The Unemployment Chronicles – #3 – When It Officially Starts To Sink In…

Well guys, I’m still unemployed…

In fact a lot of us are…

And the above statistics about things getting worse, certainly do not give any of us out here on the unemployment line a warm fuzzy feeling inside.

But let’s not dwell on the obvious for too long.

What I realized recently is I can now point out the phases of unemployment.

First it’s like shock/madness/happiness…

Depending on how you felt about the job, everyone feels one of the 3 when it becomes official.

Then for many, its sheer panic.

You start to see all the things you planned on doing in 2009 flash before your eyes.

Because what do all of them have in common?

They cost a shitload of money that all of a sudden you don’t have coming your way…

And then you let out one big giant “FUCK!

Then its pure pandemonium for the next 18-24 hrs.

During those hours you research your unemployment benefits, where you stand with all your bills, and come to the conclusion of what you can expect as far as cash flow for the foreseeable future…

See whats interesting about being unemployed is, it can pretty much only be a feasible situation if you were a young, near responsible free, disgruntled, paper pusher like I was when it occurred.

Which is why for the most part, I feel like I cant complain…

While I don’t have a ton of spending money, my rent and bills are covered for the time being with unemployment.

So it could be worse…a LOT worse…

The scary thing is, I wathed Suze Orman on Larry King Live last night, and neither one of them had any positve spin for all of this.

In fact, when Larry asked Suze whether we are in a depression yet or not, she said she wasn’t sure but that we, “sure are depressed…”

To be quite frank, they sounded scared.

And its probably because they are just as unsure as the rest of us.

I mean it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that shit is getting worse, not better.

So, I’m not quite sure when that light at the end of the tunnel will finally peek its head through, but one thing is for sure, for me and many of my fellow brothers and sisters that are also unemployed, it has definitely sunken in…



Published in: on February 6, 2009 at 12:48 pm  Comments (1)  
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  1. D. Smith; I have read all too many blogs, articles and news wires about problems and answers or suggested answers. It took the government over 16 months to declare the US in a “Recession”. How long will it take them to use the word “Depression”? I hope things turn, but the method of this madness by the previous fading administration is pure greed insanity.

    I part with these words inscribed in an American Icon.

    “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of you teamming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

    Have the eyes of our leaders been closed, we have no where else to turn, run or excape to.

    Thanks for your insight.

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