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06:55 PM on 12/26/2011
You are one of the lucky unemployed, for some people the bad news never stops coming, so count your blessings and good luck with that screenplay!
11:47 PM on 12/26/2011
what kind of bad news? what do you keep doing to keep bringing that on? being a little over dramatic aren't you?
12:21 AM on 12/27/2011
Use your brain and re-read the article!
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06:49 PM on 12/26/2011
Glad you are happy now, but PLEASE prepare for things to get leaner. CUT ALL UNNECESSARY SPENDING NOW! I mean all and I mean now!! You will need every penny in the not so distance future. You will NEVER make as good of a salary again. Once you use your savings, you will never be able to replace it. Sorry, to sound so gloomy but you need to open your eyes to very likely HARD TIMES for you and your family. I really hope things are different for you. But my husband and many, many others are now making half the pay of their old, better jobs. Good luck.
11:25 PM on 12/26/2011
badge of doom for you!
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signgrrl
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08:43 AM on 12/27/2011
no, she is correct to be concerned.
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nlightenup
Retired psychologist, responds to open minds.
06:41 PM on 12/26/2011
The gifts of being laid off undergo a huge amount of strain when unemployment continues for two years with no prospects of things easing up for older workers, or for returning vets, or new graduates from college, and when the foreclosure process is well underway, and food stamps are the only shred of "safety net" left to people, especially in the north, with fuel assistance having been cut in half by Congress. There are many, many, many is such circumstances. I do hope you and your family don't wind up in that company. Perhaps one of your screenplays could be such a story?
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Ariel Finn
06:20 PM on 12/26/2011
Welcome to the club. We have over 25 MILLION Americans out of work and millions more losing their homes, farms, businesses and life savings as ALL of Washington are playing politics as usual and doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the economy and job creation. Personally, I think we need to vote ALL of the lifetime politicians out of office in 2012! They're as guilty as Wall Street! They keep getting richer and making their political supporters richer as the rest of us are barely hanging on!
Jay Haney
My nuclear family imploded when I was 18. I've bee
06:13 PM on 12/26/2011
Welcome to the club, Mr. Krebs. I spent 20 years working in fast-food, retail, and finally office environments. They paid the bills (usually) but didn't do anything else for me long-term. I am, as of this writing, nine months off the job. I have a good many challenges: a crushing debt from TWO car breakdowns (I very much sympathize with your wife's dilemma), unemployment insurance that may well run out at the start of February, and a repoed car that I still owe on (the same one that broke down...ugh).

Yet, at the same time, there are many ways in which I've never been happier. I used to get up at 4:30 to 5:00 AM to make it to my last long-term job, which was an hour's commute. That is now gone and I am glad to see it in my rearview mirror. I am going back to school to do something I truly love (as opposed to just muddling through like I did with my associate's degree) and I have managed to get freelance work that I am hoping to parlay into a regular income with enough experience under my belt. My life will always have challenges--your problems are only officially over when you're dead, regardless of who you are--but being laid off may have gotten me to be who I wanted to be.
07:00 PM on 12/26/2011
Having gone through similar and/or worse situations myself I found that initiation by FIRE definitely makes US different, better and wiser, if you live through it that is!!
05:56 PM on 12/26/2011
This is great. This is why unemployment is a myth. Everyone's getting grants and scholarships to do whatever they like. There is no downside to this economy.
06:14 PM on 12/26/2011
Sarcasm aside--and I appreciate his positive spirit--but I agree that not everyone who's unemployed is in the same feel-good mood as Mr. Krebs, or has the luxury to sit back and enjoy life for a bit.
07:01 PM on 12/26/2011
Agreed, sometimes people live paycheck-to-paycheck and when that is gone so is the roof, food, car, etc.!!!
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MikeDu
Both salubrious and lugubrious concurrently.
08:32 PM on 12/26/2011
From my experience the mood goes in waves, from shock to depression, to a kind of euphoria. As long as the bank account isn't dropping precipitously it can be months and months before the reality of the situation finally settles in.
Jay Haney
My nuclear family imploded when I was 18. I've bee
06:14 PM on 12/26/2011
Oh, there will ALWAYS be downsides to any economy. I'm laboring under about $10K worth of debt at the moment that I am unsure of how I am going to pay, thanks to being unemployed. But there are gifts in the sadness as well...if you care to look for them.
05:26 PM on 12/26/2011
What a great opportunity to enlist your creativity. I suggest you join a local writers group. Maybe you could teach 'how to' write classes while your waiting for the next big break. Reach out...do not stay home.
06:06 PM on 12/26/2011
Excellent advice, Grace. I will look out on both of those fronts. Fortunately, my wife yanks me out of the home office every now and then and forces me to be social.
GMK
05:17 PM on 12/26/2011
Gary, thanks for your inspiring article. It's nice to see things are going so well, especially since I already knew you were laid off cause I was working with you on some matters concerning a McGraw-Hill author. You will probably notice how you feel and look younger and people may start asking you if you just got back from vacation. That is what happened to me when I left my corp job. Good luck with the screenwriting. Look forward to seeing the movie!
05:39 PM on 12/26/2011
Thanks for the note! I don't know if I look any younger--my hair suddenly seems very white, actually--but I am breathing much better and am far more relaxed. I don't know that my kids have ever seen the real me like this...
GMK
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Shaun Hensley
The American Experiment has failed
04:24 PM on 12/26/2011
Welcome to the club, I've had about 6 months worth of work since 2008
Jay Haney
My nuclear family imploded when I was 18. I've bee
06:15 PM on 12/26/2011
Nine months off the job in 2011 after 20 years of working...glad to meet you, Mr. Hensley.
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signgrrl
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09:43 PM on 12/26/2011
i got laid off in july 2010 after 18 years in the industry . . . . . not in the same job
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anfractuous
Like you care.
03:42 PM on 12/26/2011
Isn't this the scene where you wake up and realize it was all a dream; all except the being laid off part?
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spinotter11
Spinning through life and trying to understand it.
03:19 PM on 12/26/2011
Is this supposed to give the rest of us some hope? For me, it is more depressing than the stories of people who have been unemployed since 2007.
03:18 PM on 12/26/2011
Gare....whatever you do don't go apply for ue benefits. the hassle won't be worth it and you'll more than likely end up like these other weaklings that just can't seem to get weened off of them, until their yanked off. You don't seem/appear to be the type that would even consider that though. Press on -- good luck.
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gavrielle
04:03 PM on 12/26/2011
So he should drain his savings, cash in any stocks or bonds he might have, lose his health care, lose his future, maybe even lose his house while he waits to hear if his long shot dream might come true? Even when his employer has paid into the system for years on his behalf? Are you insane? If he had any sense he went to the Unemployment Office the very next day.
11:35 PM on 12/26/2011
you mean that little 3 or 4 hundred dollars a week is what stands between you and financial ruin or having to use some of your resources that you NEEDED to be banking with that wonderful salary you once had? wow you've got more problems that just losing that job. (head shaking)
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05:26 PM on 12/26/2011
Time to play spot the Libertarian.
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signgrrl
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09:44 PM on 12/26/2011
slam dunk in this case . . .
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Vintage59
We are one third of the way to the Promised Land.
03:10 PM on 12/26/2011
I've had it easier. I got cut down to part time. My wallet is empty but my life is so much richer thanks to the decision that I should not reproduce. If I had children I would have had a much harder time so I don't write this nonchalantly.

When my spouse got laid off from an extremely good job ten years ago I told him it might be the best thing that ever happened to us. It was. We were able to return to his home state and he now has a better job than the first one. It wasn't an easy sleigh ride but we look back at those tough times with some fondness. We only had each other and we found that was all we really need. The rest is gravy.
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dcoverley
Fan of open windows, minds, hearts
03:04 PM on 12/26/2011
Doors close, windows open...wishing you all the best!
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realitytrumpsbull
Two 'alves of coconut!
03:03 PM on 12/26/2011
I think writers are sort of independent businesspeople, they're only as employed, or unemployed, as they want to be. Do you want work? Ok, find a subject of interest, and get to typing. Or, at least stop whining. Write a book, sell a million copies, do it again. That's what Stephen King did. And, that guy's independently wealthy, never has to touch the keyboard again, if he doesn't want to.  7 million monkeys, 7 million typewriters...
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signgrrl
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09:47 PM on 12/26/2011
that would be more feasible if the publishing industry had not changed so radically in the past few years. it is getting harder and harder to get published these days unless you are a failed politician.
Citizen54
Conservatism is a con job!
11:19 PM on 12/26/2011
Uh, great for Stephen King, but 99% of writers do not and will not ever make the kind of money he makes. He could write out his grocery list and get a couple million from a publisher.

Furthermore, publishers have drastically reduced the rates they pay writers. A decent magazine writer used to be able to get a buck or two a word. Nowadays, fifty cents, if he or she is lucky. And then there are some publishers who expect writers to work for free.