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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Main Page of links fully revised....

Posted on 2007.06.24 at 21:24

MAIN PAGE of Links to Screencap entries:

Click HERE.

All finished!

(If you find a bad link on one of the pages, please let me know here. I disabled the comments on the links pages to keep them easier to load. Thanks!)

~ Mechtild


frolijah_fan_54 at 2007-06-25 03:27 (UTC) (Link)
What an amazing resource this is - thank you SO MUCH!!
mechtild at 2007-06-25 09:07 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Frolijah Fan!
verangel at 2007-06-25 03:49 (UTC) (Link)
I am totally overwhelmed. This is incredible..really. I haven't figured out how I wanted to save it all yet. I don't want to lose a bit of it...I bookmarked to fav..but I plan on keeping these. Its simply amazing...
hugs and thanks you...vxoxo
mechtild at 2007-06-25 09:09 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad they're a help, Verangel. They are to me, anyway. I hate not being able to find things, which was why I made the big screencaps table of links in the first place. But it really had got too cumbersome, taking ages to come up when opened. I think this is a big improvement with the table broken up into smaller pages.
melyanna_65 at 2007-06-25 20:19 (UTC) (Link)
You did a fantastic job, dear, thank you so much!

I've bookmarked the page, so that I can use it for further references.

mechtild at 2007-06-25 23:00 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Melyanna!
maewyn_2 at 2007-06-28 13:41 (UTC) (Link)
Well now, HAVEN'T you been busy??!!

You've put a huge amount of work into this. It's made it so much easier to find specific caps. Well done!

(By the way, how's your job going?)
mechtild at 2007-06-29 01:22 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I've been working on the new broken-down pages of links for several weeks, along with the screencap entries. I just do little bits during the week, but try to put things together during the larger blocks of waking time available on the weekends.

How's the job? Good. And the wages are super (instead of getting a check for 70 dollars for my 13 hours of temp work I get nearly 400 for 37 and a half hours at "real worker" wages. However, it will in by or during September. Along with the rest of the "full time provisional" library technicians, I took the test and again did not get a high enough score to go on to the interviews. Oh, well. One of us provisional workers did score high enough this time, so that was something for us to cheer for. Last year none of the provisionals got to compete for the real jobs. I thought I had a sad story, but I heard a much sadder one this time around. One of the provisionals (who also did not get a high enough score on the test to make the cut) has worked at the library before in a similar capacity, having moved to another state for a few years before returning to Duluth a few months ago. I asked if she had been a temp when she had been at the library before, and for how long. Heavens! She had had the real job! For six whole years! But because she had quit she had to be considered along with everyone else all over again. Fewer people were competing for the library job ten years ago, so I guess it was less difficult to make the cut. Anyway, how depressing! To have done the job for six years and done it well, and then not get to be reinstated! It's all so stupid. What a waste of talented people, already trained and doing the jobs. Now the library is going to have to train a pile of new people, all over again, to fill all these positions.

And I mean a lot of positions. A new contract argument has been in the works this last year so a lot of the people nearing retirement all retired all at once, to make sure they'd be able to get the benefits they signed on for. 40% of the staff is going to be leaving this summer. Still, all the people they hired last time based on the test all worked out so I suppose it will be fine in the end. But I would have loved to have kept the job, no free time and achey fingers and all.

Well, that's more than you wanted to hear, I'm sure. Rachel's calling me to watch a movie with her so I have to go. It's a good thing I have so few email messages to look at these days; I wouldn't have time to read and respond to them!

I hope you are well, Maewyn, and that you are not as sad about your mum.

~ Mechtild
maewyn_2 at 2007-06-30 14:59 (UTC) (Link)
That must be some tough test to get through! I think I mentioned this before, but surely hands-on experience ought to go somewhere towards giving a person a chance at the job. At least you've been able to earn a good salary, if only for a fairly short time.

I bet you're enjoying having Rachel home! How long is the summer break?

I'm doing OK. I still occasionally catch myself thinking about how I'll explain some news to Mum...
mechtild at 2007-06-30 16:09 (UTC) (Link)
I still occasionally catch myself thinking about how I'll explain some news to Mum...

I expect that's how I'll be, too. :) Rachel goes back to HI on Sept. 1. Next week we're going to California to visit my sister. We haven't been there for three years, Rachel for four. Glen is coming for five days; he hasn't been there since we left CA, back in 1999.

I'll post an LJ announcement before I go so that people will not think I'm ignoring their LJ's utterly if I don't reply. I'll be computerless. My sister has a computer but the connection is slow and her kids staying at the house will want to use it. I think I'd be a poor visitor to spend my social time trying to jockey for a spot on the Internet, so I've steeled myself for the fact of not being able to use it.

No, it's not that tough a test, although one can easily have forgotten how to do long division or percents if one hasn't used those skills since school. Younger people can be just as disadvantaged because they so rarely do math problems without using calculators. There are 90 questions: grammar, math, and a set of common sense how-to-deal-with-people questions, all multiple choice ("choose the best answer"). Technically, one only needs to be a high school graduate to qualify, and get a 70 on the test. But the competition for these jobs is very keen. Everyone passes and most do very well. I got an 87.5 last time, but everyone who would tell their score (who didn't qualify) said she or he got something in the 80's, some with the exact same scores. It's the people who scored above the rest that got the interviews.
maewyn_2 at 2007-07-01 14:31 (UTC) (Link)
Enjoy your family trip to California!

Ah, now I understand why it's so difficult! Most people will pass the test, but it's the highest score at the end that matters. I still think proven hands-on experience should count towards the chances of getting the job!
mechling at 2007-07-02 00:27 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the good wishes, Maewyn! :)

~ Mechtild
mariole at 2007-07-03 15:53 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for all your efforts, and this lovely resource! Have a great time on your vacation. Cheers!
mechtild at 2007-07-03 22:57 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks very much, Mariole. I am sure you will make *ahem* good use of them (the screencaps). The waterskin scene is going to come up one of these months. Not that you haven't got that screencapped already. *guffaw*
mariole at 2007-07-03 23:22 (UTC) (Link)
My dead Mechtild, that scene is not only capped, it is re-enacted. I must continue my NZ postings. Cheers! :D
mechtild at 2007-07-03 23:51 (UTC) (Link)
You reenacted the waterskin scene in NZ???? Oh, I pant and long to read and see. If you post, could you please leave me a note? Anywhere in my LJ that will send me a reply notice, or a PM at K-D? I doubt I will have the time to go through the f-list for two whole weeks of posts when I get back, so I might miss it.
mariole at 2007-07-04 00:48 (UTC) (Link)
I think you'll be back long before I post it-- I still have to get us there! But I'll put links in all the NZ things, so you can find posts you missed.

Have a great time!!!
mechtild at 2007-07-04 01:35 (UTC) (Link)
I think you'll be back long before I post it-- I still have to get us there!

Do you mean you're going BACK????
mariole at 2007-07-04 04:29 (UTC) (Link)
I hope someday. I just meant, it will take a while to work through my saga to the Mt. Doom part. Cheers!
mechtild at 2007-07-04 04:30 (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh.... Good, then we don't have to wait actual years to hear about the reenactment.
mariole at 2007-07-04 11:14 (UTC) (Link)
Have you seen how slowly I've been posting lately? It might _be_ years! :D

But it's HOT right now, and I have no A/C, so I have less productive time at the computer. I want to be out in a park or in a pool instead of combing my photo library. But that will change soon enough. Cheers!
mechtild at 2007-07-04 13:13 (UTC) (Link)
It's been so chilly and rainy here we're looking forward to heat. At my sister's in northern CA (where we'll be going) there's no ac, either. Hers is an old coverted ranch house on a hill under some live oaks. It's very hot there in the day, but in a pleasant sort of sauna-ish way in its dryness; terrible to work in but great under a tree or in the gardens or at the pool. It usually cools down at night enough to sleep well.

So off I go, and I'll be looking forward to your post sometime this year. *g*
whiteling at 2007-07-03 17:53 (UTC) (Link)
Mechtild, thank you so much for all your wonderful work!
Have a great time with your family!
*waves good-bye with white handkerchief*
mechtild at 2007-07-03 22:58 (UTC) (Link)
Oooh! Love that white hankie, Whiteling. I'll picture your hand waving it in the lower left hand corner of the sky in your great icon. Wheeee! We're going somewhere sunny!
julchen11 at 2007-07-22 00:16 (UTC) (Link)
It's incredible what you've done. I'll call you workoholic from now on :-)
Thank you, my dear!
mechtild at 2007-07-24 01:12 (UTC) (Link)
Not a "workaholic", a "pleasureholic".

(thankyou, Julchen)
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