ARC Thrift Store2 weeks ago I had showed up at ARC to do some of my community service for food stamps (26 hours a month for $200 worth) and was tasked by the assistant manager to hang up racks of clothes. 20 minutes later, she came to me and asked me if I worked. Now I took this at face value and panicked a bit, "Yes m'am, I'm working. Doing just as I was told." She meant if I had a job, to which I said I did not but I was looking, next question was if I had applied at ARC and if I had any cashier experience. I had applied a few months back to work the receiving dock/furniture section and that I had no cashier experience, but she said since it would take forever to find that app, it would be easier for me to fill out a new one for the open cashier position. I was thrilled at this, since they were basically telling me to apply so they could hire me.
After filling out the new app, I had a chat with the manager, whom looked at my 5 months worth of community service reviews (all said I consistently exceeded what I needed to do) and said that she had asked the other employees about me, I'm apparently a hard worker when there's stuff to do and pleasant company when it's slow. Then she said she was sending my app to corporate and I would find out soon if a position would be offered to me.
Skipping ahead to yesterday.
i had all but decided it was another pocket veto, if you will. That I had been declined for the job and they just wouldn't tell me. Then I got a call from the manager saying that since I'm not a Colorado local, the background check took a lot longer than normal and that she was prepared to offer me the position.
It was all I could do to keep my composure.
I accepted the job and basically said that while I could start the next day, due to the short notice it would be easier for me to start on Friday, so I could get my affairs in order. I'm starting at $8/hr, which isn't great, but after almost exactly 2 years' unemployment I will take what I can get, even if I have this job just so I can show I am currently working on job applications (since for some reason, that is better to recruiters than a homeless, protected-status Veteran on food stamps....).
Aurora Century 16 shootingWay too close to home for me. If I had a job, I would have been there. They bussed the witnesses to the high school next door to my apartment. I was fighting the urge to throw on my BDUs and go to the police line to see what I could do to help.
UpdateIt's been suggested to me that a combination of heat and the CPU/motherboard not getting along has resulted in a fried CPU, maybe even the board. No proof yet since I lack the parts to troubleshoot them.
No SWTOR for a while.My PC just died. Power on, ad screen of motherboard appears, screen goes black and keyboard lights turn off. Doesn't even get to the beep, so can't even do BIOS or safe mode.
I'm on a laptop again, a Toshiba Satellite L645, Intel processor 2.13 Ghz, 4GB RAM, Win 7 64-bit. Haven't tried The Old Republic on this thing since the beta (uber lag even at min specs) so maybe performance has improved.
Mass Effect 3 *spoiler free*I'm at the climax of the game. There is a huge bug that I'm not going to discuss just yet, but overall it's very good. There are lots of funny moments, awkward conversations, and good times to be had. Some things are rough on the emotions, one in particular left me feeling numb and emotionally gutted. If it's able to get that strong of a reaction, regardless which emotion, it's a testament to how well-written it was.
EDIT: The endgame left many questions unanswered and had an overall WTF feeling to it. Also got really close to a deus ex machina type of ending, like Drew wrote himself into a corner and got desperate for a way to finish it.