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Bertha Venation

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Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Current location: Charles County, MD
Member since: Wed Oct 15, 2003, 09:30 PM
Number of posts: 21,323

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An employment question

I have an interview tomorrow, a 40-hr-per-week position with the state's attorney's office. This was advertised as a part-time position. A day after we arranged the interview, the office's HR rep called me to say, "did I tell you that this position is 8:00 - 4:30, but with no benefits?" At the time I didn't think about it. I said, "no, but that's fine."

At first I thought, no insurance. That's fine; I'm on my wife's insurance and wasn't going to use my employer's anyway. But then I realized, this is a government job. I ought to have a state pension.

What do you think?

I dunno. If I get the job, I'm not going to fight it. I need the job. But I am going to keep my ears open for other opportunities there.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Wed Jun 17, 2015, 10:00 PM (12 replies)

What is your opinion of Linked-In?

I'm trying to decide whether having a profile on that site will help or hinder (or neither) my job search.

Opinions?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Mon Jun 15, 2015, 03:01 PM (4 replies)

CAMPERS: A Towel Question - What Do You Use?

Hi, me again, first-time camper this August!

I'm reading about microfiber ultra compact fast-drying towels. I've also talked to some campers who just use regular bath towels.

What do you use when you go camping?

Thanks!
Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Jun 7, 2015, 07:06 PM (30 replies)

A question for English grammar geeks

Here's a segment of a sentence in an article I just read:

"he wished someone would have told him"

Should this ought not to be

he wished someone had told him

??

Thank you.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue Jun 2, 2015, 02:40 PM (4 replies)

With whom was your first kiss? But not *just* your first kiss . . .

The first kiss that did something for you, that turned you on.

My first kiss was with a boy, Gregg Burgess. I like him because he was a musician. I liked his company. But he wanted more than company, and after seeing "Alien," we sat in his car and necked. I was very uncomfortable with it, but didn't think to put a stop to it.

But my first kiss that made my parts shout, "hey! Hey, we're down here! Make something happen!" was with a woman, Karen Reid, and she became my first lover. In the dorm at Los Angeles Baptist College. I love that part of the story.

Please, if you like, tell your tale.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue Jun 2, 2015, 11:53 AM (11 replies)

Camping Questions - Follow Up

Here is what I've learned of the event.

It is held each year on private land in northeast Connecticut. The campsite is near the parking lot.

I'm told the temp is around 70s-80s during the day and the 50s at night.

There is running water, but I don't know about sinks. There are no showers or toilets (save for a port-a-potty).

I don't know if there's a grocery nearby. However, someone will make a daily ice run, so basics must be nearby.

The camp is for five days (four nights).

I failed to ask today if there's electricity. I'll find out tomorrow. I also have to ask if there's cell reception. I sincerely doubt it.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Thu May 28, 2015, 02:44 AM (2 replies)

Camping Questions

Hi. I'll be going camping for the first time in August.

Can you recommend a good and inexpensive (oxymoron?) 4-man tent? What is the best source for tents?

Do I need a sleeping pad if I have a cot?

There will be communal dinners, but I don't know anything about camp cooking. I'll probably take a cooler full of sandwiches for myself. But if I should need to contribute, what should I take to make and share? What's easy but good? And what kinds of pots & pans & utensils will I need? And how will I boil water for tea? Gotta have my tea.

I am looking up answers to these questions as well as posting here. If you can offer any advice besides answers to my questions, I'd welcome it.

Thanks!

Cross-posted to Outdoors
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue May 26, 2015, 09:46 PM (42 replies)

Camping Questions

Hi. I'll be going camping for the first time in August.

Can you recommend a good and inexpensive (oxymoron?) 4-man tent? What is the best source for tents?

Do I need a sleeping pad if I have a cot?

There will be communal dinners, but I don't know anything about camp cooking. I'll probably take a cooler full of sandwiches for myself. But if I should need to contribute, what should I take to make and share? What's easy but good? And what kinds of pots & pans & utensils will I need? And how will I boil water for tea? Gotta have my tea.

I am looking up answers to these questions as well as posting here. If you can offer any advice besides answers to my questions, I'd welcome it.

Thanks!

Cross-posted to the Lounge
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue May 26, 2015, 09:44 PM (27 replies)

Welfare fraud discussion w/ RW'er on FB: "a lot more than gov't stats show"

This is what Lena said in response to a statistic I linked to (8.1% fraud in improper welfare payments in 2013): "There are the legitimate needy and there are abusers, a lot more than the Gov. statistics show. I worked for the Fed. Government so I know a little about waste, fraud and abuse. Let it go."

Let it go? Let it go? Oh, I don't think so. Now I'm pissed.

Off to surf for more stats. Meantime, anyone have any handy links at their fingertips?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Wed May 20, 2015, 10:25 AM (2 replies)

My wife sees a therapist for (not revealing confidentialities)

She is learning how to live with, to deal with, someone with borderline personality disorder.

Me.

This is a new diagnosis. It goes with major depression, generalized anxiety, and bipolar II. I take four psych drugs.

Now borderline personality disorder. Even though I've read a lot about it, I don't really understand it. Anyone else with this particular affliction?

I really feel bad for my wife. She didn't know what she was signing on for 15 years ago.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue May 19, 2015, 10:45 PM (8 replies)
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