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Episode 36: Adventures in unemployment

Friday, January 14, 2005

Hello friends! I’ve now been in Sacramento for two months. I’ve decided to stay here for the next few years so that I can be near my family, and therefore, I’m looking for employment right around here.

So the hunt is on. I’ve redone my resume (again), aiming for something more technical, less artistic. I’ve been through the classifieds a couple of times and sent in a handful of applications. I’ve taken my jacket out of the box I shipped it home in and taken it down to the dry cleaners. I’ve replaced my out-of-state driver license.

Of more interest to you, dear reader, would be the latest update of I’ve reworked the whole site and it now features:

  • my new resume, my complete and lengthy employment history record, a complete portfolio of Web sites, and more entertaining reference letters than ever before.
  • all of the Adventures of Steve Ransom photographs, from departure to Iowa to return from Maine. There’re 633 photos, with an index so that you can jump straight to one particular leg on the trip. I’ve also reduced the file sizes a bit so that they download faster.
  • for my Eugene friends (and others that can get there), you’ll find a blog page about the next and last Star Wars party I feel tradition-bound to host this May when Episode III makes its debut. Also, another cool Flash animation!

See it all at

Back on the subject of those photos, if anyone would like high-resolution versions of any or all of the images on the site, let me know and I can e-mail them to you or burn a CD for you.

Hope all is well with you, wherever the winds of 2005 have blown you.


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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