Friday, January 02, 2009


A lot has happened in the past month. On December 2, 2008, I suddenly became jobless after my employer of 13.5 years eliminated my position. This is a good thing; I was not at all happy in my job, as indicated by several previous posts on this blog. I'm signed up for Employment Insurance, and registered in a provincial government program called Second Career. I have my first appointment with them in a couple of weeks. It's time to give my career a soft reboot. Or reinstall my career's OS.

I travelled a lot in December — trips that were arranged before I got the axe. I was in San Francisco from the 6th to the 11th. I just love it there. The trip was inexpensive, because it was on frequent flyer miles and hotel points.

I was in Florida over Christmas, visiting my snowbird parents. They're in central Florida, amid plentiful orange groves, cattle ranches, and surprisingly hilly terrain. The distance from the ocean was more than made up for by the enormous outdoor pool at the resort. I spent a lot of time swimming, and reading in the shade.

In between California and Florida, I had lots of errands and tasks to take care of. Unemployment is a lot of work! Luckily, I live in a rent-controlled co-op, so I was able to get a rent subsidy which really helps me in this transition period. I also have a new financial advisor assisting me with the numbers.

And... tonight, I met the man I'm pretty sure I'm going to marry.


Mister S said...

Unemployment is fun. Not.

Been there and it was sweet for about a week, then I started to freak.

Jack said...

Isn't SF great? I love the weather and how busy it is.

I hope everything works out on the job front.

Ooh, dish! 8^)

Snooze said...

Hey, I hope that second Career works well. I'm glad the government offers these programs. And you have a great attitude so far.

Most exciting to here about the man!

Happy New Year!!!

ty bluesmith said...

fuck marriage

Butchie said...

No visit to Indy? I know you wanna party with Beardo.

Dead Robot said...

Why not become a registered minister to perform gay marriages? $150 for a couple hours work aint so bad.

I'm glad you're back. I can re RSS you again.

madamerouge said...

Stephen: my first real unemployment "test" happened yesterday: the downgrading of my gym membership. I was in with the unwashed masses, & I survived! (Although my next trip will involve Xanax & a pair of flip-flops.)

Jack: next to Berlin, SF is my favourite city

Snooze: thankx & right back atchya!

Ty: oh noes! to quote Phoebe Buffay: "get out of the bitter barn and play in the hay!"

Butchie: I am so down with your beard, I think I should be kept out of the greater Indianapolis area

DR: it's either that, or a funeral director, or an eldercare worker. Something recession-proof.

SharkBoy said...

Well, December was a good month then.
Good luck with the job search, keep looking at the City's website...

sirbarrett said...

Sometimes it takes being eliminated to actually leave a job you hate and that's the best thing that can happen to you. Congratulations!

Jason said...

I want to meet this guy you plan on marrying.

Tom Gaylord said...

MARRIAGE? Tell me everything!:)