Work Sucks…To Find

Fair warning, this is probably gonna be a long-ish rant.  First, a quick bit of background: My last job was as a hotel reservations agent at a call center. After many issues cropped up within the company, I made the choice to quit and save myself a ton of stress. That was back in March 2011.

And now, almost two years later, I’ve been unable to successfully land a job. Timing has been one of the main problems, because job openings tend to occur around the fall and spring. However, this is made worse by my location and living situation. I’m one of those people who’s stuck living with their parents because even a minimum wage job for 40 hours a week can barely rent in town. I still don’t have a car as a result of trying to keep up my bank funds and also having little use at this point to maintain one outside of leisure travel. Essentially, my best bet is to move to a city…which would only be doable if I could be guaranteed a job before arriving.

One major factor in the lack of jobs around me is the town I live near. This town has a population of roughly 5000 and many are within the senior age range. This does not help trying to get into places where such people have held jobs for over 10 years, because none of them seem to want or be able to retire. NONE. And with that, fewer job openings exist, leaving mostly customer service stints like Burger King or Walmart…which are also at a standstill for job openings during this time of the year.

As someone who went to college back in 2007 and came out two years later with a Journalism diploma, this is very disheartening. Yes, I’m well aware tons of people who have done post-secondary have the same issue of not getting into the field they’ve studied for. Sucks all around, basically. It’s just frustrating to be unemployed for so long, go through a few interviews, and still come out no better off.

But the absolute worst part of the job-searching game so far has been the piles of job postings requiring people to have experience, aka no need for having to train a new employee. This is extra frustrating for obvious reasons: How can I gain experience if I can’t even be given a shot at the job in the first place? It makes my options for job offers even more limited than ever. As a result, my own mom has had to offer up some of her pay in exchange for my help with a job of hers (she cleans homes for a living). It’s a bit embarrassing and definitely not what I was hoping I’d end up doing beyond college.

My only course of action at this point is to keep trying until I land something, ANYTHING before 2014. I know my parents are frustrated that I’m not out working and I share the sentiment, because I’m tired of hearing about it. Part of me wants a job just to end their frustrations, and the other part of me knows they’re right and that I need to build up my funds. Ultimately, I’m just another sad case of a college/uni student who’s forced to take any job, like it or not, just to make ends meet. The one thing I’m certain of is that I have to be out of this town before I’m 30. My life and sanity depends on it.

How I Learned to Enjoy Subbed Anime

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Recently, thanks to a reviewer named Suede, I got into an obscure, 25-episode anime called Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro. It’s never been translated and released in North America, so because I don’t know a lick of Japanese, I had to watch it via subtitles.

Now, before I get into more, let me start off by saying that any animes I’d seen up to this point were translated. Stuff like Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Digimon, Fullmetal Alchemist, Inuyasha, Hamtaro and Kirby, to name a few. That doesn’t even include the few Studio Ghibli films I’ve seen as well. I’d always found that if an anime wasn’t translated, I immediately had no interest in checking it out. This is 100% in part of my own laziness to have to read subbed animes to understand what’s going on. I felt that, whether translated well or badly, watching subbed animes took too much effort. I suppose it was my own ignorance and intolerance, since anime in general is something I have at best a passing interest in.

Fast forward to about a week ago. An anime reviewer I discovered through a video website called ThatGuyWithTheGlasses covered the aforementioned anime for his 2012 Halloween special. This 13 minute vid sparked my interest due to the context of the anime itself. For the first time in a long time, my interest in the subject matter actually outweighed the fact that it was subbed only.

So, what’s the anime about? I’ll be brief: A demon named Neuro feeds off of mysteries or “puzzles” and has “eaten” all of them in Hell. Not satisfied, he decides to come to Earth (specifically Japan) in order to find the ultimate mystery to satisfy his hunger. Along the way, he drags a 16-year-old high school girl named Yako into becoming his accomplice, masquerading her as a detective so they can search for mysteries by capturing criminals. Each episode, save for a few overarching ones, features a criminal, typically a murderer, who upon being found out goes into a sort of “breakdown mode,” showing their true colors. Neuro then reverts to his birdlike demon form briefly and “eats” the mystery before they’re swept off by the police.

There’s a lot more to the anime, but this is the basic scope. The animation looks great, especially in the visual effects department. The humor is entertaining, most of it derived from Neuro constantly tormenting Yako. The overall story kept me interested from start to finish. After a while, I even found that the Japanese voices fit pretty much perfectly to each character and found it difficult to imagine what they would sound like in English. Overall, it’s a fun, slightly gory anime that, while short, makes for a great watch.

And with that, I feel like my eyes have been reopened to anime in general. I feel more willing to give anime a chance, no matter if it’s dubbed or subbed. MTNN really showed me that an anime doesn’t have to be strictly in your language for you to get enjoyment out of it. Before long, reading the subtitles was just second nature and not a hindrance like I’d expected. To all the anime fans out there, especially subbed fans, I finally get it. I see the appeal and am open to more good stories like this. And while I still don’t consider myself a huge anime fan, I feel all the more appreciative of it.

Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to my new blog! My name is Laura, and I’ve decided to get back into blogging after three years of doing zilch. This is my first venture using WordPress because I figured, “Hey, why not start fresh?” So, let’s get down to business – just what is this blog going to be about?

Well, to put it simply, anything and everything. It’s a place where I want to share my thoughts and opinions with you. I want to use this as a platform to express myself as thoroughly and coherently as possible.

Why is it called my “honest” ramblings? I don’t want to hold back. Anything I feel like ranting or raving about I want to express here, in however much detail as I want. I’m tired of abandoning blogs that I’ve tried to launch on the premise of a particular idea. For example: My last blog was meant for me to keep up with and comment on the news. Due to my own laziness, it never made it to that point whatsoever. 

With this blog, I hope to rectify my past blogging failures by giving myself the freedom to speak about whatever’s on my mind on any given topic. If I can even have others discuss those topics with me here, even better. So, for anyone who cares to read my musings, feel free to comment if you want to and please enjoy. 🙂