contact Steve Ransom
The Adventures of Steve

Episode 19: HIRED!

Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Yesterday, Iggy Garcia lost his congressional race, Edwards dropped out of the presidential race, and I started, just started, to despair. I had run out of resumes after roaming all around town. No calls, no e-mails, nothing. All the waiting was taking its toll.

My painting teacher in college once showed us a trick: suppose you’re painting a window. Put in the yellow window frame and the blue sky behind. Then outline the sky with a thin line of white, and then reinforce the sill border with a thin line of black. The result: dramatic contrast.

This pattern seems to repeat itself in my life. Before good news, I get bad news. It adds zest to my life, that’s for sure.

So this morning, I switched gears. I went to Kinko’s and order a new stack of resumes. I then settled in at the wireless coffee shop and started writing cover letters for all sorts of design, marketing, communications and Internet companies. At 4:00, the call came.

I will be starting tomorrow at the Business Professionals of America. I’m employed full time and I have a healthy salary. So now the next phase of this adventure begins with finding an apartment.

I also attended a remarkably well-attended Dean for America meeting tonight. The people there were still jazzed and eager to do what it takes to change the country. They gave me a great welcome and I look forward to more activism with them.

Pay attention on March 18, when Howard Dean will unveil his new campaign, tentatively called DFA 2.0. There’s still much work that can be done and many ways you can help.

I’d write more but I have to get to bed. Full-time employment… hasn’t happened since 1996.


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.

design © 2004