How are you guys doing in this economic situation?

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    Sep 11, 2009 11:27 PM GMT
    Well, okay I want to ask this question for a while - but not sure when it's a good time to ask - anyway I think - now is a good time to ask so we can all learn and provide good feedback to each other - please share any positive or negative experiences with your current job/career/school.... etc. And please don't start any flaming posts - the purpose of the post is to provide supports for those facing tough times out there.

    Since my last position with the mortgage/loan company tanked late 2007, I had a rough time for a while in 2008, moving back and forth - now I'm working at a Temp company (full/part time - primary contract/free-lance government work) plus I signed with a Casting agency early this year 2009 - so I got bits and part here and there in TVs/Films/Commercial (very fun, different than my usual corporate work history). I have time to think about the directions in my life - where it is going. I'm seriously considering going into Teaching (High School) (applying to several schools now & trying to get my credentials) and writing screenplays/doing TV/Film ( just finished a script - trying to network here and there) biz on the side. It helps that I have a loving boyfriend to provide some support. icon_wink.gif

    What about you guys, are you doing okay with your current job/work, have you moved to a new city or moved on completely to something else - I'm interested to hear from guys who just graduated from college, guys who are looking for work but had a very difficult time, guys who recently got fired, people trying to get back to work after a couple yrs, people having a tough time with work in general. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Webster666

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    Sep 11, 2009 11:44 PM GMT
    For two years, I went back to school to study for a new career, only to graduate just as the George W. Bush Great Depression hit, making employment virtually impossible.

    How am I paying the bills ?
    I'm draining my retirement fund, which will hit me hard come income tax time.
    I'm counting on a brighter picture in 2010.

    Thanks, Geroge ! Ass hole...
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    Sep 12, 2009 12:23 AM GMT
    I'm thinking about going back to school. Not sure what I want to study though.
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    Sep 12, 2009 12:26 AM GMT
    If I or he should for any reason begin making less than we are now, we would competely fucked.

    Luckily our monthly mortgage isn't that expensive, probably one of the few percs of living in michigan.

  • kinetic

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    Sep 12, 2009 12:41 AM GMT
    Hangin by a thread here but should begin interviewing soon!
    I ditched working in a bar about 7 weeks back. It was a dead end, all be it fun.
    Anyway, I want back to office work so I can eventually do grad school.
    Hope something happens soon!
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    Sep 12, 2009 12:45 AM GMT
    So far, good. In June this year my contract was extended for 18 months, so I was lucky on that front. I'm doing everything I can to try and secure my future beyond that, and in the meantime uping my productivity to show I'm someone to keep around should I need my work to pay for me (I work in academia; I'm paid off of grants).
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    Sep 12, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
    I was unemployed about a year ago, but I've always been pretty frugal, so I weathered it pretty well. In retrospect, I actually enjoyed it... two months off during the summer. Not bad.

    Unemployment compensation was enough to pay my bills. I pretty much live on half of what I make, so it wasn't too hard to absorb the shift to a limited income.

    But I found good work soon enough and it turned out to be the best paying and most fun job I've ever had.

    Things are pretty gloomy overall right now, but I've definitely been very fortunate through it all.
  • kinetic

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    Sep 12, 2009 12:49 AM GMT
    jprichva said
    southbeach1500 saidInterestingly enough.... I'm doing just as well as I did last year... And yes, I am in that top 1% that so many of you on here despise...

    And how interesting that you felt insecure enough to mention it.


    Yeah right, must be nice... icon_confused.gif
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    Sep 12, 2009 12:50 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidInterestingly enough.... I'm doing just as well as I did last year... And yes, I am in that top 1% that so many of you on here despise...

    I think that's far more significant to you than anyone else here. Ask me if I give a damn.
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    Sep 12, 2009 12:51 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidNo, I mentioned it so that all of you on here who so hate me and have called me a "stupid fuck" could know that this stupid fuck is doing better than you morally, ethically, politcally and intellectually superior "real" jocks.

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    Sep 12, 2009 12:52 AM GMT
    Doing great here, Canada has been much better off during this downturn than the US. As with most, my investments were decimated in the last year. One month alone wiped 80% off my investment portfolio. I am thankful that I have decades to rebuild it and feel for those that are in the older age range who dont.

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    Sep 12, 2009 12:54 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidNo, I mentioned it so that all of you on here who so hate me and have called me a "stupid fuck" could know that this stupid fuck is doing better than you morally, ethically, politcally and intellectually superior "real" jocks.


    You are an arrogant douche. I never am outwardly rude on here but how dare you. Way to generalize. You should fuck off. You are very fortunate to be where you are and from how you carry yourself in this thread I for one don't think you deserve it.
    And that's all I have to say about that.
    It's hard enough being young and struggling that I need to waste any more of my energy being negative.
    GOOD NIGHT.
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    Sep 12, 2009 12:57 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidGuys, here's the secret.... Don't work for someone else... Start your own business... that's what I did... and I don't have any degree in business... just common sense.

    That's not really a secret and I hope you don't start posting here as some sort of self-appointed business/investment/career guru.

    There's another guy on here who holds himself to be the one and only worthy authority on fitness and nutrition. It's just impossible to convey how much disdain wells up for that kind of insufferable egoism.
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    Sep 12, 2009 1:04 AM GMT
    I studied to become a starving artist and I am LIVING THE DREAM! I make art which makes me no money, and like Blanche Dubois I am relegated to relying on the kindness of strangers. Or not so strangers.
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    Sep 12, 2009 1:13 AM GMT
    Last year I got laid off from Bank of America. I was unemployed for 3 months before I got my job at a university. Been there for a year now. Since then my boyfriend and I purchased a condo for a reasonable price. 2008 sucked but this year was 10x better. Now dont get me wrong, im still in debt but not as bad as I used to be. At least I paid my car off.
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    Sep 12, 2009 1:25 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidInterestingly enough.... I'm doing just as well as I did last year... And yes, I am in that top 1% that so many of you on here despise...


    Consider yourself on the Ignore list, pompous asshole.icon_twisted.gif
  • jrs1

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    Sep 12, 2009 1:31 AM GMT

    I'm hurting but managing.
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    Sep 12, 2009 1:35 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidInterestingly enough.... I'm doing just as well as I did last year... And yes, I am in that top 1% that so many of you on here despise...


    We dont despise you for bring in the 1%, we just despise you hanging it over our heads. Fucktard
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    Sep 12, 2009 1:37 AM GMT
    I entered grad school 2 weeks before shit hit the fan Sept 2008. Probably the best decision I've ever made. I have been insulated, and got a job with a very nice stipend on campus this academic year. I'm applying for a Ph.D program in DC which would take another 5 years, and I am applyign to work for the federal government. If I get a job there, I plan on making a career out of it since itll be stable.
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    Sep 12, 2009 1:43 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidGuys, here's the secret.... Don't work for someone else... Start your own business... that's what I did... and I don't have any degree in business... just common sense.

    Now, go ahead, attack me for that too.

    What kind of business did you start?
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    Sep 12, 2009 1:45 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]southbeach1500 said[/cite...if I could attain it, perhaps YOU could attain it as well....[/quote]
    What have you attained?
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    Sep 12, 2009 1:45 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Why are so many of you on here so mean?


    They're not being mean.

    It's in the worst taste imaginable to boast about your finances. Under any circumstances. Nice, humble, thoughtful people never brag about money.

    And if you don't intuitively grasp that, then you are tone-deaf on how your remarks sound to others.
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    Sep 12, 2009 1:46 AM GMT
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    southbeach1500 saidGuys, here's the secret.... Don't work for someone else... Start your own business... that's what I did... and I don't have any degree in business... just common sense.

    Now, go ahead, attack me for that too.

    What kind of business did you start?



    Software. Internet and email to be exact. We were one of the (relatively) few tech businesses that started during the "dot com boom" and actually survived the bust.

    Would we have heard of your company? ....I feel like Dorothy Kilgallen on What's My Line ... icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 12, 2009 1:51 AM GMT
    It has turned out to be an extraordinary year. Most of that is due to being heavily invested offshore. While incomes are realized in different ways and by different entities they are all up after having blown through the first quarter.

    What happens here in the U.S. with what business interest I have is going to depend on how pliable the labor market becomes. In addition to that, there is a fair amount of construction in public infrastructure outside the stimulus effort. This may produce jobs here. We'll see.
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    Sep 12, 2009 1:54 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidAnd why is everyone so quick to label someone else a:

    Dumb Shit
    Fucktart
    Fucking Asshole
    etc...

    Come now....what did you expect after "And yes, I am in that top 1% that so many of you on here despise..."?

    You didnt just answer the question. You stuck your thumb in the collective RJ eye, now didnt you? ...And nobody had said a thing to you to provoke it. You went from 0 to Obnoxious in 2 sentences.