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There were a lot of factors, but things were basically going South and I there were a lot of things that I was oblivious to, either through design or naïveté. All I needed was one good spiritual kick to the head, a shakabuku if you will, to do a reboot to the 'ol brain-pan.
For me that kick to the head came when my boss sent me on an errand to his Palm Springs vacation house to supervise the delivery of some big-screen TVs and the installation of cable. On the flight out my plane had to declare an emergency where we had to prep for a crash landing on the runway. It was some pretty heavy shit and while the stewardess was screaming a mantra of bending over, heads-between-the-knees and "BRACE, BRACE, BRACE" over and over again, I kind of expected my life to flash before my eyes. Instead I got a realization that there was something seriously fucked about my working conditions. This realization really opened my eyes to issues I should have seen quite clearly before, but didn't.
Anyway....that was about two and a half years ago. A little closer to current events, a couple of months ago, I sent in my tale to Gawker for possible inclusion in their "Unemployment Stories", basically tales of woe regarding being unemployed. There are a host of reasons people become unemployed and a ton of crap regarding dealing with the problem. I never expected my story to get used, but I was wrong.
It's weird seeing your story edited and posted up for the world to see. Sure, I do it here on my blog regularly but it is quite different. I'm still trying to get my head around it.