......that are thinly diguised as questions?
Yup, that was one of 'em.
Well, after a year and eight months of mostly being unemployed, tomorrow I start working at a real job again. That's right, I'll be re-entering my career field.
Oh, it'll be different this time. I'm taking a job that will be for only about twenty hours a week, no benefits, and much less pay than I used to make. Its "welcome to the new, leaned down American workplace".
I've been getting by OK, I went on Social Security last year, and I've qualified for unemployment as long as I've been out of work. In fact, I still have about fifteen weeks of unused unemployment left.
But ya know what? I feel absolutely energized about going back to work. I'm looking forward to it.
Ya see, when I lost my job (my employer closed the doors and went out of business), it really disrupted my retirement plans. I really wanted to go when I wanted to go. I guess I was like a lot of other Boomers. It was a real reality check to suddenly be dumped out of the workforce, and slowly realize that nobody really wanted an aging person who was used to good money, good benefits, and had limited computer skills.
Well, I'm back Baby! Lets see where this next turn in life takes me!
Uh, in the mean time, my new employer may not appreciate me checking in on the TBD/Ning on company time, so I'll limit my contributions to the times other than my work hours.
So, tomorrow morning, as Mick Jagger once advised in the song "Dear Doctor", I'll "put my suit on, pull my socks up, and comb my long hair down".
And I'll keep ya posted.