Confessions of a Laid-off Lawyer

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

Now What?

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Total Black: $756.49
Total Red: $229,268.63

Believe it or not, but I still haven’t received formal notice from either court informing me of my application status.  No offers.  No rejections.  Of course, I received an email from the farther judge’s clerk, offering me the position.  But that’s not the same as a formal letter in hand, spelling out terms of employment and other important details.  I don’t doubt that I have the position, but that certainty—that paper in hand—would be nice.  For now I must wait.  And I’m not really a patient person. 

Adrift.  Limbo.  Lame-duck.  A few terms that come to mind to describe how I feel right now.  Certainly no sense in starting any major projects.  I suppose any gig-searching must be shelved too, unless it’s a one-day thing, but those are hard to come-by.  I have thought about the potential to work part-time in the new location.  Perhaps teach a class or two at an area college.  I’d love to get bartending experience.  But for now, I just have to ride out the contract attorney position and the theatre gig until I move.

But it makes me antsy.  I’m not crazy about transitions.  I like one or the other.  I don’t experience performance anxiety, so to speak, but rather performance-anticipation anxiety.  The period before the new job, the new place, and so on, is always stressful for me.  Not surprising that I’m feeling it now and waking up with headaches every other day.  If I had the funds, I’d relocate now.  Take a month or so to pack, move, unpack, and then explore the new location, get settled in, and so on.  But the way it’s looking now, that can’t happen.

Total black is being held for April’s rent.  I’ll have to pay that on Friday.  And then I’ll need to pay it again in May.  I will ask to be let out of my lease at the end of May.  The letter from the court would help.  Assuming I’m able to work every week up until the end of May, I’ll net about $9,000.  That’s at approximately $1,500 per week and assuming six more weeks of work.  That doesn’t include pay from the theatre gig.  May’s rent will be $2,000 so that brings total moving money down to $7,000.  That should be enough.  But, of course, there’s no certainty that I’ll be working for six more weeks.  After all, the trial was expected to last six weeks and we’re already into week two.  But perhaps it’ll stretch out a bit longer; they’ve only put up two witnesses so far.  So let’s assume $6,000 to be conservative.  Out of that must come transportation costs, moving truck rental fees to my mother’s house—I’m certainly not transporting all my furniture, books, aquarium, plants, etc. just for a year—packing supplies, cleaning supplies, money to purchase a car, and anything else I’m not foreseeing.  Again, should be enough, but that’s difficult to gauge now.

Yeah . . . I certainly do not like transitions.  Not much to occupy my overactive mind for these next few weeks except processing all the permutations related to this transition.  That and pop a lot of Advil to combat my headaches.  Looks like I’ll might need to hold off on paying bills in May.

Written by Laid-off Lawyer

April 14, 2010 at 22:46

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  1. Are you taking your cats with you?


    April 17, 2010 at 14:17

  2. Most definitely. They’d have to be pried from my hands any other way. I had a dog when I was a young adult. Had to move back in with my parents. Dog came with me. He was a one-year-old chocolate lab. My family still had our ten-year-old Lasha Apso/Terrier mix. Let’s just say that putting a grumpy old man and a rambunctious kid together in the same house wasn’t a good idea. And I was pretty much a dead-beat dad back then, so my parents gave the lab away. Really without my consent; I just didn’t object. I still kinda regret it, but I learned my lesson.

    To me pets are like children not furniture. You don’t just leave them somewhere for someone else to deal with.

    Laid-off Lawyer

    April 17, 2010 at 23:52

  3. I don’t think you should dump old furniture for others to deal with either…it can be a real bitch trying to dispose of a sofa.



    April 19, 2010 at 06:52

  4. I’ve decided to haul everything to my mother’s basement. Free storage. Besides, most of the furniture is new—hence that $6K amount to Raymour & Flanagan. I’ll only dispose of a few very old items: my mattresses (certainly not taking bedbug-stained bedding anywhere else) and my desk. 1-800-Got-Junk can haul it away if I can’t leave it on the curb.

    Laid-off Lawyer

    April 19, 2010 at 13:32

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