Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day, Kansas, Meaningful Perks for Veterans and other ramblings

Another memorial day and a time to reflect.  It's been a bit over two decades since I served a stint in the US Army.  It was a mostly uneventful stint as world politics were concerned although at the time, I had thought that far into the future when someone inquired, "were you in a war?" I would respond, "no, far worse, I served in the peace time army."  While I have since re-considered this opinion and would not wish to trade my peace time service for the war time service of recent years, my observation remains that a peace time army feeds on its own.   Indeed, in my role as legal clerk, there were many who were discharged due to lack of fit with a peace time, parade ready army.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Giving Back?

Opportunity is knocking; everywhere you go it seems there are opportunities to "give back."  One fund raiser after another trumpets that "this is your chance to give back."  Give back?  Give back, what?  If you are "giving back," does that mean you took?  Were you a "taker?"  If you weren't a "taker" then how can you give back?

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Not for Profit, For Profit, Government and Entrepreneur

In my quest to pay the bills, I've been employed in positions with Not for Profit, For Profit, and Government.  I've also dipped my toes in Entrepreneur type ventures.  In reflection of these experiences, each had some aspects worth consideration for those beginning careers or considering career changes.  Please note that I am well aware that there are exceptions to some of the generalities that I express and certainly others will experience variations in their unique situation.

One commonality that I have found consistent across all environments is the human factor.  Simply stated, you will find co-workers and customers that you like and some that you can't stand (no, I'm not Roy Rogers).  Also, you will find nepotism in varying degrees everywhere you go.  (When I refer to "nepotism," I include both friends and relatives).  Relationships are likely the biggest understated ingredient of successful career building.  With that being said, I am going to turn the focus of this post toward differentiating these career paths.  In doing this, I am going to rank each  on a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high) on three axis:  1.  Job security, 2. Income potential and 3. Creativity and self expression.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Walk for your health...

I try to walk regularly on the job, but unfortunately I have some serious doubts whether it contributes to my health.  For starters, there's just getting out of the building.  It might be my paranoia, but I believe those elevators are a cesspool for germs.  I'd like to think all those elevator riders are all healthy, but is that sneeze that the guy next to you just blasted a case of allergies or is it a sinus infection that's headed your way?  So alas, the stairs... nothing like getting the heart going, but whoops, they've closed the stairwell I frequently used... apparently there was an asbestos issue.  So now I'm using the next stairwell; I hope that it has been treated.  I'm sure my employer would look out for my well being.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

MTQ's For Real Mother's Day Tribute

If you're looking for that sappy, crappy stuff, grab your tissue box and proceed to a different blog; you're definitely at the wrong place.  These "personal" posts are always the most difficult for me.  Maybe it's a guy thing - many of us are not inclined to share feelings and I'm not one to encourage my family to read my blog.  After all, the name of the blog is "My Turn," not "Family Turn" or "Wife's Turn" or "Your Turn".

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Root Canal: flickers of mental health and life

My dentist appoint is quickly approaching and, shockingly, I'm looking forward to it.  Yes, I need at least one root canal, maybe two and I've known this for over two years.  In 2011, my wife had her first hospitalization and unfortunately that was the year that I thought I'd save some money by taking out a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)... it was high deductible alright; it managed to highly deduct both our health and savings.  In 2012, we thought the worst was behind us and although I moved away from the HDHP, after 2 more hospitalizations and paying the 15% co-pay our savings and the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) that I had set up intending to pay for my root canal and crown was quickly gone.  So now we advance to 2013 and my wife seems to be doing much better, being hospital-free for over a year, and once again a FSA was set up for root canal... here's to affordable health care...two years later!