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Archive for November 11th, 2009

Working on Wall Street

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Total Black: $419.81
Total Red: $230,977.94

Yesterday was my first day working on Wall Street.  It’s only a contract attorney position, but for the rest of my life I can now say that I worked on Wall Street.  The project isn’t spellbinding or anything, but it’ll do for awhile.  I share a workspace with two other people and there’s only a total of five people on the project, including myself.  Much of the day is quiet except for sporadic bursts of conversation.  We can work from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. but only for a total of forty hours a week.  That means I can start at 9 a.m. and be out at 5:30 p.m. (the law requires us to take at least thirty minutes for lunch) or have two hours during the day and leave at 7 p.m.  I’d like to use those two hours to work out at the gym, but I first need to earn enough to reactivate my gym membership.

Money that came through last night from unemployment benefits is already promised for COBRA payments for last month and this.  So, that means I’ll be without much cash for another week.  I wonder how many other people get stuck in this feedback loop of just being able to cover monthly expenses but never able to apply anything to debts.

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November 11, 2009 at 23:49