Confessions of a Laid-off Lawyer

Just Your Average Joe Blogging Away His Debt—In One Year or Less

Archive for September 5th, 2009

Where’s the Line?

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Total Black: $95.44
Total Red: $228,312.40

I’m short on time, and short on words, because I’m heading out to grab a beer with a law school buddy.  Socializing is good.  Especially for the unemployed.  I read an article today about Labor Day and how the unemployed don’t feel much like celebrating.  I’m saving much of my musing on that topic for Monday.  But one thing that came through was how worn down you get after months of unemployment.  It’s true.  I’ve blogged about it already.  That’s one reason I’m doing everything I can to stay active.  Some of it may be in the hands of Lady Luck.  But otherwise much is just perseverance.  And along the way you need to keep busy, but not constantly job hunting either.  For me one way is writing this blog.  I get to chronicle my efforts at reducing my debt and confess my sins along the way.  I’ve mentioned a few of my other efforts.  I’ve got a new one lined up: a medical experiment to test out a drug not yet approved by the FDA.  It pays $40 a week though, up to about $500.  That’s free money.  And you can withdraw from the program at any time and still get paid for however many weeks you were in.  Although I haven’t started the drug yet, I’m a bit worried about it, wondering whether this is a good time to start playing around with physical and mental health.  Some of the more mild side effects include headaches or upset stomach, back pain or irritability.  But the pill could also cause, albeit at a much lower risk, potentially serious side effects like irreversible involuntary tremors or shaking—akin to Parkinson’s disease—or cataracts.  What we won’t do for money, eh? Keep reading . . .

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September 5, 2009 at 21:02