The next-to-last time I was laid off was at the tail end of the dot-com bubbleburst. (Remember the dot-com crash? Doesn't it seem almost quaint, even nostalgic?). I made it all the way to 2003 working at a tiny ISP and I thought I'd survived, but then one day...ZAP! And there wasn't a whole lot of I.T. Work. I could not find any, and after unemployment ran out I scrounged for whatever work I could find. I just bought a car (hell, I had just bought a house), so my car had to make me some money so I could pay for it. Even before I got laid off I had started delivering The Wall Street Journal in the middle of the night (because small ISP's pay crap) so I added a 2nd route and I worked as a Courier during the day. I almost never slept. My hair turned grey-white.
I soon became sick of all the music I could find on the Radio. I had it all memorized! So, I turned to RightWing Talk Radio. What a bunch of Bozos! Some of them, like Limbaugh, Hannity, Levine, Savage and a few others were just too stupid to stomach. I could not and cannot abide them in my car.
Others were and are worth listening to. But all of them are prone to outrageous statements, and while many take calls from listeners few keep their thumb very far from the big red hang-up button. So, I decided I'd like to have my own little forum to answer them back.
Well, that was several years ago, and though I now have a real job again (indeed, I've gone thru another layoff/jobsearch again) I still cling to the Courier Job, I'm afraid to give it up. Did you know that if you get paid as a contractor and get a 1099 instead of a W2, you're still allowed to collect unemployment? Your 1099 earnings do not qualify you for unemployment benefits, but if you also worked as an employee and got laid off, you're entitled to unemployment! Does that bother you Conservative/RightWing types? GOOD!
I still inflict RightWing Talk Radio upon myself. So, very, very belatedly, here is my little blog/website. Except no, it's not a blog. My desire to publish this website preceded the coinage of that term. And 'blog' sounds too much like something you cough up when you're sick. So, this is my website. As much as possible I'm hand-coding HTML, because I want to learn it. (I'm too old to have been born knowing HTML like the current generation of web-kiddies. At least I do not mistake it for a programming language.) I see that hand-coded HTML is how you get that primitive nineties-era look in a website.
I just learned how to make a hyperlink:
But I want the link to open in the same window, so your browser's [back] button works. Try this:
Another pet peeve of mine: