Kathy Elrick

Kathy Elrick
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
December 31
Ex-grad student, desperately seeking way back. Wannabe politico, die-hard protester in the couch district. Single malt whisky appreciator, Scotland lover.


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FEBRUARY 28, 2012 1:29PM

Cry to Action

National news media is preoccupied with a farce:  Republican primaries.  We are constantly distracted by pundits talking about leaders, instead of talking about issues.  In all of the Republican debates we’ve currently had, there has been no substantial discussion of issues. Read full post »

FEBRUARY 22, 2012 1:59PM

Morning Jolt

It’s been a while since last I posted.  This may make it seem like I’ve become complacent in my temp position.  I mean, originally it was something I thought I’d be lucky to have more than a week.  It’s almost been 3 months. 

However, throughout that time,… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 7, 2012 2:21PM

Old Lesson, New Trick

in grad school, my kitchen A professor once told me, “don’t spend too much time in the kitchen.”  Even at the time, there was no real context behind that statement; I didn’t know if he was saying I was fat, I needed to spend more time on my graduate work or studies, or cooking was too/… Read full post »

JANUARY 20, 2012 1:03PM

Gingrich's Skill

Marriage is an unspoken litmus test for a presidential candidate.  Most of the male Republican candidates have sidestepped this, until last night.  Possibly because it’s a foregone conclusion that that kind of talk isn’t on the table in spite of other ideological wedge issue tal/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 28, 2011 10:33AM

Temps II: Jobs 101

A comment from the previous post reminded me of something I’ve been starting to mull over, not just because it’s that time of year, but because the one thing I don’t hear enough about right now:  hope.  It’s not just a campaign slogan, it’s a frame of mind/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 20, 2011 6:58AM

Temps: Employed with_____?

I'm technically employed.  But I don't know for how long.  And honestly, I don't know with whom.

I am currently a temp or "contractor," working in an administrative position.  Yet technically, I don't work for the people I'm working with everyday - I work for the temp agency.  At… Read full post »

DECEMBER 4, 2011 8:08PM

ProcrastiNation - Smells like lemon.

I’ve got a temp job, and I just finished my first fulltime week ever!  This is marvelous!  However.  I can’t quite break out the bubbly just yet.  There are a few things that make this situation more complicated, the outcome of which has been what I will fondly remembe… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 15, 2011 8:23PM

Freedom to Speak, Freedom to Die.

The courts have decreed the Occupiers move.  According to the court’s ruling, if you don’t have your own home, or at least a place that is not public property, you cannot protest by pitching a tent.  Police have enforced this, dismantling Zuccotti Park like it was a house of car/Read full post »

NOVEMBER 7, 2011 10:16AM

Silent Killers

It’s a sham, not a shame.  I’m sick and tired of applying online.  It’s a pit.  There’s no guarantee you will ever receive that bit of sanity that you sent off as an email inquiry or application into the ether ever again because no one answers.  You type a… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2011 1:40PM

Degrees of Separation

            Still continuing the job search while working part time for the lawyer.  There have been few hiccups to disrupt this chaos that is now routine yet overwhelms my mind with a malaise that would make a nihilist grin.  As the da… Read full post »

October 21 was a beautiful crisp fall day in Philadelphia, and Representative Eric Cantor (R-VA) never showed up.  Rep. Cantor was scheduled to speak at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania on Friday afternoon.  Just minutes before the event was supposed to take… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 20, 2011 9:28PM

Occupied: My Mother?!

Wall Street calls Occupy protesters names.  Jonathan Schell writes in the Nation about how white collar workers going into the buildings do this to belittle the Occupy movement and shame individuals who speak up and peacefully assemble. It’s a revival of an old shaming tactic, calling prot/Read full post »

Sitting in front of a computer at Arcadia University’s library, I have three things on my mind:  When will I hear back about the interview from last week from the job I really want for right now?  What job descriptions should I plug into Career Builder, etc sites today that keep/Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2011 4:07PM

Foraging for Food Stamps II

Going to the Philadelphia County Assistance Office in September paid off!  Even though I was supposed conduct the interview by phone, getting them the materials they wanted got me food stamps!  The place I just moved from got the letter confirming my eligibility, and that I should soon rece… Read full post »

Reading Louis Hyman’s op-ed from yesterday’s NYTimes, I remember when my mom Mom went to Kmart for layaway.  I was a kid in the Reagan era, and the term “lawaway” was synonomous with picking up school items and Christmas gifts.  My dad was occasionally unemployed bec/Read full post »

Moving is generally a difficult and trying experience, but couch surfing with people you know?  It teaches you manners, how to be a good guest, and the power of good networks. 

            The one thing I can’t broadcast enough… Read full post »

OCTOBER 7, 2011 2:14AM

Looking for Work While Going to Work

Time management is not something I’ve ever been good at.  Like any individual in this economy, I try to do what’s needed.  But when there is no daily routine or regimen, there are interviews or calls that need to be answered – when you’re in the middle of the part-ti… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 6, 2011 10:33AM

Foraging for Food Stamps

Last week I went to the Philadelphia County Assistance Office for an interview on food stamps.  Outside the building, there was a large crowd of people who were there for general economic assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, and Irene assistance.  It wasn’t an organized scene, there wer… Read full post »

OCTOBER 4, 2011 11:15AM

Response to WaPo Wonk

            What has now become known as “Occupy Wall Street” (OWS) has gained momentum in the internet circles of facebook, tumblr and some blogs, including newspapers like the Washington Post.  The Wonk offered a somewhat jaded… Read full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2011 5:53PM

My Health Insurance - In the toilet.

            My thesis covered the health reform debate from last year, reviewing the conversational ups and downs of the then proposed legislation.  While I still have only read summaries and snippets of the entire thing from sites like Open… Read full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2011 1:21PM

Resume gripe: Objective this

            Career centers at colleges and universities speak in a different language than the real world, or so I’m thinking as I look at the kinds of entry level jobs out there on these job search engines – including theirs!  T… Read full post »

            My resume is loaded on at least 5 different popular career search sites.  My resume information is on at least 10 different less known sites along with that.  It is also on several different company sites in the Philadelphia… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 10:09AM

Over Educated, Under Funded.

What is this blog to be about?  How about, what it’s like to be burdened with student loans in this economy?  Or, what it’s like to be looking for entry level jobs with two masters degrees?  But not necessarily why MSNBC and The Daily Show have become my life lines while… Read full post »