Monday, August 24, 2009

Can you be a catch and still be unemployed?

I'm listening to Mos Def's The Ecstatic right now on my first day of unemployment. I know an earlier blog post said 'whack' - but I was actually moved to corporate and I did some administrative work for about two months. But yeah, it's official - this is my first day of unemployment.

The day so far: Got up about a half-hour later than my typical workday. Scheduled a dentist appointment before insurance goes. Curse at Nebraska Workforce's Web Site - an hour of registration only to be met with an 'Error' message after you click 'Submit' - apparently the site has been up since last Friday and is still going through some glitches.

Plans of the day - I have a few freelance projects to work on that I didn't get a chance to work on when I was working 60-hour weeks at the old job. Clean up my place and clean out my box of stuff from my desk. Take my dog on a few more walks than usual. Update my Netflix queue and go to Nebraska Workforce and register in person.

Two years ago, I read a gay-themed comic where one of the characters just wanted a "nice guy with a steady job and who isn't a psychotic." Unemployment is a definite turn-off. The only exception (for guys and girls) are those hot musicians who are great in the sack and are great philosophizers like Ethan Hawke's character in Reality Bites. Otherwise, it's a definite strike against you. But in this economy, are people cutting people a bit more slack?

I haven't been unemployed in 19 years. I'm 35 now. But still, the fact I'm 35 in the gay community is probably far more of a strike against me than the loss of a job. I'm not saying that's a sign to give up on the dating community, but it's definitely the norm.

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