Yep, here it is. I’m officially 38 years old now. Or damn close to it, I don’t recall exactly what time I was born, and it is still pretty early because I’ve been too stressed to sleep, so it’s possible there may be an hour or two left to go, but close enough for our purposes. Got the good news/bad news routine for my B’day. The good news is that I got three new video games as presents, the first I’ve had since Christmas. The three in question are: Battlefield 2, Dungeon Siege II, and God of War. I also got a couple of new Big Dog shirts from my mom-in-law, a nice scented candle from my sister-in-law, and a card/poker chip set from my father-in-law. I suspect a card from my folks will be along in the mail later today. It was nice to get a few things to take my mind off the bad news, which was finding out that, yes, it is possible to get an extension on your unemployment benefits but only when the President of the United States says so and, no, he hasn’t declared any extensions anytime recently. This means, unless the President suddenly declares that extensions are available, my unemployment officially runs out in a little less than 4 weeks time.
So at this point I’m pretty much assuming I’m going to have to start handing in applications for whatever crappy retail or similar type jobs I can find in hopes of landing at least two of them in order to keep on surviving. Getting a job in my career looks to be pretty much out of the question at this point. If I can’t land a couple of crappy jobs then I’m going to be in serious trouble pretty damned quick. And for those of you who keep asking, yes, I’ve given some thought to starting my own business and I don’t think it’s the right thing to do. I just don’t know enough about running a business to do it very well and I’m not sure I have the desire to learn it well enough to keep from screwing it up. I’ve got no problems being a cog in someone else’s machine so I can do my 40 hours and go the hell home and forgot that the company I work for even exists for the next 16 hours until I have to go back the next day. I’ve got a friend who is running his own PC Support business and he seems to be making a decent living at it, but when I see what he goes through to make it work I’m pretty sure I’d have a hard time being as successful.
Anyway, it’s 2:43AM now and I think I’ve gotten tired enough that I might be able to fall asleep now. Don’t know what I’ll do when I get up in the morning. It’s going to be a quite birthday seeing as we’ve already done the get together with the relatives thing. Oh, before I go I wanted to thank those of you who’ve been so generous as to throw a little cash my way via the donation links on the sidebar. I’ve not asked again since the first time, but a few of you have been gracious enough to donate multiple times and I just want you guys to know that it is very much appreciated. It’s a shame I can’t make a living blogging.