Well, after a fun week (OK, 9 days) in Orlando – 5 of them spent partially or totally at Disney parks – it’s time to get back to the real world.
As you saw in the last post, my real world involves looking for a job. This is going to suck. Current estimates are that there will be 6-7 people out of work for every job posting I find. I’m in Information Technology, where there’s a very good chance that the estimate is low. There are probably a dozen or more IT people out of work for every job posting.
I may wind up taking a contract job just to keep busy while I’m looking for a permanent position. For the record, my last contract job was a data entry job about 20 years ago. I hated it then, and I hate it now. Contract jobs aren’t jobs. They’re placefillers. But they’re a necessary evil in this tortured job market – where most of the jobs that my experience would qualify me for have been eliminated or shipped offshore – so I will have to suck it up.
There’s an old joke that comes to mind…
Me: “I wish I’d listened to my mother when I was younger.”
You: “What did she say?”
Me: “I don’t know. I wasn’t listening.”
OK, it’s not really relevant, but it’s a painfully-clumsy transition designed to allow me to mention something that’s going to be critical for my sanity in the next few weeks – improv shows in Richmond… 🙂
Oct. 15: Richmond Comedy Coalition’s MANDATORY GOOD TIME at Art6 (8pm). It’s mandatory, so I have to be there. Right?
Oct. 30-31: Random Acts at HATTheatre. They’re doing the mainstage show at 7:30pm both nights (and they are going to TRY to be family-friendly… but it’s Mainstage, and there might be some wagering interest in a pool on when they’ll slip)… and at 9:00pm, it’s a live MSTing of the horror film “Driller Killer”. What is a MSTing, you say? MST=”Mystery Science Theatre 3000”, the gold standard in live riffing off a bad movie (see also “Rifftrax”). Basically, the movie plays and the comedians rip it to shreds. The movie is rather gory, I’m told, so “Driller Killer” is a “mature audiences only” show. I wonder if that rules me out… 🙂
And I hear that the Funny Bone is getting back into the improv business in November.
See you on the radio… 🙂