This is the Week of Interviews…

…You know how you can send out résumés for weeks or months with absolutely no feedback, to the point where you figure perhaps your email server is malfunctioning, or something, and then suddenly in a 48-hour span you get four calls for interviews?

Well, that’s been my week, anyway.  Yup, four calls in 48 hours.  I’ve also made a ton of progress on the new site and have to whip up a post for BlogHer, as well as answer some interview questions for an column my pal Kyria Abrahams is writing, and it would seem there are some media interviews coming up regarding a campaign about inspirational women that I’m a part of, and I may even get to travel to an awesome, prestigious conference next week!  This means pretty much the most über-hectic window of time in quite a while.  You know I’m loving it.

Of course, I suppose none of the potential jobs could pan out.  But I’m thinking positive.  I’m gonna rule the world and rock those interviews, baby!  To top it all off, one of these companies in particular is offering what is pretty much my dream job.  They all seem like awesome positions – but this one is absolutely, by far, my favorite.  It’s right there for the taking, therefore I’m throwing all of my energy and hopes and dreams into that one.

So cross your fingers and toes and eyes for me and send me a few waves of positive, “yes, your dream company will hire you!” vibes, please.  Kthxbai  ;)

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On the social issues/homelessness front:

This is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in the U.S. Fittingly, it’s the week before Thanksgiving.  You can learn more about it and how you can help out from the National Coalition for the Homeless here.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, most major metropolitan areas offer programs like this one in Seattle, where you can “adopt” a low-income or homeless family by donating a cooked/uncooked turkey, or even an entire Thanksgiving meal.  Such a seemingly small thing as a holiday dinner makes a big difference to a homeless person, and until you’ve faced homeless, it can be difficult to grasp just how much of a deal it is to feel included in something bigger than yourself.  Please consider contacting your local shelters/churches/city departments to see what similar resources are offered in your area, and volunteer.

If you’re in the SoCal area, the Los Angeles Poverty Department is presenting a gallery installation and performance event at The Box called “State of Incarceration”.  The stated mission of the project is:  ”This exhibition’s goals include contributing to the public’s ability to visually and viscerally imagine the conditions resulting from policy choices that have made California the state with the largest prison population in the US. Another goal is to create an opportunity for former prisoners to share their lived expertise, about the prison experience, the state of incarceration and how to survive it. And the ultimate goal of the project is to create a moment of exchange and reflection on how we the people of California, as a state can recover from living in a state of incarceration.”  There will be 5 performances, each one different, interactive and experimental.  The exhibition takes place today through Saturday, and all performances are free to the public.  I’m really excited about this and hope to make it to L.A. this weekend to check it out.

Finally, I’d like to feature two articles I read this week that discussed poverty and the recession, that really resonated with me:

One is an older article from the Washington Post (about a year and a half old) that my friend sent me, which explores and demonstrates in vivid detail the adage “you have to be rich to be poor”.  I felt like I’d had the wind punched out me after I’d read it.  It was one of the most comprehensive explanations I’d ever read of the challenges that the poor face, and the way they are, for all intents and purposes, bilked and “charged extra” where ‘higher’ social classes are not – and thus prevented from ever ascending out of p0verty.  There was so much I could relate to about it – from the descriptions of check-cashing venues to unethical payday loan scams to the constant waiting – waiting at the laundromat, waiting for the bus (which often doesn’t arrive on time or at all)…always waiting.  The poor are the waiting.

The second article is from this week’s NY Post.  It makes quite a convincing case that, with the economic collapse, the “middle class” has been pretty much completely obliterated – to a degree, we’re kidding ourselves if we self-identify as “middle class”; that comfort zone buffer is gone.  There is no more gray area and it’s pretty clearly delineated that at this point, you’re either rich or poor.  Depressingly, the author doesn’t seem to hold out much hope for the middle class as we know it to return any time soon.  I, of course, am keeping my hopes up that she’s proven incorrect.  I have a feeling that she would rather be incorrect, too.

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Since I’d rather end on a happy-ish note…pictures from Hallowe’en!!!  In case you’re trying to figure out what the heck I am, I’m some sort of vaguely steampunky/airship-piratey personage.  I had only four days’ notice that I was invited to attend with my friends, so I threw together my costume in that span of time.  Everything you see there, with the exception of the goggles, was either thrifted or vintage stuff that I had lying around.  I’m pretty proud of the bustle, especially.  I soaked several thrift-store, faux-hippie prairie skirts in tea to age them, cut them up, and stitched/pinned them into something of an anachronistic bustle.  I don’t know how to sew, either, which makes me feel all the more accomplished – hooray, I did something nominally creative!!!

Obligatory Satanic smurf shot for my ex-JW pals (who are the only ones who will get the reference, of course!) Quick summary - there's a JW urban legend about a demon-possessed smurf. Yes, the Jehovah's Witnesses honestly believe that smurfs are little blue demons. I was not allowed to watch Smurfs growing up.

Group shot, refueling at the Starbucks on Santa Monica Blvd. Mr. and Mrs. Pac-Man (we couldn't walk more than a couple steps without people wanting pics with them!), Flynn from Tron, Helga the German barmaid, Steampunk Pirate, and Amélie.

These guys had to have neckaches by the end of the evening.

Not the best pic of me - I'm rocking the deeply desirable and currently oh-so-in-vogue "chinneck" - however; the best pic of my costume! The corset is actually this vintage 1930's medical corset and I'm wearing it backwards - it has this very cool fan-lacing effect at the bottom that I thought was too awesome to hide in the back beneath a bustle!

Bustle! I made one!!! And sewed it to a belt! I had to take it off while riding in the car. Also, it was kinda heavy, so by the end of the night, a bit of a backache. SO worth it, though!

Why, yes. Yes, that is me, Lena and Brigitte swooning over the Old Spice guy and his dog, Antoine Dodson.

This is the photo that, on the very slim chance that my book is a breakout hit and I do become a world-famous author, the tabloids will publish with the caption: "Does world-famous author sensation Brianna Karp love cocks?!" Seriously, though, this guy was such a sweetheart and you can probably tell I was totally bashful in his presence. Scantily clad, cutie-patootie gay guy + hipbones that could cut glass = seriously smitten, slightly flustered Bri.

And we did indeed help to break the Guinness world record for group dancing the “Time Warp” – 8,239 people dancing at once!  Check out the vid:

I wish our stage was this awesome, but ours seemed to mostly consist of drunk and confused people who weren’t quite sure what the hell was going on, and perhaps fittingly, the guy leading the Time Warp onstage had no idea what the hell he was doing – he was reading the lyrics and moves off a flip pad, no joke!  Still…I was there, and I danced, dammit!  I contributed and I can say I’m one of those 8,239 people!  Yay!!!

Anyway, I’m off to a job interview.  *Insert renewal of plea for positive hiring vibes!!!*

Comments

  1. Wow! You do have a lot going on. I will send good juju your way for that ultimate dream job.

    LOVE your last minute Steamy costume. It turned out great! So wish you could be in Seattle this weekend for Steamcon – that is where I will be.

    Watch for a post next week. :)

    Have a great weekend!

    • Dude, there’s a Steamcon? That’s gotta be BRILLIANT!!! Have lotsa fun! I’ve never been to a con before (been to RenFaire, though) and would love to go sooooo badly. My friends are all amazing nerds, and a lot of them are into cons and cosplay and stuff. A Steampunk con sounds like the awesomest of the awesome.

      And yes, Time Warp is tons of fun! It was actually my first Hallowe’en ever, and I had a blast!

  2. PS – The Time Warp ROCKS!

  3. Firstly, you look amazing!

    Secondly, who cares if you love cocks? They are pretty awesome, and sometimes feathery depending on which we are talking about. All cocks are worth loving.

    =D

    • Aw, you’re so sweet! Thank you :)

      Secondly, there are many of the feathery variety around here. I’ve gotta say, despite my great love for animals in general…I’m not a fan of them. They start crowing around 3 a.m. (looooong before dawn – I think these ones are defective!) and continue sporadically throughout the day. A girl can’t get any sleep around here. I suppose perhaps that’s the main point of cocks, though.

  4. Loved this article! It sounded like you had lots of fun with your friends!

    Good luck on the Day Jay interviews!

  5. Congrats on all the great news, Bri!

    Here are some “Good Vibes” for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC2gZMNkyJo&feature=related (looks like Paul & Linda McCartney are @ the party) Maybe if you wear something like the giant sailor hat that one of the musicians has on, that might secure your interview. Seems like letting one’s eccentricity shine, could only be a good thing!

    Also want to share an article with you that I wrote for a local paper on the topic of “Homeless Holidays.” Because I was homeless, as a runaway teenager (due to domestic violence), I wanted to focus on youth. Anyhoo, here’s a link to that:
    http://www.informationpress.net/Society/reverend-cynthia-rae-eastman.html

    What the heck are you doing for Thanksgiving? “Tofurkey?” Have an amazing holiday, whatever you are doing!

  6. I’m with @Jul…

    Great pics and vibes are sent!

  7. OMG love the outfit and hasn’t your hair grown and you look fabulous showing your legs off – very much approve – looks like you had a great time.

  8. I suddenly realised your stood next to Smurfs ….. oh honey how did it feel to be next to the scary Smurfs …….. did you keep your face straight ?

    If you got a problem, if you’re feeling lonely
    everything is smurfing wrong
    Try looking on the bright side, smurfing on the right side
    troubles will all soon be gone

    • LOL they were very sweet. I chased them out of Starbucks to beg for a photo!!! I couldn’t resist the irony. Somewhere, the fundies are stalking this blog and imagining a flaming meteor destroying me at Armageddon :-P

  9. Who says Halloween is for kids.

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