Posts in category "economy"

The Time Machine

The other day, in conversation with some friends of mine, I had one of those horrific moments of self-awareness that just make me want to weep. We were fundamentally just rehashing the same topic we always talk about (relentless professional dismay), when I blurted out, “It occurs to me that in the two months I... Read more »

Another End, in Search of a Beginning

On Saturday, I will be doing something for the very last time. I’ll wake up at 8:00, get in the shower, slurp down a cup of coffee, some Claritin and a multivitamin, put on my uniform shirt and nametag, and drive to work. Last fall, the first job I landed was at a chain store... Read more »

WBEZ Front and Center Event: Make Your Own Job

For the most part, this blog is dedicated to telling stories about experiences in The Wasteland, and making observations on methods for getting through it. Today, though, I’m just going to pass along something I saw that I wish I could go to, and I highly recommend everyone attend. http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-01-26/making-your-own-job From the WBEZ web site:... Read more »
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Don't Panic

A moment ago, I was updating my twitter with a somewhat scandalous message, as I’m wont to do. Go ahead, ask my friends. They’ll tell you. “Dan Morris? Oh yeah he posts crazy things all the time,” or “Dude, I wish that guy wasn’t on my friends list, but I’d feel all guilty for defriending... Read more »

Man of Action in a new year

The other day, much to my chagrin, I discovered that my car’s battery was dead. As a man of action, I popped the hood and dug through the glorious disarray of my garage to find my trickle charger, hooked it up to the battery and walked next door to ask if I could borrow my... Read more »

Time Management and Winter Depression

I’ll admit, I’m a bit scattered lately. Certain pre-unemployment patterns of mine are beginning to emerge, and my grander focus is getting muddied. My drive forward has slipped, and somewhere along the line, I activated the cruise control. Things aren’t bad; I’m definitely better off heading into December than I was at the beginning of... Read more »
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Advice for recent grads

It’s been more than a week since my last post, and I apologize for that. Things have turned a complete 180º, suddenly leaving me with more work than time. Freelance, day job and night job now mean that instead of limitless time and unengaged energy, I’ve got no time and zero energy left at the... Read more »

Nine Percent or Nine Point One?

Recently, the unemployment rate dropped from 9.1% to 9%. People keep asking me, “Dan, are you going to change the name of your blog from ‘I am the 9.1%’?” Of course, by “people” I mean “the voices inside my head.” Let’s be honest, I’m sure I’m the only one who cares about the name of... Read more »

The End of The Beginning, And The Start of Something New

  Last week’s relentless interruptions to my routine ended up collectively as the harbinger of good things. Friday, I received an offer for a contract-to-hire position with a good company doing the right kind of work with a team of people I genuinely seem to like. Does that mean this blog is obsolete? Certainly not.... Read more »
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Can you call in sick to a job interview?

Situations have conspired this week to throw every single rigorously metered routine of mine out of whack. Round about Tuesday evening, I made the decision to just let go and ride out the storm, see where things shake out. It was obvious at that one-and-two-thirds-days-into-the-week mark that there’d be no return to normality (with all... Read more »
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