Thursday, April 13, 2006

Pisser's just on a break...

Since poor Pisser Bear got left in San Francisco in January (I think he was getting a little homesick anyway), I needed a new mascot for my travels, especially since I had such a monumental trip on the horizon - Tallinn, St. Petersburg and Prague. For the record, Pisser is still my most cherished traveling companion. He is lost, for now, but not forgotten. In the meantime, however, meet Willie Wiki. There's a troupe of wandering Wiki's in all sorts of places now (yes, there's a website to come... more on that later). But this one is mine.

Wiki Slideshow

Riots in Bangalore

I've been pursuing a job opportunity with Microsoft in Bangalore, India (third interview to take place next Tuesday) and then I read this article (click on the title of this post to read it) about riots closing down the city over the death of a film star. Can't I ever pick any place normal to work??

The job search isn't all that I had hoped it would be. It mostly consists of mailing out countless CV's, getting random emails from the positions I don't really want and not hearing anything from places I do want to go. I've got 2 and a half months before I'm officially unemployed, and frankly, I'm starting to get a little worried. If I didn't have a kazillion dollars in student loans to pay off, I could take a job with a little po-dunk language school in a beautiful seaside village somewhere, but unfortunately, until I take care of these other obligations, I'm really not at liberty to do so.

At the moment, I'm on the roster for UN Volunteers, I've taken the Foreign Service Written Exam (again), I've had nibbles from International House in Moscow (too cold) and Kuala Lumpur, and two technology companies in India. We'll see what pans out. New things pop up on the net everyday, and I'll continue to plug my CV to whoever will look at it and see what happens. If all else fails, I'll take my savings and go to South America and see what turns up. (Not a very strong contingency plan, I know, but it beats the alternative - coming home, dejected and unemployed at 35, to live with my parents like a big loser. Not that I don't enjoy spending time at with my family, I totally do, but nobody wants to admit that they live with the parents when they're my age.)

Well, I'm starting to babble now. I guess I'd better sign off. I promise to write more later... have much to tell. I just returned from Tallinn, St. Petersburg and Prague. *sigh* It was fab.