Friday, October 20, 2006

Part Time Job

Part Time Job
If funds are tight, you may be considering a part time job. There are also times when a part time job is all you can have. This might be when you are in college, high school, or if you need a little extra money after retirement. There are many different kinds of places you can find a part time job, and you just have to find what is right for you. Some people won’t mind working in fast food, while others would rather cut off their big toe. You won’t be happy unless you can at least tolerate your work.
If you have a family, an extra part time job might get in the way of spending time with your kids. If this is a problem, look online for something you can do in your spare time without taking a lot of time away from home. Most of these jobs, however, will require concentration, and you may have better luck getting something on the weekends away from home. That is up to you however, and if you want to work from home, and can find the endeavor, then that is what you should do.
Remember when looking for a part time job that they are sometimes not as flexible as you would like them to be. Make sure you talk about this before you accept a job, or you may lose it as fast as you get it. There are many places that offer just daytime hours during the week, and these are designed for moms who have children in school. On the other hand, you can find something that is strictly nights and weekends, or even just weekends. The important thing is to find something that works for you, and offers a little flexibility if your availability will change week from week.
You can drive around and look for help wanted signs when looking for a part time job, but these are scarce these days. You will have better luck looking in the classifieds and at job fairs or centers. One way to find a part time job is to simply choose the places you think you would like to work, and go in and fill out an application. Some places have a high turn over rate, so you may get a call back quicker than you thought. Don’t forget to look at online job sites as well, you may find something there you may have missed otherwise.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Bar Design

When you walk into a bar, you make up your mind pretty quickly as to whether it has the right atmosphere for you. It's a personal thing and bar design is a factor. You may be a traditionalist who likes an old fashioned wood bar with brass fittings and old paintings on the wall. The sort of place where everybody knows your name. You may prefer something more contemporary.
Some bars look futuristic, with lots of shiny chrome and brightly colored bottles sitting in little alcoves. This sort of bar design tends to come with very soft lighting and a very loud music soundtrack. Many young people use bars to meet up in, before going on to a club. Older people seek out somewhere to spend the whole evening and want a quieter place where they can hold a conversation. Different bars are apt to target different generations and the bar design will reflect that.
Some bars are there just for the drinking and others offer leisurely pursuits. Bar owners are always looking for moneymaking opportunities, such as pool tables, dartboards, pinball machines and quiz machines. Jukeboxes have thousands of tracks on them now.
In the UK, there are still bars in the countryside, although we would call them pubs, that have a bar design that hasn't altered in decades. They have etchings from the 18th century and lots of horseshoes and farming implements hanging on the wall. The urban pubs are mostly very modern. A lot of these have had tables taken out to give more room for drinkers to cram themselves in.
I like the café bars that you find in Europe. The bars in France, Spain and Italy are more family friendly and they have a nice atmosphere. You can get great food and no one hurries you. They are a welcome contrast to the bar design in the UK which just wants you to consume as much alcohol as possible. It's a different culture there, which puts the emphasis on conversation and the good things in life. You can sit outside and watch the world go by. As a woman, I would feel safe in going to one of these bars on my own. I would never enter a British pub on my own at any time of day.
The modern bars of today may be bright and shiny, but I prefer somewhere where I can talk to my friends. I don't want rustic horseshoes or a steel laboratory look either in the bar design. Something in between would be good.

Astrology Star Sign

Most people like to read their horoscope, even people who say they don't believe in them. What used to be treated as a serious science in the past has now become part of popular culture. Astrology has become big business and people like to know what the future holds in an uncertain world. We tend to believe in it when the prediction is good and dismiss it if our horoscope says something negative! We are fascinated by our astrology star sign and what it says about our personalities.
The star signs are divided into the four elements; Fire, Water, Air and Earth. People born under astrology star signs in the same element are likely to get on with each other more easily than with those born in different elements.
Fire is the element containing Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Aries is the ram, ruled by the planet Mars. They have tons of energy, are very competitive and don't like to lose. They are also generous and kind and exciting to be around. Leo is the lion and is ruled by the sun. They have big egos to keep in check and can be impatient. Their good qualities are loyalty and generosity. Sagittarius is the astrology star sign of the centaur and is ruled by Jupiter. They love to go out and have fun and often speak the truth to the point of being blunt.
Earth contains Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Taurus is the bull and is ruled by Venus. They are cautious, weighing each decision carefully, and show great loyalty. Virgo is the virgin astrology star sign and is ruled by Mercury. They are perfectionists and known to be nit pickers. They are hard workers and communicate well. Capricorn is the goat and is ruled by Saturn. They can be shy and sensitive, which sometimes makes them appear to be moody.
Air contains Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. Gemini is the sign of the twins and is ruled by Mercury. They don't like to stay in one place and have a thirst for knowledge, with a tendency to be impulsive. Libra is represented by the scales and is ruled by Venus. They have a love of justice and will champion the underdog, and are happiest when they are in a relationship. Aquarius is the water bearer astrology star sign and is ruled by Saturn. They make friends easily but keep a part of themselves to themselves. They are confident, which sometimes comes across as arrogance.
Finally, Water contains Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. Cancer is the crab and is ruled by the Moon. They are home loving and sensitive, with a tendency to moodiness and crabbiness. Scorpio is the scorpion and is ruled by Pluto. They like to be in control and can succumb to jealousy, but they are resourceful and loyal. Pisces is represented by two fish and is ruled by Neptune. They are a placid astrology star sign and have difficulty saying no to requests for help. They like tranquility in their surroundings.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

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18th Birthday

In the UK, the milestone for birthdays used to be twenty-one like it is in NZ and most other places. Then, the voting age was reduced to eighteen and this caused a lot of confusion. My parents gave me a choice of having an 18th birthday party or one for my 21st. I chose to have a 21st because the idea of eighteen being the new landmark was new and it didn't feel right yet. Nowadays, there is still a hangover from 21st birthdays being special and this is where the confusion comes in. A lot of young people end up having big birthday bashes when they are eighteen and again, when they are twenty-one. They get two for the price of one and that doesn't seem fair!
There is a campaign in Britain for the voting age and age of consent etc. to be reduced further to sixteen years of age. Supporters of the campaign argue that young people mature more quickly now. This may or may not be true, but I'm thinking about the confusion this would cause if it becomes law. Then, the kids would have three choices to pick from! Would they have a big celebration for their 16th birthday, 18th birthday or 21st? I suspect parents would be shelling out for all three and it will cost them a fortune. Fortunately, my two children are both over twenty-one now. They had parties for their 18th, which were more than the average celebration but the big bashes were reserved for their 21st birthdays.
We had a bit of a problem when it came to booking a venue for our kid's 18th birthday. None of the pubs or clubs wanted an 18th celebration on their premises, and we ended up throwing the parties at home. Eighteen is the legal age for drinking in the UK and the managers didn't want eighteen year olds who would bring lots of under age friends with them. They were worried about losing their license and I can understand their predicament. Under age drinking is a big problem in the UK.
Whatever age people might consider to be the age of maturity, an 18th birthday is pretty special. In the UK, an 18th birthday means you can vote in elections and drink alcohol, although I suspect that the vast majority of teenagers do not wait until their legal age! The next level of minimum wage kicks in and you can serve on a jury. All this and a party too!

Monday, October 16, 2006


Back sooon ,, Sorry got to fly .. hehehe