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Don Miller, Jr. aka LionkingCMSL

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Yesterday, Sunday July 31, was a long one. [Aug. 1st, 2016|04:28 pm]
Don Miller, Jr. aka LionkingCMSL
[mood |distresseddistressed]

As anyone who has been to my den may remember Colucci Lumber at the end of my road. It was the landmark I gave to let you know where to turn onto my street.

Well, I can't use it any more as it burnt to the ground yesterday afternoon. :={

Here is a news broadcast and I'm the first one interviewed in the video:
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A thank you is in order. [Jul. 25th, 2016|08:43 am]
Don Miller, Jr. aka LionkingCMSL
[mood |thankfulthankful]

Before I forget I want to thank everyone who donated so I could get to Philly last week.

It was greatly appreciated.
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Disappointed [Jul. 21st, 2016|11:34 am]
Don Miller, Jr. aka LionkingCMSL
[mood |disappointeddisappointed]

Well, that was interesting.

As I had posted earlier yesterday I had to go to Philadelphia to a NS hiring session, to which I was invited.

I was dressed in a suit, arrived in plenty of time and had everything ready.

We, 22 of us, sat through a presentation about NS and what we could expect being a conductor.

After a short break we took a 88 question test that was timed. I finished in plenty of time, and then waited for a list of people that they wanted to interview to be posted. While there I met a gentleman who used to work for Amtrak at Sunnyside Yard and he remembered me. I also met a couple other railroaders, so it was interesting to trade stories.

Well the list was posted and can you guess who was *not* on the list of ten people they wanted to interview. If you guessed me, you are correct; so it is back to square one as of right now.

Before you ask, they do not tell you why you were not selected. :=/
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Help needed. [Jul. 18th, 2016|11:07 am]
Don Miller, Jr. aka LionkingCMSL
[mood |hopefulhopeful]

While I am normally loathe to ask for money, this time I am compelled to do so.

On Wednesday,the 20th of July, I have to be in Philadelphia, PA for the Norfolk Southern job fair, as noted in the previous post.

While I will have a vehicle to get there I need money for tolls, gas, and for kitty litter for Maggie.

If you want to help use PayPal and the lionking @ snip.net e-mail addy.

I pray everything goes well on Wednesday.
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"Invite to Hiring Session" [Jul. 6th, 2016|09:25 am]
Don Miller, Jr. aka LionkingCMSL
[mood |hopefulhopeful]

in an e-mail subject line does not inspire confidence and smells like a scam.

However, when the first paragraph of said e-mail reads:
" We appreciate your interest in Norfolk Southern and the Conductor position in Philadelphia, PA. After reviewing your
application, we would like to invite you to participate in the next step of our recruiting process. For further
consideration, please arrive promptly at the following time and location:
your attitude changes rather quickly. :=3

So, on the 20th of this month at 8am in Philadelphia I will be meeting face to face with a Norfolk Southern rep and possibly even get an interview.

The only concern I have is that I may have to spend up to 6 months(!) in Roanoke, VA. That is a long time to be away from my house.
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Another update so soon? [Jun. 28th, 2016|08:25 am]
Don Miller, Jr. aka LionkingCMSL

This time with a bit of good news.

With some help from an ex-boss I have limited power at my house.
Using 6 solar panels, 24V-12Vpower converter (part of the solar panel package), 2 batteries, a 2000 watt power inverter, and required wiring I have limited 120V power so I can get on the net and charge things.

Granted it is not pretty, but I have something.

One bit of weird news is I found a beer bottle on my side deck this morning. I wonder if someone thought the house was empty due to the overgrown lawn. I'm glad they didn't try to come inside.

Update: I checked the beer bottle after I got home, I was using someone's internet connection before, and I found it was a full unopened bottle of Rolling Rock beer. Maybe someone left me a way to unwind. :=3
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Update, and not good, redux [Jun. 20th, 2016|05:00 pm]
Don Miller, Jr. aka LionkingCMSL
I guess it is time for an update.

It's been two and a half months without power and one and half months without a vehicle.

I have job applications out, but nothing has come through. I've had three first interviews, but that is as far as I got.

This is not living, it is existing.

Many thanks go out to Underwater Tiger ( u_t_tiger ) for shuttling me back and forth from my place to his so I can keep things charged and access the web more easily. I don't have use of his truck for the time being as it is in need of some repair work and inspection.
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Happy Campers [Jun. 11th, 2016|09:06 pm]
Don Miller, Jr. aka LionkingCMSL

LionkingCMSL</span> on DeviantArt

A scene I would like to really do.

Altaica, Leo and I enjoying a camping trip in the woods.

Poser Pro 2014
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JBadger [May. 28th, 2016|06:57 pm]
Don Miller, Jr. aka LionkingCMSL
[mood |sadsad]

I just read that a close friend, JBadger, passed away this morning from cancer.

We knew it was coming, as he has been sick for a long while now. This is not welcome news after attending my uncle's funeral yesterday morning.

I will miss him, and make him discombobulated by mimicking his speech with a puppet. He was a fun guy to be around, and always took the ribbing good naturedly.

For you, J, "Badger badger badger" ... poke, poke, poke.

I will definitely miss his laugh.
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Good news, maybe?!? [May. 25th, 2016|06:29 pm]
Don Miller, Jr. aka LionkingCMSL
[mood |hopefulhopeful]

About a month ago I applied for a position at Icom America. They are a 2-way radio outfit, which, as so happens, Amtrak has started using their products. As I did not hear from them I thought my prospects of a job were dead and buried.

Fast forward to last night when I check my e-mail and there is one from Icom, stating they wanted to do a phone screen of my abilities and experience.
Well at 5:30p local I get a phone call from then that lasted about a half-hour. I think I gave good answers to the question posed to me.

It was stated that she, the interviewer, who is located in Kirkland, WA, would forward her notes to the proper parties and if they want to go further they will schedule a Skype interview.

Also I applied for a conductor's position at Norfolk Southern out of Philly. One thing I did was re-do my resume, as I sent the wrong one in before, which I believe stopped me from getting a position before.

So with 2 apps in at Amtrak, Icom seemingly interested and now an app in at NS, maybe I can finally land a job.

Now to keep gas in Dave's truck. :=/
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