Unemployed

Wake up at 7:30am. It’s too early. Sleep for another hour.

Check your email. There are no new messages. Check your hockey pool, status updates, podcasts, blogs, news feeds.

Walk upstairs, still undressed.

Read the paper starting with sports, then entertainment, working back to national, then international news. Your world is small, but it expands. A bed, a bedroom, a house (your parents’), a city, a nation, a globe.

Pick up a novel. Read a chapter.

Make breakfast. Eggs. Toast. Bacon, always bacon. You have time for it.

Walk downstairs. Shower. Dress. Then back on the laptop. Start searching for jobs. It’s 11:00am. There’s nothing interesting on Craigslist.

Check your email. Have an online conversation about giving blood. It’s one of your skills, but it doesn’t pay. Talk about the weekend, their weekend, what they did. Talk about the next.

Decide it’s time for lunch. You could make lunch, something nice, something healthy. Settle on canned soup.

Walk the dog. Put his shit in a plastic bag. Walk home carrying the bag.

Check your bank account. Decide to use VISA for all purchases.

Your dad asks if you need the car today. You don’t.

Write a cover letter for that job you’ve been thinking about for two weeks. Submit the resume online. Read another blog. Waste time on Facebook. Check your email. There is a message from the employer of the job you just applied for. The position has already been filled.

Console yourself with candy worms, your sister’s candy.

Watch a movie you borrowed from the library. It is Canadian, independent, depressing. You are glad you did not spend money on it.

It’s 4:30pm. Your mother comes home from work. Think about helping her with dinner. Watch TV instead. Flip between Simpsons reruns and NHL hockey, Boston vs. Montreal. You don’t care for either team.

Eat dinner. It is delicious. Forget to do the dishes.

Call your best friend. Borrow the car and drive to his place. He offers you a beer. You are thankful for free beer.

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3 Responses

  1. I love this — it’s so true! Enjoy the free time while you’ve got it. πŸ™‚

  2. Oh, I know this life.

  3. You could always teach English in Korea πŸ˜‰

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