Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hired at Solix, Inc!

As of 2pm on Monday, June 23, B-Money was officially hired for the position of Program Auditor at Solix, Inc in Whippany, NJ. You may recall hearing the name of that company from my post pertaining to the RU career fair. Solix was one of the companies present at the fair, and they immediately scheduled my first interview for me on the day of the fair. After two successful interviews, they made me an offer yesterday. Following a successful drug test and background check, I am scheduled to start on Monday, August 4. *applause* *applause* *applause*!!!!!!

More to come later!

Great weekend that marked the official start to summer 2008!

It's been a minute since I have even been on this site at all. Much has happened since my previous update, or at least the ones prior to my tribute to the late and great George Carlin.

This past weekend was a pretty enjoyable one that I spent with some friends of mine. On Friday night, I made a grand return to the Grasshopper in Motown with Billy D and Roger. We met up with Jimmy and his girlfriend Stephanie, who brought her friend and her boyfriend, so there was quite a gang present. One might say it was a redeeming, as well as grand, return to the Grasshopper for yours truly, taking into account my previous appearance there a little over a month ago. LOL. That was definitely a night to forget, but Friday was spent amicably at the Grasshopper with a number of good people.

On Sunday, Mike made the trek from Edison to D-town to spend the day with B-Money. Colleen and Raph also came by spend the day with us as well. Mike arrived at my house around 12:45 in the afternoon. Beanie and Raph made their way over to my house approximately half an hour after Mike's arrival. We hung out at my house for a little bit and looked at some pictures online before eventually heading to Cluck U in Randolph. Prior to last week, I was not even aware that there was a Cluck U in Randolph. I knew there was one in Morristown right across the street from Grasshopper and the Dunkin Donuts, but not Randolph. Another good thing about the Cluck U in Randolph is that they have the 911 hot sauce.

Mike was adamant about ordering buffalo fries, but instead opted to go with 911 hot sauce fries. When he got the counter to make his order, he ordered the 911 fries. The cashier gave him a look and suggested, "You have to sign a waiver for those." Mike replied, "Yes I am aware of that." Cashier proceeds to ask, "Have you had the sauce before?" Mike confidently admitted, "Yes I have, a long time ago". The cashier did not even make him sign the waiver. He just continued to give Mike a muddle-headed facial expression, took his order and charged him for the food. He may have realized that Mike was lying out of his ass. LOL.

One by one, we finally got our food. I ordered a ten piece boneless buffalo wings with thermo-nuclear sauce. I believe Colleen ordered a five piece boneless wings with honey BBQ sauce and some fries. Raph ordered something, I just can't remember what exactly it was that he ordered. Mike, of course, ordered the 911 fries along with some mozzarella sticks. Mike tried one of the 911 fries and reacted moments later. Throughout the meal, he must've downed like four cups of ice. I tried the fries as well. They were definitely spicy, no question about it. While they didn't really have any effect on me (at least until later in the day), I could see why Cluck U has waiver policy on that sauce. Some of the Cluck U outlets do not even carry the 911 sauce. The closest Cluck U, besides the one in Randolph, that carries the 911 sauce is the Cluck U in East Stroudsburg, PA.

Perhaps the highlight of the meal was when Mike grabbed a napkin, wiped his spicy 911 sauce mouth with it, forgot that he used that particular napkin for his mouth, and wiped his nose with the same napkin five minutes later. LMAO!!!!! If consuming the 911 fries didn't already have an adverse effect on Mike, inhaling the fumes of the sauce sure as hell did. Colleen took a whiff of the 911 sauce, implying that the sauce "smells like a combination of gasoline and manure." LOL. After trying the most minuscule microscopic speck of 911 sauce that she had picked up from the cup with her finger, Colleen's mouth was on fire. Her sensitivity to spicey foods, at that moment, was apparent.

Following our lunch at Cluck U, we wanted to get some ice cream at the Coldstone a few stores over from the Cluck U, but came to the realization that it was abandoned and no longer in business. Only the sign remained in front of the building. Therefore, we went to Cliff's Ice Cream instead. I had just gone to Cliffs a few days earlier to meet up with the Bills, Jimmy, and Lyle for ice cream, but certainly did not mind going back there for more. We had our ice cream in the back of the ice cream parlor out by the picnic benches. In terms of being a hot and sunny day, it was a perfect day for ice cream - especially for Mike, whose entire face felt like it was on FIRE after eating and inhaling the 911 sauce!

We went back to my house for a little bit after lunch and ice cream. Colleen and Raph headed back home, while Mike stayed for a little while longer. The two of us decided to go to the mall to walk around for a little bit. The mall was just closing when we got there, so we went to Borders (which is open until 9pm on the weekends) and had a cup of coffee. We also went to Best Buy to look at some the HDTVs as well as video games for XBOX 360 and Playstation 3.

Quite a day I had, as well as a weekend, with some close friends of mine. It was a weekend that marked the official beginning of the summer in 2008. This is the official start to a summer that is going to be long, eventful, and fun filled. B-Money has plenty of ideas, news, events, and summer fun that will be discussed as we march deeper into the summer. There's other news relevant to my life and status that I am going to discuss here, but there is a great deal to discuss and it necessitates more than just a single post. I'm looking forward to what is in store for this summer, so stay tuned for more in the coming days and months! You do not want to miss a beat!

Goodbye George Carlin

National treasure passes at age 71.

George Carlin passed away over the weekend. From what I heard, heart failure was the likely cause of his passing. He will be missed. I really like his book Napalm and Silly Putty. I don't just like it; I own a copy. He's also written some other really good books as well. What I found particularly amusing about Carlin is he took the truth and legitimacy of world politics and real life situations and found humor in those situations. Humor that often made me laugh, as well as millions of other people I'm sure. As serious of a world as we live in, a little laughter never hurt anybody. Wouldn't you agree?? Carlin's has indeed passed on, but his legacy will surely live on.

R.I.P. George Carlin

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Pre-summer days of summer weather and tanning!

Temperatures have been in the mid 90s for the past four days now. This all started on Saturday. This weather has both its positive and negative traits. Just to get the negative out of the way first, it causes heat stroke for many people and can cause dehydration if we don't drink enough fluids. The positive side, however, is that I absolutely love the summer and I will find ways to stay cool. All day on Saturday and Sunday, I spent time outside on the deck. I also drank plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Not only has the temperature been in the mid 90s but these have been sunny days, which have allowed me to lay out on my deck and catch the rays. The bright sun has done a hell of a job of cooking me, but my complexion is shades darker now as a result of the tanning. When it comes to tanning, give me the bright and natural sun along with some sun tan lotion. Don't give me those tanning beds. I used to go to tanning saloons to tan, but that was all fake and bake shit. I'm enjoying the natural stuff a whole helluva lot more. Waiting the summer weather to come and the anticipation of being able to tan outdoors gives me to something to look forward to. The summer weather is finally here, so now I have something to enjoy. It does the soul plenty of good.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Congratulations Barack Obama

B-Money and Blog of Bryan would like to send the sincerest of congratulations to the 2008 democratic nominee, Illinois Senator Barack Obama, for his recent victory over Hillary Clinton.

Obama secured his place as the democratic nominee by claiming enough delegates and super delegates to claim the spot. The final delegate count between Obama and Clinton was tallied at 2189.5 to 1919.5 in favor of Obama. We are once again in an election year, and change is desparately saught in the United States of America, so get ready for months and months of campaigning between Obama (D) and Arizona Senator John McCain (R) heading into their date with destiny in November.

My political homework and coverage regarding this race for the White House will begin very soon.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Rutgers Career Fair continued

Once the Jeff and I arrived at Brower Commons and the student center, which are located directly across the street from one another, we found Frank and his friend Amy standing directly across the street from where we were left off by the shuttle bus. Jeff happened to notice an error on his resume. A consulting firm had helped him revise his resume to give it a more professional look, but it was the consulting firm's contact information rather than his that was listed at the top of the newly revised resume. Therefore, the contact section of his resume needed to be modified.

Frank helped Jeff find a copying machine so he could white out the top part of the revised resume where the consulting firm's contact information was listed. Luckily, Jeff had made copies of his old resume as well as the resume that the consulting firm had revised for him. Jeff folded the revised resume, clearing the section with the contact information, placed that resume over his old one so his contact information from the old one could be seen at the top of the revised one, and made some photo copies. Finally, Jeff had a professional looking resume that listed his contact information. At that point, we were ready to speak with some employers.

One of the job seekers who happened to be looking around with us was Amarish of Citistreet. Certainly Amarish is looking to better his position as well, being that he does have an MBA and he's more qualified than any one of us happen to be. It was nice to see him at the fair as well; he's definitely a logical choice as someone for me to network with.

There were over 200 employers at this fair, so obviously I had established a list of the top employers I wanted to approach in advance. For those of you who do not know me, I am the type of guy who is always looking around for the best available opportunity. Until I am satisfied with what I am doing or content with my situation, I will always be on the look out for a position that could propel me to a level where I could be happy and prosper. And why not? I am still reasonably young at 27 years of age and only two and a half years out of college. There are a number of folks who are in the same position that I am in.

Companies I spoke consisted of Solix, Inc, Global Payments, First Investors, Bank of America, and Merrill Lynch. Many of the companies were only considering job seekers for sales positions or financial representative positions. However, Solix is currently hiring for a number of Program Auditor position out of their Whippany office, so they granted me an introductory interview for that position. My interview with Solix took place yesterday morning, but I will explain the results (which were awesome) of that interview in greater detail at another time. Merrill Lynch is also considering candidates for a number of different positions, but it is out of their Hopewell location down beyond Princeton.

Upon speaking with the recruiters of Merrill Lynch, they determined that I would be a viable candidate for positions in their Retirement Services Group and Financial Advisory Group. Currently there are no positions available in Retirement Services, which is what I would prefer, but they do want to set up an interview for me this week. The position is that of Check Fraud Representative. More to come regarding that prospective interview as well. I was fortunate to get around to a number of different employers and speak with them one one one.

Towards the middle of the day, around noon, Frank, Amy, Jeff, Amarish, and I decided to leave the fair for a brief period of time so we could grab some lunch. Thinking of local spots to go for lunch, we walked over to Stuff Your Face and got ourselves a table. I ordered a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and it was delicious. Being hungry certainly made the sandwich that much more desirable. After we all enjoyed our lunches, we made our way back to the Brower Commons and student center.

Once we got back to the fair, I looked over at the Merrill Lynch table, where I noticed a line of like thirty job seekers waiting to speak with representatives. I thought to myself, "you have got to be kidding me!" There is no way I was going to stand on a line of thirty people just to speak with representatives of one company. I do not care what the reputation of the company happens to be. If one considers a company that valuable and is that interested in getting a job with that company, it is expected that one would have the common sense to visit those representatives earlier in the day when the line is not nearly as long.

Around 3:15, all of us decided to call it quits and depart from the career fair. All of us took down Amarish's number and gave him ours in return so we could continue to network with him and then we parted ways. Jeff and I dropped Frank off at his apartment then we headed back to Jeff's condo in Linden where I had left my car earlier that morning. That, ladies and gentlemen, was our day at the Rutgers Career Fair. A productive day, I might add, that left me with plenty of hopes and confidence.