The more things change, the more they stay different

a pile of spare change

The contents of my bank account. (courtesy of

So much has changed since I last held down a job and forced it to stay. Some of it’s good; some of it’s not so good. And some of it just is. Let’s review the high points. Class, please follow along. This material will be on the final…

  • I have two beautiful young nieces, whom I’ve secretly vowed to make avid football fans, once they’re old enough to understand one immutable truth. Large men running into each other and falling down is a beautiful thing.
  • The country has a different president. Maybe you noticed. Maybe you voted for him. Maybe you even swooned as the world crowned him America’s savior. And maybe you recognized he’s just a man with a lot of work to do and a lot of people standing in his way. Any way you spin it, I was last employed during the Bush administration.

  • Another oil company ruined another body of water. We’ll learn shortly if Gulf shrimp tastes better glazed with crude. I generally prefer a tangy lime sauce.
  • More countries were struck with natural disasters. It’s one thing to whine about unemployment in my upright apartment with wifey across the room tapping on her computer. It’s quite another to earn $5/month picking mangoes and then have your home reduced to rubble and your family killed. Huge catastrophes have a way of providing a little perspective.
  • My bank account is a little emptier or, as I prefer to see it, more spacious.
  • The number of cell phone stores within a block of my apartment jumped from six to nine. The number of 99 cent stores stayed constant at four. And the battle for eyebrow supremacy between my neighborhood’s eyebrow waxing and threading meccas seems to have ended in a draw. The age-old question that’s plagued mankind for centuries (how many eyebrow super emporiums can a neighborhood support?) has been answered. Two.
  • Lost” ended. And I found my Tuesday nights.

Change is the only constant. So it’s not surprising that the working world isn’t what it once was either. I lost my last full-time job in October 2008; I accepted a temporary contractor position with full-time hours in February 2010. A lot is different, including me and my views on things, stuff and what not. And I’m not sure exactly how I feel about it.

When not working for the man every night and day, I will try to figure it all out. The main themes are already becoming obvious; the subtleties are taking their time. And then in the wee hours, by the glow of syndicated sitcoms, I will try to blog about what I learn. Of course, I might just fall asleep. Writing an unemployment blog while employed seems disingenuous. So I need to bide my time until I’m again without job. This should happen soon enough, given my track record and the limited scope of my current project. Then I can get back to my true calling.

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  1. susi wrote:

    Hi – I have a few posts on unemployment as I am amongst the ranks.

    Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 9:02 am | Permalink
  2. Isn’t strange when you are older and now working part time? I guess it a good and bad thing. You do get to seem more of life but you can’t afford to do much.

    Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Permalink
  3. Jim Goins wrote:

    I am a 56 year old computer programmer / web developer. Nine months ago I was unexpetedly laid.

    Shockingly, I had another good job in 6 weeks. was a lifesaver for me!

    Monday, June 28, 2010 at 9:44 am | Permalink
  4. Norm wrote:

    This guy’s been spamming me for weeks. But this one is just too funny not to post.

    I’m trying to imagine how this could happen.

    Monday, June 28, 2010 at 10:33 am | Permalink
  5. That was a funny spam!

    And a well-said post.

    A spacious bank account–too funny. Can I copy you and start calling mine that? 😉


    Glad you have a job. That’s a good thing to have.

    Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Permalink
  6. Heather wrote:

    Wow. This is a real eye opener! People are still having trouble finding jobs and small businesses are still struggling in this economy. There’s a great site out there helping people find jobs. It’s called Turn US Around. Not only are they helping people they also help small businesses find grants and students find scholarships. I’d definitely suggest checking it out.

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Permalink
  7. Keithcath wrote:

    Its so frustrating that you’re a college graduate yet you are unemployed! and its hard for you to find a job suited to your profession The recession is supposed to be over, but a lot of people are still out of work.

    Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 12:55 am | Permalink
  8. Daniel O'Connor wrote:

    I’ve been out of work since March 1, knew it was coming. I’m 53 and a college dropout, have applied to 1824 jobs and only have had 7 interviews and none in the field I was in which was auditing television shows on International television broadcasts. You’ve had 40 interviews out of 400 applications per the N. Y. Daily News. In the summer they would run a weekly series on people out of work for a year or more and none of them ever had more than 4 interviews and I thought well at least I’m getting more than them. Don’t know, just had to vent at someone and yes I shop at all the 99 cent, Family Dollar, Deals type of stores. Not for everything but they have become a regular part of my diet.

    Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 9:28 am | Permalink