Monday, September 20, 2010


It's 6:10 a.m. and I'm sitting in my bus seat on the first leg of a two-stage trip to Minneapolis which includes 30 minutes on the Northstar Link (bus) followed by an hour on the Northstar Line (train).

What the.... an hour and a half to and from work each day you say?!

I know, it sounds ridiculous that a person would subject himself to this kind of commute, but when you consider the alternative of not having a job? Well, ya... it's not too bad of a deal. That's what 9+ months of unemployment will do to you.

It's funny how losing your job plays out. At first you're all, "Ooh... I've got stellar skillz and I'm gonna get my ass hired in a week or two, no problem!" And so you dress up your resume, submit it to a bunch of job search engines and start applying for everything in your neighborhood that seems like something you would enjoy doing.

Then... a few months go by and you start to realize that maybe you should expand your search to jobs more than 5 minutes from your house. Oh well, a 30 minute drive isn't that bad.

And THEN after 6 months, you get smacked in the face with a big ol' serving of humble pie and concede to the fact that you need to consider every job opportunity within 100 miles. Hmm, a project manager contract job for a global organization in Minneapolis? I'll take it!!!

Fortunately, this opportunity is turning out to be somewhat of a dream job. Good pay, great people and an awesome training program. Plus, after a few months I'll be able to work from home at least two days a week. Possibly even more once I can be productive without assistance.

So here it is... my first post in over 9 months. Not exactly a knee-slapper but I wanted to get some of this serious stuff out of the way and give an update on one of the bigger changes in my life, and the main one that has inspired me to crack this thing open and start writing again. In fact, I have a bunch of other news to share as well, so stay tuned.

And who knows... now that I've found a job, I may even find my funny bone again.


Shieldmaiden96 said...

I'm also of the mind that 1.5 hours of public transportation is not nearly as bad as that much driving. I spent 3 hours on the road every day for about 10 years and wished I lived in a place where I could hop on a train and zone out. Or read. And I'm sure you've done the Jeff + Public Transportation = Blog Posts equation. :)

Susan said...

Very happy for you. Did your awesome resume have anything to do with landing you the job? :)

JD at I Do Things said...


You don't know how happy I was to see your long-awaited post in my feed reader.

Congrats on the job. As Shieldmaiden says, at least you don't have to drive. Think of all the blogging you can do on the bus and train. Or sleeping. I think I would sleep.

Either way, I'm very happy you found not only a job but a good one. And SO happy to read a post from one of my favorite bloggers.

Unknown said...


April said...

YAY! Congratulations!! You've been missed here in the blogosphere.

Junk Drawer Kathy said...

Dude! I had the most pitiful day today at work, everything went wrong, but I just kept telling myself "Self? It just doesn't matter because Jeff's blogging again."

Thank you for filling that big gaping hole in the blogosphere. It's great to have you back.

p.s. Please don't hate me for my 12 minute commute. Besides, working from home two days a week? Sweet! Let's call it even.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

shieldmaiden96 - Of course. Where do you think I wrote this post!

susan - You mean the awesome resume YOU helped me with? :-) Actually, for all the resume sending and online applications I did, this job was a cold call from a recruiter based on my Careerbuilder profile. Go figure.

jd - Aw gee whiz JD, you're making me blush. But you're absolutely right, I've done ALL those things... blogged, slept, ate, read, Facebooked, listened to music. You can really take advantage of the time if you want.


april - Thanks April. Y'all are too sweet. :-)

kathy - Uh, "big gaping hole filler" is a lot of responsibility. I hope I'm up to it. And no, I don't hate you because you have a 12 min commute. I used to have a 7 min commute... for 13 years! So I'll give you that one.

Debra said...

I sort of drool a little every time I think about having that kind of time to read, blog, etc. every day, guilt free. I listen to a lot of books on cd for my commute and love it. I'm absolutely thrilled that you have work and glad to see you back in the blogosphere!

Michael from said...

Congrats! That's great to hear, Jeff. Saw this on FB and got all happy and stuff before clicking through.

Oh, and I think 1.5 hrs on a train that allowed me time to read and relax would be nice. I drive that long to drop off 2 kids at 2 different schools on my way to work--often longer than that. It sucks.

Mom Thumb said...

Considering that my job has me driving to 18 county courthouses, the closest being an hour away, the farthest about five, that's not so much of a commute! Randy took a job in Norman, OK, and I am going to be losing both my jobs in the move, though, so that sucks. But I am SO very happy that you have found something you like, AND that you are back on the blog. Missed you!

Anonymous said...

Yay! You're back! Congrats on the new job, and I have to tell you that it took Mitch 90 minutes to get to his job today....less than 12 miles away. You are a lucky man!

Sandy said...

I apologize in advance for Kurt, who probably will be sametiming you every day for no apparent reason.

cindy (sis) said...

It's IBM--just sayin'!

Arlys said...

I never thought you lost your sense of humor. Can't wait to see what's coming!

*lynne* said...

excellent!!! Very very happy for ya!

Ed said...

This was a humor blog??

Tarheel Rambler said...

Congratulations on the new job. I am a PM for a large corporation, so I have a pretty good idea what the past 9 months have been like for you.

Good luck on renewing the urge to blog. It might be a good release for the stress of those long commutes.

annofthejunkdrawerblogfamily said...

Glad to see you up and running! I'm sure your commute will give you plenty of blogging material. Nothing is better than people-watching. I wish that were a paying position...

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

debra - Thanks! I sorta drool on the train sometimes too... that is when I fall asleep.

muskrat - Sheesh. You ought to think about online school for your kids. Then they can work right from your office! What.

mom thumb - Aw... bummer. Sorry to hear about YOUR jobs. Can't we all just be employed?

carlae - Thanks! Maybe Mitch should upgrade to a 100cc scooter.

sandy - Tell Kurt to bring it on! Funny thing though... the volume on my laptop is wacky so I can't turn it down, so everyone within 10 cubicals of me can hear my incoming pings. I think I'm starting to get the stink eye.

cindy - Yeah, there IS that!

arlys - Aw shucks, thanks. I'll try not to let you down. ;b

*lynne* - And I'm very happy you still have me on your reader!

ed - Well, I had to put something in the "category" section of Blogger and I couldn't find one for "mortuary management."

tarheel rambler - I've been blogging for over 4 years, that is until my break over the last several months, so I know that it's very therapeutic for me. Us PMs have stressful jobs so being silly during offtime is a requirement.

ann - You're absolutely right. Except that I'm getting dirty looks when I take pictures of the people I'm watching. Why is everyone so sensitive to their privacy? Geez.

Unknown said...

Not a bad commute at all. Many folks around here drive at least 45 minutes, and I really had to think hard about turning down the hour fifteen commute. Next year I won't be so choosy. You can let someone else drive you and spend the time blogging!
Glad to hear you're enjoying it!

Chris C said...

Congrats on getting a job man. :)

Good good news.

And your blog is public again. Even better news. :)

Roger Miller said...

First off, congratulations on getting a job! That is awesome, and I wish it would have come sooner for you and your family.

Secondly, I used to have to drive an hour and a half to a job, which got worse with even the hint of moisture in the air.

Finally, riding the bus and train, if that doesn't just scream blog material... I'm sure your funny bone will be back bigger and better than ever. No doubt about it.

Anonymous said...

Take a harmonica and a basket with on your daily train ride. That ride could become a freebee. There might even be enough change left over for lunch.

but Momma said...

Congrats! I'm so happy for you! I new I'd been missing you, but 9 months, I had no idea!

Maureen said...

Holy Crapoly Jeff!!!! What the heck? So, so glad to see you back again! I was thinking of you when daughter and I passed your way a few days back; I am so happy I clicked on your profile again!!!

Welcome back (okay I am tres late to the party, but better late than never eh?)

Off to read more, catch up and add you back to my links page!!!!

Maureen said...

Oh and congrats on your new job!!!

Anonymous said...

Excellent, you're back, and employed

Well done that man

Anonymous said...

Oh, and yes, by the way, I too commute on a train now, two hours each way but fortunately its only for one week in four, the rest of the time I work from home.

The train is already one of our "125" trains (thats its top speed, 125mph) but I've just read that after some new high speed lines have been laid next year the journey will be cut to 1hr 10mins - Jesus, how fast is that going to be then, I don't think I dare travel THAT fast.