…but it sure is pretty out there.
I risked life and limb taking this photo. Well, that’s a bit dramatic, but I had the uncomfortable experience of sitting next to the owner of this yard on the bus one time a few months ago. Unknowingly at the time, he turned out to be a neighbour of sorts – he only lives 3 or 4 houses away from us. I just thought I’d listen politely while I was on the bus, but he got off at the same stop as I did, so the conversation carried…on…and…on. He saw some work-related material (a kit of instructions on what to do when you get laid off.) I had to take home for a coworker, and he hoped I could help him find a job. He then proceeded to tell me about his work history and then over-shared on personal details about the job. Oof. That was a long walk home. I think he even knew he probably should have talked to someone else about this scenario, rather than a neighbourhood stranger. I forgot that I wasn’t at work while he spoke about his personal problems with his last employer. That happened sometimes at my previous job, and I’d listen to the story, put my pen down – that’s the key in all this – when the interviewee sees the pen being put down on the desk, they know it’s time to stop talking. This trick works about 75% of the time. It really does! Then I would say, “Okay. Now how should we rephrase this so that you can explain this to an employer in an interview?” But I realized too late that I didn’t have a pen or a desk. Plus, I just wanted to get home. I know! Selfish!
Thankfully, he’s laid low since the incident. Maybe he’s found a job! I sure hope so. He could sure use a pick-me-up.
ANYWAY, you can see how it was a dilemma for me to take this photo. Should I stop and tempt the fates? I looked around for another yard with beautiful, purple, irises. None that I could see. So, I took my chances. It turned out okay! There was no one around for miles! I had the whole street to myself.
Another mistake in judgement? I think I jumped the gun turning the heat off in the house. It’s FREEZING. I had to wear my jacket to work today. DARN. I was so ready for summer. I guess we have to wait a little longer. No 10 minute popsicles this week.