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Pigeons and Whisky

15 Jul

Today I got to talk about books and not just to myself like normal but to a potential employer.  My task for the interview was to talk for ten minutes on something that I am passionate about so it was a no brainer really.   I did however go a little ‘army general’ on the whole thing, there was excessive planning, moustache twiddling, arrows drawn all over the place, words forming their own salients at key strategic points and a definite plan to hide at least twenty miles behind the front lines, if possible.

Then like a mad scientist I distilled the whole thing down to a some headers, few big words and some bullet points to make it look something approaching professional and then I predictably ignored all the planning and just chatted away like a happy Gannet.  I even managed to use a glass of water as an example before backing myself into a corner with such a ludicrous analogy and dismissing it in such a subtle way that you could see it from outer space.

Ten minutes are a long time to talk about anything when you think about it and there is only so much judicious repeating that any oration can withstand before it just becomes a satire of itself, but I pulled it off, I think.  It was only afterwards, reflecting at my choice of ties that I realised a huge amount of what I said was about you bloggers who have long been encouraging me to see the finer things in life and experiment with language.

It is something I never expected when this blog started, in fact I thought it would be a huge vaulted forum where my voice reverberated unto myself and the obligatory pigeons that always manage to get into these places.  Surely that is the greatest enigma of life well that and what happened to accessible board games…so if I get this job a big thank you to you all for stimulating me in all that I do and if I fail…well you owe me a commiseration drink.

 

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52 responses to “Pigeons and Whisky

  1. N@ncy

    15/07/2014 at 20:20

    As Yoda says….one does not fail “Try not. Do or do not… there is no try.” . Good luck with the job interview!

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    • Ste J

      15/07/2014 at 20:23

      I think it went well, so now I have the long wait of a week to find out if I am successful. I shall fill it with looking at amusing philosophy memes, surely what the internet was created for.

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  2. shadowoperator

    15/07/2014 at 20:41

    Hey, I think you deserve a drink in any case. Will a virtual drink do?

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    • Ste J

      15/07/2014 at 20:42

      That will do nicely and also allow me to end the night with some dignity, which of course I usually do.

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  3. Al

    15/07/2014 at 20:44

    So if you fail, we owe you a drink. If you get it, then you owe us a drink? I suppose that could become very costly unless you decide to give us all a drink from our own taps 😉

    Let’s hope you get it. I used to be a bingo caller so had to stand in front of people, and when the machines went down, we had to talk about anything. Trying to keep people smiling when they are between the ages of 18 and 1018 can be murder, so I know how shaky you would have been. Good luck with it

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    • Ste J

      15/07/2014 at 20:48

      I would gladly pay for a bloggers drinking sessions were I to be the lucky winner of the job! I can imagine the nightmare of all those people…one is bad enough but such a diverse group of people must have been traumatic. I did apply for a bingo job a while back, lucky escape methinks!

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      • cricketmuse

        15/07/2014 at 20:59

        Well let’s think good thoughts and we’ll be waiting for the good news!

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        • Ste J

          16/07/2014 at 13:02

          I feel your positive vibes coming at me and will channel that into Big Plans for the future.

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      • Al

        15/07/2014 at 22:03

        It was. I had the job in 1990

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    • gargoylebruce

      16/07/2014 at 01:01

      A bingo caller! My dream job…I’m envious 🙂

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      • Al

        16/07/2014 at 14:40

        😀 I had to stop when my number was up

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        • gargoylebruce

          17/07/2014 at 05:17

          Hahaaaa! I see what you did there! 😀

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          • Al

            17/07/2014 at 18:11

            😛 It was my calling

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            • gargoylebruce

              18/07/2014 at 01:46

              Stop it – I’m getting a stomach cramp from mirth!

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              • Al

                21/07/2014 at 14:59

                I didn’t have the balls for it any more

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                • gargoylebruce

                  22/07/2014 at 03:52

                  Bingo!

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                  • Al

                    22/07/2014 at 18:46

                    Tat’s notta lotto words

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                    • gargoylebruce

                      22/07/2014 at 23:13

                      Right. That’s it. I name you punmaster.

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                    • Al

                      23/07/2014 at 15:30

                      It’s my special tea. Did any make you laugh? No pun in ten did.

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  4. Morgan

    15/07/2014 at 21:30

    Many Many Good Thoughts and waves of positive energy in your now seemingly interminable wait. Hopefully, it shall not be terribly long (though its generally longer than you ever wish ) and, thinking Positively, Congratulations on Being Accepted 🙂 Im not sure what said job is, but Im sure they will be lucky to have you a midst their team!

    As far as the drink goes, I already owe you one (or six) so…. 😉

    Best of Luck, Friend, with all Seriousness 🙂

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    • Ste J

      16/07/2014 at 12:54

      No doubt I will collect on my amassed drinking bonanza when you least expect, being such a phantasm of prediction.

      There are indeed positives to cling to, it gives me chance to read and write in the meantime and do stuff that I wish to do or needs doing…with any look I will have a job soon and will be able to buy a book as celebration. Waiting is good, even for Godot!

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      • Morgan

        16/07/2014 at 13:42

        We are Paradoxical Creatures, aren’t we? When we have a job, we wish we hadn’t, and when we hadn’t we wish we did.

        This goes for drinks as well, interestingly 😉

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        • Ste J

          16/07/2014 at 13:59

          Haha! But never books…

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          • Morgan

            16/07/2014 at 14:55

            No we simply cant have enough of those 🙂

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  5. writersideup

    16/07/2014 at 00:16

    I haven’t been around here very long, so can’t take credit for the content of any of your “banter,” but GOOD LUCK WITH THE JOB! 😀 😀 😀

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    • Ste J

      16/07/2014 at 12:56

      You have done your fair share to brighten up the place since your arrival so I do indeed include you. Good luck always strikes me as a relative term but I accept it like a greedy kid for sugar!

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      • writersideup

        16/07/2014 at 13:20

        Ste J, you’re too kind 😀 Still…here’s hoping the right job comes along! 😀

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  6. gargoylebruce

    16/07/2014 at 01:01

    I’m trying to imagine what sort of job would require you to jump through such interview-orial hoops….

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    • Ste J

      16/07/2014 at 12:57

      It is for a telephonic retail employer and to show how suitable for the role I was, I had a bath and everything!

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      • gargoylebruce

        17/07/2014 at 05:17

        Aha! So you can confuse people with your tricksy plans and payment schemes. You’re clearly the man for the job 🙂

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        • Ste J

          17/07/2014 at 17:46

          Nothing tricksy about me, I put the Ste in honesty!

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  7. RoSy

    16/07/2014 at 02:09

    Oh the wait…

    They will hire you if they know what’s good for them. 😉
    Cheers!

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    • Ste J

      16/07/2014 at 12:58

      I think I could employ you as one of my heavies…you could threaten people on my behalf. I have always been a little intimidated by you but in a good way, hehe.

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      • RoSy

        16/07/2014 at 16:21

        LOL – I got yo’ back SteJ! 😉

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  8. Lyn

    16/07/2014 at 03:26

    Here, have a pint |_D just for having the courage to stand up and do it (I couldn’t have done so) 😀

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    • Ste J

      16/07/2014 at 13:00

      All pints are welcome all of the time, it was alright when I got going, it’s always the beginning that gets me. You know the thing when your mind goes to thoughts like ‘apart from humans,why do only some species of crocodile eat sloth?’, things like that always intrigue me at the worst of times.

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      • Lyn

        16/07/2014 at 21:49

        Only some species of crocodile eat sloth are you kiddin’ me? Who needs a university education when you have Ste J 😀

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        • Ste J

          17/07/2014 at 17:40

          I do love my random and pointless facts, if nothing else I come across as smart sometimes, like when the crossword at the pub was asking for the genus of the snow leopard and I came out with Uncia Uncia and was right. I milked that one for months.

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  9. Love, Life & Whatever

    16/07/2014 at 05:41

    I liked the symbolism….wishes for all the good luck

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    • Ste J

      16/07/2014 at 13:00

      I thank you, I have so much good luck that I will put some in the bank to use for later on.

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  10. Elizabeth Melton Parsons

    16/07/2014 at 22:47

    Good luck with job and if it doesn’t work out, the drinks are on me. 😉 But if you don’t get it, you shouldn’t think of it as a failure. It’s their loss and just means someone more appreciative of your talents will snap you up.

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    • Ste J

      17/07/2014 at 17:53

      it has been nice to get an interview, most employers just say that if I haven’t heard within 4 weeks then I haven’t got the job. So to get this far is a positive and I have a bunch more applications filled out and am setting my sights higher these days as well. Although i am tempted to fail so I get a free drink because I’m terrible like that.

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  11. LuAnn

    17/07/2014 at 13:14

    Sending many positive thoughts your way Ste J. I cannot imagine that anyone would be more qualified to talk about books than you. Whether you are selected or not, when I catch up with you I would be most happy to buy you a pint! 🙂

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    • Ste J

      17/07/2014 at 17:56

      I tried to be more diffuse in my chatting than usual and not go over all smug with the authors I have read…although I threw in a bunch of philosophy to be on the safe side. I am much appreciative of the thoughts and the pint, I will take you up on both.

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  12. Letizia

    17/07/2014 at 15:18

    How lovely to be able to speak about your passion during a job interview – sounds like a good potential place to work. I know what you mean about the blogging community – a special place indeed!

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    • Ste J

      17/07/2014 at 17:44

      If only the job were about books it would be the perfect fit, but then again I do not want to get all booked out, that would be a travesty.

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  13. readingwithrhythm

    27/07/2014 at 21:18

    What an interesting interview. To just talk passionately? i would have some trouble with that, but i can pull off a really fine soulful look. Hope you get the job! Or got the job, as I seem to be a little behind on my reading.

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    • Ste J

      04/08/2014 at 14:01

      I didn’t get the job but that was okay it wasn’t particularly good hours and there wouldn’t have been much of a challenge either so it’s not a great loss. Soulful looks are good, especially in jazz bars I hear.

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  14. thejerseygal®™

    18/08/2014 at 01:12

    I suppose the British accent won’t make you a stand out in the employment front. Maybe you ought to try getting a job in America and have them sponsor your visa. The accent will do you wonders here.

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    • Ste J

      18/08/2014 at 16:39

      That would be an interesting idea, I have been looking into that somewhat.

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