Published on October 24 2006

One of the requirements for class this week was to take a "job aptitude" test. Considering I've been in more or less one career for a veryveryvery long time, I thought it might be interesting to see what I *should* be doing with my life!! I clipped a lot out of the approximately 15-PAGE report. (It took me longer to read the report than it did to actually take the test--and I'm a speedreader!)
Overall, your responses to the statements in the assessment instrument reveal you to be a Goal Oriented Thinker - A Team Strategist. Your overall ratings reveal you to be a self directed person, and this is a very important characteristic of a high achiever. You like to accomplish things on your own. You are more likely to be an independent, rather than a team oriented achiever. You prefer work settings that enable you to be a self empowered leader rather than a person who needs to be led or closely managed by others. You are generally a highly motivated person who does not need to be "pushed" by others. You are likely to set demanding standards of accomplishment for yourself. As a strategist, you have exceptional gifts for others on your work team as a result of your high technical competence.
Flattery will get you everywhere! Self-directed!! Self Empowered!! Highly Motivated!! Exceptional Gifts!! Technically Competent!! Who are they talking about!!
You tend to have a higher need to take charge of situations than most others. This is an essential characteristic of leadership, but is often found among those who tend to like to influence others and seek positions in management. This is clearly an asset that you bring to the organization-the ability to focus on what needs to be done so that it will be done right. High scores in this area would likely make you a born trouble-shooter, being able to work through crises with relative ease when compared to others. Some may see you as a risk taker, too, but this may not be how you see yourself.
Shooting trouble is my *favorite* activity, so they got that part right! :D
Your interests in working with data are higher than most others. This is a potential strength that you might want to leverage for yourself, as you are probably more likely to master subjects that rely on data analysis than most others. On every work team there is a need for someone who works well with data, budgets, financial statements, administrative records and the like.
They obviously haven't seen the state of my checkbook. Or my desk. But this last part was the part that truly hurt, considering I RUN AN UMPTY-HUNDRED MILLION DOLLAR MACHINE FOR A LIVING!
Please do not even think about a career working with mechanical things! You do not like this part of work and, even worse, you probably make things worse rather than better when you try. Every now and then there comes along a person who has a knack for trying to fix things and in doing so, makes things worse, rather than better. Look in the mirror and you might see who we are talking about. A tip: Stick with what you like to do. Do not even 'think' about trying to fix those gadgets that are not working.
Ouch. >:P

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Published on October 23 2006

It's kinda fun, having a cameraphone. (Yeah, yeah, I know....but I'm just barely into the 90's here, let alone the twenty-first century. Give me a break for being slow.) I lug the phone around everywhere anyway, trying to decide if I'm ready to completely drop the landline. (Yes.) So it's fun to be able to just whip out my phone for a picture. Too bad they aren't the best quality. Yes. Snow *is* falling out of this cloud. stormcloud.jpg I thought this guy must be nuts--at 36 degrees, it was awful cold out there for fishing. He probably thought the same thing about me and my bicycle, though. fisherman.jpg

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Published on October 22 2006

If I use the married name...

HowManyOfMe.com
LogoThere are:
12
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

But if I use the maiden-once-again-to-be-last?-name....

HowManyOfMe.com
LogoThere is:
1
person with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Yep. One of a kind in more ways than one, lol. Of course, that may be due to the fact that there are probably 12 people in the country with that particular last name!

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Published on October 21 2006

You'd think we were at Faber College...where KNOWLEDGE IS GOOD "Who dropped a whole truckload of fizzies into the swim meet? Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner? Every Halloween, the trees are filled with underwear. Every spring, the toilets explode." bra (Small).jpg
Ya never know *what* you're going to see along the trail. 'Scuse the lousy cameraphone pic. No, I didn't check to see if it was my size.

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Published on October 21 2006

....and his name is Kennedy. Isn't this sorta "aiding the enemy"? KGB Letter Outlines Sen. Kennedy's Overtures to Soviets, Prof Says -- 10/20/2006
In his book, which came out this week, Kengor focuses on a KGB letter written at the height of the Cold War that shows that Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) offered to assist Soviet leaders in formulating a public relations strategy to counter President Reagan's foreign policy and to complicate his re-election efforts. The letter, dated May 14, 1983, was sent from the head of the KGB to Yuri Andropov, who was then General Secretary of the Soviet Union's Communist Party. In his letter, KGB head Viktor Chebrikov offered Andropov his interpretation of Kennedy's offer. Former U.S. Sen. John Tunney (D-Calif.) had traveled to Moscow on behalf of Kennedy to seek out a partnership with Andropov and other Soviet officials, Kengor claims in his book.

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Published on October 20 2006

Ford set to produce last Taurus - Yahoo! News
DEARBORN, Mich. - Sometime next week, the assembly line at a Ford plant near Atlanta will come to a halt, signaling the end of a family sedan so revolutionary that its 1985 debut changed forever the way cars look, feel and drive. Say goodbye to the Taurus.
Anybody wanna buy a black stealth Tortoise? That no-hubcap look protects you from radar guns, and the dent in the door only adds to the mystique. And with the "WMD***" license plates, you too could own your very own Weapon of Mass Destruction!!

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Published on October 19 2006

What happened to my party? What the hell happened to them? FrontPage magazine.com :: The Coming Impeachment by Rocco DiPippo
The ploy of leveling serious, unfounded charges against one's political opponents has served the Democratic Party well in the past. It is the ideal one to effect a quick U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-NY, who will head the powerful House Ways and Means Committee upon a Democratic Party victory in November, has hinted that de-funding the Iraq war will be both his and the Democratic Party's priority. To Rangel, de-funding the war is a moral imperative. “[The Iraq war] is the biggest fraud ever committed on the people of this country…This is just as bad as the 6 million Jews being killed,” he has said.

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Published on October 16 2006

Chávez's U.N. Moment - washingtonpost.com
In other words, as Chile's president sees it, it's better to support a budding autocrat who promises to defend Iran's nuclear program on the Security Council, and may threaten her own country's security, than to be seen as close to Chile's largest trading partner and strategic arms supplier at a time when it is trying to use the Security Council to stop Iran (and North Korea) from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Michelle, hon, it's not that tough a decision.
Chile will abstain from Monday's vote, presidential spokesman Ricardo Lagos Weber said Sunday. He said President Michelle Bachelet decided not to support either candidate.
Or maybe it was.

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Published on October 15 2006

This week October 16 through October 22 Libra You are still working hard, but after the events of last week you may be just as confused as ever. This week you seem determined to sort it all out and to create a definite plan. The Sun sextiles Saturn on Monday, so the advice of friends may come in very useful. Their experiences with certain issues that you are facing may help you to understand what you need to do next. Tuesday brings some introspection of a more intense kind as you try to communicate with someone over an issue that needs healing.
Okay, all you friends out there. What's your advice? And could somebody please explain to me what "sextiling" is? It sounds like a porn movie featuring guys with trowels, ceramic tiles and plumbers' butt!

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Published on October 15 2006

...was sent by buddy Barb. I wonder if it's a coincidence that her new Pomeranian puppy is named "Snowball"? snowball.bmp

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