It has been four weeks since I have lost my job and recently obtained a new one. I now work at GameStop in the middle of Boston. It is a "one of a kind" store and recently opened up. i managed to get my resume to them before they stopped hiring. I am now a Game Advisor ( bottom of the food chain position ), part time for now. I am getting paid minimum wage ( a $1.25 differance from my other job ) and I am now working roughly 20 hours per week. That is not much per paycheck and my rent and insurance bills come up to more than $1,100 per month. Because I was unemployees for a while, I had to sign up for Health Insurance and the cheapest one I could find was $450 a month. It is a low plan and not many hospitals and dentists except it. But, I really cant complain because atleast I have a job now; a small source of income. I recently got my paperwork back from the Unemployment Sevice, telling me what they can give me per week if I was still unemployeed. What they were planning to giv eme was much more than what I am making now at GameStop. I couldn't help but laugh feel a sence of cold irony.
" Working at Gamestop is fun. I picked up everything rather quickly because I want to move up to Assistant manager once a spot opens up. All i do there is sell and trade games while playing a few and reading about them. Hey, it is better than serving coffee and the employees are nice too. Sometimes, an employee from my old store comes into my work place and is stunned to see me. They tell me about the rumors and stories that is going throughout the store about my miss-understanding-termination. This proves that I really didn't have any respect working there at all. It made me feel a little worse because now people are just making stories up over there. That Barnes and Noble was more or less a place for gossip about others. Its sad how something so small can blow up into a mushroom cloud so quickly and easily. I cant really go there anymore without a cold eye hovering over me. In much honestly, I am glad I am out of that hell hole.
" PussyCat is having a difficult time as well. Her hours have been cut back and now she is struggling when it comes to money. She has even cut back on buying edible-panties because they are so expencive. She wants to have some-sort of pudge belly because she is tired of being so thin, but due to her fast matabilism she will remain skinny for a while, no matter what she puts into her system. She plans to name her pudge 'Mr. Sqwish' when she gets it.
" The fear of being laid-off has pleged both our minds because of how messed up the economy is now. More stores have laid off and closed down because no one is spending any money and/or the corperations are cold-hearted assholes who fire everyone so they could gain more money for themselves. There has been much talk about the goverment cutting down the Arts just to make more money, but the truth is that Art stimulates the economy because people can buy art and be attracted to it.
" Us artists are having a hard time surviving off of our talents right now. In some retrospeck, not many care for art anymore. Its all technology and science now. You need to have computer skills in order to survive and to get a job now. I dont have any computer skills or knowledge. I just know how to draw and paint. Right now, commissions have stopped coming in and PussyCat and I are trying to promote ourselves out there, but money needs to be spent in order to do that, and that is something we cant really do.
" Times are tough now on everyone ( except the high-class slobs ). Im now trying to find another job to keep the balance of my checkbook afloat. PussyCat is trying to get more hours by doing some overtime and finding another job as well. On the side, we just do our art and hope for the best. Atleast we have a backup talent just incase something goes horribly wrong.
" PussyCat wants to watch the first Friday the 13th before seeing the remake now. We are somewhat both alittle dull now and not really ready to see a scary movie, but it is something to do before going to bed.
" I will talk to you tomorrow."
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