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Declare Your Independence

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Happy Independence Day!  At least those of you who are American or live in the United States.  And regardless whether you do, why not use today as an impetus to revitalize your commitment to freedom.  Keep reading . . .

Freedom From or Freedom To

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It’s Emancipation Day here in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The day Virgin Islanders commemorate the Danish King’s decision to free the slaves of the former Danish West Indies.  A decision forced upon him by the revolt of the slaves on St. Croix back on July 3, 1848.  I had heard about a few events going on today, but I didn’t feel like driving around the island, looking for festivities.  And—frankly—I’m not sure how welcome a white guy would be to some of those festivities.  But I digress; instead I both slept in and stayed in.  And then later tuned in the local PBS channel since some of the local festivities were televised.  But it was an earlier broadcast on that channel, an episode of Life Part 2 on Fighting Ageism, that got me thinking about freedom and emancipation.  Keep reading . . .

May Day

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It’s May Day.  The day nearly everyone else in the world celebrates labor.  But not here.  In the United States it’s Loyalty Day today.  Did you proclaim your loyalty yet?  Keep reading . . .

Done Stepping Down

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Happy Easter.  Hope the Easter Bunny was good to you.  I popped a few peeps at the contact attorney position today.  Sucks having to work on a holiday but even more so when you’re the only one there.  I received a task on Friday that was supposed to be done by Saturday.  Yesterday, however, I was nearly crippled by a headache—as noted in Overactive Imagination—so I didn’t get much accomplished.  Instead I spent much of the morning and then the afternoon and evening compulsively checking my iPhone between serving cake and passing out playbills.  That email asking me whether I had completed my task never came.  Of course, it never came.  Just my overactive imagination again.  But today I’m in the office late again, furiously trying to get all the materials and copies assembled for the morning.

As I noted in Movin’ On, the law firm I’m working for asked if I could continue on for roughly six more weeks.  I haven’t heard back from either clerkship opportunity, so I sidestepped that point by stating that I don’t have any constraints on my availability currently.  Except for the theatre.  Back in Stepping Up and Down, I explained my plan to reduce my hours at the theatre gig to allow for increased work at the contract attorney position.  And once again I asked whether I should keep my shifts at the theatre  scaled back.  In a roundabout way I was told yes.  But I decided not to.  Looks like I’m in for a few more weeks burning that midnight oil—and the candle at both ends. Keep reading . . .

Limits of My Love

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Since starting this blog, I’ve somehow tied each holiday to my post for that day.  I’ve done it for Labor Day and Thanksgiving; that wasn’t too difficult to think up something to discuss about work or thankfulness.  Christmas Eve brought it’s own reason: joblessness.  Christmas Day and New Year’s Day were easy enough too.  Halloween and Valentine’s Day were challenging, but I pulled it off.  So why not St. Patrick’s Day?  Catch is there isn’t much material related to this holiday to discuss on a laid-off  laywer’s blog about debt and treading the path out.  So how do I hook it in?  I suppose I could switch the font to green for today. Keep reading . . .

Stupid Cupid

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  Not much of one here.  I worked two shifts at the theatre and had to smile and beam at all the happy couples (both straight and gay) and giddy families coming to see the shows.  And both shows were sold out too so that meant a lot of patrons. Keep reading . . .

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February 14, 2010 at 23:02

A Good Samaritan

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I rang in the New Year in a subway station at 163rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue.  Not someplace I’d ever planned on being nor ever expected to find myself moments before a new decade began.  But there I was.  Underground.  Typing out text messages as furiously as possible to send my wishes to friends and family.  Turned out I didn’t get to send them until I surfaced at the 23rd Street station nearly forty minutes later.  What was I doing there?  Being a good Samaritan. Keep reading . . .

It Is A Wonderful Life

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While waiting to leave for Christmas mass last night, the family had the television going, mostly for background. Flipping through the channels, I came across the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” and paused.  I’ve always loved that film.  It’s lessons are timeless. The scene I stumbled upon was quite timely to the events of today.  George Bailey was teasing the captive Mary Hatch who had dodged into a nearby shrub for cover when her rob accidentally came loose and fell to the ground.  Just as George is about to pounce, in a manner of speaking, on his captive prey, a car pulls up to tell him that his father had had a stroke.  He hops in the car and rides away, leaving Mary to her robe.  The next scene presents George Bailey stepping into his father’s shoes as he helps wind up his father’s business.  The board of the Bailey Building & Loan, seated around a long table, are debating the necessity of continuing the business and discussing it’s efficacy when George takes on the film’s antagonist, Mr. Potter.  Potter decries George’s father as a miserable businessman and suggests the board shut down the Building & Loan because of it’s meager profits.  George, at first agreeing with Potter about his father’s business acumen, comes to see the need for an alternative to Potter and the banking institutions he controls. For the rabble who do the bulk of the working and eating and living and dying, they need a humane resource to turn to.  Someplace where more than their bottom lines and bank accounts will be factored into the equation. George finally sees this and is presented with the chance to continue his father’s struggle on behalf of the salt of the earth whom Potter decries.  Of course, Bailey accepts.  And in so doing he commits the rest of his life to that course.  Only by the end of the film does he receive a return on his investments, in spades actually, when all those “garlic eaters” Potter dismissed rush to Bailey’s aid.

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December 25, 2009 at 23:11

Bah! Humbug!

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As I’m walking back into my apartment this afternoon, I heard the final few rings of the telephone and the answering machine turn on. A staff person from the attorney temporary staffing agency I’d been working for these past few months was leaving me a message telling me that the project I had been working on at Harris Beach PLLC on Wall Street was over effective immediately. The firm’s current advertisement hook is “Lawyers you’ll swear by. Not at.” How funny. Real professional too. Well, I had a few choice words for those attorneys today, that’s for sure. It’s unconscionable to call someone on Christmas Eve, when the law firm is actually closed, to tell them that their job is over effective immediately. Great timing. Wonderful way to usher in the Christmas holiday. Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry, right? It couldn’t wait until Sunday evening or even Monday morning? Keep reading . . .

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December 24, 2009 at 12:45

Giving Thanks

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My mother, sister, and I are all watching “Only the Lonely.”  I referenced that movie in Never Been Further Apart because the scene where the son, played by John Candy, is arguing with his mother Rose, played by Maureen O’Hara, left an impression on me.  It finally made it’s way up the Netflix queue and I decided to bring it home with me for the holiday.  That scene still affects me, and even the entire film itself somewhat, because it speaks volumes to all the different ways people live with loneliness.  Even though we’re rarely alone. Keep reading . . .

A Financial New Year

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I opened a piece of mail today that I received yesterday or the day before.  I’m not sure when exactly.  The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance sent it.  I knew what it regarded, so I figured there wasn’t much rush.  Well, it turns out the NY IRS equivalent has filed a tax lien against me.  I owe $2,973.16 cents.  Ironically within about ten minutes of opening that letter, I received an automatic email alert from Equifax with the same information.  So, it’s now on my credit report.  I’m trying to keep my chin up and stay positive as I noted a few days back on Eyes on the Prize.  But it’s getting more and more difficult.  I fear that even the strongest will and the best intentions can’t make things get better on their own.  I need a job.  If I still had the previous contract attorney position, I could have paid this tax lien in two paychecks.  Sometimes it seems I was better off when I was on unemployment.  I don’t know how that could be though.  Keep reading . . .

Laborious Labor Day

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Just a year ago, Dalton Conley penned a New York Times op-ed piece titled “Rich Man’s Burden.”  He noted that, in an era of Blackberries and internet, Labor Day meant very little for white-collar Americans.  “[I]t is now the rich,” he wrote, “who are the most stressed out and the most likely to be working the most.  Perhaps for the first time since we’ve kept track of such things, higher-income folks work more hours than lower-wage earners do.”  What a difference a year makes. Keep reading . . .