Friday, January 02, 2009
  New job
Today I went to apply for a census job. I saw an ad on Craigslist and then there was another in our church flyer, so I really got the point that they really did have a great need for census takers. Apparently the assignments last from 5-10 weeks and pay "competitively" which is probably somewhere around $15/hr, maybe more in South Florida although I don't know. But anyway, it's good for me since 1) I need money. Seriously. I have credit card bills to pay off again and would rather not use my student loans to do it. And 2) I need to save up for next semester's two classes as I won't be getting financial aid for those. And 3) it's short-term, so I'm not getting roped into anything I can't handle during school, and pays well for a short-time job.

Anyway, you have to take a test during the application process.

I wasn't expecting anything major, and the test pretty much met that expectation. The best part? Getting 10 right out of the 28 questions was considered a passing score. The sad part? There was a lady there re-testing as she had been "unsuccessful" at her first test (oh no, she didn't FAIL it - she was UNSUCCESSFUL at it - gotta love political correctness). I finished a little early and then was watching her and noticed that she was actually shaking, working in such a hurry and nervous. I seriously mean it was sad...

Sample questions?

A. to transport
B. to copy
C. to repeat
D. to exchange

.41 + 21.4 + 6.3 + 280 =
A. 48.49
B. 59.8
C. 308.11
D. 450

So yeah. It was just a little easy. If you're looking for a flexible, decent-paying part-time job, check out the website: Also cross your fingers for me since a paycheck for even a few weeks would be a blessing. I'm still going to be substituting for that school but I don't know how much they'll be calling me for that.
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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