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Month 5

It’s been awhile since I have posted. Not sure if its because I overdid it working on the 25th Anniversary, but here we are. It is September already and I didn’t post much in August. I’d like to think I was super busy doing something, but in reality, I was doing nothing of importance – just as I have been doing since mid April. We are getting close to the fifth month of furlough and I wish I had more to show for it. At the same time, I have really tried not to pressure myself into anything and take care of my mental health.

One thing I have been doing is watching movies with friends via Zoom as well as getting my fix on YouTube and other streaming services. I am woefully behind on my self-isolation media consumption catch up. I have a couple of drafts that I didn’t feel inspired to finish, but I will get around to recapping my media shortly. I have two digest posts for horror movies from the zoom calls as well as some fun dramas from Thailand.

In other news, still waiting for word when and if I will go back to work. I feel stuck in limbo as there has been no news from work at all which is better than bad news. With the extra $600 a week in supplemental unemployment gone, I’ve had to refocus on stretching my money. Waiting for the government to help us is like waiting for work to call. There isn’t anything I can do and it seems like things can happen at any time, but here we are weeks later with no sign of anything new. Thankfully, I just dipped into my financial cushion for the first time this month so I have a bit more time before it gets interesting.

The other day I was doing laundry and it seems like I can tell the passage of time by shaving, doing laundry, and certifying unemployment. I usually do laundry every 2 weeks so when I run out of things to wear I usually utter “Well another two weeks have passed”. In August, I passed the milestone of the second longest time unemployed when I was out of work the summer of 2001. I am hoping I don’t pass the longest time which was in 1994 after graduating college. That was 24 weeks total. This week marks 20 weeks of furlough, so if I am still out of work in October, I will officially have been out of work the longest in my employed career.

On that happy note, time to get back to writing reviews. I was happy to discover an old CD-ROM with some late 90’s Club Josh files – including some of my old movie reviews. It was fun to re-live my email movie reviews. I probably would never do something like that again, but I do enjoy doing the recaps here.