Paws Off, This Ain't Your Job, Obama

Sunday, June 06, 2010 9 Comments

After two months of "working" from home (as many of you know, I quit my job in March), I'm somewhat sad to say I've made the decision to go back to work. See, I need to get out of San Francisco and quick (I know a sinking ship when I see one) and can no longer handle the $3.25 gas, ridiculous rent, shitty weather, and hideous drivers. Not to mention car insurance, the SFMTA organized crime ring that tickets my car every two hours for parking too long in my own neighborhood, the crackheads, the human excrement that greets me on the sidewalk when I head to school to pick up my kid... you get the point. In August, I'll be celebrating my 11th year here and frankly, I'm done. Real estate is not normalizing any time soon and likely never will so it's time to pull up the stakes and go find a new home, kind of a scary thought since I've spent my entire adult life here in Northern California unless you count the two months I lived in Reno and four months I spent in Salt Lake City at 18. Did you know you can't buy cigarettes in Utah until age 19? Yeah, I didn't either. Burn.

Anyway, because writing is not terribly lucrative (pending book deal aside) but moving requires a good chunk of cash, I asked my ex-boss to take me back so I could slave away for the man for a few months and sock away the cash to pack up a truck and get the heck out of here. He did, pretty much instantly, and it goes without saying that we're both fortunate that the old business is recession-proof and that I'm still indispensable as an employee.

But I want to make one thing painfully clear: THIS IS NOT YOUR JOB, OBAMA, SO DON'T YOU DARE CLAIM IT.

Stimulus money didn't pay for my ex-boss to hire me back. Perhaps small business initiatives might ease the pain of running a business during such an unsure time but it should be known that THIS job was created very early on in the company's history (let's say 2004 or so) and I merely filled the slot in 2007. If anything, Greenspan gets credit for this one as it was his easy money that fueled the bubble that funded the college degrees that got the jobs that paid for the professional training that I provided at my old gig.

So there. Don't add this one in to the magic BLS numbers and don't claim another one for the Stimulus, it's dirty Greenspan money and my boss's own hard work that gets credit for this. Bitches.

Oh, and I'm still trying to decide where I'll end up next so if dear reader has any suggestions, do share. And don't you dare say LA.

Jr Deputy Accountant

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.


Economicon said...

I recommend the midwestern US, or Vancouver BC. Weather in the midwest sucks but everything else is good. Vancouver, well it's Vancouver, could do alot worse.

OldSouth said...

Indiana, south of Indy, is beautiful and quiet.

You get gracious small-town life with big-city opportunities in Indy and Louisville with city amenities. The streets are clean, the schools are good.

OS just interviewed for a job in Louisville, and for reasons not germane here, is happy someone else was unlucky enough to get the gig. The main appeal would have been life on the Ohio River.

Minnesota is cold as hell, but there are wide open spaces and educated people there. Ditto Wisconsin and the Dakotas. If you can get past immigration to Canada, OS fell in love with Manitoba a few years ago. Again, wide open spaces, civilized and clean.

Good luck, keep us posted. You're the best, girl.

W.C. Varones said...

New Orleans if you want to go weird, Fort Collins if you're not feeling so adventurous.

Vancouver is the next housing crash.

Welcome to Texas. Consider: Houston, Dallas or Austin.


Anonymous said...

Come join us in Portland. It is weird enough to be an easy transition from SF. Portland like "Keep Portland Weird" as a slogan, but its a nice kind of weird - not crackhead peeing in your shoes weird.

You already have the weather part handled. Real estate may normalize eventually here. You can even spend plenty of time with your child (we keep cutting school day to help with the budget).

Despite everything I still actually love it here.

Economicon, I have actually thought about Canada a lot but heard that they don't want broke Americans breaking through the border like illegal Mexicans in Texas. I could be wrong.

Pop, you've mentioned the cost of living in Houston before and I've thought about it. I could get a condo in two years paying what I pay now in rent. But not sure I can handle the heat in summer :(

Anon, isn't Portland the trendy place to be now? I don't want to end up with San Francisco rents without the views :P

W.C. Varones said...

A condo?

Don't ever buy a condo -- a shared interest in a property with a bunch of a-holes you don't know who are going to default and stop paying their dues and taxes as soon as the next downturn happens.

And then they have HOAs where the neighborhood control freak gets himself elected Hitler.

No thanks. Renting is almost always better than buying, but especially so when it comes to condos.

Anonymous said...

Well, I've given your question some thought. That thought and 50 cents will get you a cup of coffee - ok, maybe that thought and $4.75 will get you a cup of coffee in San Francisco.

I'd suggest a smallish mid-western town that has a university. You've got smarts - get some credentials. That's just the way the game is, don't kill the messenger.

So, where to go?

Madison, WI

Dickinson, ND

Columbia, MO

North Dakota is in very good shape financially. One of the few states that has not gone totally off a cliff and the Bakken Oil field is providing some nice revenue for the state - but, lots of flat ass ground, I doubt very much in hipster culture, and of course cold, cold, cold - then again, 40 below in January keeps the riff raff out, right? :>)


Anonymous said...

best of luck