Monthly Archives: March 2007

Podcast Episode 12…

Podcast Episode 12…

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It’s A Good News, Bad News Kind Of Thing

It’s A Good News, Bad News Kind Of Thing

Hmmm. Has it ever been a week.

First of all, for the past 2 days I have been doing new system deployments for a client. That went really well actually. You know it’s a good deployment when the biggest problem is that “It doesn’t look like it used to,” and, “I need my favorites.” Both were easily fixed and everyone is happy… for now 🙂 I told the customer to basque in the satisfaction from his employees enjoying their brand new machines, for the 5 minutes it will last until something brakes :-).

Also. A message to the UPS WorldShip Customer Service line. If you’re going to read from cuecards please, for the love of spam, at least read from the right set. If I tell you I have version 9 and you give me version 8 instructions it’s almost a sure bet we’re going to have a communication breakdown somewhere along the line. Nevertheless, 90 minutes, and 3 calls to tech support, later the software was running and the data was where it should be.

Today I got news about both jobs I’ve applied for.

The good news. I have moved on to phase 2 of the testing process for Kenosha. April 28th is the day of the written test which, “will begin promptly at 9:30 […] and may take up to two and one-half hours to complete.” Uh… Exactly what are they going to be testing on? I think just to be safe I’ll find some sort of condensed, Reader’s Digest, index of all human knowledge and memorize it.

And now… onto the news that makes my blood boil with indignation.

I won’t be getting the other job and it’s because of the reason I was afraid of. The guy actually admitted to a friend of mine that he didn’t interview me because I am blind. He also indicated the agency’s lawyer said that was acceptable and legal to do. I am so beyond pissed right now and it’s been like 2 hours since I got the information.

Whatever happened to judging a candidate on their qualifications and not your preconceived notions of how you could or couldn’t do the job if you had the same characteristic? And yes, I do use characteristic and not disability because I consider my blindness to be one. All be it annoying at times, but a characteristic nonetheless.

I can understand how a potential employer, colleague, or whatever wouldn’t know how a blind person could do the job. A lot of people I talk to don’t know how we do things as blind people. That’s fine, they don’t usually have to think about it. I have. I thought this through long and hard before considering it. (since I was like 16.) I just want a fair shot. A chance to convince them I’m qualified… that I’d be good at it. They can ask questions to learn how I’d do the job. I’d be happy to explain what accomodations I would need, and that the state vocational rehabilitation agency and not the employer is responsible for the costs of those accomodations. We tried the computer program that talks to me with the CAD software. It works. A light probe would tell me what nonemergency line is ringing (the 9-1-1 line has a pretty distinct ring so that’s easy enough to figure out). Braille labels on the paging console would take care of knowing which buttons drop which tones. My handheld reader can read anything that is typewritten that might come through on FAX or be handed to me or whatever. Am I missing something? Is it just too out of the realm of possibility to expect someone give me a chance? Is it really that much riskier to train me than anyone else? Just because you can’t see yourself doing the job as a blind person, does that mean I should be denied the opportunity to try?


I’m just so annoyed right now. I can’t see straight…

Shush! You know what I mean :-).

I guess it makes me even question the Kenosha thing. How do I know they aren’t just going through the motions because they know it’s illegal to disqualify someone based on a disability? Maybe they’re just jerking me around and have no intention of giving me serious consideration. Maybe I’m just being uber paranoid, but I can’t help thinking that way.

I know God has a plan. I just wish I could see it a little more clearly. I wish I wasn’t so furious and unsure of what to do. I wish they had just given me the opportunity to interview and asked their questions (okay, well they can’t unless I bring blindness up first, but I would have. I wanted this job enough that I would have convinced them I could do it.)

Okay… calming down now… sort of.

If I’m really nutso and/or just plain crazy someone please tell me.

In the meantime, I’m going to sleep.

Thanks for reading… sorry it wasn’t more interesting.

Grandpa’s Cheating

Grandpa’s Cheating

I know we Wisconsinites take our card games incredibly seriously, but I never realized they trained them so young.

Oshkosh Northwestern
Oshkosh, WI

March 5, 2007

Girl calls 911 to report grandpa cheating at cards

Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers

TOWN OF BURNETT — A 7-year-old girl who thought
she was getting the short end of the deal called
911 Sunday to report her grandfather was cheating at cards.

The Dodge County dispatch center received a 911
hang-up call from a young child around 4:40 p.m.
at a County E home in the Town of Burnett, according to a report.

When officers responded to the scene, the
grandmother told the deputy her young
granddaughter had recently learned to dial 911
and apparently called when she thought her
grandfather was cheating during a family card game, according to the report.

Filed by the Fond du Lac Reporter

5 Reasons I Blog

5 Reasons I Blog

Connie tagged her readers with this. So. Why do I blog?

  1. I started my first blog on Xanga in college because several of my friends began blogging. Most of us were spread out across the country and it was a good way, when any of us actually posted, to keep up with each other.

  2. I’m really bad about keeping in touch with family and friends. I think when I blog they can actually keep up with what I’m doing.

  3. I’ve met a lot of really cool people through blogs. The Internet has really given people a way to connect with new and potential friends.

  4. I use blogging to vent when I need to. Sometimes the rants don’t actually make it to the blog, but I am able to get rid of a lot of stress by writing out my frustrations.

  5. Before I left for college someone at my church told me that I should journal every day. He said it would be a good way to look back over things. I never got into that habbit, mostly because I don’t always feel like I have something to say, but I think blogging is the next best step. Plus, I really enjoy it. And, when someone eventually writes my unauthorized biography, the blog will combat all the mistruths. 🙂

“Niner and Associates” is actually the 4th blog I’ve had. Xanga, MoveableType (which sucks and I deleted it), Blogger and now this one run by WordPress. The Xanga posts are still alive and kicking, but are an insight into a strange time in my life. The Blogger ones are all here. As for the MoveableType posts… like I said I deleted them. Mostly because I was annoyed with the software and then forgot to recover the database before I moved hosts… OOPS.




I’m doing the Happy Dance right now. I passed my data entry test with 7,788 keystrokes per hour and an accuracy rate of 99.5%. The mistake I made is one I usually make. I wrote “Bldv.” instead of “Blvd.”

The test itself wasnt bad at all. I had to enter records into a database. There was an ID, a name, address, city, state, zip, contact person, position title and phone number. After a 3 minute warm-up, I took the 5 minute test and it was over.

Now I just wait to hear when the written test is going to happen.

Pickup Sticks

Pickup Sticks

Since Niner has gone to Wisconsin, I felt that as his associate I should let you all know what is going on here. Well, it’s a bunch of goofiness. I thought all of the goofy stuff happened to Niner, but apparently I’m not exempt.

Thursday evening I got home from work and watched T.V. for a little bit, talked to Niner and generally unwound. Then I decided to make myself a very unhealthy but tasty dinner of mozzarella sticks. I took them into the living room and sat in front of the T.V. to enjoy my time alone. I was trying to get myself situated and hold the plate and open my can of pop at the same time. This didn’t work out too well because suddenly my plate of mozzarella sticks slanted forward and the sticks flew to the floor. All of them except two. I picked them up and cleaned up my mess, or so I thought.

Later on, I decided to watch a DVD. I began looking through my collection to find a good chick flick that I know Niner won’t watch. Tucked between the DVDs, I found 2 very familiar cards. In fact, they were already typed out thank you cards for our wedding gifts. Yes, two of our guests didn’t get their thank yous. It’s a year and a half later so it’s too late to do anything about it, but the real question is how did they get from the study to the DVDs in the living room. It’s not like we have kids to drag them there. Well there is Niner, and he’s a lot like a kid, but I have no clue as to what happened.

After all that I decided not to watch a DVD and watched American Idol and Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader (a hilarious game show hosted by Jeff Foxworthy). So, at some point while I was watching these I kept thinking about the weird places things turn up. Then I wondered if I had really found all of the mozzarella sticks that I had dropped. I went over to the T.V> and felt around more thoroughly, and yes, there on the shelf was another mozzarella stick. I give up! I wish Niner were here. I would just blame him for all of it!