Confessions of a Laid-off Lawyer

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

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Inhabitants

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Total Black: $3,301.65
Total Red: $243,714.55

I’m starting to feel more and more like an “inhabitant” of the U.S. Virgin Islands.  And with it come the accompanying pains.  Keep reading . . .

Baffling & Bewildering

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Total Black: $776.32
Total Red: $235,242.50

All day today I’ve been fielding a number of emails from the associate at the law firm I’m currently temping with.  The emails commenced this morning while getting ready for what’s become my Sunday morning routine: hawking at the theatre.  Nearly every request or question left me baffled and bewildered because much of the emergency could have been avoided had people actually read the emails other sent.  But what can I expect.  I’m Just a Temp, right?   Keep reading . . .

Keeping My Brother

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Total Black: $221.46
Total Red: $228,519.06

The other day a commenter posted a reply to one of my entries and asked how extensive your duty is to your brother.  That has to be one of the core questions of any society.  I don’t know that we’ve ever answered it.  But then again even neither did God.

The question “Am I my brother’s keeper?” comes from a translation of Chapter 4, Verse 9 of the Book of Genesis.  Different translations render the same word as “guardian” or even “babysitter”; regardless of word choice, the import of the question remains.  Cain had just killed his brother, Abel, thereby committing the first homicide.  Sometime later God asks Cain where Abel is.  Cain responds: How should I know?  Am I my brother’s keeper?  God doesn’t answer Cain’s question.  Instead He asks Cain what he has done, remarking that Abel’s blood cried out to Him.  God then punishes Cain, cursing him to a life of wandering.  Cain pleads with God that his sentence would effectively mean death, that others would kill him as he wandered.  So God puts a mark on Cain, a warning to others that they would suffer punishment sevenfold if they harmed Cain.  Cain then begets the rest of the human race. Keep reading . . .

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August 31, 2009 at 23:54

Positive Thinking

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Total Black: $524.93
Total Red: $228,517.33

I spoke with my mother tonight.  She wanted to know whether I’ve decided anything yet regarding the rapidly-approaching October deadline when my lease ends.  I hinted in a prior post, Mothers, that I might have to return home and move back in with my mother if something doesn’t come through soon here in Manhattan.  It would be ruinous to renew my lease at $2,000 / month and invite potential liability particularly without a secured source of income.  But it also seems potentially disastrous to return home to Scranton where there’d clearly be fewer job opportunities.  My mother’s advice was to pray.  As I listened, I started wondering whether prayer and positive thinking were similar.  I mean, isn’t prayer, that surgery goes well, for example, or that a job comes though—isn’t that sort of a way of thinking positively about the situation?  Clearly positive thinking puts you in the driver’s seat while prayer does not, but fundamentally they seem more alike than different.  My mother assured me that plenty of people were praying for me that things would work out soon.  I joked of the old adage that when God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.  “Well,” I said, “if so, He needs to spray some windex on that window because I can’t see out.”  She didn’t laugh. Keep reading . . .

Just Your Average Joe?

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So, at the outset, here are today’s stats:

Total black: $513.94 ($500 of which is sitting in a separate checking account for an un-cashed check)
Total red: $227,392.05

Black change: -$8.51 change
Red change: unknown

My bank provides software that shows your net worth, based, of course, on the accounts you link to it.  So, going forward, I’m just going to use that number each day to represent my total debt load.  I must note, however, that that number does not include approximately $8,000 my mother is carrying on a credit card I borrowed.  Add that into the number above and you get closer to the approximately $235k quoted yesterday.  Another point: the total red includes the $40,000 I borrowed from my mother, but since it came from a line of credit taken on her home, the monthly fees and charges added won’t be reflected.  Getting an exact number would require my mother giving me the account numbers, then setting up online banking profiles, and syncing my bank with those other sites.  I’ll broach the subject with her, but for now, we’re just going to use the number provided by my bank’s net worth software.  And, at this rate, what’s a couple thou’ difference anyway, eh?

As for today’s blog.  Well . . . morning has clearly past.  Breakfast and then a telephone call with someone who wasn’t looking for me (odd serendipity, or just plain weird, given that the voice mail came through the day after initiating this blog.  I’ll post more on that  at a later date if it materializes into something.  But why average Joe?  Am I an average Joe?  I suppose a bit of the back-story is need here. Keep reading . . .