Friday I had an interview with a large insurance company in Columbus. Actually, I had 2. I went there to interview for a firewall job and once I was done with that the recruiter pulled me into another interview for a route/switch job. In the first interview, there were 5 guys in there. 4 of them actually spoke to me and 1 just sat in a corner typing away on his laptop. I don't know why, but that made me really nervous. Now, I NEVER get nervous around people, it's just not in me to do so, but this time I got real shaken up. And it hurt me in the next interview.
I was completely honest with the people in the first interview. If I didn't know a question, I told them I didn't know the answer and how I would find the answer. In the second interview though, I drew a complete blank mind. I didn't remember simple trunking protocols, something that I should remember from my CCNA. I stumbled over many questions that they asked and most of the stuff was simple things that any CCNA should know, but my mind was clouded. I choked up, I got even more nervous, and I found out this morning that they passed on me. I was told that I wasn't strong enough to work there.
I haven't heard back from the firewall job yet and I'm hoping that something comes of it. I have been in Ohio for a year and 3 days now and I have worked for a total of 3 weeks. I guess I'm really going to have to hit the books hard and get some of this basic knowledge back to the front of my mind!
Why do Hurricanes only have winds in increments of 5? Do hurricanes not blow at 123 MPH? And why do they have screwed up names. Gustav is actually a Norse name meaning "Staff of the Goths". The Goths were an East Germanic tribe that were some pretty wacked out people. Because of the etymology of the name, they Gothic tribes were designated as "pourers of semen". That was their way of saying they were "mean people". I think it's their way of saying "Gustav is going to screw you". I'm not kidding about this either, check the wiki.
So I'm about to get screwed by some guy named Gustav. Joy. I don't normally swing that way, but this is going to be one of those prison situations. There's not much I'm going to be able to do about it, other than just sit there and take it...
***THIS JUST IN!*** Hurricane Gustav has called my cell phone saying that he found the blog on Google. While I had Gustav on the phone, I was able to do a quick interview with him.
Greg: So Gustav, looks like Cuba took it out of you. Why so weak this morning?
Gustav: Well, you know they have the best cigars in the world in Cuba. I think I smoked a little too many yesterday, so my lungs are a little sore. I'll get a "second wind", so to speak, later on today.
Greg: Ahh, I remember my dad locking me in a closet with a box of cigars when he caught me smoking. They weren't Cohiba's though. Now, you're forcast to come visit me here in Houma, LA sometime tomorrow. Why have you decided on Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes for your landfall?
Gustav: I like good food and I hear you guys have the best. It has to be better than that tourist crap they serve in New Orleans.
Greg: You heard right; we do have the best. Do you realize that by making landfall in this area, you are going to affect about 15% of the US oil supply. Why do you want to drive up gas prices?
Gustav: I saw T. Boone Pickens' commercials and I like his idea. I'm just trying to lend a helping hand to make sure that gets off the ground. After all, I'm all about wind and he seems to be pretty sure that wind will save you pathetic creatures from your oil crisis.
Greg: Don't you think "pathetic creatures" is a little harsh?
Gustav: Not at all. I'm coming to teach you creatures not to mess with my mom.
Greg: Your mom? And who would that be?
Gustav: Mother Nature, dumbass.
Greg: Well Gustav, thanks for the call. Any parting words to the people of Houma before you go?
Gustav: Yeah. Take the shrimp out of your freezer and leave it in the front yard. I'm hungry.
Greg: Thanks Gustav. I'll see you tomorrow.
There you have it folks. Straight from the horse's mouth. He's hungry and he likes good food, so get a roux going on the stove and get some good food ready. This is going to be a rough ride.