Sunday, February 28, 2010

Thoughts on Unemployment

While sifting through my Google Reader this morning, I came across a few articles that revolved around unemployment and it got me to thinking. Small rants below.

Jobless benefits begin running out because government is stuck in partisan stalemate

Screw you, government. Due to your stubbornness to find a compromise, your constituents (your clients, essentially) are going to go broke. We depend on you to represent our best interests, not participate in truly stupid and wasteful bipartisanship. Get your act together or we'll vote "no confidence" faster than you can say "Chancellor Valorum."

Man racks up $700 phone bill trying to claim a $700 unemployment check
Screw you, state unemployment agencies. This is as bad as stories about 911 operators putting you on hold. People just want some answers and some basic customer service. Can someone create Yelp accounts for these agencies to hold them accountable or something? On the flip side, dude might want to look into using a land line to make these calls instead.

The only bag boy with an MBA
On one hand, this story is depressing. Former manager can't find a job except a minimum wage one. On the other hand, we need a nation full of Don Goulds. The dude didn't go into denial/pity mode when he got laid off. He analyzed the situation, determined what he needed to do to support his family, sacrificed his pride and got a job. You're a hero and the universe has good things in store for you, sir.

Friday, February 19, 2010

A New Chapter

So, tomorrow, my girlfriend of a year-plus and I will be moving into a (super awesome) apartment together. The two most common emotions we've both been feeling are: nervous and excited. It's definitely a big step for us as neither of us have lived with a significant other before. We're both going to try to find that fine balance between attention and personal space. From my understanding, that takes a little while to get used to. It's also been slightly stressful learning that not everyone supports our decision. While it doesn't change our minds about the decision at all, it's a little hurtful; sadly, it was to be expected.

It's definitely going to be nice to not have to "live out of a bag" like I've been doing for the past several months when I've spent the night. She has me eating healthier (thanks to a healthy dose of home-cooked meals) and we've decided to start the Couch-to-5K program as well. Nine weeks of jogging to supplement the beginning of my outdoor 11v11 soccer season.

A bit of a tangent but I've been stress eating a lot lately. I can't really seem to get myself to stop since it's so comforting. I've tried reading up a little and I understand the chemical and psychological reasoning behind stress eating a little better; it's pretty similar to addictions in some ways. I guess my question to all you faithful readers is this: what are all the things you can do to get rid of an addictive habit?

Well, time for some shut-eye before the big move starts tomorrow.

P.S. I hope you're happy, Lindenberg! ;-P