Awakened by Sarah Jones, whose phone number had a Wyoming area code even though she lives in the middle of India, not far from Hyderabad. Her English is excellent, she is 80% of the way to an American accent. But since India doesn't have any, she doesn't understand time zones, and 7:45 am PST seemed like a good time to call me.
She said she was working on an in-person interview for me at her client's site in my town. The job is with Google, and Google has multiple buildings in my town. She asked what time I wanted to do the interview, I said 1 pm.
11 am, no word from her. Email reply half an hour later than my query is "still checking". I reply that if I don't hear by noon, I will have to re-think the job opportunity.
No word by noon. Looking at her morning email, she was not arranging the interview at Google, she was arranging it at HCL, a little fly by night consulting firm based in India. I emailed her to forget about it.
I hop in the car only intending on dropping off the rent and maybe hanging out at a coffee shop, but I look up HCL's address and after dropping off the rent I head there. It is a small shared building amongst Apple, Google, Mercedes and LinkedIn offices. Their web site is a joke. Though the office is in Sunnyvale, more than 50 miles from San Francisco, they call it their SFO branch:
"Stanford and the University Of Berkley, located in San Francisco, are among the top universities in the world. Stanford’s seven schools offer a breadth of highly regarded undergraduate, graduate and post graduate degree programs while The University of California, Berkeley that produces more Ph.Ds. annually than any other US university. Key programs across both universities remain as computer science and engineering courses." [sic]
Took the scenic route home. Passed by Trader Joe's and the big Safeway, but I have more than enough food at home. Need to get out of the habit of buying more than I need.
Did some job hunting, didn't find anything. Jessica, the recruiter at BDN called, but the two jobs she had were non-starters. One was worth applying for if it wasn't moving from South SF to Emeryville. That's a commute I don't even want to think about. The other is for a programmer, and is in Colorado Springs. But she sent me LinkedIn links to several recruiters she thinks I should contact.
Lean Cuisine spaghetti & meatballs lunch, home made spaghetti & meatballs with alfredo sauce dinner. How did that happen?
Spook amused me most of the afternoon asleep and dreaming on the sheepskin rug. She snored. She chased mice or something in her sleep.
Did some minor gardening. Many of the poppies have gone to seed, and had to be pulled out because they choke other plants. Lots more still in bloom and attracting bumble bees.
Need to order another hose. Those expandable ones always develop leaks. If I'm getting a solid hose, I'll also need a hanger for it.
Google assistant has stopped responding to my voice on my Pixel phone. It still works on my three Home devices. Installed a security update and it's working again.
Tivo today was 2 hours of Paradise Hotel. The producers go out of their way to torpedo working relationships. Finale is next week. Also watched PTI.
Plans for tomorrow:
Search for non-55+ mobile home parks in Houston.
Look at housing prices in Thailand.
Get out in the sun