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A little less than a happy high
Obi-wan has taught you well, but you are not a techie yet...
My home PC seems to be functioning again. Thanks go out to both Alexes (Alexi?) for your offer/advice. For some reason, it forgot that it was supposed to run startup off the internal hard drive, and I've managed to fix that. I still occasionally freeze at startup at the Windows 98 blue screen, and more often while I’m working online. I’m hoping that these aren’t indicative of some deeper problem, but for all I know, I'm doing the 'puter equivalent of ignoring a brightly glowing "OIL" light on my dash.

I managed to miss registration for the PC management/networking classes that begin next week. I got approval for them in October, but because I've been so distracted and depressed, I dragged my feet on the submission end until the eleventh hour. I'm taking this as a sign that there’s some residual ambivalence over this possibility too. I got excited when these courses came up through Training and Development because I figured that getting an MCSE would make me at least marginally more employable. I think there's still a part of me that isn't entirely sure that making the jump from administrator to techie will put me closer to what I want to be doing. I have registered for the March offering so if I decide that this is something I dp actually want, and my unit has not ceased to exist under the promised "Romnerific" reforms, the option will be there for me.

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, and surely adulthood is upon me.

UPDATE: I nearly forgot to mention - today marks the first day of my paid accountage. No, I've no "Mr. Anonymous" patron. I've just decided that LJ is important enough to me to offer the project some modicum of support. It has also afforded me the opportunity to provide Pablo with a user code. I'll be exploring the new features soon.

Last night I dreamt that I was running errands in a place that looked like Davis Square. Ok, it was the same place, but the placement of everything was as though someone had taken the frame and flipped it over. (For example, in this inverted version of Davis, the Someday was on the other side of Holland Street and LIC vice-versa...) I had to run into Store 24 to grab some milk, and as I was waiting in line to pay, I thought I recognized one of the guys behind the counter. I couldn’t for the life of me remember his name. His coworker kept calling him "Frankie" and at one point asked him how long he was planning on lying low. It wasn’t until I left the store that I realized that it was Joe Pantoliano sporting a full head of shock-blonde hair.

I slapped my forehead for not knowing before I left (for some reason I realized I couldn’t go back in) because he had the exact same facial hair he wore for his role as Cypher in The Matrix.

None of this is particularly odd save for the fact that I only very rarely dream of celebrities, and that I learned this morning that Pantaliano will be staring opposite Rosie Perez in the Broadway revival, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune. (He’s playing Johnny, so it’s not that much of a coincidence.)

So there.

Current Mood: blah blah

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From: uruz Date: January 8th, 2003 10:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Imminent hard drive failure, I'm *guessing*, but it could be something as simple as unplugging and replugging the ribbon cable that goes from the hard drive to the motherboard.

As far as techie stuff, I'm glad you're branching beyond your dreary prison of state work. I will forewarn you, though, that while MCSE might look good on a resume, it does not necessarily make you more employable. What employers dig is varied experience and varied background in employment. MCSE is just icing. I know a lot of people with certs out the yinyang but couldn't solve their way out of a non-textbook problem if it meant their immortal soul.

My recommendation, though, is to take as many classes as you can stomach/afford. A good way to get into the field is to develop a little computer aptitude and find someplace where you can be doing phone support for a major label.

Good luck. :)
riverbank From: riverbank Date: January 8th, 2003 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

2 cents

new experiences are good right? i'm basically in the same position as you right now. bored with work, symptom of bored with life maybe. i'm trying to cure some ills by doing new things, doing things i've forgotten, and doing some group hobbies. the job change will come eventually once i find life interesting again.
take it as a suggestion if you like.
good luck!
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