Don't get too excited, friends and supporters.
But Aldi's is interested in me.
As is Pizza Hut.
I hate to brag in these difficult times but I think things are looking up.
Since beginning to look for work May 1, the number of unsolicited emails telling me about job openings has been in at least the hundreds if not more.
And I'm not above doing any work. One of my favorite tales of the Buddha is the story of him washing his rice pot while students waited for a lesson. He had burned some rice in the pot and had to work extra hard to clean it. His assistant said, "Let me finish that while you go teach the students." Buddha replied, "What can I possibly teach them if I do not know how to wash a rice pot?"
It's a story of humility in work and that's why at various newspapers, I have delivered missed copies, fixed the copy machine, shoveled snow (remember North Carolina friends, lift with the legs), stuffed circulars and anything else asked of me.
I do think the algorithms for employment jobs are missing my skill set, which include:
-- Yelling, "Damnit Johnson, get me re-write," into the phone every five minutes.
-- Telling local mobsters and politicians, "You'll get yours, not in the hereafter but in Sunday's editorial page!"
-- Spouting wise with a cigar in my mouth and a glass of whiskey on my desk.
No, wait, that was Humphrey Bogart in "Deadline USA."
Although I can stock produce with the best of them, I can sophisticated things like strategic thinking.
And I can deliver food -- get this -- without stealing any of it, my skill set suggests so much more.
Now Johnson, get me re-write and take this down.
Love all of you.
Peace unto my brothers and sisters.