First, let me explain my overdraft situation, as it totally relates to my job hunt. While I was in Maui for the first leg of the trip I was contacted by a fellow destination wedding (
Fast forward to the interview during which he offered to call me but I said don’t worry about it, and our nearly 2 hour "discussion" (read: one-way conversation) during which he unsuccessfully tried to convince me to buy into a pyramid scheme. (Amway global anyone?) I knew things were awry when phrases such as “
Anyway, he tried to convince me that I should begin selling flavored sport-enhancing water and energy bars to my friends and family and that, with enough effort I could make about $10,000 a year through this. (While also making monetary contributions to the company for the "opportunity" or something like that.) I tried to explain that here in Australia, we get paid to work, we don't pay for the "opportunity" to work. (Well, except for my run-afoul internship that I paid to do here in Adelaide, but we won't go there, and besides I did receive university credit for that.) He asked me something like this, "If I asked you to drink 4 cans of Coke a day, and sell 4 cans a Coke a day to friends for $10,000 a year, would you say yes?" And I said, "no I wouldn't. I don't like Coke, it's bad for you, and it's not worth $10,000 a year to do that." His reply: "Most people would say yes to that." Sir, I applaud your fantastic salesmanship. Or not. (I only wonder how much money he actually makes from doing this, and if his wife-to-be really knows what he does for a living...)
Well anyway, moving on to my phone charges from my hotel in Oahu. Unbeknowst to me, they were charging me $11.87 per minute to calls to the mainland U.S. and $6.00 per minute to calls to anywhere on the island of Oahu. Yes, you read that correct. Twelve DOLLARS PER MINUTE. I flipped a gasket. (Is that even a phrase anymore?) How about this: I freaked the f out.
Up until this point in our trip I had kept mum about the craptacular room we were placed in. Here's why:
That is the view from our room.
That, and the fact that a lovely lovely friend of mine had managed to get us a discount of about $400 per night OFF. (It's a 5 star hotel in the heart of Waikiki, normally priced at $550 and up a night.)
But, we'd had a few problems with the room:
A) a pube on a hand towel was found when I went to use the bathroom for the first time.
B) The entire bathroom smelled like urine, and would not go away. I had to light a candle in the bathroom to try to overpower the scent. Then it smelled like fruity urine.
C) The shower/tub combo would not drain properly so I had to take all my showers in about 4 inches of water. In a bathroom that smelled like piss. Gave me the WILLIES.
D) The exhaust fan in the bathroom was broken, and as my husband and I are quite a "private" couple with regards to bathroom noises, this was displeasing. Also, my husband discovered black mold directly above the shower head as a result of the broken exhaust fan.
All in all, I could totally deal with these issues especially given our steep discount, and the view was spectacular. But then, my debit card went on hold. I couldn't figure out why because I had really budgeted for the trip and I knew I had at least a G left in my bank. I tried to log-on to my internet bank from the room, but after I paid $15 for a DAY'S usage of the internet, the internet died. (Think: the day the music died, but worse.) We eventually went downstairs and I had to ashamedly ask to see the room bill so far just to see if they'd accidentally charged us the full rate, etc.
Well, it turns out they were holding my card for $1500 OVER the estimated cost of the room for 5 nights. When I asked why they were doing this, and if they could reverse it they could not. Further inspection however led us to find $630 of calls on our room bill. $630!!!!!!!!!!!!! (This was on day three of our stay in Oahu.) Our total stay for 5 nights was not going to be much more than that figure.
Irate, I managed to call a conference with the manager and discuss all the shortcomings of the hotel that I had let slide. I told him that I pay 2 cents per minute to call the exact opposite side of the world using my calling card, and that I do not expect to pay 6-12 dollars per minute any where else. I told him that I made numerous phone calls from my more expensive, more private resort on Maui and my total call charges for 7 nights stay were $25.00. He tried to tell me that it was stated on the phone what the call charges are. And if not on the phone then in the room's literature. It was nowhere, I assure you, and I assured him. My husband also mentioned that to watch a movie in your room you are asked "would you like to pay $15.00 for this movie, yes or no?" As you should be asked, "This one minute phone call to your friend will cost 12 bucks, are you ok with that?"
After all this, he eventually took some of the phone charges off. I paid about $250 in the end for the phone charges. I'm pretty thankful to have the $400 something removed so we'll just leave it at that. Also, my friend asked me to "keep things quiet" regarding my dissatisfaction with the hotel, and unsure of what that means... I just won't name which hotel we stayed at... unless people want to know where I don't recommend you stay in Oahu. :)
In any case, after all that drama I was feeling pretty down on myself for being so stupid as to end up listening to this a-hole go on for 2 hours on the phone. On the bright side, I put myself out there for a possible opportunity. On the dark side, I've been doing that for.... 18 months now and I'm still waiting.
Thus we come to: counterphobic mechanisms. This is a psychological process whereby your subconscious steers you towards that which you most fear. For me, at the moment, I think one of my biggest fears is that I will end up working at McDonalds. (If you're American, you know what I mean.) In order to get things back into order, it is said, that you should imagine the absolute worse case scenario or outcome of your current path and this should help you realize that things really aren't all that bad, etc.
Ok here we go: I can't figure out what to do with my life so I continue flailing about helplessly until I'm so overcome with grief and disgust that I end up working at McDonalds.
No but really, I'm still working on this one...
I'm currently applying for a few jobs (including a perm position where I currently work) and will be starting a 7 month part-time course in Make-up Services in July, and doing something is better than doing nothing, right? (I still have my regular job, but it's casual, and I'm earning a lot less than when I was doing admin.)