By: joealaska , 1:43 AM GMT on August 29, 2013

Another big holiday weekend coming up. I plan on hitting the road for about a week. Heading toward New Mexico. I am sure it will be cooler than here, where it is too hot to golf. Looking forward to sitting behind the wheel of a car rather than staring a computer all day. I leave Friday morning.

But I will continue to search job listings as I travel. I search listings 24 hours old or less, and I look everyday at listings in 15 states. Normally there are between 1000 and 1200 listings. I search using various search words, but I till have to sift through a lot of CRAP. I think the employers use more hot words than what applies, so more people see the listing.

So out of 1100 listings yesterday I see a job in DUTCH. Six years ago it may have looked interesting. The biggest processor in Dutch, Unisea, is looking for an inventory manager. At the time I was looking for listings in Arizona. There is the listing, and it says RELOCATE TO DUTCH HARBOR. Why is the listing in Arizona listings? I saw it listed in other state listings too. Another game the employers play. Right now I am not looking for work in Alaska.

I did get a call about an application I sent in for a job in San Antonio, TX. I like that area. Drive a half hour west and the trees stop and it is wild west Texas. The caller was with a company doing the hiring for the ultimate employer. They liked hearing about the job experience I had in Dutch.

Will report from THE ROAD.

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19. yellafella
1:35 PM GMT on September 01, 2013
so you talked with the interested employer?
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18. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
11:44 PM GMT on August 31, 2013
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17. dotmom
10:36 PM GMT on August 31, 2013
Have never been to San Antonio. Looks like a great place to visit!!!
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16. Arbie
6:21 PM GMT on August 31, 2013
San Antonio via Flickr.

Mission Concepcion
San Antonio::Mission Concepción

River Walk (county courthouse in the background)
Dusk at the Bexar County Courthouse

San Antonio Skyline

If you haven't been to the Alamo
The Alamo, San Antonio (Texas), 20 July 2004

Ethnic dancers "Bravo Folklorico"
Views of San Antonio, Texas, 148

Just in case somebody in the party forgets where they are...
San Antonio, North Star Mall Cowboy Boots

Rodeo Parade
San Antonio Rodeo Parade

What Joe REALLY cares about...

Westin La Cantera
San Antonio, Westin La Cantera Resort

TPC San Antonio (Oaks)
TPC San Antonio (Oaks)

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15. osdianna
5:55 PM GMT on August 31, 2013
Then there is the ginormous tsunamis caused by the slumping into the sea of the sides of the volcanoes that formed Hawaii; we on the west coast have those to anticipate. The results of the last one are seen in Australia...a 1000 foot-high run-up! It's a dangerous world we live in, even without man-made WMD's!

The coolest spot in the country is up here; we had almost half an inch of rain on Thursday, then a day to get used to the damp, and today it is blissfully sunny...and damp. My need for fresh air at all times (open windows) means my house smells mildew-y; need lots of fresh herbs, lavender, etc. to counteract that smell.
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14. Arbie
4:51 PM GMT on August 31, 2013
InsideUK: Every self respecting pub across Britain would have bangers and mash on its menu Arbie. The mushroom gravy is a bit off-piste – it really should be a thick, dark, rich onion gravy.

I wondered about that. Onion gravy would have been much better--and taken longer to cook. It was a course-cut, rather different tasting sausage (very good). I'm thinking it might have been British. Didn't really look lean though. :)

... and I was blissfully ignorant about the crazy, dangerous slide in the middle of the ocean. Thanks for that bit of knowledge, I guess. We're about 70 miles inland with an elevation of about 160 feet. I guess we're safe.
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13. insideuk
11:46 AM GMT on August 31, 2013
Every self respecting pub across Britain would have bangers and mash on its menu Arbie. The mushroom gravy is a bit off-piste – it really should be a thick, dark, rich onion gravy. The bangers are what make the dish though – a good British sausage would have a very high lean meat content, coarse cut, juicy and never pricked with a fork prior to cooking.

In my experience every country produces its own version of a sausage that any foreigner would find peculiar to their taste buds.


Quit that grinning.

That megatsunami that Dave speaks of would be caused be the sudden collapse of the western flank of the volcanic island of La Palma (part of the Spanish Canary Islands). Some scientists predicted that it could potentially cause a 160ft high wall of water to rush across the Atlantic hitting the entire eastern side of both the north and south American continents, creating high tide up to 16 miles inland (depending on local topography).

The good news is that you should get maybe 6 to 8 hours warning (if you pay attention closely at all times of the day and night right up until it happens) - and also that the first tsunami wave to hit is unlikely to be the biggest and most devastating.

That’ll be the 6th or 7th one bringing up the rear.

San Antonio should survive. So it gets the thumbs up here…

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12. Arbie
2:13 AM GMT on August 31, 2013
San Antonio. Old missions. The Riverwalk. Sea World and Six Flags. Cacti. Knarled live oaks. Hot. Spanish. I've heard mixed reviews. I think it depends which side of the tracks you're on. Like everywhere.

UK, I had some bangers and mash today at a British pub near where I work. Iinteresting. It was grilled sausage, mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes and green beans on the side. Good but unusual tasting to my American buds. Is that how it is typically served?

It is still triple digits F many days here or close to it. Even hotter in san Antonio! On the other hand, you can golf all winter.

By the way, a very long coast to coast Amtrak line goes through San Antonio. Unless they've closed parts of it.
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11. joealaska
10:29 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
DAY #1 was uneventful. Too hot for golf. 99 degrees here and bright sun.

510 miles.

Lonoke, Arkansas.
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10. DHaupt
9:35 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
Joe, maybe your are lucky or blessed to not be in the Aleutians today. There was a 7.0 quake just south of Adak Island at 8:25 am, Adak time. A 7 will definitely get one's attention -- rattle your teeth. Sounds like it was at the margin of the continental shelf; the tsunami risk would come from a gigantic underwater landslide that, thankfully, failed to occur. However, it is unwise to disturb massive hanging masses at the margins of continental shelves; it does nothing to improve their stability.

There is a known such landslide block off the coast of Africa that is estimated to be capable of wiping out nearly the entire State of Florida from clear across the Atlantic Ocean. Don't move there.
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9. Rotty3
6:19 PM GMT on August 30, 2013
drive safely, Joe. It's finally dried up a bit around here. Almost 10 weeks of wet left this area with >55+ inches of rain (I heard of one place a bit further SW of me that counted 106" since the beginning of the year!). Yes, northern FL got DUMPED on this year.

All the Best on the job interview, too. San Antonio is mostly a dry heat. Not too far from civilization either (sure beats having to wonder if the puddle jumper will be able to make it to the airport, I'm sure).

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8. insideuk
9:50 AM GMT on August 30, 2013
I was looking at Albuquerque's New Mexico weather, still on the 'rapid boil' scale of hotness there. This is my own personal scale - it hasn't yet been approved by WU but I may seek the Doc M's thoughts on it one day. Higher ground (gentle simmer) must be where the golfing possibilities lie.

Assuming you can avoid lightning?

Play with taller people?

Air con misters on a golf cart Dotmom? Posh! Though where is the reservoir? I have this image of a sloshing bucket of water on the roof waiting for a sharp corner at high speed. I believe that was on Youtube somewhere. Or possibly in a cartoon? Maybe one of Joes own videos.

I'm sure the street side air con I saw on TV would have at least got your glasses all misted up - it was a visible plume of water. Not that it would prevent ME from walking in it. I'd crash a golf cart into a fire hydrant to avoid 95f stuff.

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7. Alleyoops
12:37 AM GMT on August 30, 2013
Today's temp in Santa Fe NM, low to mid 80s. It's not any hotter than here at the moment UK. The more south you go, the warmer it gets. Temps at night are always around 70 or lower. The mountains make a difference to Arizona.
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6. cybersuze
9:59 PM GMT on August 29, 2013
Rain and flash flooding forecast for parts of new mexico this weekend! Stay aware and drive carefully!
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5. joealaska
8:08 PM GMT on August 29, 2013
The misters are all over Arizona. I do not recall if you actually feel the moisture itself. The water evaporates almost instantly. The result is a drop in the ambient temperature of 10 or 15 degrees.
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4. dotmom
5:45 PM GMT on August 29, 2013
UK, you won't believe it, but we (JoeKY and Dotmom) have encountered "misters" in golf carts. I am pretty sure it was Arizona. Been awhile. And - they really are nice. Forget the "do" when you are really hot - it feels great!
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3. insideuk
12:20 PM GMT on August 29, 2013
It looks sweltering in New Mexico too, at least for a few more days.

And Arizona. A heat index of 93f is the NIGHTIME LOW in Phoenix just now.

Bloody hell.


Has nobody invented an air conditioned golf course yet? There must be one somewhere...Qatar?...

They want to host the Football (soccer) World Cup there in +50c/122f July heat – they 'won' (bought) the contest to host it in 2022 – now all the nations that play football are looking at the average summer weather and thinking it will likely KILL the fans, maybe some players.

Don't they have outdoor shopping areas in California (?) that spray a mist of water into the the air to cool it down enough to hop from shop to shop? I'm sure I've seen that on TV...sounds like it could kill a hairdo but that wouldn't concern our Joseph on the golf course.

His driving of a golf cart is generally enough to rearrange his facial features, never mind his hair. I expect he's given himself a bare scalp for the trip anyway.

It gives the cats something to knit with whilst he's away. Joealpaca wool is very highly regarded. The soft, silky finish can be found adorning many a rare pedigree sows ear...

I wonder if you are truly narrowing the job search parameters in the most effective of ways, to really get down to the nitty gritty choices? I offer my list to put into the next search:

free time
free golf
free travel
free buffet

Let me know what comes up...
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2. osdianna
5:06 AM GMT on August 29, 2013
San Antonio is good...very different from Dutch, also very different from Louisville, closer to old friends with whom you play golf and take crazy rides across rough terrain. Wide open's all good.

Enjoy your trip, bucko.
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1. Ylee
2:07 AM GMT on August 29, 2013
Possible job interview in San Antone during the trip? Looks doable! I have an uncle that lives there, and he likes it alot!
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