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Unemployed, Again

It’s said that the quickest way to become employed after becoming unemployed is to tell people so that you’ve got help finding employment again. 

I have become unemployed, again.  The hows and the whys are not important.  Simply stated Island View felt that my services were no longer needed.  Hours of debate could be sent back and forth as to the correctness or incorrectness of their decision, but the bottom line is that the decision has been made and won’t be reversed.

At a recent job fair I learned that, in a recession, 10% of the jobs available are in what is called the “hidden labor market.”  These are jobs that are available but not placed out for public notice.  I also learned that randomly submitting applications online will give you a 1 in 400 chance at getting an interview, where as working with people that you know gives you a 1 in 4 chance. 

I am unemployed, oh world of the internets!  I am happy to give my resume to anyone who wants it.  My email address is reese.cooper at gmail dot com.  My profile can be found here.  An online copy of my resume can be seen here.  My areas of interest include marketing, public relations, human resources, and various other fields.  If you know of any work, or know someone who knows of any work, please help me get in touch with them. 

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Posted by on May 19, 2011 in Life


The Round Up

So what’s been going on, you may be asking?  Then again, maybe not.  Here’s the round up.

  • I started Insanity and it has been going well.  The deer hunt then a week of training at work threw off my schedule, but I’ll be back into it shortly.
  • The deer hunt was short and non-productive in the matter of killing deer (however a pine hen was taken).  But I did get to spend three days with my dad and my brother, which was more important than anything else.
  • I don’t remember if I’d mentioned that I’ve been experiencing some work related anxiety.  I’m on the up swing now and things are much, much better.
  • The Stupid Party won a huge majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and picked up a few seats in the U.S. Senate too.  Hopefully they won’t screw up as badly as last time or else this country is totally screwed.
  • The University of Utah football team looked about as poorly as my old High School football team when they were destroyed by TCU.  That sucked.
  • I’m really starting to enjoy most of the programming on Freedom 570, which means that I’m listening to less of the programming on 1430 KLO, with Dennis Prager being an exception since he’s on while I’m driving home from work.
  • I’m happy to see that MSNBC showed their true colors by saying that their lead douche was “suspended indefinitely” only to bring him back a few days later.  To be honest, he’ll be back on the air later than I had expected.
  • I wish I had more time to go to the range.  My XD is feeling neglected and my LCP needs a proper break in.  I guess I could make the time, but that is unlikely to happen.
  • I’m happy to see that President Obama is helping keep costs to a minimum during his trip to India with his posse.

And uh, yeah, that’s all I got.  Oh, one other fun bit of news – I was called as an Elders Quorum instructor.  Yep, one Sunday a month I get to dust off my teaching skills and breathe some new life into church doctrine.

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Posted by on November 8, 2010 in Life


Old Spice

This is why I smell like Ice, Wind and Freedom.

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Posted by on October 7, 2010 in Life


Scripture of the Day

I’ve been struggling with some anxiety at work recently.  Today on the phone a good friend shared this scripture:

Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee….  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  (2 Tim. 1:6-7)

Posted by on September 29, 2010 in Life


The Things I Do For My Job! (Follow Up Edition)

Went to Moab and had a great time.  I got 230 pages into Dracula during the ride there and back.  While there, we spent almost 4 hours kayaking roughly 13 miles of the Colorado River from Hittle Bottom to Take Out Beach.  I went in the drink twice and even managed to lose my wedding ring during my second dunk.  Yes, I know, I shouldn’t have been wearing it but I didn’t think about it because it never comes off my finger.  I didn’t even know it was gone until I was trying to get back into my ducky.  We then hiked up to some fossilized dinosaur tracks and saw some really cool petroglyphs.

All in all, not a bad way to earn 18.5 hours of over time.  It was nice to see some of the residents in a setting out side of the treatment center and to do something that seemed a little detached from “therapy” or “treatment.”

Oh, and my broken finger held up fine.

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Posted by on September 22, 2010 in Follow up, Life


The Things I Do For My Job!

As I’ve mentioned, I work at a residential treatment center for teenagers.  Some things about my job are not great.  However, every now and then a little bonus comes along that makes it all worth it.  For example, I get to go camping in Moab for the next three days and get paid a ton of overtime while doing it :).  I’ll have to suffer through kayaking and hiking in beautiful Southern Utah with five of my favorite residents (is it bad to admit that I have favorites?).  I won’t be posting any pictures, needing to maintain resident confidentiality and all, but I’ll give a full report when I get back.


Posted by on September 15, 2010 in Life


Weak-Hand Shooting Practice

Something I’ve read about from time to time on the interwebz is “weak-hand” shooting.  Usually it’s on a message board where some mall ninja is talking about his experiences with spec-ops team that you’ve never heard of because it’s so uber-classified that the President doesn’t even know it exists.

Okay, back to reality.  In a self defense situation, do you really need to be able to shoot weak-hand and should you practice?  Before Thursday I would have answered that question saying “more than likely not.”

Now, to avoid the appearance and accusations of being a mall ninja, I have not been involved in a self defense situation where I needed to use my weak hand.  I was, however, playing flag football at work (yes, I like my job) and I broke the pinky finger on my right (read strong/dominant) hand.

Thankfully the spiral fracture does not require surgery or even a cast, only to be buddy taped using the finger next to it as a splint.  But this brings me to the point of my post – weak-hand shooting.  I have NEVER practiced shooting weak-handed.  I don’t even has a carry rig that will allow me to carry my .45 and draw it left handed.  That firearm will now sit in my safe for the next six weeks unless I’m able to get to the range and get some practice in with my left hand.

Thank goodness for the Ruger LCP.  A few weeks ago, Impact Guns in Ogden was running a special on LCP’s: $264.  I’d been saving up for a pocket pistol and when I saw that deal I had to get it.  Carried in a Blackhawk! Inside Pocket holster, I’ve been able to switch Elsie Pea from my right pocket to my left.

I wish I would have done some weak-handed shooting practice before this unfortunate event.  Do I think it’s necessary because your hand could become disabled during a fire fight?  No.  But you never know when  game of flag football might force you to change your carry routine.

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Posted by on September 11, 2010 in Guns, Life, Self Defense


Where I’ve Been

I’ve been around, I just haven’t been here.  Working a swing shift with out access to a computer gives me pretty much zero time to blog.  With the boys, mornings are all filled up.

This blog used to be a place where I could vent my concerns with politics and pretty much anything else that had caught my attention.  After a while that became draining and I didn’t want to exert my energies raging about the latest thing that Dear Leader and his minions have done that annoy me.

Surprisingly, working in a therapeutic environment with teenagers has taught me some things and made me ask myself some questions.  As this blog is proof, when I hear a piece of news that I don’t agree with I tend to get upset and rant a little.  As time went by I found that I was getting more and more angry.  The question became, why am I getting angry?  Anger is a secondary emotion, a way to cover for something else that is going on.  The question is, why was I choosing to react through anger to said news (politicians actions mostly)?  The answer varied with each new question and won’t be shared here.

Hopefully I’m back now and this blog will go back to what I loved about it before – writing intelligently about politics, firearms, family, religion, and so on.

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Posted by on September 11, 2010 in Blogging, Life


The Digital Switch

I know that the television digital switch happened a long time ago but I’m finally annoyed enough to complain about it.  Sure, getting some additional channels on my regular TV is nice but for the first time in since I was 11 I’m having to mess with rabbit ears!

You see, my television is not compatible with the digital signal so I decided to purchase a converter box since my TV was only a couple of years old and still works really well.  The purchase of the digital converter was accompanied by the purchase of rabbit ears and depending on the channel, I have to adjust the arms so that the signal is clear.

In the old days if the picture wasn’t clear it was snowy but it didn’t interrupt your viewing.  Now when the picture isn’t clear it’s all blocky and pixelated and everything from picture to sound is interrupted.  I thought this digital switch was supposed to be a step forward?

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Posted by on August 13, 2010 in Life


A Positive Outlook

Alan, of Snarky Bytes fame, has a positive outlook on the future of America.

To sum up – yes, things are bad, but they’ve been worse and America has always come out the better for it.  Go.  Read.  Enjoy.

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Posted by on August 12, 2010 in Conflict Studies, History, Life


When Strengths Become Weaknesses

D turned on the TV this morning and stumbled across an address by Dallin H. Oaks on KBYU.

The Lord warned the first generation of Latter-day Saints to “beware concerning yourselves” (D&C 84:43). I seek to remind each of us of the mortal susceptibilities and devilish diversions that can unite to produce our spiritual downfall.

He goes on to cover such topics as:

  1. Gospel Hobbies
  2. Misapplication of Spiritual Gifts
  3. A Desire to Be Led in All Things
  4. An Intense Focus on Goals
  5. Neglect or Distortion of Family Duties

and others.  Go. Read. Enjoy.


Posted by on June 11, 2010 in Life, Religion



D is 3 years old and he absolutely loves movies, just like his dad.  I’m pretty sure if we would let him, he’d just sit and watch movies all day.  As we watch various shows, randomly he’ll point to the television and say, “look, it’s dad.”  Here are some of the identities that have been attributed to me:

There are others that I can’t remember right now.  The question is, how do I interpret this?  Mr. Incredible – okay, I get that one.  Brigham Young – well, I did have a beard for a while.  It wasn’t anything near the size of Brigham’s though.  And Darth Vader, really?  What have I done to traumatize my son into thinking I’m a Dark Lord of the Sith?

Maybe he sees me as large and powerful.  That’s a common theme that can be seen in these three people.  I think I’ll interpret it that way.


Posted by on May 21, 2010 in Family, Life


Becoming Provident Providers

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Posted by on May 16, 2010 in Economy, Family, Life, Money


Raquel Welch

I found an interesting editorial on written by Raquel Welch.

…as I’ve grown older over the past five decades — from 1960 to 2010 — and lived through this revolutionary period in female sexuality, I’ve seen how it has altered American society — for better or worse.

Seriously, folks, if an aging sex symbol like me starts waving the red flag of caution over how low moral standards have plummeted, you know it’s gotta be pretty bad. In fact, it’s precisely because of the sexy image I’ve had that it’s important for me to speak up and say: Come on girls! Time to pull up our socks! We’re capable of so much better.

Read the rest.  I may surprise you.

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Posted by on May 11, 2010 in Family, Life, Special Interest


This Weekend Officially Sucks!!! (Follow Up Edition)

Okay, so I mentioned yesterday how this weekend blows.  Well, it got a little bit worse, and a little more scary, last night.  As mentioned, Tammy started not feeling well Saturday morning.  She was just exhausted.  We canceled D’s birthday party and were upset about that.  Well it’s a good thing we did.

At 4pm, Tammy went from exhausted worse.  She began spending a lot of time in the bathroom.  By 9:30 we decided to call the University Hospital’s nurse-midwife emergency hotline.  They recommended that we get Tammy in and get her some fluids.

Tammy’s mom came over and watched D for us.  We were checked in by 10:30 and Tammy was running a fever of 100.94 F (38.3 C).  Within a few hours she was up to 102 F (38.9 C).  Around 2am she was admitted to the emergency short stay and her temp had come back down to 100.94 F (38.3 C).  She had received 3 bags of fluids before 3am and would have 4.5 in total before being released at 2pm today.

We’re home now and she’s resting.  Her stomach has settled and she’s been able to eat a little bit.  We’ll do our best to keep her hydrated.  Under normal circumstances this wouldn’t have been so scary but at 28 weeks pregnant, dehydration and a fever can be bad news for baby.  Boy #2 seems to be doing well and showed no signs of distress during our 15.5 hour stay at the hospital.


Posted by on May 9, 2010 in Family, Follow up, Life

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