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December 31, 2011

The Year Of Many Cities

Filed under: Personal,Transportation,Urban Living — by teofilo @ 7:50 pm

Continuing my ongoing tradition, here are the cities I visited this year:

  • Highland Park, NJ
  • Netanya, Israel
  • Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Jerusalem, Israel
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Lubbock, TX
  • Shamrock, TX
  • Clayton, NM
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • New York, NY
  • Miami Beach, FL
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Newark, OH
  • Chillicothe, OH
  • Florence, KY
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Jackson, TN
  • Memphis, TN
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Ft. Smith, AR
  • Erick, OK
  • Price, UT
  • Ontario, OR
  • Huntington, OR
  • Bellingham, WA
  • Haines Junction, YT
  • Glennallen, AK
  • Anchorage, AK

Once again, in keeping with the ground rules, this list only includes places I spent the night, and it includes small towns but doesn’t include truly rural areas or ferries.  Each city is only listed once, and the cities are in the order I first visited them.

That’s a lot of travel.  I’m pretty sure I traveled more in 2011 than I have in any other year.  It was a blast.

In general, 2011 was a good year for me.  After spending so long without much idea of where my life was going, I’ve finally figured it out and ended up in a place I like where I may end up staying for a while.  Even if I don’t, I do have a good idea of what I would be doing if I end up moving elsewhere.  Things are definitely looking up for me at this point, and here’s hoping 2012 will be just as good.

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December 26, 2011

Mine Is Purple

Filed under: Job Search — by teofilo @ 11:32 pm

When I moved up here my mom gave me my dad’s old copy of What Color Is Your Parachute?  I just finished reading it, and it’s quite good.  It was an interesting read in that my dad’s copy is the 2001 edition, and there was some stuff in it that was clearly written in response to an idea at the time that the internet had totally transformed the job search such that books like it had become obsolete.  There was something of a defensive tone to some of the discussion of the internet.  As it turns out, however, the internet didn’t transform the job search that much, and what Bolles says about it in this edition has stood the test of time fairly well, which is more than can be said for the more extreme online triumphalism from that period.

In any case, I found the book quite helpful.  I have already more or less stumbled into what seems to be the ideal career for me, in part by independently arriving at some of the conclusions Bolles advocates, so I haven’t actually done any of the exercises or anything, but I may in the future, especially if my current path doesn’t end up leading me anywhere.  For people who are still flailing about trying to find a path in life, as I was until quite recently, I’d say this is a very helpful read.  I’m sure there are other equally helpful career guidebooks out there, but this one has attained its iconic status in the popular discourse for a reason.

December 19, 2011

Seriously

Filed under: Culture — by teofilo @ 5:59 pm

What the hell kind of Canadian schedules a t-shirt-based event in the middle of December?

(Yes, I realize he sells sweatshirts too, but it’s still mostly t-shirts.)

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