An Tour Mór (Sonnet I wrote about driving across the Sperrins today)

He who rides a tiger is scared to dismount!

Not like the fear I had driving to Aughabrack via Feeny

trundling up the hills on the road from Moneymeaney

until I approached the crossroads dissecting the Park to Dungiven road!

Heading to Aughabrack I noticed ‘Road Ahead Closed’ signs

the road towards Plumbridge was closed!

Mrs. Kerlin said it’s due to a stretch of road being widened!

Blade heading towards Plumbridge showed me a detour

where I nearly drove into a hole on the right-hand road edge!

But I got over safe thanks to that Angel sent from Heaven!

Drove back home via Greencastle

nearly missing a sharp turn and almost into a side road

as well as nearly witnessing a collision at Kildress!

Holy Jesus! Thon’s some journey!”

Interview complete

Had my interview this morning. It’s now up to the man in the sky.

Driving to Jordanstown avoiding Sandyknowes junction was a challenge all in itself, but I asked THREE shops and I eventually got there in good enough time. Driving back I realised that I turned right too early heading over there once I saw a Crèche on the way back I remembered from heading over.

Prior to the interview I was given a twenty-minute task of handwriting a letter, correcting any mistakes, and then completing an Excel spreadsheet. I completed both tasks, but was unnerved. The interview was touch-and-go, but after I got home I sent the HR Manager a thank you e-card by email.

I have a copy of Richard Bolles’ ‘What color is your parachute?’ and this is the first times I have been called into action in relation to it. 🙂

Then I had to head to Cookstown to get a massage and counselling. Back home and trying to calm down after all the caffeine. All in all, a good day. 🙂

Tunes:

Going to any lengths to find work

Next Tuesday I have a job interview with a car hire company based in Jordanstown – between Carrickfergus and Belfast – and this time I AM willing to attend the interview, having turned down so many offers for interviews due to travel issues. However, with my new car and an increased sense of motivation, I feel that I can manage the journey for work.

This afternoon I drove to Derry and back for a careers fair at Ebrington House, former Army Barack turned into a social setting, however it was predominantly for kids. But I did buy an ice cream there and submit both printed resumés I had. One to an IT firm for a US insurance company and the other to an Insurance company who operate locally who have a call centre in Derry. Driving to and from Derry is a forced exercise for me due to the Sperrins being dissected by the main road from Belfast to Derry, but I faced my fears and got home safely.

However, there was a band in one of the tents at the careers fair playing cover versions of ‘Get Back’ by the Beatles and ‘High and Dry’ by Radiohead. 🙂 Perhaps there is hope for future generations. 🙂

Yesterday I observed the Minute Silence for the kids killed in Monday’s Suicide Bombing in Manchester. To Hell with suicide bombers and those who fund them. (won’t mention names)

Heroes must suffer

http://www.stevenpressfield.com/2017/04/make-your-hero-suffer-2/#comment-132469

I have realised that we must all suffer at first to live a fulfilling life in the end. Diamonds are simply million year-old trees. It seems that artists in particular – be it painters, writers or creative types in general – have a pretty tempestuous life. But we come out stronger.

Yesterday I drove to Plumbridge as a trial run drive in preparation for a job I applied for to see if I would go for at least an interview. But I was going through a road past the Sperrins I had never been on before and was so consumed by fear; driving new places these past few years has been a forced exercise for me. But in the end, when heading back, I realised that driving on a road I wasn’t comfortable with for a part time job wouldn’t be worth it. The juice just isn’t worth the squeeze.

However, today, I went to the place in Magherafelt I used to live at and went gardening this morning and early afternoon. It was good to muck about with my old posse. I even heard from the gardening expert there that the soil contains serotonin. No wonder I felt better. 🙂

Now this evening I’m not attending the art class. I need to slow down the pace a bit. My uncle had a suspected heart attack and is in the Royal Hospital in Belfast. My health is my wealth, for now.

Resurrection weekend :)

I’m trying to avoid saying Easter as the word itself has Pagan connotations. :p

On Good Friday I will be heading to Belfast to drop off my MacBook Pro at the Apple Store in Victoria Square to fix some broken keys on the computer; a lifetime of typing frantically. (Asperger’s trait) Also I am planning on getting an iPad thanks to a guy offering his on Gumtree. Then I should be back for Stations of the Cross Mass at 3 pm.

Now I feel that things are moving in the right direction, but last Saturday I was hit with a proverbial 2 by 4 when I had to get another form filled for the renewal of my driving licence. The medical red tape is driving me insane. But, God willing, the Doctor will have completed the form today, the Doctor’s surgery closes at 1 pm on Wednesdays, and hopefully I’ll drive to the DVA office in Coleraine first thing tomorrow to get that sorted once and for all.

Yesterday I filled an application form for an office job yesterday, at a livestock feed mill close to where I live, and sent it straight to their office. I love to use initiative and cut out the middleman at times. 🙂

My aunt-in-law will be coming soon to talk about payment for the new door in our garage; though it’s actually for domestic nik-nack as my car is parked outside. 🙂

All in all, another day another dollar. Or, in our case, pound. :p

Good news and bad news this weekend

Bad news:

I was sick all day yesterday when preparing for a twenty-minute talk on a conference call based in America; I have unlimited US calls on my Skype for £12 per month. 🙂

Good news:

I had a ball at the Theatre in Enniskillen seeing ‘Give my Head Peace’ live. It was good to hear the quips about our RHI scandal. Also, there were a few quips about Irish and Ulster Scots. Overall, it was a blast. My ticket, bought on New Year’s Eve, was in the front row and I really got to embrace the atmosphere more. Also, I did meet the Meetup organiser before the show.

One of my old schools won the Macrory Cup – Senior Ulster Schools Gaelic Football title – for the first time ever in their history. That school only began admitting boys in 1978.

I was able to cancel my direct debit agreement for paying my car’s road tax and paid in full using my debit card. I’ll call them at 9 am today and confirm the cancellation of my direct debit agreement.

 

Up all night

Last night I was up all night and only slept about five hours this morning from about 9:50 am to 2:50 pm. But I managed to get my car washed in Moneymore – some little sod wrote ‘dick’ on the boot of my car – and I bought some supplies.

Tomorrow and Tuesday I have InDesign training. From what my instructor told me last week I will be the only person present. But that might be an advantage as I cope much better with one-to-one tuition. My Asperger’s brain isn’t too focused when in a group. I once attended a sign langauge class and only lasted two classes as the Teacher, who is deaf herself, was too fast paced for me. Apparently her mum worked with my aunt-in-law at South Tyrone Hospital. Small world. 🙂

The WiFi on my MacBook Pro wasn’t working, so I am using Ethernet on Windows 7. Earlier I had made a prok chop and peas. Grateful that I could cook something simple.

I feel that my life is going fine. Next Saturday Night I’ll be at an alternative 90’s Disco in Belfast. That should be more up my street. 🙂 It’s via a Meetup.

I also filled in an application form for a receptionist job at an Optician’s place in Dromore; County Down. God willing, I’ll be able to drive to there.

Hopefully I’ll have a productive week next week.