Confessions of a Laid-off Lawyer

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

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First Things First

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Total Black: $1013.98
Total Red: $230,649.18

First paycheck from my first real doc review job came through today.  The check I referenced in Pay Day was for contract attorney work, but not document review work.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a whole lot of money to work with, but that’s because we didn’t work a full week last week.  Next Friday’s paycheck should be substantial.  Typically on the morning I got paid, in a sleepy morning stupor (or even sometimes in a half-alert middle-of-the-night disorientation), I’d determine which bills to pay and for how much.  More often than not, my paycheck would be distributed to various creditors within hours of it hitting my bank.  I’m not going to do that today, even though the urge to is nearly overwhelming.  Instead, I’m going to send a little bit to everyone.  Making the minimum payments on even two credit cards or on my cellphone and electricity bills would pretty much wipe out income for the week.  Then I’d be back to Spaghetti-Os.  Yesterday’s stroll down Memory Lane, hand-in-hand with Chef Boyardee, was enough.  Plus I need to keep the bulk of this check for rent, which hasn’t been paid yet.  Keep reading . . .

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October 2, 2009 at 07:34

Pay Day

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Total Black: $367.92
Total Red: $227,843.18

I got paid today.  My first paycheck of 2009.  And I earned less than when on unemployment.  Too funny, no?  But I only worked two days last week, so that’s not exactly fair to spin it that way.  It does have a dash of irony to it though.

One of the most unexpected effects of getting paid has been this overwhelming urge to spend.  Perhaps it’s a typical reaction akin to that of a malnourished person attempting to gorge himself with food.  All day long I had this antsy feeling that I needed to go buy something or treat myself.  A massage pulled me the most.  So too a nice dinner.  A couple of beers at the bar.  A book or two.  But for this project, I don’t think I would have held back.  And it was quite unnerving to feel this urgency come upon me suddenly . . . and from nowhere.  Got me wondering. Keep reading . . .

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September 18, 2009 at 23:06