Archive | January, 2011

Everything Old is New Again

23 Jan

It’s amazing how your life can change in two-weeks.  A couple of months ago I was struggling.  Two and a half years of under-employment, working five jobs to barely keep my head above water, my house scheduled to be sold on the courthouse steps just before Christmas and yet I was still fighting (scrappy, ain’t I?).  Suddenly, two weeks in November changed my life.  I received a FedEx package from my mortgage company (check-out Yes Virginia, There is a Mortgage Modification).  “We would like to offer you a permanent mortgage modification, ” it read.  Sign me up!  The next day I received a call from a cruise line to which I had applied in October (you may recall that I have a background working on board cruise ships (read post A Pirate Looks at Forty-Something).  The following day I received a call from a tour company I had applied with and called two months ago (I’m a former Tour Manager also).  And later in the week I received a call from a hotel/casino I had applied to three months ago.  In the middle of it I received an E-mail from a friend who works on a ship on the South Pacific. His company was looking for a Finance Officer and he suggested me.  Seriously! So now my quest for reinvention has lead me back to my beginnings.

First, let me mention the mortgage modification.  After twenty months and five applications – I got it!  The real deal.  Not just a trial, but a permanent modification.  Yup, I’m the one!  And not  a minute too soon.  My house was due to be auctioned on the courthouse steps on month later.

Now, about the jobs.  I arranged a telephone interview with the HR person at the cruise line.  She called my cell phone at the designated time.  I answered and politely mentioned that I had asked that she call me on my home phone as the one place my cell doesn’t work very well is in my house (aahhh, technology).  About forty-five minutes of bragging about my accomplishments, asking appropriate questions and generally being my bad self, the line went dead!  Something I said?!  Suddenly, I had a terrible thought.  I ran outside (still in my PJ’s with my hair looking a bit like Medusa) and found the internet guy messing with the phone box (I had ordered new internet service but they said nothing about a man coming over and messing with my phone).  So there I am, in my pajamas, curls flying, holding a phone and screaming at him, “Did you cut off the phone?” His answer, “Just for a few minutes.” W*#!T%*^#!!!!!!

Thankfully, cruise line lady called me back on my cell phone.  She seemed understanding and amused by my story.  The rest of the interview goes well. Two days later I am speaking with another person at the company.  Gosh I am impressive.  The next thing I know, they have asked to fly me to Florida to interview in person.  Yay!  This means re-arranging an interview with the hotel/casino and playing a bit of phone tag with the tour company.  And on Thanksgiving I was on the phone interviewing with a woman in Tahiti.  Feast or famine.

I traveled to Florida and met with the Entertainment Director as the position would be within that department.  The position I was interviewing for was the head of the children’s activities department (wipe that look of shock off your face.  Believe it or not this is where my experience lies). Before I was even out of the parking lot my Blackberry vibrated.  It was an E-mail from the tour company asking me when I could talk.  Good thing I am the Queen of Multitasking.

The next day I headed over to the ship to meet with the Cruise Director and tour the ship all the while doing deep breathing exercises and trying to block out the flashbacks from my previous life.  The Cruise Director was wonderful to speak with and put my mind at ease.  It was a wonderful visit and very informative.  Still, much to consider.  I drove to the airport and headed straight to the bar.

Yesterday I spoke with the tour company.  Tour managing is what I love.  It was a great conversation.  Unfortunately, non-committal.  While she said she would definitely tell me if she didn’t want me, this was not the case.  She must however, look at what the upcoming season bookings look like, where they will place their existing employees and where in the world they will need people of various talents (And my talents are? Just imagine. . .).  And that won’t happen for a couple of months.  Unfortunately, decisions never come easy for me (I used to have to ask my cabin steward what shoes went best with my gown).  So, the question became the proverbial bird in the hand one.  I could have risked waiting for the tour company to be ready but I can’t really depend on my luck these days.  And the hotel/casino?  Not for me.  As for the ship in the South Pacific – I believe they are going with someone else but I also believe there may be another position there soon. Zowie!!

So, as this blog/column (yes, I am also a featured columnist for SundayNewScape) is about reinventing myself, what is to become of it now that I’ve reinvented myself for a while?  Well, perhaps just a bit of the cruise stuff.  Although I can’t risk the job by telling tales out of school.  As a news addict, I think that there might just be enough there to have a little fun with. I hope you’ll play along.

Finally, on a bit more of a serious note, I’m hoping to use my writing for good instead of snarkiness.  I plan to do some writing to help those who have no voice.  There will be more on that later.  Let’s simply say, there but for the grace of God go I.

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