Unemployment Rate Hits 100%

I am listening to Lenny Kravitz and “working” on some stuff on the computer. They gave me one month’s severance pay and I had about three weeks of paid leave and I had already been paid at the beginning of October for working in September, so we won’t be homeless people until January. Maybe I’ll become a homeless person for my fiftieth birthday. I also asked for and received the Sony Vaio notebook computer that I have been using for several years. It is pretty old, so not worth much to the company. I offered to let the IT guy remove company software from the computer, but he took the liberty of deleting a bunch of files that I wish he hadn’t, including personal e-mails, e-mail address lists, and reference materials that I had collected over the years. It’s been a bit of a struggle to get the computer back to working condition.

I thought it was interesting when someone said to me, “Not sure if you’re interested in anything ….” Probably a Freudian slip indicating that they consider me a Loser of jobs. Other indications I have received that people may have similar opinions include someone sending me a job announcement for an administrative assistant position and my wife pretty much telling me so to my face. Unfortunately, I cannot afford to be a stay-at-home dad on my wife’s pay, which is barely enough to cover our monthly cell phone and pizza bill. So far in my first week of unemployment I have applied for zero jobs. The resulting number of ego-bruising rejections: also a comfortable zero.

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