Tuesday, April 03, 2018

It was all a dream.


I had this dream I was on a remote island in the Caribbean. I lived in an area where the homes were on stilts due to the streets flooding when it rains. The view from the window of my home was the ocean. In the distance, there were mountainous boulders. I wanted to take pictures, but I didn't bring the DSLR. So, I pulled out my phone. The screen was fogged out. I tried to open Foursquare to check in, it didn't work. I left the premises for a closer view of the ocean. I took a walk but decided to turn around after I noticed the flooded streets in the distance.

While on my way back to the house, I spotted a group of people on the opposite the street.  Two women, two girls, and one boy. They had Deep Latin accents but sounded New Orleans based. They were all about my skin tone.  One of the girls called me from a distance. "Hey Book! Can you let Jaren know that we have practice early tomorrow?" I responded back, "Yeah!" (I'm unaware who Jaren is.)

When I made it home, Jaren's in the front room playing video games with a few others. (I didn't see Jaren's face, only his back, and side) We were there talking about marching band. There was a knock at the door. It was the girls that asked about Jaren. So, I called him to the door. "Jaren, you have friends at the door. Go get your horn."
Jaren replies, "Alright Dad!"


He walked out of the door, Thunder Struck, it began to rain. I looked at the faces of everybody in the room. Only one of the faces were familiar, A woman. (I won't say who.) I Looked out the window. It fogged up.

I Woke Up.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Doing This Resume Got Interesting

I was up All night filling out this resume at Louisiana Works HiRE page.
The Automated Service portion helped me choose fields of expertise. It also forced me to realize how my education does not reflect anything I've ever done. The job titles merely describe what I was hired to do, but They don't reflect the positions I've held.

I've taken part in a lot of things adapting roles for free, but I'm not officially qualified to do any of the jobs I've ever done. I have no degrees. Yeah, That's my fault though. My lack of education can't be justified. being unemployed so long can't be justified either. Though I've volunteered many places. I haven't been in a paid situation in years. My talents have granted me random opportunities to freelance.

The Reasons I haven't worked. 
I fear injury. I have had problems with my spine since forever, there are things I can't legally do. So I haven't disclosed that information in my resume. I'm not clinically disabled nor medically handicapped. (Same thing, right?) I have yet to visit a doctor to determine my medical status. Though I had surgery on my lower back in 2003, I still live in pain.

My Skills don't reflect My Education.
Most of the things I've done were all granted to me for the things I've shown that I can do. Yet I have no track record of employment nor in the education field that says I can officially take on the job. I'm a college drop out still paying back what I owe. 

I Told the Truth on my Resume
Yet I'm not prepared. That's my downfall. I'm talented. That's all I can offer is what I can do. Without direct and consistent proof, nobody will hire me. Volunteerism helps, but It's not compensation. 

I just wanna be free!
- Book

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

The Strong Black Woman

The Myth of the Strong Black Woman is hand in hand with the Reality of the woman who proclaims the title.Be You. Never overwhelm yourself with stress in an attempt to conquer all. It doesn't work that way. It's all expectation based on a perception you created for yourself. The truth is, you are strong. We all cry sometimes.We all hurt sometimes, but we can't be everything for everybody. We're only Human. It's a Complex.

These are my thoughts based on a video I saw via facebook. (below)

Friday, February 09, 2018

West Jeff vs Helen Cox - Muses 2018

I Have Returned!!!!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Digital Overload: I'm featured on Mozilla's IRL Podcast!

Today my story airs on Mozilla's IRL Podcast hosted by Veronica Belmont.

Digital Overload: A hurricane Katrina survivor recalls how a post-disaster internet binge helped him recover.

This is episode 2 of the podcast: You can listen to it at the link below

More about this episode: 
  • Meighan, Melissa, Marg, and Tariq take our No Smartphone Challenge. Who wins? Who fails? Who gets almost killed playing Fruit Ninja while crossing the street?
  • Max checks into a clinic to deal with his Internet Addiction
  • Nir Eyal explains how our apps are designed to be irresistible
  • Slate's Heather Schwedel has had it with sanctimonious celebrity internet sabbaticals.

I'm happy about it. I hope all my readers check it out. I'll be honest. I was nervous. Though I love to talk, I tend to freeze up when answering questions.

- Book