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I can haz job.

It feels strange to go back to work after 7 years of "retirement." I've been working nights for 3 years, teaching English to Japanese students via Skype and other proprietary web apps, but the hours were sporadic and graveyard shift was eating me alive.

I won't bore you with a list of all the places I applied for regular or even semi-regular work during that time - it would be depressing. When you look for a job at 55, they laugh at you. If you're over 60, they think you're crazy.

Anyway, I applied with another Temp agency about a month ago, and they found me a position with an engineering concern down in Nephi, Utah - only 18 miles away from my home, not a bad commute at all, since it's against the flow of traffic and the speed limit is 80.

I'm learning all sorts of new things - these people are largely fiber-optic network contractors, and I've never paid so much attention to manholes and splice boxes and right-of-ways and easements and property lines in my life. A completely different world, but it's regular work and a regular paycheck to supplement pension and Social Security is a nice prospect.  I have no idea how long it will last, but I'm grateful for each day.

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mermaidstitcher
Jan. 14th, 2014 10:30 pm (UTC)
congrtas
bayliss
Jan. 14th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
As long as you enjoy it, it's great. :-)
makovette
Jan. 15th, 2014 08:07 am (UTC)
Bravo Olde Wolfe! Welcome to the Geek Side of the Farce :P

Mako
r_caton
Jan. 15th, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
WAHOO! Congrats at rejoining the technical community!

I'd agree about the job at 60 bit.....

I got this job at 40, I'm 57 now and need them as much as they need me....
thefoxaroo
Jan. 16th, 2014 11:02 am (UTC)
Interesting co-incidence. I'm having to consider finding part-time evening work to avoid going into debt. Age will be one barrier, but the lack of a car will be far greater.
r_caton
Jan. 16th, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
Trust me, having a car especially needing one is a good way of going into and staying in debt.

Full no claims and insurance = £550. No insurance? even if undriven, they'll find it (auto plate recognition from camera cars) take it and cube it.
Tax? £220 unless you have a new low emission (ie designed to show low CO2)
And that's before you drive an inch. My drive to work is about 250miles per week, about £50 - in fuel.

If you can do without a car, do.

And that's before you see the "no user servicable parts inside" sticker under the bonnet.

Edited at 2014-01-16 05:30 pm (UTC)
thefoxaroo
Jan. 16th, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
I know. It's one of two reasons I don't have one, the other reason being that I'm scared of driving in traffic.

Car insurance companies calculate their premiums taking into account the suburb where you live. That's why my brother when he was living with me still had his official address showing as our (then) parents home in Newcastle. The suburb I'm living in is moderate so far as crime goes, but it's very close to the CBD and only one suburb away from Chatswood; one of Sydney's secondary CBDs.

However in looking for part-time, evening work the lack of a car will restrict me to places that public transport is readily available, particularly if I'm finishing late in the evenings.

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