Thoughtful Vera Bradley patrons will recall that this card lies atop retired pattern “Safari Sunset.”
The caption reads “Look, I found your dignity.”
It’s June 24th, 2016 and I was a guest of The Nevada School of Massage Therapy and The Steiner Education Group. It’s been a lovely experience and visit to Las Vegas.
I made time recently to look up basic info on the founder, Rudolph Steiner before the meeting. Today I learned Mr. Steiner began his career as “the hairdresser” to the English Monarch in the early 20th century. The Nevada School of Massage Therapy is a Steiner school and for this season, recruitment was limited to the only American vessel in the fleet.
I was shocked there were under 30 people at the meeting and a healthy portion were oriented to the East Coast. I believe there were two candidates from West Coast States, California and Oregon. My massage partner for the demo is a graduate from The Ann Arbor School of Massage and is currently in private practice. I wasn’t the only Massage Envy employee present, nor was I the oldest candidate, the most veteran candidate or even the most educated candidate.
Here is a list of requirements successful applicants must complete before beginning their training and reporting for duty:
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At least one candidate is a recent graduate of The Utah College of Massage Therapy’s Master Bodywork program for instance. Another parallel would be ISPA’s management certifications that they created a bit more than ten years ago. One candidate is a long term Steiner veteran. She has been with the company almost ten years and despite this, all returning employees go thru the same recruitment process with each back to back contract.
Basic Pros and Con’s:
Cons: Longer work days are required at a pace Americans would reject for anyone not salaried in a white collar profession.
Communal living. Enough said.
Pro’s: Based in Hawaii!!
The interview itself was very limited. Brief even for the distance travelled by both the recruiter and candidates. I’ve been thru more thorough interviews with domestic employers. Despite this, I did feel comfortable. When I asked about upward mobility in the organization I was assured that it’s performance based and meritocratic. I didn’t ask about lateral moves in the organization, such as applying for different positions once a contract had ended.
I hope to receive an acceptable passing interview notification in two weeks. If not, I will be staying put in Nashville and will begin making plans to begin my paralegal and lining up a more cost affordable graduate school than Emory Law. Emory is still too expensive for my finances, even with the blessing of one or more contracts with Steiner.
I was reminded today of two different movie dialogues, both of which were spoken by seasoned comedians. One was indeed a comedy but the other was a tragedy. The lives of each comic have followed the courses laid out in those films more or less.
Bill Murray in the comedy Stripes has a line where he’s winning over an audience and courting their vanity. “It’s the stories you tell” he exclaims. Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society asks his students “What will your verse be?”
It’s June of 2016. It’s an election year. Stanford Professor Francis Fukuyama’s thesis “The End of History and The Last Man” has recently been ‘annotated’ it appears by Joseph Crawford of The University of Exeter in the UK. Another Professor of German Literature who spent 30 years at UC Santa Barbara before heading to Switzerland, Lawrence Rickles states in his book The Vampire Lectures “What is a historical fact? It’s AFTER THE FACT.” Academics will note the curious change in my linked citations. It seems that once again, Wikipedia editors could not provide a link to Professor Rickles profile at the State Academy in Switzerland or an English translation of the schools website.
Across the pond and in the Tennessee foothills of Appalachia, far from either Ivory Tower mentioned above, I have found a moment of peace, along with new books to burden myself and others with moving. I can’t say I have acquired “new” academic idols just yet, but give me time to digest a few things. It’s a mere year and six months of a moment that I pray will take me to international waters where jurisdiction is as legally ambiguous as Art is.
Depending on how the story of the Enlightenment is told, different outcomes emerge. Historiography is another word for ‘style’ depending on who is teaching, and WHAT they’re teaching. If there is lingering doubt about the origins of what it takes to create modern “conspiracy”, I do recommend the books authored by the Professors above.
Perhaps when the defacto political prisoner that both the Federal Government and my home State of Alabama cannot claim was created in isolation as a literary “decentered subject,” or an “axiological exercise” (might we ALL pause to recall, across Both Sides of EACH POND) then perhaps the POINT of Professor Fukuyama’s witty title will do more than “trickle down” the Appalachian Trail but also “Ride the Freedom Train” North.