The Latest News: I Am Not Dead

T his is a non-A.D.D. related post.

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Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. I have, however, become a much freer human being. I no longer have to endure the burden of a bi-monthly paycheck. I no longer have to figure out how much I can spend on a restaurant or on clothes or on that new power tool I had my eye on. I now have no money to spend…period. Having joined the ranks of freedom-loving jobless people, I can now pursue my real goal in life. My only problem…I don’t know what goal to pursue.

Maybe I should go into real estate. Prior to the economic crash, I heard an Australian-sounding voice tell me how to make millions in the real estate market without investing a single dollar. Funny…I don’t hear him on the radio anymore. Now, I hear an American-sounding voice tell me that I can create a home-based business that is so lucrative that my significant other will be able to join me in this financial heaven. Pre-crash all I needed was Joe Shmoe’s $29.95 book How You Can Make Boatloads of Money In Real Estate With No Money Down. Now, in the midst of the crash, I need Jane Shmoe’s $29.95 book How You Can Make Money With Just A Home Computer and a Telephone. Now…do I spend what little money I have on Jane’s book or, better yet, do I buy lottery tickets? This is a tough one. Financial freedom based on pure chance (but using my home computer and a telephone to make millions of dollars!!) or on pure chance (all I need to do is pick six numbers…how hard can that be?). I’ll let you know which choice works out best.

So, as I adjust to this freer lifestyle (You too can buy a new General Motors car with no money down! Well, that’s great…because now…I have no money) it may take me a bit of time to get back up to speed with the blog. Rest assured, this crazy A.D.D. mind is still at work, wreaking havoc with life, wondering how we will ever fix this economic mess.

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Here’s a nice summarization as to how we got into this economic mess. This is a snippet of a transcript of Jon Stewart’s interview with Elizabeth Warren, TARP overseer. Those of us who are old enough to remember will realize that the seeds of this problem was planted 30 years ago by our Great Communicator, Ronald Reagan.

Here’s Ms. Warren. I’ve added hyperlinks for those who are unfamiliar with this history. (Not every reader of this blog is 50 years old like me.)

We start[ed] pulling the threads out of the regulatory fabric [of the banking and securities laws] and what’s the first thing we get: we get a S+L, Warren said. Seven hundred financial institutions fail. Ten years later what do we get? a Long Term Capital Management, where we learn that when something collapses in one place in the world it collapses everywhere else. Early 2000s, we get Enron, which tells us the books are dirty. And what is our repeated response? We just keep pulling the threads out of the regulatory fabric.

So we have two choices — we are going to make a big decision, probably over about the next six months. And the big decision we are going to make is going to go one way or another. We are going decide, basically, Hey, we don’t need regulation. You know, it is fine. Boom and bust, boom and bust, boom and bust, and good luck with your 401k. Or alternatively we are going to say, you know, We are going to put with some smart regulation that is going to adapt to the fact that we have new products and what we are going to have going forward is we are going to have some stability and real prosperity for ordinary folks.

See: Jon Stewart and TARP

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  • Jay

    Wow, Jeff, I’m sorry to hear this news. I wish you the best of luck in your job search.

  • Gina Pera

    I know that the old maxims such as “When one door closes, another one opens” will probably sound lame (even if often true).

    So, I’ll just say dang and sorry to hear it.

    Plus, well, you’re a smart guy and I’m sure you’ll think of something. In the meantime, maybe enjoy yourself a bit and re-charge?

    Keep us posted, Jeff.

  • David A. P.

    Well, I’m sure it’s not much consolation, but “Welcome to the ranks of the Unemployed A.D.D.!” I don’t mean to avoid you specifically, but I’m working on leaving said ranks. I hope that you follow me on out at whatever pace is appropriate :) . Good luck!

    P.S. One great benefit of being unemployed is having a largely unassailable reason to make telemarketers stop talking. I say “largely” because there are a few out there who take unemployment (yours, natch) smoothly in stride and keep pitching like mama needs a new pair of shoes. As your own temperament dictates, this may be a good opportunity for venting some frustration ;) .

  • Bodger

    Umm, since so many of us are in the “at risk” column when it comes to employment in the best of times, being unemployed IS an AD(H)D issue…

    Hang in there.

  • Jeff

    Thank you all for your thoughts and good wishes. I’m seeing this as an opportunity to do what I am really good it and stop killing myself for not being able to accomplish some things that, as, I will never be able to accomplish.

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  • betsy davenport

    Just lately I have been working on a written piece I am calling, for now, “Stop Trying To.”

    It will include a list – among other things – of stuff like this.

    Stop Trying To have things ready ahead of time, because you never will. The best you can do is have a pair of half-worn pants lying about so you can wear them when you dash out the door, late, because the fact of those pants being the last ones to wear has spurred you to throw in, at last, a load of laundry.

    That’s another one: Stop Trying To do laundry like other people. Your way to do laundry is different.

    Etcetera. Jeff, I hope you can get a icture of the How you want to work along with the What.


  • Rob

    Welcome to the true crew!

    I got retrenched from a company that couldn’t keep me due to an early feeling of the crunch last year and I couldn’t be happier – I’ve been doing workshops, freelance design and more.

    I’ve had to assume more responsibility than before, and it hasn’t bothered me at all – if anything, it’s made life better.

    Shoot me an email if you want to throw some ideas about what to do now man.

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