Thursday, December 28, 2017
So many years here
Dramatic changes flowed past
Much lost with the gains
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Monday, October 30, 2017
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We’re a dynamic and fun team looking to make something really great in the local construction market.
Residential Home Detailer Wanted for Growing Construction Company (Snohomish County)
Compensation: Depending on Abilities
Employment type: Full Time
This person will report to our construction manager
We are looking for a highly motivated, energetic, enthusiastic, and hard-working person to help us maintain our jobsites throughout Snohomish County.
Responsibilities include but not limited to:
- Walkthrough prep for new homeowners
- Complete punch lists
- Follow-up on warranty items
- Pick-up work
- Ability to learn quickly
- Great “can-do” attitude
- Able to follow instruction and meet goals and deadlines
- Well rounded skill level
- Minor Carpentry skills from millwork to framing
- Ability to do drywall repairs, patches, texture & paint
- Some knowledge of landscaping
- Familiar with construction projects
‘Watermelons Are Not Strawberries’ is a work-in-progress, as I continually seek to better understand myself and increase my awareness of how I react to challenges related to my experiences as a mother. The photos reveal to me how uncertain and obscure my life became with motherhood. At the same time, there is an undeniable clarity in how my daughters lead the way for me to follow a brighter path as I journey through my everyday life.
This is my favorite image from this collection. I adore how the girl's dress blends so well with the tree's summer-lit leaves.
Also check out We Are All In This Together, another of her collections.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Friday, September 08, 2017
Below is the 1979 version, which has a more traditional punk vibe (it says something that I can say "traditional" and "punk" without any sense of irony).
This one is from 1981. Not a huge transition, but I notice a less punk style and something that becomes much more recognized as The Cure.
By 1992, we have a clearly distinctive style that is The Cure, and not confusable with anyone else.
Thanks for giving a few minutes of your journey through the vast wasteland that is the internet. Let me know what you think in the comments, and give me a share, if you're so led.
Monday, September 04, 2017
Cool air slowly dissipating
The day's heat
All my house asleep
Though voices drift in
Through the open windows
I should sleep, but know the
Vanity of such endeavors
At least at the moment
So I stare at this screen
Type a poem
Envisioning the coolness
Soon to come
Please come check out more of my poetry at Questionsall.net
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Right now, that means cutting out soda pop and back on sugar. Again. Really, though, tis only a step.
I've often wondered if you could get every nutrient on the USDA list through dietary choices. That would be the PERFECT diet, at one level, at least. And what does that look like?
Could that be done with flavor and culinary appeal? That'd be important, too. So many diets fail because they're exercises in misery.
Important side note: this isn't about weight loss. Rather more energy, physical health, better concentration, and mitigating some health issues due to aging.
Welcome to the middle of the week!
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Summer's moving to fall
Teachers brewing coffee
My wife awake before me
French press timed
Lesson planning and coordination
So much effort this last week
Before school starts
Forget the thermometer
This shows the season's change.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Blogger's sites are pretty clunky, and very limited. And pretty much the whole world of Blogger is managed by Google. No larger ecosystem of themes, plugins, what-have-you to expand the functionality of the sites. Heck, no world changing themes. Heck, even the best are yawn-inducingly dull. And don't get me started on the clunkiness of the Android app (it would be ironic if the Apple Blogger app was more productive, but I digress). It does NOT like uploading images. Most of the time, the app will freeze, then there'll be a uneditable local file on the my phone. And there are times simple text will do the same thing.
Additionally, I love the system that has risen around WordPress. Between countless plugins and themes, one has no problem finding a solution to most any challenge. Real Estate agent wanting to put a listing feed on your sight? Easy! Calendars? Yeah, got that, too. Photo carousels, Mailchimp integration....on and on. No need to manually good for anything except the most outlandish challenges. Now, trust me, I get the desire to solve cool problems. And making sites load a bit faster, and a bit cleaner. But not needing to do much of anything to have a site mobile optimized, as one example, is pretty darn awesome.
I don't want to worry about Google's interest waning. Google huge array of efforts, and their significant lack of attention to Blogger, gives me deep concerns about the platform's long-term viability. Ever since Google launched Google+, I've worried that Blogger would become a backwater, forgotten and unsupported. Or, just as likely, Google abandons it like it did Google Reader.
Anyway, I'm deeply disappointed in myself for not noticing this film before. The trailers, by themselves, are truly beautiful. It has a stellar cast (Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, George Takei, amongst the most luminary), and 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. It's clearly a film that needs to be seen. Just got to figure out where or how that will work out as I doubt it's in the theaters any more (was released last year).
So, enjoy the preview below. Let me know what you think. Especially if you've seen it (no spoilers, por favor).
UPDATE: Kubo is on Netflix!
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Friday, July 28, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Or how many servers are on the Death Star? RAID drives? How much email gets sent daily? What kind of data connection is needed for holographic communications? What about the Rebel Alliance's security chief? I'd be wondering, loudly, why you'd throw someone with as much critical detail regarding the Alliance as Leia into operations with a high likelihood of capture and exposure to, um, enhanced techniques. Imagining Rebel IT. I'm picturing Hoth. When we see Vader enter the base, all the equipment looks rather operational. I would've, at least run some kind of worm that destroys everything. I'd rather pull the hard drives, at bring them with us on the evacuation craft. Or manually destroy them.
So, that's how my brain works...at night, when I'm weary.
Monday, July 24, 2017
A few weeks ago, one of my local grocery stores rebranded. After Safeway and Albertsons merged a few years back, the writing was on the proverbial wall. The Safeway branded store across the street was shuttered. A few months back, I noticed the start of a remodel. While talking with friends there, I was told the store would become a Safeway soon. That's now done.
A few days ago I noticed I felt somewhat sad looking at the sign. Well, the store has been an Albertsons as long as I can remember. Went there with my mom, watched the changes of the area, yet it was there. No longer, though.
Lynnwood, this little suburb north of Seattle, hasn't been as radically transforming as Seattle or the Eastside. Well, until recently. Stalwarts of my childhood have closed, buildings getting torn down, land redeveloped, vacant lots becoming neighborhoods. Housing prices sprinting upwards.
Change. Pretty rapid change, too.
Communities consist of these institutions, and their interactions with our citizens. The uniqueness of Lynnwood morphs, so what will become of the charms we value? I value?.
Defining their value, though, is hard. I see the value to government, and our local business community. I'm a real estate agent and currently work in construction. I get that. Yet I worry that the influx of national chains and steep housing price inflation erode that which makes this community unique. Lynnwood has always been about commerce. But it's also had a place for very one-of-a-kind businesses. Those are the ones vanishing.
So many long-time residents I know feel concerned. Those things that build attachment vanish. What holds us here? At what place do we surrender to inflation and move to someplace more affordable? I guess that's the question at the end of all this.
I don't know, my friends. Just don't know.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
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Friday, July 14, 2017
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Monday, July 03, 2017
Now, I've long struggled with low levels of self-confidence, manifesting as over-thinking, over-analyzing and over-planning. And I'm now thinking that it's manifested as a sense of dissatisfaction with my career.
I've long been an executive/administrative assistant, and the similar roles that flow out of that. And with that a deep-seated "you can be so much more" mentality. Really, though, I've never been dissatisfied with my work, with the things I do, with my contributions. There's something deeper.
Once I thought it might be a displaced sense of gender-roles. Being a guy in a typically female dominated role felt awkward at times. Never externally, no one ever said anything untoward about that to me. No, it's internal.
Anyway, that doesn't seem so real any more. Especially since I've found myself in other roles now, with the same sensibility. So, I think it's deeper.
Then the email. Could it be a lack of self-confidence? That there'd never be a role that took that feeling away? That's a powerful realization. And I believe that's true. Deeply.
So I wonder, what would I do with more self-confidence? My heart-of-hearts says, simply, enjoy life more.
I think that's worthy.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017
This article, over at Huffington Post, provides a different look at race in America.
A lovely, gentle piece exploring a mother's love for her children, both from birth and from adoption. I particularly enjoy the voice she adopted.
Some great lines in there. My favorite: "The hyphen will define us more than the terms themselves...", which tells a big part of the story about race in the United States right now.
I doubt Ms. Iyer thought much about the social experiment she would be opening up. I expect, simply, that she and her husband followed their hearts and opened their homes.
She opened my mind with her writing. I hope the same for you.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Friday, June 09, 2017
I loved this song by Queen, as part of the original Highlander movie. Add The Tenors with Lindsey Stirling and we get brilliance.
The intro gives a Phantom of the Opera dramatic vibe, and the 18th century styling delight me deeply.
So, happy Friday and enjoy this musical treat.
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
For years I adored haiku. That's been a recent focus, perhaps obsession, with me. Finding expression within the confines of such a small form challenges me. Rising and meeting challenges delights me.
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Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Sunday, June 04, 2017
Saturday, June 03, 2017
Friday, June 02, 2017
It's been terribly linear. I've orbited around administrative/secretarial/office manager stuff. Orbited, and sometimes even held those titles.
But it's not been a deliberate effort.
Mostly, my employment has centered around taking advantage of opportunities. I generally consider the growth and development opportunities, long-term viability, and all that sort of stuff. Ironically, once I tend to be in a role, I generally settle in. Not sure that's the best way to live, but that's what tends to happen.
The universe rarely lets that happen.
My main element of deliberation: family. That's what's been important to me. Now, both at Starbucks and at Microsoft, I didn't see how deeply that was. When I left Microsoft and decided I wanted to focus on eliminating my commute. I concentrated on Snohomish County, and was interviewing with Boeing before I was hired with C&K Real Estate as their office manager.
My son has called for me when he's really hurt, or upset, for his whole life. I'm the nurturer in the family. I adore this part of my life and glad it manifested this way.
Yet that's not average...not for a guy.
FYI, I'm good with that...no, I'm great with that. Though I'm starting to consider what I'll do with my life when my son doesn't need me as much, or for so much.
It'll be fascinating to see what comes of all this. It's hard to map it out...ok,actually, impossible to map out. But I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm just now getting that, and embracing it.
Now, that's a good thing.
Check my other writings on Career here.
- Regardless of how one feels about President Trump, Democrats or Republicans, flailing about invectives isn't going to get us anywhere. I know of no one who's change their stance on any issue because some troll called them "idiot" or "snowflake" or "nazi".
- It's quite interesting to me the role that the internet has played in degenerating the stuff talked about in point 1.
- On "Making America Great AGAIN": that's one that I've thought quite a bit about recently. Simply, the MAGA folks seem to look backwards to when "America WAS Great". Progressives look forward to Making America Great FINALLY. Seeing potential, the strengths of diverse communities, economies and cultures. But the distinction between the two mind-sets hit me hard recently.
- Somehow, we need to find a way to embrace dignity in our public discourse. However, I'm totally at a loss about implementing that.
Thursday, June 01, 2017
The judges do, too, as she's a finalist.
Please give her a listen, and, if you're so inclined, a vote!
Save The World One Purchase At A Time: by JoHanna F.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
At one point, my domain CarlSetzer.com pointed to this page (which I ported to a WordPress site).
I'm trying to decide whether to just bring that back to this site, or whether I should point a different domain here.
I own one, ForwardFacing.net that might be a nice fit.
I am trying to streamline my life. Does having a bunch of domains over-complicate things?
What do you think?
We're moving into the middle of the year.
Striking to me.
I know it's a trope
But time seems to pass by
With that, I'm thinking of returning to Blogger, at least for a while. Recapturing my roots, I guess. As well as simplifying things. My life became overfull, with so very much slipping. Quality; so very important to me, failing. Quality and Mr. Pirsig, my main take away from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
Blogger's not as clean as WordPress. There's more work to getting the site just right. I'm curious to see if I can be satisfied.
We shall see!
Friday, May 26, 2017
Saturday, March 04, 2017
It's been one of my favorite 80s tunes since it hit the airwaves way-the-heck-back-in-the-day. Yet it's meaning has evolved. I guess that should be a "no duh", but, there you go.
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