Friday, August 15, 2008

The $1 House

Check it out. This house sold for $1 in Detroit.

Times are tough. My job at the hospital is in jeopardy, kinda like my job at the phone company was during the Bush I recession of the early 90s. At GTE, I took a buyout before they would lay me off (which eventually happened to most if not all of my colleagues), but I hated that job, was in my 20s, and was ready for a fresh start. By contrast, I have no intention of leaving the hospital. I love my job, and they'll have to carry me out of there kicking and screaming. Still, there's a way-too-decent-for-comfort chance that that is precisely what will happen.

How's your professional life going? Do you have any career ideas for someone who's about to be outsourced to either technology or India?


At Friday, August 15, 2008 8:04:00 PM, Blogger GetFlix said...

LA, I remember when you we in the market for a house! (Good move on remaining a renter.)

Could you start to freelance on the side? You must have numerous contacts. The medical industry is fiercely protective of it's own.

Send me an email. (I can't remember your address.)

At Friday, August 15, 2008 9:15:00 PM, Blogger D.O.M. Dan said...

Are you saying that you think there will be layoffs at your hospital? If so, that's unfortunate, and I hope you're wrong.

Our company's sales required us to make some tough choices late last year, resulting in layoffs. Times are tough right now. I wish I had a suggestion for you.

At Saturday, August 16, 2008 9:24:00 AM, Blogger Diane said...

I have concerns too that my job will disappear in about 3 years . . . and unfortunately, a 50 yr old woman in my profession is not marketable. I'm struggling too to decide where I will or even want to be in 3 years . . .

What business can we start up together?

At Sunday, August 17, 2008 10:36:00 AM, Blogger EditThis said...

You should open a Doggie Day Care. You could make a ton of dough and you'd be happy all the time. could become a television editor. A monkey could do that job.

At Tuesday, August 19, 2008 1:55:00 PM, Blogger Prunella Jones said...

Times are tough, especially for those of us in the service industry. No one wants to tip decently anymore. No one can even afford to go out anymore. Maybe we could start a dominatrix service? I'd love to dress in black leather and whip the shit out of some old Republican men.

At Wednesday, August 20, 2008 5:49:00 AM, Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

I'm an unemployed student with an ever increasing debt. I'm a step away from government cheese.

Your knitting is beautiful. Do you have an Etsy shop? It might not be a career, but it may be some extra cash.

At Saturday, August 23, 2008 8:12:00 PM, Blogger norm said...

Norm thinks you should make a DVD on knitting techniques with Diane.

At Tuesday, August 26, 2008 10:53:00 PM, Blogger Pamela Jaye said...

sorry to hear that you may soon join me in the ranks of the recently laid off, but I did dropby to note that I *just* read your reply to me at Alan's blog about the mispronunciation of porphyria on Scrubs - thank you! (I think I was dead tired in the springbut forget why) - and no, I don't remember the previous use of the disease on the same show. (though I'm not doubting you) Was it *before* Sela Ward's husband had it on House?
(I see I didn't read the posts on Scrubs, either. hmmmmm...)

If I had any career ideas, I'd be employed now. :-(
Good luck, though

At Saturday, August 30, 2008 1:16:00 PM, Blogger LA said...

pamela jaye - Sorry to hear of your employment status. Hope things turn around for you soon. I'm still employed, layoffs are rumored for "fall," so I think if I make it to 2009 with my job, I'll be okay.

As for porphyria, you are right... it's been used on both Scrubs and House. The actors on House actually do a much better job pronouncing medical lingo than those on Scrubs, but Scrubs is a comedy, so there you go. (Sarah Chalke is by far the best at medicalese on that show.)

Wishing you gainful employment in the extreme near future! Thanks for stopping by!

At Saturday, August 30, 2008 1:18:00 PM, Blogger LA said...

Diane - We should have a brainstorming session.

Edit - Your job sounds like a lot of fun, actually. How does one go about becoming an editor?

At Wednesday, October 22, 2008 8:53:00 AM, Blogger Toad734 said...

Still a rip off

At Wednesday, October 22, 2008 8:08:00 PM, Blogger Pamela Jaye said...

hey, did you see the article about tiny houses (the real thing, not the Geico fake reality show ad) at
at least a couple of people are living in these itsy tiny houses, and one guy is making them.
hopefully you can find some search terms to locate the article (and video) (if you want)

At Friday, October 24, 2008 6:50:00 AM, Blogger LA said...

pamela jaye - these houses are like 300-500 sq ft, right? I think I did see that!

toad734 - word.


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