JOBS / I HATE DRIVING / But will do it for money $$

JOBS / I HATE DRIVING / During the summer I often take on extra recruiting projects because business sloooooooooows. My customers live on the federal budget. By July their gastank meters are running in the red and ‘E’ looms on the horizon.

It’s OK. It is summer. Anyway I have extra time and I do not mind at all being a recruiting mercenary. I know where the bodies are.

Making money I like. Driving to make money I hate. Most of the year I wake up, walk my dogs, drink too much coffee, answer email, do searches, write several articles for my eight or nine blogs, and people send me their resumes.

Sometimes my customers want me to come work in their office. An extra charge — but would be glad to discount my rate if they would just move their offices a tad closer … or maybe I should move closer. Anyway, spent three hours driving roundtrip today. Was a shock to my system. My idea of a long commute is maybe 10 minutes. Whine.

Am available to help with your recruiting challenge. Will drive for work and money … but I recruit for jobs in 28 countries daily and rarely leave home. Can do that for you too! (And it gives me more time to coach soccer).

Collard Greens and Chocolate

Collard Greens and Chocolate Chips — actually go well together.

Had a bowl of collards so that I could claim to be eating healthy. Then I saw that my son had left some dark chocolate chips (the healthy kind!) on the counter.

We all need dessert. Scooped up some chips … and gotta admit that the flavor mix was not an instant hit. Set the chocolate chips down and went back to doing something else. Then somehow the flavors mixed … or maybe I just like chocolate … anyway, finished off the chips. I do feel guilty … happily guilty, but guilty.

July 4th / The day after …

From, my alter self.

One of the unique things about our nation’s founders is that most realized that they were not chiseling truths with their declarations. The Declaration of Independence was a unique statement and yet there was hope for a compromise. Full independence was not yet an end goal sought by most or all.

Declaration of Independence

When independence came …. some of the founders became very disillusioned. Patrick Henry later accused George Washington of selling out, with criticism that the role of president would become a monarchy (and it almost did). Henry refused to participate in the Constitutional Convention — he saw no need for a constitution as the states were ‘states’. So he went home to his plantation and stayed there. George Washington tried to bring Henry and his followers back into the government by offering Patrick Henry the Secretary of State position but Henry declined.

As for the Constitution that came some years after the war’s end (1787-1790), the Constitution has proven to be an amazingly resilient document as our nation’s basic law and core law for union.┬áPatrick Henry did throw his support behind adding the Bill of Rights to the Constitution (1791).

Yet, the Constitution is not a truth for all time. It was and is the pathway for union in an imperfect union.

“Whatever be the Constitution, great care must be taken to provide a mode of amendment when experience or change of circumstances shall have manifested that any part of it is unadapted to the good of the nation. In some of our States it requires a new authority from the whole people, acting by their representatives, chosen for this express purpose, and assembled in convention. This is found too difficult for remedying the imperfections which experience develops from time to time in an organization of the first impression. A greater facility of ammendment is certainly requisite to maintain it in a course of action accommodated to the times and changes through which we are ever passing.”

–Thomas Jefferson to A. Coray, 1823. ME 15:488


As for Patrick Henry, after the French Revolution his views changed on a number of thing. In 1795 he pretty much switched sides and became a proponent of federalism — believing that ‘the people’ can descend into chaos when they have no structured government to guide change and to provide a framework for change.