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

http://money.cnn.com/2009/02/05/news/economy/jobs_outlook/index.htm?postversion=2009020607

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…

Logical

D.Smith

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Published in: on February 6, 2009 at 12:48 pm  Comments (1)  
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The Unemployment Chronicles – #2 – Just To Confirm, Shit Is Still Bad…And Kind Of Getting Worse…

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-01-09-jobless-rate-december_N.htm?csp=34

Not to completely sound like a whiny little bitch…

But since this time, I am actually in the report, its fair game…

Turns out the unemployment rate is now 7.2%, the highest since 1993

I don’t know dude…at this point there’s not much more I can say but “Poor Obama!!!”

This should be real fucking interesting come summer when the honeymoon is over – what will the initial reception of his transition be?

Who knows – But I’m definitely monitoring this shit closely because people let Bush fuck things up twice!!!

And it will be those sameeee people ready to crucify Obama after 3 weeks…

For now, all we can hope for is a stimulus and some jobs…

Mostly “off the books” jobs!!!!

I need to find one ASAP – delivering papers, washing cars, I don’t give a fuck I’m about to do it and ride out with these unemployment checks!

Other than that, I’m working on a few backup plans in case my “Fuck Corporate America!” plan doesn’t play out as smoothly as it does in my head…

For now, signing off…

Logical

D.Smith

Published in: on January 9, 2009 at 11:33 am  Comments (6)  
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The Unemployment Chronicles – #1 – A Nice Tall Glass Of Reality…

Profound, I know...

Profound, I know...

Since I have been laid off, I have used the past few days to ponder the world….

That and partake in some heavy drinking and pot smoking….

Now that the dust has settled and its fully sunken in…it has become increasingly clearer what lesson I have learned from all of this…

And when you consider the amount of time I spent working towards becoming a lawyer, and being committed to working in a professional corporate environment in general, its kind of like drinking a nice tall glass of reality…

I really don’t wanna do any of that shit or anything like it…

I truly hated my time at my last job and I will do anything and everything short of selling my body on Fordham Road to not have to go back!

So, so far my plan to attain freedom involves several ventures, all of which involve me continuing to work from the privacy of my own home and most importantly, for my personal benefit…

Its interesting, several years ago, the only thing I cared about career wise was a six figure salary and attaining the lifestyle that came along with it…

But when you realize that the vast majority of non-athletic professions that will pay you that kind of money in your 20’s involve longer hours than what you complained and dreaded with a 9-5…it’s a clear message that maybe your not that dude that can just work at any job no matter how miserable it makes you…

So we’ll see

Even if I have to go backwards to go forwards, I just cant see myself settling and basically signing up for 15-20 yrs of misery just to have a little more money to buy shit to try to make myself feel better…

No thanks…I’m doing this my way…like Frank…

I’m sure there are thousands of you out there in your mid-twenties who have been recently laid off as well…

My advice to you guys is to band together with us!!!!

Band of Brothers!

We need to use this time to put ourselves in the position we dreamed of while we pretended to care about the work we were doing before they laid us off…

And on that note, I welcome you all to, The Unemployment Chronicles

Logical

D.Smith

Published in: on January 6, 2009 at 2:04 pm  Comments (1)  
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