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How many of you are unemployed?(24 posts)

How many of you are unemployed?cyclinseth
Oct 10, 2001 6:39 AM
Are you riding any more due to extra free time? Or maybe riding less due to frenzied job hunting?

I was laid off in the beginning of August. Working as graphic artist for an advertising agency. Didn't take too long for the axe to swing my way. Not as volitile as the .com industry but probably a very close second. I'm glad I'm outta that place though.

Anybody out there looking to hire a graphic designer/computer graphics artist? Will work for bike parts!
I hate my jobmr_spin
Oct 10, 2001 7:23 AM
Does that count?

Last summer I walked out of a job I hated and enjoyed six weeks of doing nothing. I rode over 1500 miles during that period. I used to think, what could I possibly do to fill my days when I retire? Now I know: nothing! Plenty of glorious nothing.

After my hiatus, I got another job, which I have grown to dislike. Having seen the other side of the mountain, any job is going to suck in comparison. I keep hoping to hit the lottery and quit, but its tough to win when you don't play.
It's not about the job.mrs_spin
Oct 10, 2001 8:07 AM
There's a Mrs? oh my!mr_spin
Oct 10, 2001 8:17 AM
Baby, please come home! I've missed you.

Very funny! My kind of humor...
Very Nearly Possible!Kristin
Oct 10, 2001 7:33 AM
My divsion (read 1/2 of a large company) was just bought out by another market leader. I run email, and so I'll be walking a tight rope. Everything depends on thier IT strategy. I could be looking for work very soon. Hopefully, if they do let me go, it will be after my knee is healed. Then I'll ride...and look for work, of course.

Next week I have an evening training class and hope to ride everyday. Wishing for nice weather!
Very Nearly Possible!Avanti Guy
Oct 10, 2001 7:54 AM
Well I was in the same situation as you (IT), I used to do IT contracting which was great, work hard for 1 month make mucho $ and have a month off before the next contract. Of course IT has taken a dive and I have gone full time for less cash and more hours. So in answer to your Q, when I am not working I ride heaps and take it easy.

And Kristin, do you have much experience with Exchange 2k and recovering bad mail databases via eseutil, I am pulling my hair out :)...
Too bad you're not using Lotus NotesKristin
Oct 10, 2001 8:29 AM
I could tell you exactly what to do in that situation. I've had three router failures and not lost one peice of email yet. No, I'm just learning W2k as a prereq. to Exchange 2k which is my inevitable future.

Whenever someone says to you, "Nobody has everything." You should reply, "This is true. But Bill Gates is on his way!"
Too bad you're not using Lotus NotesAvanti Guy
Oct 10, 2001 9:10 AM
Sorry to everyone about the geek talk, but hey I am sure it will be interesting to some :)...

Notes is good, I am assuming its your current environment, I had to make the decision a while ago as to what I wanted to persue, I took the Exchange 2000 route, with that said though it has its down points. The main one is the fact that it is tied into Active Directory too tightly, because if things get too far out of control you need to look at editing active directory and as you probably know once your editing stuff like AD your in for a long night :)...Hence me being at hour 21 of work for today :)
more geek talkraboboy
Oct 10, 2001 11:43 AM
Exchange2k is a beautiful thing and so is AD. Then again, I am IT for a small software company and it is much less complicated and time consuming than a company with thousands of users and clustered servers. :)
I found I rode, but not as much as you'd thinkColnagoFE
Oct 10, 2001 7:46 AM
When I quit my last job I rode quite a bit, but it seems that I ride more quality now that I have to really schedule my rides. I'd ride a lot of junk miles then and not as often as you'd think because I was always feeling guilty about riding when I should be looking for work.
re: How many of you are unemployed?morey
Oct 10, 2001 8:53 AM
When I was unemployed I became so depressed that I ended not riding very much. I also had a wife that was employed, she did not like me riding, thought I should be looking for work. I have a job that I like, however any job is a bummer. Unfortunately, for most you have to have the money.
Maybe you will win the Lotto!! Good Luck!!!!!
Oct 10, 2001 10:05 AM
Being unemployed is a most peculiar thing--unless one has friends/loved ones with the same schedule. I was laid off (the mag I worked for folded right up after 18 years) in May (or was it late April?). At first, you sleep in, ride whenever/wherever you please (but S-O-L-O), and enjoy a nice "retired" sort of life. After a couple of weeks (though still collecting severance), I found myself fairly depressed and in a dark little funk, having no human interaction for most of the day, save my phone calls to friends and family (who were all working). I got less emails, had almost no one at all to ride with, and began making excuses for myself to stay in rather than ride. (I'm a person who really excels when I'm riding with others, and enjoys it infinitely more--to the point of not riding solo sometimes.) How many times can I ride the same loops around Central Park (here in NYC) or the same Nyack ride--by myself? Not too many. I tried my best to stay focused, and to do quality rides, but sometimes found myself getting out on the bike out almost out of guilt--to at least say that I did THAT during the day instead of staying inside all day.

I quickly lost interest in job hunting, seeing as I wasn't getting any/many callbacks (though, by my experience and resume, I seemed a perfect fit for many of the jobs). Frustrating. Oh well. I'm doing temp work and freelancing here and there now, and riding on other days. I have managed to lose more than fifteen pounds, which I'm quite proud of, naturally. :)

Anyone out there know of someone who needs a proofreader/copyeditor with very keen eyes and a strong desire to work? (Shameless plug)

I hope those out there who're "among the ranks" do all the riding they can and stay on the bright side of unemployment. :)

Nigel, I'm here in ...cyclinseth
Oct 10, 2001 10:43 AM
Brooklyn, and about to get suited up for some laps around Prospect Park. What's the temperature like outside? Do I need a vest?
I hate my job too,Ken56
Oct 10, 2001 11:11 AM
but I'll be retiring within the next 3 years so then I'll be able to ride all I want. I haven't been unemployed for over 26 years, and that was only a few months. In retrospect, I should have been unemployed more often. Then maybe I would have had the motivation to find more interesting work. It's too easy to get into a routine (some might call it a rut), and just coast along. With unemployment, you are forced to reexamine yourself and your goals. If you're lucky, you may figure out that the course you were pursuing was not suited to you. So don't be discouraged by being out of work. It could be the best thing that happened to you in retrospect.
I'll remember this.mk_42
Oct 10, 2001 12:49 PM
This is one of those thoughts that I would dog-ear if I read it in a book. I think you have a really good point and it's doubly meaningful because of your exerience.

Just wanted to let you know that your little insight spoke to me.

A quote I really likemk_42
Oct 10, 2001 12:51 PM
I just thought of a quote that your post really reminded me of: "No one on their death bed ever says 'I wish I would have spent more time at work'"

A quote I really likemorey
Oct 11, 2001 3:36 AM
Work just seems like something you have to do. It usually is quite unpleasant. It is like cleaning the house, washing the dishes etc. It would be nice to have the money and the time to just do what you want, like ride the bike.
A professor of mine told me "if you can make your hobby your job, then you will be happy".
Good insight, Ken56; thanks!nigel
Oct 11, 2001 12:13 PM
Nigel here,

Indeed, your thoughts are wise, and certainly make solid sense. Though I'm planning to continue in my field, I have had lots of time to consider/reconsider my "career track." Getting laid off could be the best thing to happen to me. Once I'm working full-time again, I just may wind up with a dream job, making more money than I'd originally thought.

Cheers for the every-cloud-has-its-silver-lining insight, and for caring enough to share it. :)

Happy retirement when you get there, and try to make the best of your loathesome job until then.

Hey Seth...nigel
Oct 11, 2001 12:35 PM
Sorry to get back to you at such a late date, but I only just now saw your weather inquiry. I'd actually been gearing up for a Nyack ride when you posted this. Do you ever do the 9W rides or other such jaunts? Gathering by the number of miles you're putting in, I'd say so. If you're interested in someone to chat with on a ride, let me know, eh? I'm usually down for a ride--solo rides, as I said, don't always "do it" for me. :)

Email me at if you'd like. Prospect, by the way, is my old stomping/training/racing ground. I used to live right near the park in both the Kensington and Park Slope sections.

Happy riding,
I am. School comes before work. (nm)Allen az
Oct 10, 2001 1:22 PM
Not any more ...Humma Hah
Oct 10, 2001 5:13 PM
I had something of a sabbatical this summer, as I took some time to acquire some new skills while the economy was sour. That did allow me to build miles fast, including one week of 240 miles.

Now that I'm working, I'll be struggling to get the 70 mile-per-week average that was the goal I set for the year early on. I can do 75 miles by bike-commuting every day and getting in a short ride at lunch.
I wish (nm)tirider
Oct 10, 2001 7:00 PM
Retired, not unemployed....DINOSAUR
Oct 11, 2001 12:36 PM
I retired at the ripe old age of 56 three years ago. I can't say I hated my job, but I didn't enjoy it and it was eating at my mental health so I opted for an early retirement.

I took up my old past time three months into retirement. Most of the time it's great. The downside is having a 24 year old brain in a 59 year old body. I learned to stay consistent but cut back on my daly miles in order to stay fresh, otherwise I get tired, crash and burn, and cycling is not fun, it's a grind.

Being retired you'd think that I would have time to burn, but little unexpected things pop up here and there that go with having a family and a teenage daughter.

Even that all being said I'm probably getting in more miles now than ever before. I can ride year round, I'm not stuck to a work schedule or days off.

Cycling is a great way to spend retirement. My only regret is laying off for so long as it was (is) a bear getting back into condition. It never stops.

If you ain't into your 50's or 60's you are not going to understand. I just want to avoid someone from piping in and saying they know someone in their 70's who still rides likes a demon. There are a few persons like that, but on a whole they are few and far between. It's a mental thing. I discovered that difficult part is adapting to pain, you have to hurt to excel and it gets old after awhile.

I guess the secret is don't stop. When I worked at least I could use my frustrations as fuel for my rides. Youth is good, most folks waste it worrying about stupid stuff that doesn't matter. I wish I knew then what I now now. Life is short. If you don't like your job, find another career, be happy, don't be a slave to money. If you find a person who loves his/her job, you will find a happy person.
Retired, not unemployed....morey
Oct 12, 2001 9:24 AM
HOORAY!!!!!! A job is a means to an end, not an end. If you hate it, get the hell out!! Your right, it is just not worth it!