Trump: … Continue reading

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Work matters.

“All honest work is honorable.”  My Dad. An area manager for a large insurance company tried to recruit me to be a sales agent last week. He kept talking about how my qualifications didn’t match my work history. “Whenever someone … Continue reading

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Things seem at times overwhelming right now.  I have not been writing about them, though.  I wrote a piece on Charlie Hebdo which I haven’t published — it’s kind of late to do so now.  Many people said what I … Continue reading

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Update.

Work is over, again. I was part of a political operation (a small part) again.  Election work is, by its nature, temporary and cyclical. Every second Tuesday in November there is a flurry of activity, followed by the campaign workers’ … Continue reading

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Interview fail.

Dear Ms. Recruiter: I am very sorry that the connection was so bad yesterday when we talked.  Otherwise, it would not have taken until I saw your email at 10:00 pm Pacific last night for me to see that the … Continue reading

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Lazy meanderings.

I am working again now. It’s a temporary, part-time job. I actually like temporary assignments: I like the goal oriented nature of the work. And besides, it’s good to be useful. Longer term work with more hours would be good, … Continue reading

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Well, that was… educational.

My latest adventure in temporary political outreach has ended. I am no longer employed as a Certified Educator for Covered California. The operative word is “employed.” Once an educator, always an educator: within the past 48 hours I have had … Continue reading

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There are days….

… when the best you can say is that you didn’t quit. I hate dealing with people who, just as they are foaming at the mouth about Obama, let slip enough information to make it clear that if they could … Continue reading

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Today’s miscellany.

I think I am getting sick.  I have felt cold and achy all day.  I just hurt.  Of course, both my eldest son and my most affectionate coworker — the one who enveloped me in a big hug when a … Continue reading

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November, thus far.

It’s definitely fall. The trees are turning late this year.  Usually, they turn in October; but the trees on my street only started changing color last week.  They’re not quite as bright as usual, either.  It is still lovely to … Continue reading

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Miscellany

Just a few random thoughts on this Monday? Tuesday?  It gets hard to keep track of what day it is.  Since my work week starts on Sunday, this is technically Monday, but functionally Tuesday. Looking at the back of the … Continue reading

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Phrase of the day

Habla Inglese? Oh. No habla español. Le llamaremos en español después. Bueno noches. (“Speak English? Oh. I do not speak Spanish.  Someone will call you in Spanish later.  Good Night.”  Of course, I may have misread or misheard what the … Continue reading

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[Note: I should put a disclaimer here: any opinions on this blog about the Affordable Care Act and/or Covered California are solely my own and do not reflect the opinions of my employers.] The job is starting to get to … Continue reading

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Doing good.

I have finished my intensive, two and a half day training, and start work tomorrow, on a project that will take the next several months.  I am now a Covered California Certified Educator.  Hurrah! Just to define terms, Covered California is … Continue reading

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We won. Winning is good.

My latest campaign job is now over, having ended on July thirtieth.  It was a hard fought campaign, unpleasant at times (not on our side) but we prevailed. Cindy Chavez is now the Supervisor for the Second District of Santa … Continue reading

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