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Taking steps forward in life.

Posted 12-01-2010 at 05:24 PM by lupusarcanus
Updated 12-01-2010 at 05:29 PM by lupusarcanus

I have been pretty depressed lately (i.e. my 'About Me' with ambiguous and negative details), for a lot of reasons. Won't go into that, but this is a positive development.

Yesterday, I applied for a job at Wal-Mart. They had several positions open at two different stores near my location. I am trying for a full-time job, but also signed up for half-time and temporary jobs just to get one. This would be my first job, although being 18 I feel more mentally prepared for it then I was at any point earlier in my life.

Today, I went and signed up for my drivers' permit. Unfortunately, I don't have my birth certificate (I have an 'abstract' or 'short-form', which apparently isn't allowed). They still let me take the written test and I passed it with flying colors. All I need to do is call up my birthplace and get an official copy sent to me, then I can walk right in and get my license! Interesting story; I read the entire manual in 1 1/2 hours the night before. That's the only time I ever looked at one! Though, years of watching my mom drive probably helped tremendously. I've always loved tests. Also, I am one of those rare people that's scared to drive, but at 18 and with certain situational developments, I figured this was a step to take NOW.

Tomorrow, or at the next possible date, I am going to sell my iPod and use it to pay for my G.E.D. test fee, so that I can have that too.

With my first paycheck, I'm planning to get a bank account opened up for savings and employer payments, and a credit card rolling to splurge (a little) and get my credit on the up-and-up.

My dad won't require me to pay 'rent' (my parents aren't very hard on me, lol) but given our situation economically, I will pitch in with a monthly payment. I'm not sure how much though, considering I need to actually get a=the job first. Wal-Mart looks EXTREMELY promising, even though I have no certifications in education at all. (Christmas = Employment Opportunities.)

Things are looking up a bit.
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  1. Old Comment
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    Yesterday, I applied for a job at Wal-Mart. They had several positions open at two different stores near my location. I am trying for a full-time job, but also signed up for half-time and temporary jobs just to get one. This would be my first job, although being 18 I feel more mentally prepared for it then I was at any point earlier in my life.
    Heh, I still have yet to get employed, and I'm a year older than you!

    But seriously, that's good that you're finding work (or at least the opportunity is there). I think my issue is that I'm not as mentally prepared for it...but I'm sure you might have guessed that from reading my own blog. Well, there are other issues, but I'd rather not go into them at length. It's kind of getting better, though: some good days, some bad.

    I've sent out applications before, but they never got answered. I guess I wasn't trying hard enough.

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    Today, I went and signed up for my drivers' permit. [...] I am one of those rare people that's scared to drive, but at 18 and with certain situational developments, I figured this was a step to take NOW.
    Trust me, I'm sure being scared to drive (at least at first) is hardly rare.

    I have my driver's permit, and I've actually been out on the road a few times. It's really not that bad once you get used to the idea of being in control of a 2000 lb. vehicle moving at about 20-30 MPH...although that statement may have just made it more scary, I dunno. Mostly it's just about paying attention (watching the other guy) and keeping yourself focused enough so that you can make a decision about what to do when a situation arises.

    What's scary for me is actually going out on significantly busy roads (so far I've only been driving around the residential roads and light-traffic areas), because I'm so damn afraid of being hit while pulling out and accelerating. I'm working my way up to that, though, as I get more comfortable with actually making proper turns at intersections.

    Anyways, maybe I should shut up about it before I just get you more scared. I suppose I'm hardly in a position to be giving driving advice when I'm still a novice myself.

    (Unrelated: 4 emoticon limit for comments = annoying)
    Posted 12-03-2010 at 02:54 PM by MrCode MrCode is offline
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    Thanks! I hope you feel better on your end sometime soon...

    I haven't been answered yet either. I suppose a High School dropout with no history is a bad prospect...

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MrCode View Comment
    Trust me, I'm sure being scared to drive (at least at first) is hardly rare.

    I have my driver's permit, and I've actually been out on the road a few times. It's really not that bad once you get used to the idea of being in control of a 2000 lb. vehicle moving at about 20-30 MPH...although that statement may have just made it more scary, I dunno. Mostly it's just about paying attention (watching the other guy) and keeping yourself focused enough so that you can make a decision about what to do when a situation arises.
    I hope to get mine soon. You've done pretty good though -- I've never been behind the wheel!

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MrCode View Comment
    What's scary for me is actually going out on significantly busy roads (so far I've only been driving around the residential roads and light-traffic areas), because I'm so damn afraid of being hit while pulling out and accelerating. I'm working my way up to that, though, as I get more comfortable with actually making proper turns at intersections.
    :shudders:

    Totally agree.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MrCode View Comment
    Anyways, maybe I should shut up about it before I just get you more scared. I suppose I'm hardly in a position to be giving driving advice when I'm still a novice myself.

    It's OK, it's nice to talk to someone more like me. I don't have any friends, nor do i get out much. The ones I do have I don't share anything in common with, and are running comparatively perfect lives as opposed to mine.

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    Originally Posted by MrCode View Comment
    (Unrelated: 4 emoticon limit for comments = annoying)
    I didn't know that and sure as heck didn't implement it (knowingly). It kinda made me laugh
    though, but then I ran into a problem of my own: Did you also know there is a limit to 4 separate quote instances? Ugh.
    Posted 12-17-2010 at 06:15 PM by lupusarcanus lupusarcanus is offline
 

  



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