Tag Archives: New York

Smartphone zombies rule the earth, or at least New York sidewalks

Walking consists of two major components: moving your feet and looking ahead. If you don’t move your feet, you stay in one place. This is called standing, or, in New York, tourism. If you don’t look ahead, you run into things, or things with the right of way run into you. This is called stupidity, […]

It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game

My employer and I parted ways last October. I wasn’t blind-sided or steamrolled by the layoff, but the hit really cleaned my clock and rung my bell. The incident was unfortunate, though inevitable. With the failing economy, the company wasn’t getting the job done on either side of the ball. They were in search of […]

The perfect day to be somewhere else

“There’s no place like home,” Dorothy once said, before becoming a drug-addicted gay icon. Maybe it’s because “home is where the heart is.” So does that mean if I try to go somewhere else, without my heart, I’ll die? It’s also true that “you can never go home,” unless you’re Bon Jovi. This presents an […]

Want job security? Sell fruit in Manhattan

The fruit guy has more job security than I ever did. I’ve been laid off and unemployed 4 times in 8 years, but he’s still selling fruit on the same corner.

Free cruise to nowhere

The free cruise to nowhere left New York and made a big loop. As one of the laid off and unemployed, I wondered how everyone could spend money so freely.

The only job I’ll ever need, if I can get it…

A jobless man discovers the perfect job and then realizes he might not be cut out for it.

Why can’t the holidays be everyday?

A jobless guy’s pep talk to himself

Stories of the unemployed with rich daddies and boyfriends or money in the bank

New York magazine decided to steal my idea and tell the stories of unemployed New Yorkers… My Laid-Off Life They picked seven people from the jobless middle class masses and lent them the services of a professional writer. If only their stories were as interesting, engaging, exciting, moving, gripping, captivating, intriging, refreshing, enjoyable, glamorous, thought-provoking […]

Career training courtesy of the NY Department of Labor

The NY Department of Labor requires career training to collect unemployment. Read about my visit to their offices, which wasn’t as painful as it could have been.

Even in unemployment I can’t get away from the Empire State Building

Story about how the Empire State Building seems to follow me