Job Security

Edward Hopper New York Office painting
Edward Hopper “New York Office”

At the holiday party, a coworker came up to me on the dance floor.

“Isn’t this so much better than contracting?”  Continue reading “Job Security”

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Scenes from a Job Hunt: A Phone Interview

Hopper Office in a Small City.jpg
Office in a Small City   Edward Hopper    1953   Oil on Canvas

Hi Betty,

My name is Mary and I’m with Regal Awards. We are looking for a freelance content writer.

Please email me if you are interested so we can set up a quick phone interview.

Thanks,  

Mary  Continue reading “Scenes from a Job Hunt: A Phone Interview”

The Unemployment Diaries

Subway rider in winter

On the E train downtown, I took a seat near the door and turned on my Kindle. A small, dark man in baggy clothes who’d been behind me on the platform stepped on and stopped. I wondered if he was looking for a seat and scooted down closer near the door to make room on my right, but he stayed standing and looked around. He looked relatively clean and wore a dark jacket over a grey hoodie. He had on a North Face backpack. A bottle of Axe body wash was tucked into one of the side pockets. Continue reading “The Unemployment Diaries”

“Way Past Robitussin”: On Not Having Health Insurance

FuckJerry meme making fun of affordable healthcare

A million years ago I worked at Costco as a seasonal worker. I met a varied cast of characters:

The Sunday Seven: Unemployment

“She doesn’t even go here.”

Greetings from a Starbucks in Charlottesville, Virginia, where yesterday I saw my first college basketball game: UVA Wahoos vs. Virginia Tech Hokies. UVA won. I’ve never seen such a united display of school spirit, even though it seemed my classmates had plenty of it. I just didn’t. I also never paid attention nor participated in any sporting events aside from badminton. Though I did go to one football game at Berkeley (vs. Oregon) and sat on the wrong side. In a sea of folks dressed in forest green I said very loudly, “What color are we?”  Continue reading “The Sunday Seven: Unemployment”