My parents are making the roadie to NoCal this week, they will arrive sometime Friday afternoon. I am looking forward to seeing them. Always enjoy being with them, be it down in San Diego or when they are fortunate enough to visit Christal, Zachary and I in Oakley. This will be their first visit in ’06, their last was prior to Christmas when Zachary was a few weeks old.
With their impending arrival, I decided to burn a few extra days off from work this week. Since I can’t take them with me if and when I quit my current job, might as well use them all. But not to look too far ahead [more on the job situation in a bit]. Since the weather is supposed to be relatively clear and not raining, I should be able to finish cleaning up the backyard in preparation for some landscaping I will be doing starting next month.
Not much on the schedule while they are up here for parts of four days. I figure I can use my dad to help me finish a few projects around the house, like fix a door that I mis-hung. Was hoping to get a round of golf in, but it does not look like the weather will hold through the weekend and there should be showers by Saturday.
I will be preparing dinner on Friday, “comfort meatloaf”, mashed potatoes and salad. What is comfort meatloaf? Remember the chicken spaghetti I made a few months back? This meatloaf is similar in terms of how it makes you feel, or so they say. I will use ground beef, veal and pork, along with oatmeal [not breadcrumbs] and spices to create the loaf and then top it off with catsup and bacon. I’ll report back on this dish!Switching gears here, I went and visited BART OCC again last night. I coordinated with Paula, the manager I met a few weeks back and I was able to sit with a senior controller named Wanda, on a recommendation from Paula. So after spending another 2 hours observing and asking very few questions I do understand the job. While I am not overwhelmed at the amount of work they do, I was told last night that it is not uncommon to have 1000 computer inputs per hour [during peak commute]!
I am still excited about this potential opportunity, so much I have really stopped looking for other jobs the past few weeks. Should I have done that? Eh…I have not had much luck recently on the Internet job web sites, so it really cannot hurt to stop the search until there is a Train Controller position(s) posted at BART.
I am far from being the “chosen one” for the job. I do know there will be many others from inside the company who will probably be as viable or more so than I. But I do feel I can be very competitive, thanks in part to knowing two managers and making the effort to observe, read manuals and ride the train [in the cab] with a train operator I know. It’s the waiting that sucks…no idea when a position will become vacant. From what I was told it could be within weeks and by the end of the year there could be a total of three open. Cross your fingers…