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four Novembers without work

the journal of Michael Werneburg

twenty-seven years and one million words

Toronto, 2003.11.04

It occurred to me today, as I waited in line at the federal government's Human Resources department's office, that this is my fourth November in a row that I've faced without a job. While in 2000 it was voluntary (as I was traveling in Australia), the last three have been due to the (literally) perennially slow IT market. Four in a row!

Note, 2020.02.01 Don't worry young Michael, you have a good run coming. In a year you'll be working. In Halifax! Then you'll have employment in Japan for three Novembers, then self-employment for one, then you'll work in Toronto for nine Novembers. And then OK one more unemployed but that's a ways off.

rand()m quote

Immature poets imitate mature poets steal bad poets deface what they take and good poets make it into something better or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique utterly different than that from which it is torn the bad poet throws it into something which has no cohesion. A good poet will usually borrow from authors remote in time or alien in language or diverse in interest.

—T.S. Eliot