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What was the best thing about the Twin City Tea Party meeting Monday night?

March 30, 2010

Answer:  The Border Wings & Margaritas!  Close 2nd: Being in the company of Roxanne.  Last: Sitting beside DaTechGuy.

That last was a joke.

To be as blunt as possible.  Any blog post I write about it would do far less damage to the conservative movement in central Massachusetts than  Kenneth Mandile, the organizer and speaker from the Worcester Tea Party did for the Twin City Tea Party movement in North Central Massachusetts and its members in attendance.

He made such a ridiculous statement, “Sarah Palin is not the Tea Party” that prompted me to get up and walk out!

This same individual when opening his speech earlier in the night told the Twin City Tea Party members to “avoid social issues…and focus on fiscal responsibility”  This same leader who later stated that the same members attend a ‘activist training course’ in Danvers, Massachusetts so that they can learn how to protest from such ‘grassroots organizations’  like Americans For Prosperity, Sam Adams Alliance, and American Liberty Alliance.

When a member asked why they would need to have ‘activist training’, he avoided the question.  She asked again.  I prompted raised my hand and stated ‘I watch a lot on MSNBC.  I have heard these organization names before.  Don’t you believe that the reason why grassroots organizations are being called ‘astroturf’ by the left is because you promote ‘activist training’  by these specific corporations?

He defended his opinion, by avoiding my question and claiming that since they don’t support republican candidates (even though my question was about corporations) that the training is warranted.

There were plenty of good questions asked.  Some local candidates spoke and took questions.  Most made the jabs at the current administration in Washington & Massachusetts about health care, spending, etc.  I, of course, asked questions such as who were the state Governors over that same period of time for the study and they answered Weld (R), Romney (R), & Swift (R), Patrick (D).  I then asked under which Governor is credited with the current Massachusetts Health Care System and the audience answered Romney as the speaker answered Romney as well.

Prior to the Mr Mandile, the meeting was spot on.  I was enjoying myself.  I agreed with some points, disagreed with most, I stayed open-minded and wanted to hear the other side I can form my own opinions.

Be sure to check Datechguy’s page,,  for his impression of the meeting and that of Roxanne as well. I’m sure it’s linked.

Oh , and as I always say, form your own opinions.  Here’s the website for Kenneth Mandile’s Worcester Tea Party  There’s a tax day event in Worcester on April 15th you can check out if that’s your cup of tea.  I just can’t understand how a group can be motivated by such a monotone, unenthusiastic, extremely boring public speaker who rambles on and on.  We even clapped when he finished talking so that he could take the hint and get off the stage.  He didn’t get the hint and assumed we wanted more.  UGH.

Oh also, if you speak in such a boring monotone voice DON’T quote Teddy Roosevelt from your BlackBerry!

If he we’re the head football /basketball coach giving the pregame speech to motivate his adult players to win the big game against a team of children, I would bet all my $$ on the children!


An interview story

March 5, 2010

Last March the interviews in Minneapolis were starting to settle down.  After a two week span of sending out resumes and getting no response I tried applying for jobs online in Massachusetts.  If I could set up a few interviews who knows what could happen.

 I ended up getting a few responses and since I had nothing set up in Minneapolis I booked a flight for Boston.  As soon as I landed in Massachusetts I called and confirmed my interview with a well-known family pizza restaurant in New England.  I was meeting with the management recruiter the next morning in Leominster.

I arrived for my 8:00 am interview at 7:45.  I waited in my rental car until the employees started to arrive.  At 8:00 I knocked on the locked door and the staff let me in.  The recruiter had not yet arrived but the morning manager said I could wait for her in the dining room area.  I took a seat and prepared my things.  I took out my portfolio and looked over my resume.

After a few minutes I was greeted by the recruiter.  She offered me a fountain drink and I accepted.  She walked behind the counter took a cup and filled it with ice and soda.  She placed it in front of me with a straw beside it.  Then sat down.  I thanked her for the drink then offered her my resume.  Then we began talking.  As expected she asked what I thought about Massachusetts, what I liked best about managing a family pizza restaurant in Minneapolis, you know the usual questions.

I answered all the questions she had and pointed out that I had only been in Minneapolis for the last four years; but I was originally from Massachusetts. I actually grew up in the neighboring city.  I felt that she was quite impressed with my responses and since I was familiar with the area, she wanted me to have a second interview the next day with the district manager in Framingham, a city thirty five miles away.  I said that would work out fine for me.  She checked her district manager’s schedule in her Blackberry and confirmed a nine o’clock interview.

I went to Framingham the next day, Saturday, and interviewed with the District Manager.  He was new to the area and was also new to the position.  As usual,  I provided him with my resume and we discussed my experience.  I told him about  managing the pizza restaurant in Minneapolis from the beginning, the challenges I faced, and what I did to drive sales and consistently lead the market in customer count, ticket average, and sales.  I told stories about putting on the mascot costume prior to leaving and dancing out on the street to bring in extra business.  I also informed him how I had developed and improved measures in the area of inventory, labor control, and other daily tracking that were later implemented company wide.

Everything I answered was right on the money.  I could tell by his expressions that he was impressed.  When we finished up he shook my hand and let me know that I would be hearing from him again.  I left the interview knowing that I just had one of the best interviews I could ever have.  To use a local baseball cliché, I hit one over the monstah onto Lansdowne street.

The 60 minute drive home didn’t feel long at all.  I was thinking how great it would be that most likely within the next week I would be back to work again.  Nothing could ruin this day, it was going so well.  I hadn’t had a day like this in a long time and boy could I really use it.

When I got home the mailman was just leaving.  I went to the mailbox, opened it took everything and walked inside.  I scanned through the letters and there was one addressed to me and put it to the side.  It was from the pizza restaurant dated yesterday;  it’s probably one of those optional diversity questionnaires that companies send out, I thought. 

I turned the letter around and inserted my finger under the sealing flap and slid down to the middle.  I did the same on the other side until the envelope flap flipped up.  I gripped the letter with my thumb and index finger and took it out,  unfolded it and began reading:

Thank you for taking the time to meet with us.  While your experience is impressive we have decided to pursue other candidates.   Good luck in your continued job search.


I had just got home from my second interview and the rejection letter has already arrived in the mail; if the recruiter didn’t want me why did she waste my time and have me meet with the district manager today?  It didn’t come as a surprise; after nine months of rejection you kind of just get used to it and just move on. 

On the brighter side I had another interview scheduled for Monday so it wasn’t like I didn’t have another chance to find suitable employment.

On a side note: I was  impressed with the efficiency of the United States Postal Service.