Today I applied for a job online. I did this because I like the company who sent me an email saying they had positions open and that the last name of the Director of Human Resources was Bollwinkel. I could not resist submitting a resume for a position just to honor my fondness for “Bullwinkle”, an animated TV cartoon character who is a moose from the long running “Rocky and His Friends”. Rocky, Bullwinkle’s partner and friend, was a flying squirrel who wears an aviator hat with goggles on the brim when he isn’t flying around with them over his eyes.
Besides being able to comment on the Human Resource director’s name sounding the same as the beloved Bullwinkle in a note on why I want to work for the company, I had the fun of writing a resume that tells the truth about what I’ve been up to for the last 50+ years without a shred of care about what anyone will think. I failed long ago in “getting a job” in the way that my parents would have liked and raised me to believe I had to have. So I have nothing to lose in letting it all hang out and loving it.
I imagine this company will get hundreds, if not thousands of replies by email for the position I applied for. I don’t expect a response, much less a job offer. I’m hoping someone in the office will simply read it and grin or chuckle for a second, maybe even show someone else, nudge them to enjoy my little nostalgic riposte about Rocky and Bullwinkle. This was a labor of humor and affection for the subject of why I was applying, the company, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and an exercise in sharing my authentic self with the world. I had fun doing it.
I have been surprised by an online comment I got recently from someone who rebuked me for having boring blog posts. That someone out there who I will never meet or know would go to such trouble is amazing to me. There are a few other comments I’ve gotten in which the person commenting has a very strong sense of what they believe is right or wrong about my writing. While I respect their right to their opinions , I do not write to please others. That anything I write can have impact on other people is still surprising to me. I’ve spent most of my life trying to conform, please others, BEEN THERE DONE THAT, and it hasn’t worked out very well.
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