No, this isn't a post about wrestling and the WWE.
This is an uncensored vent session from the frustrated guy on the other side of the keyboard... consider yourself warned.
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As much as being unemployed sucks, being under-employed sucks more.
Starting tomorrow, I'm the newest member of the afternoon shift at Islands West Produce, picking orders in a freezer to be shipped all over the island.
It's an honest day's work for solid money... and there is nothing outside of the steady paycheck that has me interested in the least.
But there is nothing else out there and that is painful.
Me, my university degree and countless years of experience - both managerial and front line - can't get a job outside of the brother of a recent acquaintance helping me out because he knows I'm in a pinch.
There is no "office job" to magically go find as some people have pondered, and restaurants and bars are cutting staff, not hiring, since people aren't going out nearly as much any more.
Even the goddamn Brannigan's around the corner that has like 14 tables and was advertising as hiring hasn't called me back, that's how grim the situation is for me these days.
While I've finally got my foot in the door with a solid company in terms of my writing, the $20.83 per article I receive isn't quite enough to retire on. Not to mention the fact that until that first paycheck hits the bank, it's all just promises and they've been broken a time or two already in my writing career.
All I want is an opportunity to do what I'm clearly good at and earn a very modest living doing so, but that isn't happening.
Neither is the all-time backup plan of waiting tables and slinging drinks.
Neither is friggin' Blockbuster goddamn Video or anything else.
So I'm picking produce in the freezing cold and I'm none to happy about it.