Is it a SCAM if?

This post, by far, is my most read. I find this incredibly disheartening for a number of reasons (one is the vain hope that I write more interesting things than stumbling upon a scam). Regardless, since this is my most popular post, it clearly means lots of folks are getting hit with this awful scam. So, I am updating this post with some of the suggestions in the comment fields.

  1. Buyer beware, if it is an anonymous ad, be wary of giving out too much private information.
  2. Only give your resumes to companies you can verify, preferably with legit info in the ad. Second preference would be a company that you can search easily to get the legit information.
  3. Never, ever post your references to an on-line ad. Let’s protect their privacy too.
  4. If you get it on Craig’s List, make sure to flag it as scam.
  5. The Fountain Group of Companies, a.k.a. Mr. Edmund Wilson, are well documented scammers in Utah, and probably other states. Too bad they don’t mention that in the original ad. But, again, they are scammers.

The rest of this post details the original ad I responded to along with the response. Good luck, and don’t get scammed!

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Workin’ 9 to 5 (and a quote for job seekers that I love)

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“I’m interested in your initiative more than anything else. If you can take the initiative, if you can react quickly, that’s important to me. I like to see people who have worked their way through school, because, to do that you had to be very organized. Organization is very important if you’re growing a business.”
~ Carey Smith, CEO of Big Ass Fans(as told to the New York Times, 12/28/13)

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Cookies & Pancakes

I made up a pancake recipe tonight. No oil. A little too much sugar, but I will cut it in half next time.

No Oil Buttermilk Pancakes

  • 2 farm fresh eggs
  • 2 cups local, lightly pasteurized buttermilk (1 pint)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 6 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (will decrease to 1 tablespoon next time)
  • 1/2 teaspoon homemade pure bourbon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup organic applesauce
  • 2 cups flour (1 1/2 cups hard red, organic flour; 1/2 cup unbleached white flour; all stoneground)
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup hand-picked, local, organic blueberries, frozen

I mix the eggs and buttermilk, quickly whisking. Then, I add the powdery items (sea salt, baking powder, sugar, vanilla), mixing until well incorporated. Quickly add and mix applesauce, flour, and oats. Stir in blueberries. Drop by the estimated quarter cup on to a hot non-stick skillet. If you use cast iron, make sure the pan is well seasoned. If sticking occurs, use oil or butter. Try not to get too distracted by the milk delivery so you can turn the pancakes at the right time!

The next recipe is one of my favorites, and now one of my family’s favorites. This is a recipe for my grandmother’s “no-bake cookies.” For the other learned folks out there, they can be called “on-top-of-the-stove cookies” as some cooking is done.

Clearly evidenced as the family favorite.
Clearly evidenced as the family favorite.

Grandma Pat’s No Bake Cookies

  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa (can add more as desired)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup peanut butter (creamy works best)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 cups oatmeal (quick oats work best)

Boil for one minute: sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk. Add a pinch of salt, and peanut butter. Melt peanut butter. Add vanilla. Add oats in two parts, stirring until fully incorporated. Drop by the spoonful unto waxed paper. Makes more than 9 cups of cookies!

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There’s only one way from the bottom

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What does it mean to plan from the bottom up and why is it relevant? Some folks hear the term so often, they can only see its trite attempt at anything meaningful. But, what happens when it happens in a meaningful manner? What does it look like?

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Justified Nap

Trail Mix with Processed M&Ms
Giant bowl of trail mix includes: 2.5lbs of granola, 2lbs lightly salted peanuts, 1-2 C raisins, and two large packages of m&ms.

“And, no more ‘nap when he naps’, OK?” That’s what Levi’s doctor said during his 3 year check up. He also gave the advice of “no processed” food, so it is evident this is his catch-all advice and not specific to one situation over another. This post, for lack of a more clever thesis, is about advice.

I chuckled when his doctor said that. He doesn’t remember that I have Grave’s Disease, and he certainly didn’t know that my thyroid levels were coming down. I think I muttered (maybe just in my head), “We’ll see,” with a chuckle. Yes, I will take a nap thank you, when I am tired. Sometimes, dear doctor I operate on five hours of sleep, and napping while my dear Levi-bug naps, is necessary for everyone’s sanity.

The whole processed food thing was really entertaining. I blinked and looked at him, “Like what?” “We’re suggesting parents limit things like fruit roll ups (light goes off, ‘oh duh’) granola bars, etc.” I looked at him and said, “If I want a granola bar, I’ll make one myself.” He chuckled, “I don’t need to know how.”

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Patience. Persistence.

I am by no means there. But, there’s a light. And, I think I can see it. 2007 was a difficult year. 2008 I graduated. 2009 was a difficult, purpose-less year. I felt like everything I studied, everything I wanted, was just out of reach.

Then, suddenly, 2010. I have realized I am doing what I want. Albeit without pay. But, that’s why I’m meeting with a SCORE counselor tomorrow. How can I really take all that knowledge swimming around in my head, make a modest income, pay off my student loans, and still do what I love?

Let the journey begin.