Today is the first day where I feel what it means to be unemployed. It’s not so much the paycheck, but more the fact that you don’t have anyone to spend time with outside of your home. It’s the feeling of not being wanted or may be not needed (I am not sure which one is worse). I am in the good situation, that I have other things scheduled for the week.But I also recognize that for as long as I am not employed, I will need to pay attention to get this feeling under control, because it can drag a person down.
Other than that we are doing fine. It is definitely a “character building” time. We recognize a lot of things we took for granted are all of a sudden not in the card anymore. Now this is self-imposed, simply because we want to stretch the dollars. The interesting thing is that the world still keeps on turning and your life continues regardless whether you have the latest Slash (solo album of the former GnR guitar player) album or not – I just listen to some old GnR stuff instead or I play guitar for myself…nothing like You Could be Mine or Paradise City on an acoustic with a touch of Gypsy Kings of Johnny Cash tossed in.
Finally, for R&R we have been watching “the Wire”. The wire is simply the best piece of TV that I have ever seen. I f you haven’t watched it – DO IT! Join Netflix and start ordering the disks. It is not a typical cop show where the bad guys gets caught in the end and where the good are good and the bad are bad. It is a lot more like life. There are rich details and nuances in each character without exaggerating the characters. The Wire comes in five seasons and looks at the drug problem of Baltimore from various (at least 5) different angles for each season. There is the interplay between police and drug dealers and the relations that form within each side and between the two sides when you spend time together on a daily basis. The second season looks at the supply of drugs and how the logistics can be used to supply all sorts of other “goods”. The third season looks at the cities problems through the eyes of politics and the impact politics has when non-unified personal political goals supercede the greater good of the city. This topic is particularly interesting because it shows how when behaviors and incentives are not perfectly and carefully matched the wrong behaviors occur. The fourth season looks at the drug problem and lifestyle in the context of teenagers and how there are groups within our American society as a whole that have no chance and they know it, which makes this season a very sad one, because the makers of the Wire have done great job of illustration how inequality manifests hopelessness in many different ways.
The final season examines the role of the press and how a short-term end can so easily justify all the wrong means.
Of course, although I am a big fan of the show, I cannot permit myself to lounge in front of the TV at 10:00AM in the morning. I know things will eventually work out and as long as I can derive something positive from each day, I am good.
best regards to all you out there.
Yours Markus \m/