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American Cities That Best Fit You:

70% San Francisco
60% Boston
55% Honolulu
55% Los Angeles
55% New York City

Which American Cities Best Fit You?
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Ha ha! I finally got on my LJ at home! Stupid net nannies at work block it... Anyway, here's the map meme, just because I was curious. It may be slightly off, as it seems likely I have been to Nebraska, but I have absolutely NO memory of it:

visited 47 states (94%)
Create your own visited map of The United States or determine the next president
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(some cross njob as a consultant for almost 5 years (with almost no raises, but good benefits). I was recently offered a good job with a different company, with the possibility of raises every year, and as a full employee, rather than a contractor. However, when I read the benefits literature and quizzed the HR guy, I found out that none of the benefits with this new job will start until I have worked for them for 3 months. No vacation or sick days, no health insurance, nothing. Also, a friend that was just hired with what seemed to be the same job description will be getting bonuses if they are available, but their offer to me does not include bonuses for reasons that are a little unclear to me. The pay is MUCH better than my current job though, and we could really use the money. I'm wondering if this 3 month thing is normal as far as new hires. It was not this way with my current company at all. Should I be trying to negotiate? I have never negotiated for a job, so I'm not sure how to go about it. Also, what would happen with my current 401K, and FSA accounts? Any advice from the LJ crowd? 

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I pass a church of some sort of Catholic denomination every day on the way to daycare, and they often have silly sayings up on their sign. Normally I just roll my eyes and continue driving, but I am totally bewildered by the current sign:
"Harry is not the Potter, God is. Lenten services at (blah blah blah time)"
So are they saying God likes to pot plants? Or that he potters around the universe? Or he's the most important member of the Potter clan (which would certainly throw a monkey wrench into the fundamentalist belief that Harry Potter books breed Satanism or whatever)?
My knowledge of Christianity is limited to say the least, but what does potting have to do with Lenten services? Enquiring minds want to know!
(Last week's sign was "CH _ _ CH. What's missing? U R!" Yuk yuk yuk)

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Link from my friend Michele's blog (http://oriquilt.blogspot.com), seems apropo for many of my friends: http://xkcd.com/356/
Also, free cake is evil.

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Unexpectedly got a chance for an interview for a new job at a place that is much closer to my house and has more opportunities for career advancement (SYSCO). They moved the interview up to this afternoon, so I am freaking out a little. Any advice for interviews? I haven't had one in 5 years, so I am nervous! Help! Fret fret fret. Wish me luck!

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Some of these I will freely admit I have never heard of! White Teeth? And some I do need to read, like The Catcher in the Rye, Beloved, and Slaughterhouse 5. It's just so hard to stop reading junk long enough to read something worthwhile. :-) And some I may have read at some point, but I remember nothing about them other than that the title sounds vaguely familiar, perhaps I read it in school or something.

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Current Music: Four Leaf Clover- Abra Moore

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Interesting test I linked to while rummaging on NYT:
It's supposed to be fairly accurate. And I am sane, more or less, :-).  

arch_scrivener is, of course, MUCH more sane than me, which should surprise no one. And now I can't find the original article, which annoys me.


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Deb was just taken off her flight home to Oklahoma because she was coughing up blood and was transported to St Luke's medical center here in Houston. She's going to need some support and good wishes from us all. Her husband is still in OK with the kids right now, so I don't know what is going to happen with them. We'll keep you updated as we hear anything. In the meantime, I'm sending hugs and get well vibes to Deb, she's in the best medical complex in the United States, and they're going to take care of her. Get well Deb, we're all supporting you!

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Ganked from all, I was amused. My first try did indeed bring up Taxidermist at #11 (!), but then I took the additional questions and that clarified it a bit. Taxidermist??? Ugh, stuffing dead fluffy animals. Also, the Electrician recommendation threw me a little- me + electricity does not seem like a good idea, nor one conducive to long life. The test seems to indicate that I should definitely be a teacher of some sort (8 of the top 10), which is not at all what I do. Oops. This is not news to me, but I think I don't have the intestinal fortitude to brave the US school system, and I give major props to those who do! I also do not currently have the time to get a new degree, :-). Perhaps someday! When I am independently wealthy... What? It'll happen someday, right? I'm also amused by the careers associated with teeth, given my obssession with clean teeth (#16 Orthodontist, #20 Dentist, and the longer list also has #24 as Dental hygienist). Tee hee.

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