Tuesday, October 23, 2007

A Touch of Chaos...

A few days ago, I was going to post that after 71 days homeless, I have a place. Not anymore. I evaced north ahead of the Witch Creek fire, only to run into the Santa Clarita fires. I'm now in Indio. The last word I got was that I'm cut off from SD County. I was catching a bit of the skip zone from 600am KOGO in SD, and heard that fire had jumped the I-5 near Del Mar, and Chula Vista was being evaced. I can't stay here - if anyone knows of a place where a former squid and his better half can go to ground, post it. Out of state is defintely not out of the question at this point.

To those still in the middle of it, I send my thoughts and prayers. God help us all.

Monday, October 1, 2007

On the road…next to the insanity we weave…

Man I went off on a tangent didn’t I? Whack my head a little…there. Much better. Lots of stuff happened in the world over the weekend. I found out this morning that Cox & Forkum decided to leave editorial cartooning (h/t: LGF). It’s a damn shame, I’ll miss their work. I wish you fair winds and following seas gentlemen.

In me stuff, I figured out an impromptu drying rack using the little oval shaped auto sunshades (about $10 at Wal-Mart or target for a pair). Just be sure you have a few smooth rocks to weigh the thing down in case of wind. I’m enjoying my loaner camp stove (can cook real food – yes). We still haven’t found a place, and I’m trying to reorganize the car (help me Unclutterer!). Eeehhh.

Supposedly a UN envoy (h/t: Reuters) is trying to meet with the junta in Myanmar, after ‘only 10’ protesters were mowed down by government forces. From what I heard on the Bill Handel show this morning, add a few zeroes to that number at a minimum. Yes folks, yet another example of human caused idiocy in the world. Via LGF and Gates of Vienna, the EU is revamping Nuremberg in the name of ‘multiculturalism’. There’s even a nifty name – the Racial Equality Directive. Here, let me just sign ‘dhimmi’ on the dotted line. I wonder if my aunt-in-law is reconsidering her decision to live in France. I have a better idea EU. Look at this old California proposition. Some might disagree, but it would’ve been a good step. Guess who opposed it? MEChA of course. I almost don’t blame Tom Cruise for building a bunker. At this rate, he’ll need it not to hold off aliens, but to hold off the wave of stupidity that’s sweeping the planet. Got room in there for me Tom? (/sarc)

I’ll just sign ‘human’ for now. Til next post, it's 2212 days since 9/11 and still no one's caught Osama Bin Laden, and at 52 days and counting, I'm still homeless.

‘Fry Guys’ paid more than ‘Glorified Babysitters’…..

The weekend was, well a weekend. The other half was feeling a little better. Despite going on a job interview to find the potential employer was offering her less than what she got from unemployment.

Every once in a while, I hear something about teachers not getting any respect. If that’s true, then preschool teachers must get the least respect of all. At least in California it seems so. Think about it. The average preschool aid has to get a minimum 6 ECE units and be working on the next 6 ECE units to get hired. Even if they already have the full 12 (basically a full teacher), the average starting salary is $8.50 an hour. Assuming you just get those units at the community college, that means you just shelled out about a grand on the low end. That’s $240 and up for the units, plus cost of books (you can hopefully buy used), parking fees, medical fees, gas, etc.; including your time of course. This can be offset by state & federal aid. However, that does not count the cost of fingerprinting and background checks to get a clearance to be hired. That cannot be offset by aid, with the exception of employers who offer to reimburse you for the cost (rare in SoCal).

What does the average team member at In-N-Out Burger make? $9 an hour – no college required. Come on, you know the song – ‘IN-N-OUT, IN-N-OUT….That’s what a hamburger’s…all about’ …okay I’ll stop. But man, doesn’t a Double-Double sound great right now? Let’s not forget most large fast food chains have college assistance programs now. Some managers of your local McDonald’s or Taco Bell make more than some electronics techs I know (damn h-1b’s….I’ll talk about this another time). If I were 17 or 18 again I wouldn’t go through the trouble to get into such a field. I’d work the fast food place and major in something else at college. Something that actually paid.

Let’s get back to the subject. Today if you actually think about it, how many quality people is any community of semi-professionals going to recruit – when the low end of the pay scale is not even in parity with occupations mainly filled by non-college educated workers? Not many, and eventually those will get fed up and go to another career field. I’m not in favor of a union, but you have to admit this is ridiculous. I know probably more than most people who don’t teach preschool. In addition to my other half being one, I was on a school board for a few years. Of course, there’s always the uninformed jacka** who says, “They’re just overpaid babysitters.” To those people I say BS. The babysitter babysits. The preschool teacher if they’re doing their job is teaching your kid how to read, count, spell, tie their shoes, mind their manners and several other skills. In other words doing the things that a mother or father would be doing with their child. If not for the fact that damn near every couple in SoCal has to work two jobs to keep above water.

My other half has it worse. She’s ‘too qualified’ to just be a teacher. But she’s ‘not qualified enough’ to be a director, never mind the fact she’s filled the position several times. In other words though she certainly doesn’t want the director’s job (she just wants to teach), her combined experience and education make some think she does. This is because in fact, she can do the job. It galls me. Believe me if I made more, she’d just go back to college. Unfortunately it’s not an option right now. I mean hell, look at the title of the blog people. Before I lapse into expletive, if anyone’s looking for a Pre-K with 41 ECE units (9 admin), with ASL, current CPR/1st Aid, and some Spanish, drop me a line. Please. She’s looking for $11 an hour ($10 is less than the unemployment). We can use all the help we can get. I’ll be right back. I have more on my mind, but I’ll put it in a separate post.