I've been looking for a job recently, after turning down the position at Camp Tonkawa. I love CT and all, but with the offered $150/week deal, I think I can easily do better working for Team 55 and find another job that will do even better. Right now I've been talking with the people from a local antique shop named Relics, who are looking for a furniture painter/finisher. As an art minor, I've done some minor carpentry and have some experience staining and finishing a wood piece, so this job sounds like a great fit for me. However, their owner's been out of town for a bit, so I'm still waiting to talk with them to finalize decisions, etc. I really would like the job: it'd be an opportunity to be creative, be employed, and learn some new skills while doing so.
I've looked at other jobs, as well: mainly working wait staff at one of the various restaurants around town. I've just either not gotten calls, they're not hiring, or some other lame corporate excuse. What I'd really want to do at a restaurant, though, is work the bar. Bartending has always had an appeal to me. It seems like it'd be a good job to me. Serving drinks, chatting with customers. It's a good bit of responsibility and seems like a good fit for me. We'll see how it goes, though.
I've also been looking at cars for when my CD matures and I have some cash to spend on a car. Hopefully by that time I'll have a steady job (*crosses fingers for Relics*), and will be able to finance on top of the $6200 down payment. I'm mainly looking at a used BMW Z3, but I'm also on the lookout for a good two-seater from some other marque. The two-seater roadster seems like the best fit for me so far. They're small, get good gas mileage, are fun to drive, and for the most part relatively cheap. Some of the other models I've looked at have been the MX-5 Miata, Pontiac Solstice, and Saturn Sky. I actually test drove the Solstice and the Sky today. I test drove a BMW Z3 about this time last year, but wasn't able to buy at that time.
The Solstice was decent, I guess. They only had automatic versions at the dealership I went to, and I'm really looking for a manual. The car itself is decent. It's a manual top, but it's not hard to figure out, and the build quality is decent. Unfortunately the power just isn't there, and the manual gearbox lags like crazy. When accelerating, it seems like the little four they had in that thing had to labor and would hit these little plateaus in power that were really kind of annoying. If I do look further at the Solstice, it'll be their higher-end version with a proper manual gearbox in it.
The Sky was a much better ride. It's actually basically the same thing as the Solstice (they're made by the same company, same plant, and share most of the same internals). However, the version I drove was the Sky Redline with a good manual gearbox. The Sky Redline has plenty of power - 260hp to be exact, and is a very quick little car. I'm not complaining too much, but the visibility in both the Solstice and Redline leaves something to be desired, but with the amount of pick-up-and-go that car has, I'm not sure I'd be too worried about that. It also handled nicely, and was very fun to drive. My only complaint is that the clutch isn't what I'm used to. I've driven manual my entire time driving cars, and I killed the Sky starting off like 3 times. It also felt a little odd while shifting in some corners, but I think it may just be me needing to learn how that clutch works.
Either way, though, my main focus is on the older BMW Z3 models. They discontinued in 2001, replaced by the Z4, but I don't like the way the Z4's lines go nowhere. The Z3 is generally within my price range and has everything I'm looking for. That and my test drive last year was great. That car moves like a dream and was pretty comfortable to drive, despite my 6'4" frame. I'm also looking in the direction of the Miata, but I have yet to test drive that. It'll probably be an older model, though. Again, we'll see how it goes.