My Little Neighbor

So, my little neighbor is finally getting the hang of this walking thing. When we were visiting yesterday, she was showing off her great walking skills, which, when we got there, mostly involved having to have a hand on something for balance, but by the time we left, involved her exploring the center of the rooms.

She is in the very early stages of learning word and she spends a lot of time kind of chatting to herself in mostly nonsense noises. But she also tries to repeat the sounds you make. This is awesome, but it gets more awesome. She repeats the dogs when they bark!

Arp, arp. Arp, arp.

Lord almighty, she is so cute.

I Have to Figure Out How to Get in On This

(I wrote this for Pith, but they’re working on something bigger about the same thing, so I brought the poor orphan home.)

Okay, clearly the Dean Administration has no shame. It turns out Jim Fyke’s $60,000-a-year part time job was just the tip of the iceberg.

Joey Garrison reports:

According to multiple sources, Tam Gordon, Bredesen’s former special assistant for projects, has joined the Dean administration. […] An aide to Dean confirmed Gordon’s appointment, adding that she would be working on special projects including a poverty initiative.

A “poverty initiative”?! It’s practically a euphemism for Dean’s “Jobs for Bredesen’s Folks” plan.

Forget why Dean would do this. Clearly, he has his reasons and eventually the city will pay a PR team to tell them to Gail Kerr, who will tell them to us.

What I want to know is who would take these jobs?! Even if you’re a great candidate, even if you think the city needs really talented people, what kind of person would not see red-flags from this? If the city needs someone to helm, say, a “poverty initiative,” why not advertise for the job and see who’s interested? Maybe the best candidate is Tam Gordon, in which case, great! But maybe there’s someone else who’d be better. We’ll never know because these jobs weren’t posted. They’re not even defined. People became available and jobs were made up for them. And those folks are taking them.

That boggles my mind.

Who would say to themselves “Well, I know the city, like the state, is in a financial bind. Shoot, the Mayor has asked city departments to come up with yet another 3% worth of cuts. And now the mayor wants me to come on part-time making a nice salary, better than what many full-time city employees who had to compete for their jobs make, and I don’t find that unseemly at all. I am, indeed, more valuable doing part-time stuff for the city than a full-time firefighter is.”?

Mike Byrd has a list of people (and an excellent point about Dean’s former austerity measures that seem to not apply any more now).

But here’s my main question. Who among us could not use a $60,000 a year part-time job doing whatever? If the Mayor is just handing them out like candy at a parade, we have to figure out how to get in on this.

I feel like I’m well-qualified to do whatever. This morning, while eating breakfast, I kind of putzed around. On weekends, I’m regularly kind of going with the flow and seeing what comes up. After work, especially after dinner, I find things to do. I know I could easily find 19.5 hours a week to convert from unpayed undefined activities to payed undefined activities.

It’s true that I haven’t always been Bredesen’s biggest fan, but the Mayor could bring me on as a show of his willingness to hire all kinds of Democrats for made-up jobs.

Where do I send my resume?