Gut Rumbles

April 06, 2006

another one bites the dust

I have a scientific theory, one that I developed after much research and NO federal grant money. I went through my blogroll and concluded: A LOT of bloggers can't hold a fucking job.

Just look at the number of bloggers who are unemployed. I don't do math, but there's got to be a serious percentage of bloggers who are standing outside the workplace looking in. (Hell--- I'm one of them.) And now I see that yet another has joined the ranks of the shiftless and idle. It's a definite TREND, I tell you, just as real as global warming.

Of course, I lost MY job BECAUSE of my blog, which makes me kinda elite among unemployed bloggers. The others either quit, got "downsized" or were just too sorry to work, which doesn't make them anything special. Me? I'm SPECIAL! I may not have a job, but I'm still bursting with self-esteem.

Why not? I received another call from a publication that wants to interview me for a story about bloggers who got the axe for blogging. That makes THREE TIMES a high-octane media outlet has expressed interest in telling my story. Hey--- the first two may have changed their minds and dropped the idea like a hot rock, but at least I'm still getting calls. See? I'm SPECIAL!

The truth is, I kinda like being unemployed. I don't have a wife or kids depending on me to support them, so I don't have a lot of heavy obligations to meet anymore. Plus, I've had some kind of job since I was 14 years old--- I DESERVE a got-dam break at last. I've always believed in the idea that you "work to live, not live to work" and now that I can live WITHOUT working, that's exactly what I intend to do with the rest of my life.

I ain't asking nobody for nothing, I don't receive ANY kind of handout from ANYBODY and I damn sure ain't on the taxpayer's dole. Hell, I still pay INCOME TAXES, even though I don't have a job. Isn't THAT simply luscious? Where's MY got-dam "safety net" now that I'm a member of the unemployed? Where's MY "free" check in the mail?

There ain't one for me. I got an education, worked hard and didn't totally fuck up my life. I won "life's lottery" by working my ass off for 40 fucking years. I saved some money and I invested fairly well. I did something that our ever-growing welfare state doesn't believe that people can do (at least they damn sure don't encourage it): I took care of MYSELF. I still DO, too.

If I live long enough to see a dime from Social Security before that tottering system goes broke, it'll be the first and ONLY government check I ever received in my life, other than an income tax refund, which I don't count because THAT was my own money anyway. How many people do YOU know who can say THAT honestly today?

So, Hoosierboy, do not despair. You are in good company.


I dont know anyone personally who has been on any kind of assistance or welfare. (including myself)

Posted by: Ruth on April 6, 2006 12:02 PM

the only problem I have being among the ranks of the retired and unemployed is that the less I want to do the more I want to do less. Then I get up and look myself in the mirror and see what a lazy sumbitch I have become and get ashamed of myself and go do nothing for a while until I get up enough ambition to finally take a nap.

Posted by: GUYK on April 6, 2006 01:08 PM

... I work ten times harder now than when I was clocking 9 to five.... and I've still got plenty of money in the bank....

... I figure I'll get a job when I need a rest..

Posted by: Eric on April 6, 2006 01:38 PM

Thanks for the kind words. I have no intention of taking govt money if I can help it, I am going for an interview on Friday. Like you I have worked since I was a boy -- a 30+ year habit is hard to break!

Posted by: hoosierboy on April 6, 2006 04:07 PM

Ya'll are scaring me. I just started blogging, and I still need my job....

Posted by: Harold Foster on April 6, 2006 04:26 PM

Man of leisure, I am. Welcome aboard.

Posted by: Catfish on April 6, 2006 04:44 PM


Don't act like you aren't asking for anything when you blog header reads;

a ceaseless quest for adoration from people who don't know me.


Posted by: Wes Jackson on April 7, 2006 03:10 AM

first time reading your blog......... how did you lose a job because of it?

Posted by: Jean on April 9, 2006 01:36 PM
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