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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Long Dark Teatime of my Soul

Today is the day. The day the agency I work for is going public with certain knowledge, and therefore, the day I can write about last Thursday. Last Thursday sucked hard. Sucked like your final farthing dropped down the deepest well, sucked like a banshee catching wind after a mighty wail, sucked like profiteering Republicans crowded at the teat of human misery. And it's a suckitude that I've been sitting on for most of a week. How it has pained me to deprive the Stave It Off faithful of these events!

The biggest news: I'm being laid off. As of July 1st, I'm joining Walter's famous "ranks of the underemployed". My position is going away so that the department can hire someone with an education background. Hey, here's your chance for a steady gig Walter! (This, in itself, may not be a bad thing. But change, you know, she's a bitch.) So now I'm surfing the want ads (heads up Soapy, send me some hot leads!)

Determined to leave my troubles behind, I joined my Thursday night basketball crew for hoops and beer and sympathy. Instead, I sprained my ankle. The most heinous result of which is that I couldn't play softball last weekend. Then my car wouldn't start (so I had to leave it parked illegally outside the Boyz n' Girlz Club) and finally, I managed to piss off an old friend by making beer-addled (and apparently offensive) remarks. This resulted in threats of bodily harm against my personage. A personage I'm quite attached to and couldn't bear any more bodily harm toward. Although I'm sure you all would have enjoyed my photo-documentation of the injuries.

So, given that I recently blogged about a near miss job prospect, you're probably wondering where to file this breaking news: under ironic twists, or under hidden blessings? Truth be told, I don't know yet myself. On the positive side, I can collect unemployment if I don't find the next cobblestone quickly enough. And thank god I don't have a pregnant girlfriend or a mortgage to pay off or something. Then I'd really be freaked out.

And luckily Friday was significantly better. Good news from the mechanic: the leak in my radiator is just a crack in my overflow tank! Cheap fix. Also, there were no measurable exhaust fumes in the tank so chances are my head gasket is jus' fine. But he has no clue what's up with my electrical system. Hmmm...

While he was checking out the car, I went with Dingo to see Terry Zwigoff's Art School Confidential which rocked so much Casbah that I'm still intoxicated by its misanthropy. Jim Broadbent is my new hero, and I'll kill any man who says otherwise. Peace out y'all.

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10 Comments:

At 5/16/2006 11:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Change while a bitch that she is, is good for us and for you John. You get to comfortable and set in your ways. I know this from experience.
I am so sorry you are being laid off. Maybe then you will find just enough time to read a crap book, or what you think will be a crap book that you just can't put it down. however I see this as a blessing. Maybe a better job more money or a better job less money, something more fufilling will come along.
Also sorry for the sprained ankle. Now thats truly a bitch sprains are worse than breaks, or so they say. I know they both hurt and at the time of the injury, whichever it is hurts worse than the other.
Keep your chin up.

 
At 5/16/2006 01:16:00 PM, Blogger Johnbai3030 said...

Dude, are you typing while high?

 
At 5/16/2006 01:53:00 PM, Blogger wheylona said...

Hey man, sorry about the job and ankle woes, but you're sort of in an enviable position in a way--you get to collect some unemployment and explore some options and that can be pretty nice (as long as it doesn't go on too long, of course). You're the kind of guy who will come out this better than before, you Steve Austin you. Enjoy and good luck with the next phase.

 
At 5/16/2006 08:24:00 PM, Anonymous mel said...

Life giving you a little push onto a different path I would say.....

Of course if my summer class gets cancelled and I am even more underemployed than I already am- I will bitch slap you if you use that line on me!

Honestly though, having to sit on the news for days, a sprained ankle, car and friend woes- you beat the usual three at time thingee.

If you are bored this summer you could join me in the intensive Spanish course.

 
At 5/18/2006 04:07:00 PM, Blogger Ned said...

Intensive Spanish course in Spain perhaps?

qqggsul: Yemeni musical style

 
At 5/19/2006 08:06:00 AM, Anonymous mel said...

I wish! My goal for the past few years has been to go to Spain with my son, who has been studying it for 3 years now.

My underemployed status this spring has convinced me to do a course here in the States.....then perhaps next year I can go to Spain and do an informal immersion.

 
At 5/22/2006 07:10:00 AM, Anonymous John said...

You'll find somethin' good, just gotta be patient. Clay said it well: Keep yer chin up.

 
At 5/23/2006 08:50:00 AM, Blogger Johnbai3030 said...

Is this a rare Hudnall appearance?

 
At 5/23/2006 05:28:00 PM, Anonymous John said...

Rare like eggs of teal.

Rare like Vivace tea.

Rare like nobody's bidness.

Very, extremely, redundantly rare.

 
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