April 4th, 2006

Loon

More job search ...

Well, had one application yesterday ... a fancy-shmancy steak house that's part of a local Italian restaurant group, located just down the block from The Drake. It was OK, but the manager indicated that (contrary to what the school's placement office had indicated) they weren't currently looking to hire a bartender.

This morning I dropped Daughter #1 off at school and attended the monthly PTA meeting. I then caught the LaSalle bus down to the river to apply at another steakhouse. This one is part of the Levy restaurant group. Once again the placement office was feeding me wrong info, as they said I could apply at this place anytime from 9-5, but they wouldn't let me in until 11am ... meaning that I had a chilly 45min to loiter around outside ... at least I was able to pick up a coffee at a 7-11 down the block, so I was able to caffeinate during the wait. I had to mark "yes" to the question of if I'd ever applied to Levy before ... back a few years back when I was working with that "career management" group I'd tried to get a gig with Levy in their marketing department. The irony, while painful to me, will hopefully slip by them.

The day got better, though. I'd gotten a lead on-line about a new upscale "seafood grill" coming in a new building about six blocks from home, and went to the office (they're still finishing construction on-site) that they're doing the hiring out of. This place is a "brand" of the Houlihan's organization, so comes with a bunch of benefits, and I had a nice chat with the guy who's coordinating the staffing. He indicated that they'd be meeting on these apps in the next couple of weeks. I left feeling like he liked what I was bringing to the job, so that's in my "fingers crossed" pile!

I ended up coming home from there, although I was "behind schedule", but the placement office had made a point of telling me that I should wear a black shirt and dark tie (their "uniform") to the place this afternoon, but I'd not wanted to "go that way" for the morning appointments (or the PTA meeting, for that matter!). This was over in the NBC Tower, and I met one of the owners on the way in. The Bar Manager was the most "animated" person I've met with yet, who not only chatted with me extensively, but provided me with a half a dozen leads/suggestions for other sorts of gigs that I'd not really looked at yet (the cruise boats on the lake sign their staff by mid-April, so he was suggesting I get right on that). I took it that I passed whatever "do I like this guy?" test he had, as he said that "I was in his file", which seemed to be a binary situation.

Anyway, having two good "pre-interviews" in one day helped my mood a lot, plus some of the stuff the last guy told me made me think that one way or another (between these places, the boats, and some catering companies he gave me leads on) I'll have some sort of a paying gig by the end of the month.


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Doom

More Network Solutions ...

OK, so I've been on the web for a long time, and I have a LOT of ID/PW combinations accumulated over the years. In fact, I have seven different "identities" in the Network Solutions system ... each of which (of course) has a different password.

This was an issue because I got an e-mail this morning from active-domain.com telling me that they had not been able to make the transfer because my domain was "locked" over at NS. When I got back from my morning applications run, I decided that I should probably get onto this (since my current registration expires on 4/10, and it appears that you can't transfer an expired registration). I called up their support line, and actually got a live body at the end of a relatively short phone menu. I had noted that I had been trying to transfer the registration was was a bit miffed about the "deactivation notice" that I'd gotten within 10 minutes of initiating the transfer. The gal assured me that the timing was purely coincidental, and that was their standard "this thing dies in a week" notice ... although I'm not sure that I believe her!

Anyway, I needed to get into one of those seven accounts to re-set the "lock" from their default "on" to "off". Naturally enough, I had NO record on that particular ID/PW combination, and although I had (fortunately) updated my info so that my current e-mail was in the record, the old Eschaton phone number (years gone) was the official back-up contact. This was an issue because for some reason the e-mails with the secure PW-update link in them were just not getting through to my mailbox. The gal had gone to her manager to see if they could substitue a call on my fax line (still active), but fortunately the three e-mails she'd sent came in before it had to go that far.

Admittedly, she did try to convince me to stay with Network Solutions (even offering to let me renew for $15 instead of $35!) but at that point I just wanted out. I've gotten the confirmation on the change, and have alerted active-domain.com about the thing being fixed, so I'm hoping that this will be moved and good to go well before the 10th.


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