The End of Spend

Great headline (above) from a sidebar in Time on how to survive a recession.

Any time you’re out of work, of course, you’re in a recession (and if you can’t get work, that quickly becomes a depression).

Seriously. In economic terms, a recession is negative growth for two quarters in a row. That’s easily doable without a job.

Yes, yours truly has been exploring the joys of unemployment lately. After no more than a month off for twenty-three years, I am probably due for a break, but it’s still a shock. But I have been doing what the magazine expert suggested, which is the obvious thing, which is paying down my debts. Could be worse. "Don ‘t stop, don’t splurge" said the headline advice.

Easy to remember.

Attempted to apply for unemployment on-line, as the CA state site strongly urged, but that went awry — mysteriously. A week later, after two or three days of intense calling, finally got through to a human and filed a claim. Took about half an hour. He turned out to be a nice guy. Volunteered at a theatre, as yours truly and spouse have done on occasion. Said it had been "crazy" at unemployment, that they had been hiring new people to take claims. That’s a growth industry of today: unemployment.

So, with a little luck, I’ll be on the dole! Does that mean I have become a true blogger?

Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

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