The Jake Files

June 6, 2006

D-Day Anniversary

Filed under: General,Military — Amazing Jake @ 9:52 am

IN all the excitement about 6-6-06 and my impending business closing, I failed to realize that today is the 62nd anniversary of the D-Day invasion at Normandy.

Many thanks to all surviving members of the Allied armed forces during World War II.  Remember in your prayers all those who gave their lives to defend our freedom.

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May 11, 2006

American Idol Results Wednesday May 10th

Filed under: American Idol,Entertainment,General,Pop Culture,Television — Amazing Jake @ 11:52 am

Unsurprisingly, a lot of my traffic since yesterday (about 7 out of 10 visitors) has been to an old post on American Idol results. 

I have to say, I was STUNNED at the voting results from last night.  If I would have picked the top four, it would have been Chris Daughtry, Katharine McPhee, Elliot Yamin, and MandisaTaylor Hicks is a good singer, and I like his voice, but he is getting on my nerves, and he should have been voted off last night.  Chris has been my pick from the beginning, but I would have been OK with the outcome if Katharine or Elliot were the ultimate Idol at the end.  All three are outstanding, but if I would have bet, I would have bet on Chris being in the top 2.

When they announced the voting, I actually couldn't believe what I was hearing.  I don't think Chris could believe it either.  I think this now makes Katharine the favorite, but based on this week's voting, it could be anyone at this point.  Even Taylor, although that would be a massive disappointment.

May 10, 2006

Where is the Amazing Jake?

Filed under: Family,Fatherhood,General,Job Loss,Self-employment,Unemployment,Work — Amazing Jake @ 8:56 am

I've gotten several emails recently asking where I've been, what I've been doing, why I haven't been posting, etc.

The simple answer is, I haven't had much time lately, and I've been focusing on more important things.  I haven't even reading a lot of blogs lately, much less posting on my own. (more…)

April 28, 2006

Humorous Debate Reaction

I got  good kick out of this comment about my analysis of the debate:

Good coverage of Q&A and comments.

Donovan comes out of it looking pretty good.

Jackson somewhat bland and canned.

Weninger somewhere in between.

(Also, Jake demonstrates that perhaps he is more prepared to run for elected office than Weninger by offering a polished statement on the candidate's behalf.)

Like I said in George's comments, I, like many people, am more eloquent with the benefit of a keyboard and some time to think my comments through than I am in person.  The fact that candidates put themselves out there for criticism while they think on their feet is admirable, and I certainly couldn't do as well in that setting.

Local News Roundup

Filed under: Arizona,Chandler,General — Amazing Jake @ 2:11 pm

So, I've been a little busy the last few days with jobsearch activities, which is why it took so long to get through the debate analysis.  Had a slight setback yesterday when I was declined for the position I had the most interest in, but have gotten good feedback on my #2 position.

Since I've been busy with other things, I haven't gotten to the local news.  Geo has a good roundup here, here, here, and here.  Enjoy! 

April 26, 2006

Wednesday’s Child Segment on Channel 12

Filed under: Adoption,Arizona,Family,Fatherhood,General — Amazing Jake @ 8:45 am

AZCentral.com has this story today:

 In February, The Republic's Wednesday's Child column featured Francisco, an ever-smiling, caring teenager who had no problem explaining what makes him happy.

Sadly, he still awaits a loving adoptive family that can give him the permanence and support he needs in his teenage years and beyond. (snip)

Be sure to watch Francisco's Wednesday's Child segment on Channel 12 at 5 and 11 a.m. today.

The Amazing Mrs. Jake and I adopted our first child 6 years ago, and our daughter has changed our lives in every way.  When we first discussed adoption, I was hesitant because I had those doubts that most people probably do:  Can I love an adopted child the same as one born to us?

The answer is, of course, YES.  Shortly thereafter, Mrs. Jake was pregnant, and we had another daughter the following year.  I can say unreservedly there is NO DIFFERENCE.  We love both our children equally.  They have very different personalities, but they BOTH have aspects of my wife's and my personalities.   

If you've ever thought about adoption, or even if you haven't, tune in to Channel 12 today.  This boy needs a home and a family.

April 16, 2006

Happy Easter!

Hope everyone had as great an Easter as the Amazing Jake clan did.

Eggs were discovered in the backyard, even though the Easter Bunny forgot what time the sprinklers came on.  Church was good, even though we went to a church we don't normally attend.  The weather was great, went to the park, and taught mini-Jake #1 to ride her bike without training wheels for the first time.  She's got balancing down, stopping is OK, but turning and getting up on the bike still needs work.

On the job front, I've got a promising interview first thing tomorrow, and a freelance writing assignment this week.  I also had a meeting with a business broker on Friday, and may see a business this week to potentially purchase.

More Chandler-related posts tomorrow.

April 9, 2006

Interior Decorating for Cubicle Dwellers

Filed under: Economy & Business,General,Work — Amazing Jake @ 9:10 am

The Amazing Jake previously wrote about the perils of cubicle farms here.  Now, Fast Company has an article about a new book that tells you how to spruce up your cubicle.  Alas, there are no pictures.  Amazon awaits your order.

April 5, 2006

Turning a Corner

Filed under: Economy & Business,Family,General,Job Loss,Self-employment,Unemployment,Work — Amazing Jake @ 10:04 am

So I got a job offer at my 2nd interview last night.  The position starts on Monday and has a very high level of commission, but the base is almost nonexistent for the first 9 weeks, then becomes actually nonexistent.  I'm OK with that, because I'm very confident in my sales skills (as well as my bo staff skills, and nunchuck skills), but the real problem is the schedule. 

As I put the mini-Jakes to bed last night, telling them stories and hearing about their days at school, it really hit home that I couldn't take this job.  I would only be home at night every other week, and would have to work Mon-Sat every week.  Driving the kids to school each day and seeing them on Sunday isn't what I had in mind for a job, so I think I'm going to have to pass.

The Amazing Mrs. Jake and I had a long talk last night, and we're getting more and more comfortable with starting a business, and not being accountable to someone else.  So, I will be looking aggressively into self-employment options, and continuing to look for "regular" jobs in my areas of expertise.  Wish me luck.

April 4, 2006

Mainstream Media Attention for the JakeFiles

Filed under: Arizona,Chandler,General,Main Stream Media — Amazing Jake @ 10:54 am

I received a request for an interview a little over a week ago from an Independent newspaper in Chandler:

March 26, 006

Hello! My name is (name withheld) — I am the News Editor for the (organization withheld) newspaper.
I'm working on a story about Chandler residents who do blogs. I was wondering
if I could interview you about this?
Please feel free to contact me if you're interested.

Name and organization withheld, at MY discretion (more…)

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