A happy new year, for once  

WildWon1982 34M
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12/30/2005 4:13 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

A happy new year, for once

For the first time in as long as I can remember, I know that the new year will be a happy one for me.

I have been in a funk for the past 18 months. I went to college for four years, got good grades, made tons of friends, etc. I was the first person in my family to get through college. In May 2004, it was over, and nothing happened.

I was born poor. I'm still poor. I depended on the government to pay my way through school. My senior year, I learned that in order to get started on my career, I'd need a lot of things I didn't have (money, car, driver's license). So I wasn't able to leave the area with all my friends. I wasn't able to start a job in my field.

So I came home. I lived with my mother. And I scrounged for work. I went to an old summer job, for a week. It was 7 miles from my house, and I was sick of riding my bike back and forth, especially while working nights (no streetlights between towns in my area). I got a job at a factory down the street from my house that paid better than the summer job. Things looked good. I'd be able to make some money, get my car, and move out by Halloween. I got laid off after 6 weeks.

I went back to the summer job. In August, I wrecked my bike. I got it repaired, only for an asshole co-worker to wreck it again because I didn't have it chained up (chain broke in the wreck). Since the job was summer only anyway, I took my seasonal layoff two weeks earlier than everyone else.

I took a real step back when I took a job immediately afterward at my old high school. I was treated like shit, paid a slave wage, at less than half time (cause at 20 hours, they had to give me medical insurance), and slighted by administration in favor of the students who didn't like me doing my job and disciplining them. I quit in lieu of being fired two months later.

After that I didn't work for nearly six months. Jobs are scarce in this area to begin with, but in my situation it was even worse. Every professional job I applied for, I was turned down for not having a car and license. Every joe job saw that I had a college degree and wondered what the hell I was doing there.

Desperate times called for desperate actions. I went back to the factory that laid me off the previous summer. They were hiring through a different temp agency that didn't know me. I wasn't allowed back in, but I snuck back in through this agency. I worked there for nearly 4 months. I got my car and license, finally. It's a piece of shit, but it gets me from A to B. After nearly 4 months, I was supposed to be hired on permanently. Instead, I was laid off, again, almost a year to the day after the first layoff.

I haven't worked since. My unemployment is running out, and my parents are getting pissed. But this is not a sob story, and pity is the last thing I ever want. Besides, the good part's coming.

Salvation has come. After a 4 month process of interviews, resume shuffling, and even a trip to Connecticut for a second interview one month ago, I have been hired. I have found a place to live, and I will be moving in one week.

It took eighteen months, a lot of screaming, scrimping, saving, and a lot of tears, but the hard part is over. I'm not out of the woods, yet, but at least I'm out of my rut. I have a job. Not just a job, THE job. The job I've been trying to get since May 2004.

There's only one thing that can make this new year better, a good-bye lay. But if that doesn't happen, no big deal. For the first time in years, I can say, "Happy New Year," and actually mean it.


mangomamiCT 42F

1/2/2006 8:20 pm

Well welcome to CT !!!!

frogger1995 39F

1/3/2006 5:01 pm

Wow! And I thought my year at my lousy job was bad...at least I was able to pay the bills. I too am hoping this year fares better...Lets meet a year from now if all goes as planned and fuck to our good fortune!

WildWon1982 34M

1/4/2006 9:07 am

My dear amphibian, it's a date (maybe sooner if the Rockets make the playoffs and I get sent to Houston on assignment).

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