With the momentous nature of a day like this, I thought I'd revisit my nearly derelict blog to say hello once more. I too have survived this year, and in a moment of reflection hope like hell that this next year brings much happiness and good things to everyone. While I can't say this decade was great, after all, I did get a A.A.S, B.A. and my J.D., after that it's been a bit downhill. The New Year brings with it a bunch of stuff. I get to go to a couple lawyer conventions, and pretend I'm a real live lawyer, even though most days I'm riding my couch and trying to stay warm. Everyone says that the 70's as a decade were bad. Now, I was born during that decade so it couldn't have been that bad, right? I'm thinking the 00's were my seventies. I need some disco and a big ol' sedan and we'll drive right into the 2010s. It'll be okay. I promise.
Yup, I'm alive. Not that there's anyone left to read this. But something told me to stop by today and update this long defunct blog. Sadly, I have no good news to share. I am still unemployed. I've added a bunch of committees and organizations to my resume, but nothing that has led to a real job. I read a quote the other day that some people seem to feel that they've been deceived by their career. I would have to say that I fall into that camp. Though, I have a hard time feeling like I was ever a lawyer. I had a job, but now it doesn't even seem like I ever used my license. I renew this December, but it nearly seems pointless. I'm still here. I have no job.
I realized today it was nearly 2 months since I last updated here. Things are about the same as I last left it. Still unemployed, but still enjoying life. I've gone to 3 CLEs, done some volunteer work I would not have had the chance to do, and done a bit of writing. The state is still paying me unemployment, which is the upside of the stimulus package. In a warped sort of way, it's the first time where I've actually gotten something back from paying in to the state. This is not to say that I'm not trying though. It seems almost goofy to say I'm an unemployed attorney. People seem to understand given the business I'm in, but it leaves most people scratching their heads. If nothing else, it gives new impact to the condition of the economy that even someone like me can lose a job. I'm not exactly a blue collar assembly plant worker. But anyway, I'd like to thank everyone for all the support I've gotten. This blog has given me a lot of support over the years. And I'll hang in here until there's an end to this story. I owe you all as much. Thanks!
Labels: CLE, job
Well I didn't realize how prescient my last post was. Within a week of that posting, I too lost my job. As everything else at that job, even the layoff did not go well. Instead of just being forthright and saying that we have no work I'll have to let you go, it went down with me being called into the office and being forced to try and justify my continued existence at work. Within 30 seconds I could see what was going to happen and while justifying my work ethic and my commitment to the clients I worked with, I illuminated the issue that my boss seemed to take offense with me trying to serve the clients in a timely fashion. Unsurprisingly, it did not go well, though it was a stunner to hear that my boss did not appreciate efficiency or responsiveness. I knew I was done. I didn't go down without a fight. I insisted on a letter of reference and that I would not be fought on my unemployment benefits. To say I had thought this through before would be an understatement.
So now I spend my days being domestic, looking for jobs, and making dinner. My spouse thinks I'm in a better place now than I have been in 2 years. I would have to agree.
Suffice it to say I didn't get the job. Lovely ding letter, but I came up short again. This has put me in a bit of a funk, so I haven't been blogging. Nothing good to say I suppose. Bit of Twitter, which is a huge timesink, and more Facebook nonsense, but nothing good in my professional career.
Today I try a different tack and go to a meeting this evening that may allow me to get more involved in the bar association even though it's not exactly supported here at the firm. I've got to do something since our work has nearly dried up. I fear for what the future holds for my job. Nothing of my own doing mind you, but when our attention has turned to having pointless meetings in the hope of drumming up non-existent work, it's not looking good. Blah.
I have an interview today! The firm is moving quickly, as I only put my resume in last Thursday. Heartening, most definitely. Scary, nearly as much. I've been practicing my questions, working on introducing myself so that I don't sound like an idiot, and trying not to get stuff on my suit at lunch. This would be the first interview I've had since I started working with my coach, so I hope this works. I have been paying attention in our meetings, but it's another thing all together to actually use the skills. Now, if I could only get my hands to warm up.
Labels: interview, job
Like many of you, I sat transfixed yesterday watching the pageantry and historical significance of the inauguration. The speech was moving and angry at times, as was the crowd. When the chant of na-na-na-na goodbye went up from the crowd as the Bushes' helicopter passed overhead, you knew where the crowd stood politically. Still, to see nearly two million people in one spot for one singular purpose with no riots or incidents, that was as breathtaking as anything that took place on stage. I felt bad that Senator Kennedy overextended himself during the inaugural, causing his later health incident during the luncheon. I know he wouldn't have missed it for the world, but to sit for nearly two hours on the dais, it was a risk certainly. The thing that made me laugh though would have to be Al Roker's attempt to contact the president while he walked past him on the parade route. After hearing over the course of the morning that he'd been snubbed by every president to date, to actually have Obama make a direct statement that it was warm nearly made Al come unglued.
Labels: inauguration, Obama