I had some dreams ... they were klowns in my koffee.

(With apologies to Carly Simon)

This is my journey through job transition from a toxic environment to a better life. Join me for a few thoughts and a few laughs along the way.
What are "klowns in my koffee"? They are the factors large and small that make you less than you are. A "klown" can be a grossly incompetent boss,
a short-sighted policy or a moronic coworker. They won't kill you, at least not immediately, but they abrade the soul
as you scrape past them to get through the day. Sometimes it's best to dump them out of the cup.


Day 88 - In My Kups

Daily Kup (What I Did On My Reality Vacation)
I went to a motivating presentation on job search networking by St. Paul Pioneer Press columnist Amy Lindgren. I've heard her speak before; she's practical, knowledgeable and very funny. Today's presentation was a free one sponsored by the Hennepin County Library, though she does paid career counseling through her company, Prototype Career Service (good people and advice, dull and clunky website).

Since it got above 90 degrees in the house, something dramatic needed to be done. When the going gets tough, the tough go to the beach.

Morning Brew
Kim clued me in to the excellent blog of another Porkus alum, Mully410 Critical Blog. Way back when, my one-time cube neighbor gave me a booklet with the US Constitution, the Amendments and the Declaration of Independence to enhance our periodic conversations about the Second Amendment. Mully, I still have the booklet in my living room bookcase.
The log is devoted to critical thinking. I wish back then I had access to his February 6, 2009 post about how to argue with him -- I might have been able to wrestle one of those gun control arguments to a draw instead of being trounced all the time. (Corsair, you may may chortle with glee at some of Mully's posts.) The nature photography is breathtaking. Check out his Yellowstone pictures. And on this topic, Mully's photography will be on display this weekend as part of a unique and worthy fundraising event to benefit an innovative program for the children of inner city Minneapolis:

Please join me at the Minneapolis Hilton Garden Inn this weekend to raise
money to help inner-city kids learn photography. I'll be showing 8 of my fine
art photography prints along with about 30 other artists and hundreds of their
works. 20% of the sales go to help this wonderful program our club is doing with Urban Ventures. http://lnkd.in/rp8XF9

I walked past a coffee shop that had outdoor tables with umbrellas. Two very pretty young women were sitting at one table. They were dressed for summer with shorts, tank tops, and fashionable sunglasses. They seemed to be engaged in an animated discussion, though one or the other of them would periodically intently scan the parking lot. I thought to myself what a glorious day they must be having to be young and beautiful and sitting outside on a breathtaking summer day apparently waiting for a friend to drive up. As I passed them, I was surprised to hear a snippet of their conversation. "I spy with my little eye ..."

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