Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The Continued Tales of the Unemployed Motorcyclist
My blog has always been motorcycle centric. When my life is not feeling motorcycle centric, I loose the zest to blog. These days my life has been unemployment centric. I’d be better suited to blog about money saving dinner ideas and who makes good quality coffee on the cheap.
My youth was spent without a penny in my pocket. We weren’t poor, my dad managed to send us two girls to private school. What a struggle that must have been on his modest pressman’s check. We had 20 year old cars, didn’t go on vacations, didn’t dine out and there was no spending money until you got a job. In college, I was chronically broke. I was there on a combination of scholarships, grants and loans. My dad would “slip” me a $5 on occasions. He couldn’t help.
For 3 years during college I lived with two different families in exchange for room & board, I took care of their kid(s). During the summers, I took two elective classes at the local college. This allowed me to carry 4 courses per semester. I scheduled those classes before noon, so I could work from 12-4. Then I went home, made dinner, took care of the kids and did homework. Still not a lot of spending money; my then beau must have carried much of the entertainment expenses.
I can remember that on the last day of school, each year, I would sell my books, take the money to the Registrar’s office, and make my final tuition payment; it was that tight.
New Castle, NH
There is no fondness in my memory of those times, nothing sentimental about living through the struggle. Only pride in how far I’ve come. So in times of unemployment, I know how to cut back, I have no sense of entitlement. I’ve earned my way up the ladder. This is not my first round of layoffs, although this stretch has been much different. I have put a lot of thought, and work into working for myself. But the financial pressures are mounting and no start up will pay for my desired lifestyle, so I’m looking for a “real” job in earnest. Sigh...
On a brighter note, Lisa & I got a nice ride in before school started.
And I did get to the Yankee Beemer Rally in Heath last month, it's my favorite little rally. Enjoy the pics!
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