Another week has gone by without much to show on the job front. I found a couple more positions worth applying for, including the position of Arts and Humanities Librarian with Humboldt State University in northern California. I’m hoping my BA in Technical Theatre helps me a bit with that one. Yes, it’d probably cost me an arm and a leg to move all the way to the other side of the country, but I’m willing to do it for a good job. I’m going to keep looking, of course, and I’ll be branching my search out into administrative- and office-type jobs to try and hold me over until something really good comes through. I took a typing test this Tuesday to get an official record of my typing speed. According to the results of the 5-minute test, I did 60 words per minute with two errors. And those were the two errors I didn’t catch and fix. I hadn’t done anything quite that structured since the typing class I took in middle school. I thank my dad for getting me the program Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing many years ago – that’s how I learned to type “properly.” Before I worked with that, I was doing the old two-finger poke-as-you-find-’em like Mr. Scott in the movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (aka The Whale Movie).
Even with my current sad paycheck-to-paycheck existence, I’ve got two things to look forward to: Lunacon and Rockapella. Lunacon is a science-fiction convention currently preparing for its 54th gathering in Westchester County, NY. I’m the pet bibliophile of the Con Chair and Vice Con Chair – I volunteered to help with the Donald A. and Elsie B. Wollheim Scholarship Fund Book Exhibit and Raffle last year, and they welcomed me back for more of the same for this year’s convention. As for Rockapella, a friend invited me to go to a concert they’re doing in Connecticut in April. There was a kids’ game show on TV in the early- to mid-1990s called Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, and Rockapella appeared in every episode to sing the theme song and provide other music. I remember watching that show, so it’s going to be a fun concert.
I’m also hoping to be able to attend my undergrad’s coming Alumni Weekend in June. According to the postcard I got in the mail, they’re going to be hosting the “first-ever Theatre Department reunion.” I’d enjoy being able to see some of my old classmates and friends. More significantly, the professor who inspired me to attend there instead of one of the other two schools that accepted me is retiring after 38 years and helping found the department. There’s going to be a roast, and I’d dearly like to be there.