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The toxic chemical interview

May 27th, 2011 at 05:03 pm


More from the Cat in a Basket series...


This morning I met the web developer whom I found on Craig's List in the parking lot of his client, the owner of a small chemical company whom I was to interview so I can write the website content.

It was a little weird, becus the web developer said he wanted me to pose as his employee, not a contractor. I know it makes him look good; I don't care as long as I get paid. (He gave me a $300 check for deposit.)

But anyway, it felt a little weird because I met him 5 minutes before we went in together to see the client. Web developer, a young guy in his 20s, let me use his laptop to take notes and then he emailed them to me later. He was not very friendly on the phone. Maybe it's just his cautious nature until he sees how I work out.

The interview went well, although the owner was not particularly articulate and i had to keep going back to questions that he hadn't really answered. I pretty much managed the interview and web guy mostly listened, though he started asking some of his own questions midway through. I think we worked fairly well together. Sometimes it can feel like pulling teeth to get good material from someone, but in this case i think i have enough.

I had a lot of really good questions and i even made some suggestions to the owner, not all of which had to do with the copy, that he liked, so i think i must've scored points with the web developer. Afterwards, we got a little tour of the factory; they're in the business of distributing chemicals to all sorts of businesses (automotive, electronics, aerospace) that need the chemicals for metal finishing purposes. The chemicals are applied to the surface of the "annode," or different metals, in order to make various parts corrosion resistant, or perform in a certain way.

I plan to write this up this weekend.

Yesterday at Trader Joe's, the woman in back was giving away the most delicious samples of a recipe. So on the way home from toxic chemical place, I stopped at Shop Rite and picked up the ingredients for this delicious summer salad, and oh so easy, too.

Take a bag of frozen edamame (soybeans) and put it in a bowl with half a bag of frozen corn. Let both dethaw. Add 1 can of rinsed black beans, chopped red onion and grape tomatoes sliced in half. Add Goddess dressing. Delicious!! This one's a keeper.



I've been making good progress tearing out the Virginia creeper growing under the big white pine. Every year, various weeds take over and it looks so unsightly. I'm also back to daily watering of my new grass area, lest it dry out in this hot weather. What I really would love to have is one of those old-fashioned sprinklers that you hook up to the hose. But I don't want to spend the money on it; maybe i can find one on freecycle.

A friend of mine, also long-term unemployed, is in worse shape than I am. He rents in a very ritzy town, paying the same amount monthly as I pay for mortgage and insurance. He's being sued by the attorney who got him his divorce a number of years ago; it cost him $20K and he still owes him $2K. He just doesn't have the money but has to show up in court this week.

Can't wait til i start my newspaper coupon experiment on Sunday. Those coupons better be good! Front lawn already ready for another mowing.

6 Responses to “The toxic chemical interview”

  1. M E 2 Says:



    In most, if not all areas, because of the holiday weekend, there will be NO coupons in the paper. There never are on a holiday weekend.

  2. Jennifer Says:

    I LOVE your pictures!

  3. CB in the City Says:

    In my work, I read a lot of company websites, and I can attest that the writing quality is often very poor! They should be embarrassed! I think there is a lot of potential work for you out there!

  4. crazyliblady Says:

    Do you have a recipe for the salad?

  5. patientsaver Says:

    The salad recipe from Trader Joe's was pretty much the way I described it in the post. They didn't offer specific measurements other than to say, "a half bag of corn" and "a can of black beans." It would be hard to do it wrong, I think. I used about 1/3 cup of chopped onion, a full plastic container of the tomatoes and i think the bag of soybeans was about 10 oz. Hope you enjoy it!

  6. patientsaver Says:

    As th what ME 2 said, you're absolutely right...there were NO food coupons in last week's paper. Doesn't make any sense to me at all, I mean, people are going to do just as much foodshopping then as any other time...

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