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Jun. 16th, 2008 | 09:54 pm
mood: hungry hungry

today was a good day

i got up at the ass crack of dawn
and drove all the way to portland for a job interview

ive always feared driving in portland
not just because its a big, busy city
but because the streets just dont make a lick of sense
and getting where you want to go is near impossible
especially if you arent really familiar with the place
but i knew i would have to do it eventually
and it really wasnt all that bad... i guess

i made it to the interview on time
and i didnt even get lost on the way
so that alone was a load of stress off my shoulders

the interview was completely different than i expected

the guy i met with was actually pretty cool

hes a gamer, so we had that in common
and he wasnt opposed to just chatting and being friendly
rather than being completely focused on business

hes also a very outspoken, no bs kinda guy
and completely unafraid of offending people with the truth

i can appreciate that

so he asked me a lot of questions
that i doubt any of you really care about
but that wasnt really the cool part, anyway

the cool part was all the great info and advice he gave me
about revising my resume, focusing my career goals
and just generally how to be successful in info tech

before the interview was over
i felt like even if i didnt get the job
i would be leaving a better person than when i arrived
or... at least a more well informed person

after the interview, he had me take a test/simulation
in which i had to answer a bunch of questions
about microsoft office and windows xp troubleshooting

i figured i did pretty well on the office part of the test
but i was sure i did poorly on the xp toubleshooting

there were some seriously obscure questions on there
and i probably only got half of them right
but it turns out its all good

apparently i scored "off the charts" on both tests
and he pretty much guaranteed me the job
so all i need to do is revise my resume
and find some good professional references
and i will be golden

of course, those two things wont be terribly easy
but i will give it my best shot
and hopefully everything works out

anyway, enough of that boring stuff

while trying to find my way out of portland
i got seriously lost and ended up on the wrong side of town

it was a frustrating experience, to say the least
but when i finally found my way back to the freeway
it was time to go visit my favorite asian, ana

been a while since i even got to really talk to her
but i talked to her plenty today, even before i saw her
because the directions she gave me to her place were crap
so once again, i was lost, confused, and alone...
except not alone, cause i got her on the phone with me
and she went and got on google maps
and after a whole lot of trial and error
i managed to make it there alive and in once piece

these days, shes busy being all pregnant and stuff
which is actually pretty funny looking, in a cute way
but other than that, shes the same old ana i know and love

i was kinda worried we wouldnt have much to do or say
but once we started talking and catching up on stuff
we just never ran out of things to say to each other

i forgot how nice it is just to be in her company
and now i miss all the good times
from back when we used to hang out all the time

anyhow, we talked about new music we've been listening to
mutual friends who we havent been able to see for a while
and all the fun we used to have with everyone else

we went to have lunch at some chinese place
and could barely stop chatting long enough
to do stuff like order food or eat it when it came

later, brad (her significant other) got home from work
and he and i started chatting it up about computers
and the jobs we were applying for, and stuff like that
and he ended up letting my try out crysis on his new pc
which is actually pretty nice, for an intel based system

well, not only did he let me try it out
but he ended up downloading a no cd crack for it
so he could just give me the game disc

he sure is a good guy

so after playing a little hacky sack
it was about time for me to head back home
and so ends this chapter in the life of john

yup... today was a good day

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