Friday Musings 08/21/2009

By lex, on August 21st, 2009

This is one of those days when I don’t have anything to say, so I’ll go ahead and say it anyway:

Up early this morning, and down to the NAVNET (naval networking) breakfast in Mission Valley. The breakfasts start at 0700, and I hadn’t been to one since I experimentally dipped my toe in the water last year, before I retired. The notion is that there are a lot of folks looking for jobs, and a lot of folks who have them. Hiring inside the gene pool you know is not a bad way to go. And with unemployment running nearly 12% here in California, a little networking can’t be a bad thing.

I went to hire somebody to replace a co-worker who had gone over to the government dark side. We got a couple of eager nibbles, and I have to tell you that – even given all the aggravations that go along with work – it was better to be supplicee than supplicant. Young officers leaving the service with bright eyes, good ideas and slim resumes. Older fellows that admit quite frankly that they’re “between things.” One even went so far as to say that he was unemployed. “In transition” is, I believe the word of art. “Unemployed” has such a weighty connotation. I wonder how long you have to be “in transition” before you ‘fess up to being unemployed.

My company prolly isn’t big enough yet, but I couldn’t help thinking that it’d be neat to have an internship program. Charge the government a half man-year, bill four hours a day of scut work and spend the other four hours getting up to speed on the acquisition, systems engineering and program management courses. After six months or a year you’ve got yourself some real human capital, familiar with the play book and the players, ready to hit the ground running.

But what do I know?

An ugly Friday, compared to all the rest of them. Brought unwelcome news about a program slide, dependencies not under our control having shaped our destiny. All you can do is present the facts unemotionally, recommend courses of action, enumerate the risks. So that’s what I did.

It’s kind of like briefing and debriefing a four-ship air superiority sweep. Without the flying part.

Even Peter Pan grew up, I believe.

Spent the late afternoon looking at more resumes. You can put all the job requirements against a position you’d like, people will send you “fleet” bullets that really don’t much apply. It seems like obvious advice, but here it is to mah bruthas and sisters in khaki: Decide what you want to do, where you want to do it. Then prepare yourself.

It’s competitive out here too.

SDA Kate has the gouge on a old idea whose time has apparently come ’round again:

Last year, bureaucrats at the VA’s National Center for Ethics in Health Care advocated a 52-page end-of-life planning document, “Your Life, Your Choices.” It was first published in 1997 and later promoted as the VA’s preferred living will throughout its vast network of hospitals and nursing homes. After the Bush White House took a look at how this document was treating complex health and moral issues, the VA suspended its use. Unfortunately, under President Obama, the VA has now resuscitated “Your Life, Your Choices.”

Your life, your choices. Our guy in the white coat.

Thanks for your service.

Oh, and while we’re on the topic of white coats do at least follow the Charles Krauthammer** link. Say what you’d like about his politics, the doctor knows something about living with a burden.

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If you can’t get beer (see also, General Order Number One), you might as well get some caffeine in you, sojer.

Remember this?


It’s closer than you think.

Now if they could just get busy on those light sabers for liberty in Hong Kong, we’ll be good to go.

Well, it’s been a ruther hellish day, so I’m taking the rest of it off, maybe.

Hope y’all have a great weekend.

* 09-09-2018 Links Gone; no replacements found – Ed.

** 09-09-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.

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