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Episode 17: On to Columbus!

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

I've spent the last three weeks searching for jobs in Columbus, Ohio. Why Ohio? Eight of the great Fort Dodge Howard Dean volunteers all said that I should go out to their home city of Columbus. Several even said that I'd have place to stay if I wanted it. It seemed like the right thing, so I picked Columbus.

Well, I only have one interview set up, but what the heck, Ohio, here I come!

I have had a couple of conversations with John Boyd, the executive director of Business Professionals of America, a nationwide non-profit that teaches high school and college students to wear ties, get hair cuts and be on time. So obviously I'm perfectly qualified to work there.

Personal work habits aside, the job actually seems like something I'd enjoy, because I get to work with lots of people and it involves a whole bunch of different tasks, from designing e-commerce stores to running photocopiers. And John Boyd was impressed by my resume.

At first John was reluctant to schedule an interview because he didn't want me flying out to Ohio just for an interview. But when I said, "I'll be there Thursday, still want to see me?" he was pretty eager. So I bought a plane ticket.

So I'm gearing up for this interview on Thursday. Literally.

While the BPA office sounds like a pretty busy and casual place, one does not go to a Business Professionals of America interview in Dockers. A visit to Men's Warehouse quickly turned me into a businessman. I felt like I did whenever I went to the Downtown Athletic Club: out of my element. I am completely intimidated by the implications of wearing a suit and tie, because who knows where this will lead?

Special thanks to Gary Snyder and Lisa Lopez who have agreed to house me for a while. They're still campaigning for Howard Dean, hoping that Ohio will send a few Dean-friendly delegates to Boston, and I'll be glad to help with that. But I'm more concerned about the general election in November. Kerry is going to need a lot of luck, money and help and it's going to come down to a few key swing states. While Schwarzenegger says that California could possibly be a swing state, Ohio most certainly is.

So off I go on Wednesday morning, with a stopover in Phoenix (somewhere else I've never been). My interview is at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Ohio time. I'm armed with some fantastic clothes, a map of wireless network nodes, a list of apartments for rent, some breath mints, and a box of printed resumes. I'm planning on getting hired, which will make things easy. But if not, I'll be able to pound the pavement in search of employment. After all, I think being there still beats the Internet thing.


All of the Adventures of Steve

   Episode 1: In which Steve leaves Eugene and arrives in Rancho Cordova.
   Episode 2: In which Steve visits the Jelly Belly factory and gets a haircut.
   Episode 3: In which Steve gets a cold, a big box, and a seat on a train.
   Episode 4: In which Steve receives shiny new toys and loyal old friends.
   Episode 5: In which Steve departs for Iowa and rants a bit about why.
   Episode 6: In which Steve takes a trip to Des Moines.
   Episode 7: In which Steve gets really involved.
   Episode 8: In which Steve starts hobnobbing but is haunted by Arne Baker.
   Episode 9: In which Steve becomes a groupie and is informed that we all have love in our hearts.
   Episode 10: In which Steve becomes a media whore.
   Episode 11: In which Steve takes on Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine and Michigan.
   Episode 12: In which Steve is pitted against Fort Dodge, Iowa and seven vans of unruly Texans.
   Episode 13: In which Steve learns that all his hard work wasn't enough to put the candidate back together again.
   Episode 14: In which Steve does nothing.
   Episode 15: In which Steve reaches a decision and attempts to get virtually hired.
   Episode 16: In which we thank the good doctor for all he did.
   Episode 17: In which Steve suits up for a new life in the Cap City!
   Episode 18: In which Steve starts to realize he’s not in Eugene anymore.
   Episode 19: In which Steve switches from job seeking to home seeking.
   Episode 20: In which Steve starts to learn some things via the error side of trial and error.
   Episode 21: In which Steve experiences his first blizzard.
   Episode 22: In which Steve contemplates his next move.
   Episode 23: In which Steve prepares to switch gears... again.
   Episode 24: In which Steve spends a week in a hotel with four thousand teenagers and then gives his 30-day notice.
   Episode 25: In which Steve reminisces about his 10 weeks in Columbus while waiting in the wings.
   Episode 26: In which the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
   Episode 27: In which Steve changes everything.
   Episode 28: In which Steve finds Brood X, gets a teeny crush on a fellow trainee and learns where he's going, approximately.
   Episode 29: In which Steve starts to see how politics really works.
   Episode 30: In which Steve writes a letter to Kelly, executive director of the group that fired me.
   Episode 31: In which Steve spends a tentative week commuting to work in Maine.
   Episode 32: In which Steve learns he's just one piece on the board.
   Episode 33: In which Steve settles in for three months of intense campaigning.
   Episode 34: In which Steve is deep into the final countdown.
   Episode 35: In which Maine wins, the nation loses and Steve heads home.
   Episode 36: In which Steve doesn’t do much more than comb the classifieds and update his Web site.
   Episode 37: In which Steve slips into a normal life.

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