Posts Tagged ‘Business’

Anyone know Mark Bennett?

March 6, 2011 Leave a comment
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It has been 22 years since I saw him sitting against my wall, in my unfurnsihed apartment.

We were good friends, but the then of my life, was not so friendly. Heck, the when of my life wasn’t so friendly either.

If you know him, tell him the one who gave him the scar and fell out of his car says hello. Tell him to”‘look at me, Jimmy C’ and tell him to drop a line here at garyrambles.

Sometimes the old saying of you can never go home is true , but we still fight our way, trying.


Unemployment and Network Marketing

February 3, 2011 Leave a comment
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GET RICH! GET RICH QUICK!! Oil salesmen, potions and Sham Wow. Everyone thinks that they have the inside track to wealth. There are bits of logic to each pitch, but what they fail to address is what happenes when you run out of people? What if I am stuck with inventory that I don’t need, can’t move? What if my family throws me from a moving train? Why does the graas appear greener on the other side?

I am not mocking MLM, but the amount of it that is out there, preying on people’s greed is enormous. In fact, I know of some amazing products offered only through MLM which is sometimes, the cost of doing business.

So what brings up MLM in today’s blog? Simply, I responded to an online ad looking for a salesman to help expanding into local market. It was not what I thought it would be. Although, I did watch the promotional video and am…intrigued by the idea of this particular MLM. Do I believe I would get rich quick? No, that is for suckers and I didn’t fall of the turnip truck yesterday. ( It was in fact, the day before)

The unemployed I think are particularly vulnerable. Bills come and they come, stacked higher and higher. A drowning man will reach for a stone if you throw it to him.

Unemployment and the magic jack beanstalk.

December 14, 2010 8 comments
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Okay, there is no “magic jack beanstalk” but there is still the issue of unemployment. Tying my shoes, making calls. Calls to friends and family although I haven’t heard back from some (ok, one family member and you know who you are) and many of my FaceBook friends have remained,mute. Maybe I will have better luck contacting the starving children in Bangladesh that I talk about so often at suppertime.

I was even informed, that I could not use Jesus as a personal reference. What gives? Sure, He died for me on a cross made of wood and wire, but too busy to take a call from a prospective employer to give me a reference?

To those that have asked for my resume, I salute you. I humbly thank you that yes, you actually care about me. Not just about some of the silliness that I post, but that somewhere, I register on your radar. (And you know who YOU ARE!) Does unemployment automatically make one a pariah? Did I develop leprosy that no one cared to tell me about? Do my feet smell that bad?

My job coach/close friend has suggested that I start calling everyone that I know. And I am. I am going to call, and call until I can’t call no more. or until I get a job, whatever comes first. So maybe you know someone with a small project they can’t get off their desk” or ” if you know of any small business owners who need help with XXX so they can concentrate on their business/sales (whatever)” tell them about my plight, about my sacred madness!

Update: The one interview that I did have so far has garnered no call back so I assume that I did not get the job. I guess that I shouldn’t complain too loudly, but man! I washed my hair and put on nice pants and brushed my teeth! For what?

Cover me! I am going in!

December 7, 2010 2 comments
Wardrobe remix: Job interview

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A few hours away from my 1st job interview in almost 10 years. If I said I wasn’t a tad nervous, I would be lying.

Unemployment has many downs, but the ups are good. Getting called in for an interview is a good thing. Boosts the self esteem immediately and for those of us who believe in a higher power than ourselves, also gives us time to give heart felt thanks.

What is working on the outside like? I have been working from home for so long I think I have forgotten the basics. Can I wear pajamas? Is there coffee provided? Do you get recess? Can I wear slippers?

And then there is the sound advice from all of your friends that are working. Do this, don’t do that during your interview. Look at the person in the eye. Do not pass wind. Rules and more rules! Where did they all come from? I remember just starting out in Saskatoon at Smitty’s Restaurant where the interview was this: “Can you wash dishes?”


“You start Monday.”

Simpler times. Kinder times. Washing dishes was a noble job. My first paycheck was $47.10. My next paycheck went to rent. Sure I was 14/15 at the time, but rent ain’t free! And here it is, 30 years later and mortgages aren’t free either.