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  1. During the summer that I was 18, I was working with the Teamsters, mostly at McCormick Place. But occasionally I loaded and unloaded trucks at Ravinia Festival, too.
    This was the case when the Pat Metheny Group came to town that year. It was hot and muggy and I was exhausted and parched from hauling and loading gear (without any mechanical aid). But, during break time, I got a chance to meet the band. I had a chance to talk to Pat and Lyle. When I shook Lyle's hand, I remember his fingers wrapping around mine, almost cartoonishly long.
    Incredibly nice and appreciative of the work I was doing on that hot, sweaty night, he grabbed this 18-year-old kid a Corona out of the band's own stash, cracked it open, and handed it to me, thanking me for busting my ass.
    It was a moment. I remember it fondly and always will.
    Thanks for the music, Lyle. And thanks for the tastiest, most-refreshing beer I have ever had.
    Rest in peace.


  2. Did your company let you go on the last day of the year??  That is awful!


    I am an older person who was job hunting a few years ago, and found the online submission system is not very productive (300 submissions, 3 interviews, 0 offers).  I ultimately got a job through personal networking.


    Best of luck to you.  

    Let me go a couple of weeks ago.

    Company set me up with a career coach, with whom I just had my first meeting (via phone). That should help.

    I've also had 2 interviews in those couple;e of weeks and 2 rejections. But at least I got the interviews. And that was before the job coach. I'm hopeful.

  3. I lost my job of 15.5 years and am back in the job pool for the first time in that long.

    I'm a lot older and, while I do have a lot more experience, I find myself a neophyte at this job hunting thing. Feel like I need to re-learn the whole process all over again thanks to the new digital tools that have emerged.

    Hadn't kept up on it at all because I had planned on retiring from my former company.



    Anybody looking for an experienced Copywriter?

  4. Let's see if I can remember my top 20 at all.

    In no particular order:


    • Fumaça Preta - Fumaça Preta
    • Cate Le Bon - Cyrk
    • Kelly Hogan - I Like to Keep Myself in Pain
    • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs
    • Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa
    • Chicano Batman - Freedom is Free
    • The Chills - Silver Bullets
    • Ultimate Painting - Dusk
    • Lizzo - Cuz I Love You
    • Freeman - Freeman
    • Passo Torto - Passo Torto
    • D'Angelo - Black Messiah
    • My Bloody Valentine - MBV
    • Homer - Best New Music
    • Fun - Some Nights
    • Weyes Blood - Titanic
    • Elza Soares - La Mujer al Fin do Mundo
    • Shugo Tokumaru - In Focus
    • Boogarins - As Plantas Que Curam
    • Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin'

    Or, whatever reminds me that it belongs in there at some point.

  5. Here's a few (mostly) in order:


    1. Homer - Best New Music
    2. Pip Blom - Boat
    3. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
    4. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
    5. Fumaça Preta - Pepas
    6. Cate Le Bon - Reward
    7. Ana Frango Elétrico - Little Electric Chicken Heart
    8. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You
    9. Deerhunter - Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?
    10. Fruit Tones – Natural Selection
    11. Boogarins - Sombrou Dúvida
    12. Masaki Batoh - Nowhere
    13. The Sonic Dawn - Eclipse
    14. Kit Sebastian - Mantra Moderne
    15. Doug Tuttle - Dream Road
    16. The Darts – I Like You, But Not Like That
    17. Warp/The Weft - Dead Reckoning
    18. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - And Now for the Whatchamacallit
    19. Tropical Fuck Storm – Braindrops
    20. Modern Nature - How to Live


    Spotify playlist:


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