Longest amount of time off / How much am I gloating?

Longest amount of time off (forced or not) since starting work:   1 vote - 3 %
<1 week   0 votes - 0 %
<2 week   2 votes - 7 %
<3 week   3 votes - 11 %
<4 week   0 votes - 0 %
<6 weeks   1 vote - 3 %
<2 months   1 vote - 3 %
<3 months   0 votes - 0 %
<6 months   9 votes - 33 %
<1 year   5 votes - 18 %
>1 year   6 votes - 22 %
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How much is DullTrev gloating?   1 vote - 3 %
Very little   2 votes - 7 %
A small amount   1 vote - 3 %
Just less than he should   2 votes - 7 %
As much as he should   14 votes - 51 %
Just a bit more than he should   1 vote - 3 %
Too much   1 vote - 3 %
Far too much   3 votes - 11 %
I am going to hunt you down and kill you   4 votes - 14 %
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This is why you shouldn't be married and sprogged up   13 votes - 48 %
Mwahahahahahahahahahahaha   5 votes - 18 %
etc.   5 votes - 18 %
27 Total Votes
Sounds good by Phage (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Aug 13, 2008 at 10:41:30 PM EST
building an income that doesn't involve me selling my time.

Newsletter etc.

Also so very, very jealous...

If I can spread a little jealousy while I'm here by DullTrev (2.00 / 0) #7 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 02:20:41 AM EST

then my life has been worthwhile.

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+1FP by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #2 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 12:13:55 AM EST
Have you read "How to be Idle" by Tom Hodgkinson? It's a much better book than it sounds, a real life-changing endorsement of doing nothing.

In my late 20s I spent 9 months unemployed, funnily enough it was a similar experience to yours even though I was living on benefits. I was ground down by it in the end, I felt like I didn't have any real skills and the rest of my life could be spent like this. I got into debt as well. It was an interesting experience though on the whole, you're right, everyone should do it.

One comment on the writing - I was the same. I used to write loads until I was unemployed, then I wrote nothing. It's because it doesn't work like that. You need some sort of structure around you. Once I started working again I started writing again.

It's political correctness gone mad!

WPKAW wrote her thesis last year by Dr H0ffm4n (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 01:57:57 AM EST
She did an MA in HRM and her thesis was on "portfolio lifestyles". I.e. working at whatever you wanted to do at that time in order to earn money to slack off for months and do what you really wanted to do. It's a growth area of "the workforce".

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That sounds perfect to me by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #5 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 02:04:28 AM EST
If a bit pie in the sky. I don't really earn enough as it is working full time.

Having said that, I think you tend to get by on whatever you have.

It's political correctness gone mad!

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Flashback time by DullTrev (4.00 / 1) #6 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 02:19:23 AM EST

Last year, I was looking for a contract for four months, steadily running out of money, getting to the point I worried I would have to move back in with my parents. (HORROR). The difference between that time 'off' and this is incredible - the only thing stopping me from getting depressed that time was that I'd just walked out of an awful work environment, and anything was better than that.

It started to really grind me down, and I never got any relaxation out of that period of time - I was always tweaking my CV, searching contract sites, etc. Enforced worklessness sucks. (Quelle surprise...) Dossing around because you want to is brilliant, though.

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I actually thought I was OK at the time by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #9 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 02:28:04 AM EST
It was when I looked back at it afterwards I realised I'd been getting quite depressed.

It's political correctness gone mad!

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clearly i am crap by Merekat (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 01:25:55 AM EST
I managed 6 weeks of unemployment before I caved and named my start date. Being not in an office is too solitary.

Ah, well, I have an advantage by DullTrev (4.00 / 1) #8 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 02:21:18 AM EST

I'm an anti-social bugger.

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Enjoying your own company by nebbish (4.00 / 2) #10 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 02:29:30 AM EST
Is something that needs to be learned I think. It's pretty valuable as well.

It's political correctness gone mad!

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Rage. Glorious, envious rage! by debacle (4.00 / 4) #11 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 03:29:05 AM EST
How dare you take advantage of your lifestyle to enjoy an incredibly large block of time unemployed! It's your civic duty to marry a woman you hate, have children, get her sister pregnant, and spend the rest of your life supporting children that may or may not be yours!


Relaxing breaks by Vulch (2.00 / 0) #12 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 03:46:20 AM EST

I worked in broadcast TV for 12 years, then the ITV company I was at fell victim to Thatchers "Get Thames" franchise auction. The new company taking over wanted cheap rather than experienced so after a year looking for work in the field (everyone else had decided cheap was good too) I got a job in computers on the strength of an application I was writing.

8 years later I was working for a bunch who shouldn't have been employing other people (Hint: You might have been happy hacking out code all hours of day and night and not having a life. Trying to impose this style on others isn't going to work unless you pay them way above market rates and accept a high turnover. Getting other individuals and companies to do work on the strength of a verbal agreement and then denying there ever was an agreement isn't a good way to get by either.) and after consulting my savings decided quitting and then looking for a job, with maybe a break for the summer, was a good idea and would have the benefit of me not killing anyone in a horrible manner in the near future. That break lasted 18 months.

8 years on again and I'm about ready for another break, though it would be nice this time to not have a looming deadline for having to find something. I've paid off my mortgage which helps the savings grow nicely, and I've developed a cheap lifestyle. Unfortunately the pensions I've aquired over the years are worth approximately 0.5*sqrt(F.A.) due to the actions of various politicians and financiers over the years so I will need something that can tick over generating some income for the forseeable future.

I enjoy watching woman's beach volleyball by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #13 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 04:14:28 AM EST
partly because unlike diving, swimming, synchronized diving and gymnastics, I can play volleyball and be somewhat decent.

In the interests of fairness, the men should wear speedos like the divers wear.

I spent a year and a half unemployed in 2003-05. by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #14 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 04:23:23 AM EST
Destroyed me financially, I've never really recovered, but man did it give me a taste for not working.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

This diary... by toxicfur (4.00 / 1) #15 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 04:36:46 AM EST
made it almost impossible for me to come into the office today. You fucker. ;)

I'm really glad that things have gone well for you. The longest I've ever been unemployed is about 2 weeks, and that was more like a long-ish vacation punctuated by filling out waitstaff applications than it was unemployment.
To Rollins lesbians are like cuddly pandas: cute, exotic, forest-dwelling, dangerous when riled and unable to produce offspring without assistance.-CRwM