So, I am taking a break from reading one of my books to review for H-Net in order to write this entry, but so far today it has been a fairly busy morning in a way that demonstrates the sort of scattered nature of my life and the way I live it. So far my morning has been busy in three different worlds that rarely combine, and I thought it would be good to share these unusual matters, as blogging is generally a good place to go when someone wants to share their news (potentially) with the whole world. So, here goes.
I woke up this morning a bit tired because I seldom sleep well, and got on the computer after doing a bit of reading. As soon as I got on I found that two of my book reviews had been posted for the Naval Historical Institute . I also got into my e-mail and continued a conversation from yesterday concerning the bias of another author whose book I also reviewed concerning the Japanese and revisionist historians, finding a quote to show his bias against both, while also requesting another book about the US Navy during the American Civil War to read, which ought to be fun. I posted the reviews on my online Facebook group for the military history program I graduated from and the reviews sparked a lively and friendly chat from a fellow alumnus whose military experience involved him in the small world of anti-piracy which I write about but which I do not have personal contacts in as of yet. As far as the reading goes, I can always use some more books anyway. After I finish this blog entry and eat some brunch I will probably go back to reading anyway.
While I was engaged in all of that I got a call from the the lady from UPS in Seattle I had interviewed with via web conferencing last week and she let me know after I answered a few more questions to show my safe driving record (no moving violations, DUIs, or accidents in the last three years) that I got the position of entry level industrial engineer that I had applied for, and told me there were some forms to fill out on their website, which I promptly filled out and let a few friends know about it. Training for the job starts this upcoming Monday in Redmond, Washington, and will last for two weeks before the job begins in a fairly nearby town. Then, as I was writing this paragraph, the lady called me back and let me know that for various reasons I had to be hired through a temp agency rather than directly, which does not bother me in the least (as I have pretty extensive experience working through temp agencies) so I would be receiving a phone or e-mail from them shortly for that, which will probably make my afternoon more busy, not that I mind.
While all of this was going on, I was also trying to work out my practice schedule for the barbershop quartet I have joined for an upcoming competition in Forest Grove at the end of March. As a result of our practice, it appears like we have a solid quartet, and that ought to be fun. I suppose given the fact that I am new to the area and not known at all among the very small world of barbershop singing (nor a member of the Society For The Preservation And Encouragement Of Barber Shop Quartet Singing In America), I am a bit of a “secret weapon” for the group, at least for the moment. I suspect that will not last for long, however.
Looking at all of these matters put together, I would say they show some similar patterns. For one, as a whole I have been fairly stealthy in the worlds I deal with, seeking opportunities to share my talents but not having had the opportunity to sit down and chat with too many of them. In some ways, my stealthiness is the result of having been a civilian with a hazardous passion for military affairs who happens to live far away from the core area of our military establishment, and from being a singer who has spent most of my musical life singing or playing the viola in the church who has traveled to a new area where I am largely unknown. I suppose, given sufficient extroversion and a bit of courage, that I will not be unknown and obscure forever, but it is pleasant to have such productivity in a wide variety of realms simultaneously. Perhaps someday it may even work for my personal life.
 The two book reviews can be found here: http://www.navyhistory.org/2013/01/book-review-the-aden-effect-a-connor-stark-novel/