TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:RE: A wee story for you... From:"Cook, Jenise" <jenise -dot- cook-crabbe -at- pacificlife -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Tue, 19 Jun 2001 10:04:26 -0700
BB (and list members):
I've already sent you a long e-mail off list. However, there were a couple
of things that, IMVHO, I thought would be helpful to put in the archives.
So, I repeat them here.
===Tech Whirler tie in===
Relocating to another state for a tech writer job can present many
challenges. It's good to examine one's values and lifestyle, then use the
list to chat (off list) with folks who live in the area in which you are
interested. Ask the hard questions of people and find out what living in the
community will *really* be like.
As a third-generation Californian, I'm so sorry you've experienced that
insincerity. I have, too, and I've also been guilty of that "let's do lunch"
behavior sometimes. Four years in Arizona ('94 to '98) helped me see how
people in other states behave, and I am so grateful. (AZ, I love you and
miss you!) Thanks for the reminder to be more human, more genuine.
===What can you do?===
If there are people you'd really like to have lunch with, be persistent.
Call, call, and call again and force them to set a firm date and time. If
the people are nice, and you'd like to get to know them better, don't give
up. In Southern California, people tend to get *very* busy and stress
themselves out. They limit their circle of friends to a small number.
Sometimes, they forget how wonderful it is to just sit at a local coffee
house and shoot the breeze for two hours. You may be the one to help them
slow down a bit. Blow off the "fake" ones who really don't care about
others, only about themselves. There are some really, really neat people in
this state (yes, even in Southern California). One has to work hard and dig
down deep to find them.
Pick your favorite charity, nonprofit, etc., and get involved. For example,
"even Californians" who are dedicated volunteers for the Special Olympics,
AIDS Walk, Salvation Army, or American Cancer Society (etc.) are genuine
If you're near Orange County, I'll go to coffee with you! And, my local STC
chapter makes living here very worth while. (I love you guys, if you're on
BB (and other TWs lonely in new locales), hang in there. I've learned we
have to take the initiative a lot. Dig deep and you'll find the genuine
jcook -at- pacificlife -dot- com
From: biffa bacon [mailto:biffa_baconus -at- yahoo -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2001 8:41 AM
Subject: Re: A wee story for you...
When I moved to California, people would say: call me,
or let's have lunch...not being from California I
believed them...Oh, the horrified looks and the silly
comments I got because I thought they were sincere.
Unless I know someone really well, I don't beleive
anyone...that's what living here has done!
*** Deva(tm) Tools for Dreamweaver and Deva(tm) Search ***
Build Contents, Indexes, and Search for Web Sites and Help Systems
Available now at http://www.devahelp.com or info -at- devahelp -dot- com
Sponsored by Cub Lea, specialist in low-cost outsourced development
and documentation. Overload and time-sensitive jobs at exceptional
rates. Unique free gifts for all visitors to http://www.cublea.com
You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as: archive -at- raycomm -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/ for more resources and info.