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Friday, May 11, 2007

It's elusive. It's prestegious. And according to Them, competetive. What am I referring to? The opening of one of three editorial positions for the PCCR volunteer newsletter, The Cadena.

I thought, "Hey, maybe I have a shot at it," considering that I've gotten positive feedback from you all back home. Alas, it was not to be. If there's one thing living in CR has taught me, it's always set your expectations below par and you'll never be disappointed. It's true. (Meetings that are supposed to happen at 4, you're lucky if 2 people show up at 5.) Maybe I've found the true extension of my pessimism: lowering the bar.

Here, I don't expect things to happen. So that if they don't, I haven't fallen on my face in disappointment, but if they do, I leave overjoyed.

But that's all beside the point. I thought I'd post my application because I got a kick out of writing it. While composing it, I had energy to burn, which explains a lot. I would've been shocked SENSELESS had I gotten the position.

The Prompt:
Also, those interested in being a staff member, we are taking letters of interest. **** will be leaving and we have to replace her. All you have to do is write a paragraph or two of why you want to do it and why you think you would be a good Cadenaer.

My paragraph or two:
A Brief Essay of Application
As a devoted subscriber to The Cadena, I attest to being an avid reader and always thoroughly devour each issue, cover to cover. Thus, I am well-versed in the subject material purported by the newsletter. This, I believe, is the foundation for any contributor of the staff.
In high school, I was a journalist for my school newspaper. However, in university, I chose to pursue other fields. Thus, I believed my career in journalism at an end. As a volunteer, I have witnessed my creative spark lit anew. I regularly entertain and update friends and family with my misadventures as a PCV with a blog. (I claim the titles of creator, author, editor, publisher and publicist to my online musings and may apply this experience to The Cadena.) I'd say this is quite a feat: not to have allowed it to fall on the wayside, and thereby stranding avid fans. (And if people are still reading the blog, and laughing, after all this time, then I like to imagine that I have some talent of appeal to the general public, which  I can apply to the amusement of the Peace Corps Costa Rica community.)
Furthermore, after seven months of serving as a volunteer, I am ready to actively contribute to Peace Corps Costa Rica. I feel called to support and serve my peers as a member of The Cadena staff.
Disclaimer: To be taken with a grain of salt. (Although my petition is entirely in earnest.) What better way to make your task of choosing the new staff member easier than to entertain in the process?

What this issue of The Cadena said: [me in brackets]
Riddle me this: how do you produce a world-class periodical with uncertain electrical service [country wide rolling blackouts for several weeks running], unreliable computers and no toilet paper? Answer: Furiously. Well, it doesn't hurt that we have the most journalism degrees per capita in La Cadena history. Also *** is on staff. He doesn't have a jouranlism degree. Yet.

Moving on, *** will be leaving her fellow Cadenaers to COS [close of service], finally, and live a treacherous life on the beach. Surfs up Bra. Making their Cadena debut [people not named Kira] hope that with hard work and a bit of luck they will live up to the journalistic integrity of their predecessors. As you know, this is a very competitive (volunteer) position and we have more qualified applicants than Peace Corps can afford. [Being a super volunteer by being on committees such as this don't get paid.]

Me again:
So really... all in good fun. I suppose I WON'T cancel my subscription to The Cadena However, considering that the receptionist puts the issues in my mailbox-cubby-holes and I really have no say about whether or not she does it. I'm resigned to prompt deliveries every quarter.

To comment on the blackouts, we run on hydro-electric power, so when we don't have sufficient rain (I know, that's an oxymoron in tropical CR), someone is left high and dry to run the electric plants.

Well, have a good one. The photos are from Mal Pais this past weekend.
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maverickranger on

lowering expectations
I've experienced something similar with trying to organize events. Unless the event is some sort of tradition, hardly anybody shows up when I try to get people together. I guess I'm not cut out for leadership...unless it's anime club, LOL. Even then, it's the same 4 people who help me out. Oh well, I'm perfectly content with lurking in the background, letting more charismatic individuals (like my roommates) face the public.

Anyway, I really like your pictures. Maybe you'll get around to surfing next time (if you do, tell me how that goes).


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