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 Post subject: Turned Down A Great Opportunity Yesterday
PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:07 am 
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I've recently picked up a part time job, working at a group home for mentally challenged adults, to go along with my music store to help pay the bills and to pick up some lost income from not being able to get gigs. ASCAP and BMI have really cracked down on the bars and venue owners on not having the proper licenses for cover music and took it as far to nail a bar for having karaoke night.

Anyway, a friend of mine was in town two weeks ago to play at the bar by my house and to crash on their way to Rhode Island. He is a one man band. He plays all original music and tours around the country in his RV, playing 250 days out of the year.

I opened for him when he played here, and then sat in with him on harmonica his last set that night. He called me lastnight to see if I would be willing to jump in the RV with him and go tour with him, opening for him and taking turns driving.

I gave it some thought but had to turn it down for the time being.

1) I have no one to oversee the store. The store is inside a variety store, so I dont need to be present at all times for stuff to sell. Though, I prefer to be in alot to do trades, special orders, minor repairs, etc. But I would not have anyone there to keep tabs on items that need reordering, setting up the instruments, and other hands on stuff.

2) I am committed to the group home for six months. It was part of the agreement when I signed on. I am getting pretty tired of the work. Overworked and underpaid. And it's worse now that gas is almost $4.00 a gallon and I drive 30 minutes to work.

3) I am low on fall back money incase something were to happen on the road. I just dont feel safe with what I have in the bank right now to go on the road, though I will be making money playing. I just want to feel safer having a cushion.

Hopefully I get the offer again in the future and am able to do it then. I have been kicking myself in the ass since I got off the phone with him.

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 Post subject: Re: Turned Down A Great Opportunity Yesterday
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 2:32 am 
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Huge bummer man. Times are hard.

I've been in school 7 years post HS now and when i'm done after another semester I have no clue if I will be able to get a job and make ends meet. Even worse yet I went to school for what I wanted but now that I am close to done nobody wants me.


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 Post subject: Re: Turned Down A Great Opportunity Yesterday
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 10:29 am 
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Keep the faith dan. It's a tough life on the road too. Bad food etc.

What will your degree be in NDL?


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 Post subject: Re: Turned Down A Great Opportunity Yesterday
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 2:47 pm 
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Az Bucco fan wrote:
Keep the faith dan. It's a tough life on the road too. Bad food etc.

What will your degree be in NDL?


I'll have a JD/MBA. I went to school for the JD though and just took on the MBA because getting a legal job/internship right now is very difficult.


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 Post subject: Re: Turned Down A Great Opportunity Yesterday
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 4:07 pm 
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Senior moment here. What is JD? Justice degree?? :? :? :? :? :? :?


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 Post subject: Re: Turned Down A Great Opportunity Yesterday
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Az Bucco fan wrote:
Senior moment here. What is JD? Justice degree?? :? :? :? :? :? :?


Law degree. I thought you were one of the attorneys on here?


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 Post subject: Re: Turned Down A Great Opportunity Yesterday
PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 12:41 am 
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NDL wrote:
Az Bucco fan wrote:
Senior moment here. What is JD? Justice degree?? :? :? :? :? :? :?


Law degree. I thought you were one of the attorneys on here?


AZ is one of the teachers...

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 Post subject: Re: Turned Down A Great Opportunity Yesterday
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You made a good call, Dan. You are taking care of your immediate responsibilities, so that when a turnaround comes, you are there to profit.

Tough times indeed. My partners and I have been in business for a long time, but tough sledding for the past 12 months.


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 Post subject: Re: Turned Down A Great Opportunity Yesterday
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Az Bucco fan wrote:
Senior moment here. What is JD? Justice degree?? :? :? :? :? :? :?

Juris Doctor, i.e., a doctorate in law.

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 Post subject: Re: Turned Down A Great Opportunity Yesterday
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Good luck, Dan.

I have a "job" finally. I'm working as a contractor for my wife's company, doing background checks from the comfort of our livingroom.

It's really a pathetic job. For every verification of education and employment that I can muster up I get two bucks. For every message that I leave on a company's voice mail
I get 25¢. For eight hours of work (in the comfort of my livingroom) I earn about $25-30. Yeesh!!

It can be seen as a step above Third World employment. In the Philippines a manager at Mc Donald's earns $25 a week. The only difference is.. that person pays pennies for
public transportation. My income will pay for our gasoline. A loaf of bread down there is ₱50 (pesos) or about a dollar.

My wife is in the Philippines right now. We plan to buy a plot of land in Negros (island.) Anyway I will keep this stay-at-home gig at least until our car is paid off. I figure i could
earn about $500 a month. There's no shortage of work. It's a little depressing seeing the employment history of Americans, how many have been laid off and are now applying
for crappy temp jobs. Sad.


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