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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
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question for those who know about the hiring process

At what point in the hiring process is a background check done?

Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Jul 26, 2015, 02:34 PM (16 replies)

I think my meds have fried my brain. Your experience?

I can't sustain a thought for more than a couple of seconds, can't concentrate on anything. My short-term memory is crap. Just crap. And just now I'm doing my budget and I have to go over every number several times to try to convince myself that it's right, and I'm still not convinced. And I'm using a spreadsheet.

I have taken four psych drugs for about six years.* They work fantastically well. There's been one slight change in all that time that didn't throw me off balance. We've made four other attempts through the years that proved disastrous. Although my psychiatrist and I talk about it on every visit, and she wants very badly to get me off of at least one of these, I don't see a future in getting off any of them.

I can't help but think it is the meds that have fried my brain. Of course I could be wrong - but how to tell? I'm all beshit and forty miles from water.

What's been your experience with meds/brain function?

* I've taken meds for depression for about 30 years
Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Jul 26, 2015, 12:31 PM (10 replies)

What do you listen to? Looking for Music. Esp. Pandora users.

I am trying to expand my mind (yes, I already have some acid rock) and heart and listening library. Maybe you can help!

Pandora users: will you please tell me what channels you listen to, and what genres they play?

Others: will you please tell me what you listen to?

Also, I'd be interested in podcasts, if you have any you'd care to mention.

Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue Jul 21, 2015, 10:30 PM (7 replies)

The thing about how someone on welfare can have nice things

I need to find this for a discussion I'm in on FB.

It's written in the first person. About how her cell phone is an annual xmas gift from her father, her kids' toys are gifts, etc.

If you know what I'm talking about, do you know where to find it?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Fri Jul 10, 2015, 10:42 PM (1 replies)

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.

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?

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)
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