Nobody likes me; Everybody hates me; Guess I’ll go eat… worms?

Apologies. It has been a long time since my last blog post. It hasn’t been due to a lack of material… more so a lack of spirit. Yes, my dear friends, I am suffering from a severe lack of belonging due to the horrendous nature of our current economy.

It seems  no one in the giant metro of Phoenix can see value in my person, or any person for that matter.  Since moving to the near-area, I have been busily applying to every job someone with standards could possibly apply for (within my skill-set of course).  And, like the hundreds of thousands of other unemployed people in the valley area (state unemployment recently announced an unprecedented high of 7%), I have heard nothing back from any of them.  Surprised? I’m not. Every day, the news here covers unemployment. The camera hovers on a single mom with four hungry children… an interview with a college graduate with no foreseeable future… a man waiting over two months for unemployment benefits to arrive, only to be told it will be another few months of “processing”… temp agencies overrun with nowhere to redirect the masses… most retail and food-services can’t afford management…  non-profits, well, I’m surprised they’re even still alive. The malls are a few zombies short of an apocalypse.  The scope is incredible and the consequences are horrible. Competition for existing jobs is fierce as people are ravenous for a paycheck to the point of near-insanity. Resumes are sent to companies whether they’ve posted a job opening or not. Everyone in this country is bombarding and attacking every opportunity… and in the end, no one wins.

The Most Recent Recession Report

The Most Recent Recession Report

In the middle of this, I sit. I stubbornly cling to my standards when I job-hunt, because clearly those without standards aren’t doing much better. Some predict we’ll hit rock bottom soon; others don’t believe there is a bottom.  I personally don’t care to wait to find out, especially when right now is bad enough. It is disheartening to see where our country is at right  now. The economy hates us all… leaving us nothing to sustain ourselves except maybe going back to foraging for fruit, or digging for worms.