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36 days ago

You pick up a lot of tricks over the years. I have almost never followed recipes, they're just good places to get the basic info. Hung around lots of great cooks, so that helped. I make nothing fancy, but it's good, down home stuff.

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38 days ago

Yes. In some ways, from necessity, and in more ways, from YouTube. The way it's gone the past few years is that my mother in law, who lives with us, does most of the cooking and my wife does most of the rest. I do make breakfast every day, and I make some vegetables for the week, but other than that I haven't made any meals. Recently though, I got some inspiration from someone's Facebook post of a steak they made that looked delicious. I picked up a couple rib eyes, along with some zucchini (RIP zuchinibut) and little red potatoes to bake in the oven. I actually had never cooked a steak (one that tasted good anyway) so I went on YouTube and found a recipe that was intriguing. It involved cooking the steak on a grill in the oven. Let me tell you it was juicy and delicious. I added some jazz and red wine for the girls, and they said it was better than a restaurant. So for the past three Saturday's (four tonight) got a new recipe. Last week was pork chops, the week before was tuna steak. I asked my wife to pick up scallops for tonight. I'm no Wolfgang puck but I think the girls really appreciate the effort, and that they can sort of have a special meal without the expense of dinner or having to attempt to make the kids sit still for an hour, and it's easy to follow a recipe when there are step by step instructions and videos.

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45 days ago

Even though the open position was in the department where I was attending grad school, I wouldn't have known about it if a friend hadn't told me about it and encouraged me to apply.

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45 days ago

To some degree, yes. I was several years into grad school working towards a PhD in physics, married with a kid, and getting a bit burned out on doing research (which was basically just writing code, I didn't feel like I was really doing any physics). Then the lab coordinator in our department retired/rage quit for dumb reasons, and the position became available. I didn't even know that it was available, but I was friends with a postdoc who had been offered the job, but he wasn't interested. He told me I should apply. It required a masters degree, which I didn't have, but had met all the requirements for along my way towards the PhD. So I jumped through the proper hoops to get the masters, applied for the job, and got it. I couple years later I did finish the PhD, but I still have the same job and for the most part am quite happy with it.

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53 days ago

I do, actually, and I find it fitting that this is my 3,000th review. When I found RIA, I was sitting in a cubicle in Hartford, CT, crunching numbers as an accountant with a lot of free time on my hands. Fortunately for me I found RIA by complaining about Cubs-killer Steve Bartman, and as a result I wrote to Magellan who filled me in on the ways of the world in San Francisco. Less than a year later I was living there, as a human resource manager which was a little closer to what I wanted to be doing. After my horizons were expanded a bit in SF and in the world of business, I discovered that sales is a career and it offers the pay, variety of flexibility that until that time I could only dream about. I moved to a couple different places trying to find my footing and then I found the career that I'm still in. I sometimes think about whether it is my dream job, something that I was born to do. I always thought acting was my dream job, and maybe it still is, but I found success easily in my current career. I still don't consider myself a true salesman, certainly not like a transactional car salesman, but I have found my niche with this long-term relationship sale, and it's a career that I really felt good about investing time in, because it felt right. Through this career I've had a chance to move back to SF, travel to all my favorite cities in the west coast and around the state, I've met my wife, bought a couple homes in SoCal, have two kids, and have had the time to pursue my martial arts and acting goals. I consider myself very fortunate, and when I look back I really did put the time in to investigate this career. When my friends were out partying (not that I didn't meet up with them later) I was spending 2 hours a night reading up on sales and this career in particular. God helps those who help themselves as the saying goes.

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