A Paladin’s Update: I Discuss My New Job and The Near Future.

Yup. It finally happened. I’ve got a job. Let’s talk about it.

Details about the job. It’s a call center tech support position that’s full time. I get phone calls from people and try to get their tech issues solved. I don’t know how much I’m going to love the job but as far as my career is concerned, this will help me immensely. I’m pretty happy that I found a job in five weeks of getting here, that was a little sooner than expected. As some have pointed out, I should have done the move sooner.

I’m starting on May 23rd though it depends on the background check and drug testing and paperwork so….hopefully soon. It’s a somewhat long commute but that’s nothing new to me. I haven’t done all of the numbers yet but I’m very certain I can live on my own for the foreseeable future with this wage.

I can’t say who the company it is. No, it’s not a super-secret corporation. The agreement is that they don’t monitor my social network feeds and I don’t say who I’m working for. You know, I’m…reasonably…ok with this arrangement considering how social media has been these past few years. I can get why companies would want this arrangement. I get the counter-argument to it (infringement of free speech) but at the same time, well, this is probably a good subject for a much longer post. But I do get how complex and sticky this issue is.


The laptop that’s been handling the workload in place of my usual desktop. 

Other Topics

It’s a six year old Dell that I got recently to refurbish but it’s got too many problems to make it worth selling. (Battery is weak and doesn’t stay locked into the machine. Noticed some crashing here and there that I can’t explain. I’m not sure I can sell it and be ok with that ethically). So, I installed Linux Mint on it and brought it to NC with me. It’s been quite the workhorse out here. That attachment to the left is to help keep it cool and considering how cheap it was, it’s doing a very good job. Behind it is my Chromebook but you can’t see it in the photo. The Chromebook is good as an ultra-portable and emergency device in case the bigger one suddenly dies on me. Which I have wondered if it will.

It’s been nearly three years since I left the University of Oregon. Three years since my father passed away. My struggles with depression, self-worth and such have left me wondering if it was even possible for me to get a job again. This trip to North Carolina is one of the biggest risks I’ve ever made in my life. It took quite a bit of convincing when I really should have just done it. But, I’m not going to sit here and deny it, it very easily could have backfired in my face and I’d be sunk with losing several months of work opportunity and not-fun-expenses that I wouldn’t have been in a good position to deal with. But it worked out, thanks to very generous friends (Josh & Amy, thank you) and continued dedication to looking for work out here.

My youngest brother Vance is generously driving my stuff over to me soon. The rest that will be left in Oregon will come over slowly but surely. I’ve already figured out a place to store it all too. Well, temporarily store it till I get my own place.

My job search isn’t going to end but it’s going to drastically slow down. I’ve been at this for three (arguably five) years and I need to get away from it for a while. The slowdown will help me figure out what my next steps are, get some capital under me and get used to North Carolina. I’m having a pretty good time out here, I’ve started making connections and I’m hoping to make even more in the coming months. As far as where I’m living accommodations, we’re still looking around to see what I can find.

So, thanks for dealing with my nonsense for the past few months/years. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for me. I’m not at all concerned about the future of the blog. I think it will manage with a full time job just fine. But, I guess there’s only one way to find out.

Thanks for reading and being supportive. Until next time…


Leave a Reply