So if you had 6-8 months free, what would you do with it?

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    Dec 01, 2008 6:36 AM GMT
    I'll leave this open-ended since I'm interested to hear your responses. Here's my scenario and what I'm fighting with:

    I was laid off a few months back and had to move back home for what I thought would be temporarily. Got offered a few jobs right away, but decided I'd be better off going back to school, and got accepted into the only one I applied to for the spring.

    Problem is, after crunching numbers the last two weeks, I realize going back in the fall could save me as much as $15k per year (with a possible Teacher's Assistant-ship and a couple other things). So I deferred my acceptance, and just finished four other applications. Hopefully I'll have some good choices in the early spring.

    Question is the subject header: What to do with the next 6-8 months? I'm financially secure - didn't make dumb decisions after college, all car/computer/school debt is paid off, and I'm earning some mediocre money from unemployment (which goes until March) and a few freelance gigs on the side (plus, at the moment, no major bills save my cell phone and car/health insurance).

    I can do temp work but obviously can't lie to these places about my future plans. I can be portable (and wouldn't mind leave Cincinnati, honestly), but sadly, I realized this week I'm too late to apply for a Fullbright scholarship to study overseas, and I can't keep living here (for sanity purposes and for the finances of the family).

    So, if you had this time frame to do whatever before returning to class, what would you do?
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    Dec 01, 2008 10:00 AM GMT
    vacation. and sleep. ALOT.
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    Dec 01, 2008 10:07 AM GMT
    Probably just jerk off a lot.
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    Dec 01, 2008 10:44 AM GMT
    These are important opportunities and they may not come again or as often in your later life.

    The best thing you can do is travel.

    If you cannot do that then I would recommend volunteering your time - go work in a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, etc. for 6 months. This is guaranteed to change your view of life and it will help you in your future career.

    Cincinnati has a large Muslim population I seem to think. Maybe there is some agency that is promoting religious tolerance?

    There is always work to be done with HIV and the Gay Community centers.

    Museums are always needing temporary help (you have the Walker)

    Do something that isn't about you and it will be a life changing experience.
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    Dec 01, 2008 1:02 PM GMT
    I agree with ursamajor, you truly have been given a gift. You are young, debt free, and have no obligations for 8 months. You may never have such a chance again.

    Travel, as much as you can. Teaching English overseas is an easy way to pay for it if money is tight. And there are a lot of volunteer opportunities where you can at least live for free, even if you don't get paid.

    Have fun, we are all jealous.
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    Dec 01, 2008 1:05 PM GMT
    I was thinking some of the same things as ursamajor as I was reading your post. I have perpetual free time, for the different reason of being retired disabled with a permanent income, but I still need things to do.

    Volunteering with HIV/AIDS agencies is one of my main activities. They may even pay you something, which if you're not rolling in money might put some useful cash in your pocket.

    Another thing I do is help with our local Gay & Lesbian Community Center (GLCC). I'm also involved with a gay chorus (I narrate & MC, can't sing).

    There's lots of lazy free time, too, at the Florida beaches or the outdoor gay cafes, pedaling or scootering around the community. Not something likely too pleasant right now in Cincinnati, I realize, and maybe just as well. Don't want to pick up my own shiftless habits, though you don't sound too prone to that.

    Nevertheless, keeping yourself on some kind of regular schedule with responsibilities is prolly a good idea. A week or 2 of unstructured relaxation & fun as a personal reward, perhaps, but then back to the adult world.

    Best of luck!
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    Dec 01, 2008 1:38 PM GMT
    What a great opportunity for you to do some crazy things before you plant roots with regard to career and home mortgages, etc. If I were in your shoes I would head for a warm beach somewhere and get back to a sport I love - surfing - Waimea Bay, Sunset or Banzai Pipeline (Oahu) would all be so cool. I'd even live on the beach in a tent, if they'd let me.
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    Dec 01, 2008 1:41 PM GMT
    You have complete freedom to set up a workout schedule that will give you maximum results.
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    Dec 01, 2008 2:26 PM GMT
    I too agree with Ursamajor, travel as much as you can -- if you go abroad you can pick up some extra cash tutoring. For example if I could, I would go back to China. Not only is everything very cheap, but they pay temporary English teachers up to 30$/hour. Plus you can learn a new language which will undoubtedly help you in your career no matter what you do.

    If you don't want to go abroad then volunteer for a cause you support back at home. Non profit organizations are getting hit by the financial crisis too. People volunteer less and corporate donations decrease as well.

    Take it as a great opportunity.
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    Dec 01, 2008 2:28 PM GMT
    dancerjack saidvacation. and sleep. ALOT.


    Ditto. I have now started sleeping better because I have been fighting colds for two weeks, but I am exhausted almost all the time. I would love to spend a couple of months puttering around the South Pacific or Europe.
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    Dec 01, 2008 2:55 PM GMT
    This actually happened to me... I was laid off (Just before 911). I took a much lesser paying job (it sucked!) then quit when I knew that I would have a great job coming up in a few months. I had plenty of money saved so... So I opted to live life like a retiree.

    I spent the free time enjoying hanging out with friends and family and traveling a bit - nothing dramatic (out of the country type of travel) but just sitting my ass at the beach for a few weeks enjoying time with my dog, my family (at times), the sun and the shore. Hanging out with my best friend by her pool - she works a 4-1/2 day on, 3-1/2 day off schedule. Much food and drink was had...

    It was the most stress free time of the last 10 years of my life!

    I also gained 15lbs.
    But Fuck It! It was living life and so what if that appearently is fattening. icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 01, 2008 3:04 PM GMT
    Just don't hang out in Cincy. Probably the most depressing city I have been in. Travel to see friends across the country would be my opinion. Staying with family will drive you crazy. Been there and done that.

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    Dec 01, 2008 3:19 PM GMT
    I'd take the first 3 or 4 months to really organize my life, clean out closets, throw out or give away stuff I don't need and never use, maybe take some sort of class to better myself and learn how to do something better that I will need down the road, hit the gym hard and really get myself into tip top shape, just tieing up all the loose ends that can stay untied in the busy hustle bustle of every day life. Then, once I've done my due diligence to prioritize and organize my life, I'd treat myself during the remaining months to an awesome vacation someplace, or maybe a variety of places, before coming back to the real world again.
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    Dec 01, 2008 6:10 PM GMT
    I would definitely do some serious traveling !
    Brazil,Turkey,Croatia, Africa....I'd travel to
    as many places as I could until my cash
    ran out. LOL !
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    Dec 01, 2008 6:26 PM GMT
    I would organize my house...finances first and figure out how much of a budget I had...

    and at the very least go to an artist retreat in Greece -
    a little painting and ALOT of fucking! yes I said it....after the Olympics I have been drooling over those Greek mensssss...hehehe
    But more importantly I would try to do some spiritual retreats...study if possible either at the local Mosque or travel to Cairo or elsewhere where there are exceptional places to study and contemplate.

    Traveling to as many beach locations as possible would be the last on the list....especially far off places like the New Zealand/Australia.

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    Dec 01, 2008 8:22 PM GMT
    Hey guys! Thanks for the advice! I wish I had the money to travel overseas. I could, but it would siphon a lot of the free money I have. Travel within the borders looks more realistic.

    Appreciate the words - you guys reminded me I have a great opportunity here.
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    Dec 01, 2008 8:45 PM GMT
    things_n_stuff_n_cents saidHey guys! Thanks for the advice! I wish I had the money to travel overseas. I could, but it would siphon a lot of the free money I have. Travel within the borders looks more realistic.

    Appreciate the words - you guys reminded me I have a great opportunity here.


    Well, if travel to South Florida is what you choose, please let me know, and I'll be glad to advise you. Perhaps we can meet, I sometimes escort out-of-town guys, I make a great tour guide... LOL!
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    Dec 01, 2008 9:05 PM GMT
    things_n_stuff_n_cents saidHey guys! Thanks for the advice! I wish I had the money to travel overseas. I could, but it would siphon a lot of the free money I have. Travel within the borders looks more realistic.

    Appreciate the words - you guys reminded me I have a great opportunity here.
    What is your address so everyone can send you a bill for the advice? icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 01, 2008 9:07 PM GMT
    Travel, travel, TRAVEL!!!!

    http://www.couchsurfing.com/

    This site makes it WAY cheaper!!!
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    Dec 01, 2008 9:34 PM GMT
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    things_n_stuff_n_cents saidHey guys! Thanks for the advice! I wish I had the money to travel overseas. I could, but it would siphon a lot of the free money I have. Travel within the borders looks more realistic.

    Appreciate the words - you guys reminded me I have a great opportunity here.


    Well, if travel to South Florida is what you choose, please let me know, and I'll be glad to advise you. Perhaps we can meet, I sometimes escort out-of-town guys, I make a great tour guide... LOL!


    Haha. I might take you up on that!
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    Dec 01, 2008 11:16 PM GMT
    things_n_stuff_n_cents saidHaha. I might take you up on that!


    Do so; I'm quite serious. Be aware that South Florida isn't cheap, but if there are bargains to be found, I can help you find them.

    Email me when you're ready, and I'll send you a ton of links. I recommend Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport if you fly in, rather than Miami, and I can meet you there to help you find the car rental area and otherwise smooth-out your arrival.

    If you choose to forgo a rental, I can drive you to your hotel or gay guest house (I would recommend a gay guest house, many now discounting due to a drop in occupancy). I know some of the owners, would do my best to give you a special rate.

    Or if your interest lies in the Keys, I also know some gay places down there, can help out with that, too. Just let me know.
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    Dec 01, 2008 11:21 PM GMT
    ursamajor saidThese are important opportunities and they may not come again or as often in your later life.

    The best thing you can do is travel.

    If you cannot do that then I would recommend volunteering your time - go work in a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, etc. for 6 months. This is guaranteed to change your view of life and it will help you in your future career.

    Cincinnati has a large Muslim population I seem to think. Maybe there is some agency that is promoting religious tolerance?

    There is always work to be done with HIV and the Gay Community centers.

    Museums are always needing temporary help (you have the Walker)

    Do something that isn't about you and it will be a life changing experience.
    Ditto. You need to experience the world, branch out and you will be a full man.
  • Koaa2

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    Dec 01, 2008 11:22 PM GMT
    Work-out, travel, friends, sex!
  • DCEric

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    Dec 01, 2008 11:59 PM GMT
    Travel. By G-d travel. I don't want to find myself unemployed, but if I did I would spend at least a month traveling. Get one of those "Europe on $10 a day" books, or travel to Africa/Asia/South America (where it isn't hard to get by on $10-$20 a day- if you aren't picky).

    Travel.
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    Dec 02, 2008 12:09 AM GMT
    You can volunteer for the Obama campaign. Oh, wait...