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At 7:20pm on December 26, 2011, Steph S. said…
Hey there eintob! Thanks for replying to my discussion!
At 3:06pm on July 15, 2009, Jennifer Smith said…
Well, good luck with it all. As soon as I saw MTec I remembered that was the other school. My husband and I refer to MT as stripper work -- it's harder than people think and the girls lie about their income. Not that I would know that from the inside, of course. ; )
At 11:10am on July 15, 2009, Jennifer Smith said…
Eintob, I am telling you this as a person who has been there/done that. Medical transcription is the worst way to make money!! My sister, her friend, my friend, and I have all worked as MTs, and it's a pretty crummy world out there. Unless you get your certificate from Andrews School or some other online school whose name I forget right now, most places won't hire you. I went thru Andrews. It cost $3k and this was about 6 yrs ago. It took over 2 yrs doing it part time to get thru. They tell you it takes 9 months to a year, but everyone I've ever communicated with who "went" there says it was either 2 or more yrs. My sister got her cert from AHP (At Home Professions). She looked for work for over a yr and when she finally got a job it paid 3 cents a line. Most places would not hire her because her course was so poor. It took her 3 months and cost something like $400.

Once you're hired, many co's require 1000 lines a day, which takes about 5 hours if you're up to speed (and that takes months of getting used to the formats, software, docs, etc.), yet you won't make more than $30 to $40 a day. And this is FULLTIME. The work you turn in is supposed to be 100% correct -- even when the doc is cramming chips into his mouth, even when the doc's accent is so thick you can't make out more than a few words in a paragraph, even when the recording is so poor it sounds like garbled speech. This makes the work slower and you are down to $10 a day. In my 4th yr as an MT working for 2 companies at over 40 hours a week I earned - ta da! - $18k.

I meet moms all the time who are interested in MT work and I feel compelled to warn them not to waste their time and money for a job that will steal their time and earn them no money. The ladies who say they make $40 or even $50k a year are either lying or they have an MT biz and make their money off other typists. Hate to be a downer, and this is a weird intro, but I think it's important you know what you might be getting into.


At 12:07am on June 4, 2009, Cupcake said…
You homeschool, huh? I can't imagine all of the work that must be involved. Plus, you are in school yourself?! WOW! Go Super Mom! ;)

Bella sent this response to your comment....

Yeah, TRD started falling apart before I left...I'm not sure but I think it got a little worse. I was close to quiting derby all together but I'm glad I stuck with it and moved to OC. It's mostly drama and fighting for team equality. Mandi Festo did go to the Bay area. I hear she made the team strong and they actually beat the Saddle Tramps a couple years ago.
At 5:22pm on June 2, 2009, Cupcake said…
I'll tell her.
What are you studying in school?
At 12:30pm on June 2, 2009, Cupcake said…
Hey, Bella said to say hello!
At 11:55am on May 29, 2009, Cupcake said…
Love your derby name!
Fibromyalgia can be really rough. My mom, sister and niece all suffer from it. I can sympathize as I have joint problems. Stress and changes in the weather can cause flair ups for me too.
What do you do for fun now?
At 10:35am on May 28, 2009, Cupcake said…
That's cool. What was your derby name? I had two big injuries during training so I never got to skate a real bout. It was hard to face the facts that I just wasn't made for derby, but I really enjoy working with the league to keeps things running smoothly. They are my friends and I couldn't just walk away from them. I'm really active with sponsorship, vendors, charities, etc. Did you skate with Bella Russkia? She is with OCRG now as Wild Bella. She's a great little jammer!!

I saw on your profile that you have kids. We have two boys (ages 6 & 8). It's quite a challenge raising free thinkers sometimes, especially here in Orange County, as it is a crazed Christian/Republican stronghold. Our neighbors are all old white folks who look down their noses at anyone with a mind of their own. How is your community in Arizona?

Have a rockin' day!
At 9:41am on May 28, 2009, LeoPardus said…
Were those atheists apostates? Apostacy is the worst sin in Orthodoxy (and most of the rest of Christian denominations too). Just wondering.

Tucson! I went to the UofA. Spent 11 years in Tucson. Love that town. Still keep in touch with my old TaeKwonDo student who now runs a school there. Gotta get back one of these days. I really wanna have an Eegee's grinder. :)
At 1:29am on May 28, 2009, Cupcake said…
Hi! Thanks for the welcome. AZRD is coming here on the 20th of June to skate in our Roll For A Cure bout. Small world. Do you still derby? I am just crew these days. It's good to meet you.
At 1:46pm on May 23, 2009, LeoPardus said…
Yep. We definitely are a lot alike. "Letters to Fr. Aristotle" was one of the first books I read after by EOC conversion. Had my reservations about Franky, but liked a lot of what he said.
I'm also a black and white thinker. Comes of being a scientist. Over time I have learned to think in more "gray" terms though. I quite like it.

What's ironic is that my wife is going the opposite way. Being European, she was raised with more "gray" thinking but she has devolved now to a point where she has little room for accepting anyone being right if they don't see things her way. Not that it's made her a rotter. She's still a doll. But she is getting set in her ways with age.

I'm rather amazed at the reaction your parish had to your divorce. O's are rather more easygoing with that than P's or C's. Oh well. Their error and their loss.

About stress, it's really not bad. I go to the church with the family. The people there are nice folks. Eventually it will all come out more, but I'm not concerned about that and I ain't rushing it.

BTW, where is the place in AZ you're living? My guess is somewhere near Jerome, but I don't know. (I lived in AZ for about 25 years. Phoenix and Tucson.)
At 4:02pm on May 22, 2009, LeoPardus said…
Lesee now. I was raised going to church but didn't take it seriously. Stopped going at about 14. Then at 19 I "got saved". Had a rocky start for a year or so, then got serious about the faith. In the mid to late 90's wifey and I really started to see the bankruptcy of Protestantism and discovered church history, tradition, and liturgy.

We tried to stay Protestant by going Lutheran but that didn't work out. The L's are going just a potty as the rest of the P's.

We tried the RCC for a while - even went to RCIA classes - but that fell apart when we found that the people teaching the classes (and the priests) knew less than we did.

Finally we went to an Antiochian EOC where some folks the wife knew attended. We found a whole church full of people who knew their faith, knew church history, understood the bankruptcy of the P church, and were very serious about it all. And they'd all been through a journey like ours. So we started going, did our catechumenate and became christmated/communed O's.

About a year and a half later, I was really seeing the holes and the failings in the EOC too. A number of things made me look objectively at the whole faith and I finally saw clearly (for the first time in my life) that it was all bullshit. No prayers were answered in any fashion. Everyone was just making it all up as they went along. Obvious hypocrites and heretics were given communion.

I struggled for some months; asked/begged/screamed for some sign from God that I was wrong. But of course I was not wrong. Once I finally accepted the truth, I found that it was not so bad.

So now I'm the only non-believer in the family. The wife knows, but she will not look openly and honestly at the faith. To be sure it would cost her a lot. All her friends and her business interests are involved in the faith. As for my kids, I just haven't seen a good chance to tell them such that it wouldn't upset them a lot. It'll come out someday, but I'm not hurrying it.

So how did your journey go?
At 9:20pm on January 24, 2009, Larian LeQuella said…
Welcome to the only intergalactic fangroup that always knows where their towel is!
At 5:28pm on December 1, 2008, A Former Member said…
Thanks for joining Lovers of Shakespeare.
At 1:01pm on November 17, 2008, Deborah Mitchell said…
Very cool. I love your profile. Good to meet another rational, thinking female...
At 10:05pm on November 16, 2008, Ian said…
Thanks, I appreciate that
At 5:32pm on November 16, 2008, Ian said…
If you mean "support" as in family or something, than yeah. As I said in my "coming out godless" story ("Here In the Heart of Dixie" on the Coming Out Godless group page here on Atheist Nexus), I may disagree with just about everything my family thinks and believes, but I still have a good relationship with them.
Unless that's not what you mean by "support". (?)
And I admire you for participating in such a program :)
At 3:08pm on November 14, 2008, tom arcaro said…
Thanks for the response on my survey blog entry! More to come.
At 11:00pm on November 1, 2008, Lynn said…
LOL :) Yeah, it does look a little weird and creepy over here! I forget to stop in, but it seems to have grown since I last checked it out.
At 8:41pm on November 1, 2008, Fiery said…
HI!!!! Wow it HAS been a long time. Was very glad to see your name pop up! :)) I think I've been to Australia and back since the last time I heard from you. Welcome to Atheist Nexus!

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