I read the new Barbara Ehrenreich book, Bait and Switch, today. Not too bad. I felt it wasn't as in depth as Nickel and Dimed, but it was still an eye opener. It deals with the white collar job force and their taking of survival jobs and trying to get back into the workforce after prolonged periods of unemployment and all the stuff that these people do.
I am shocked by the amount of people who pay modest sums of money (large to me) to take personality tests, find out what color their parachute is and get their resume retooled by someone who was, until getting this person to give them money, unemployed as well. It also delved a bit into loss of benefits in the corporate world and the rising numbers of "contract" and "temporary" employees who have to keep their own health benefits.
This is the kind of stuff that I am facing. Resumes going out over and over again, cover letters customized for each job only to find out that I am just one of thousands applying for the same job.
This book was more depressing for me to read than Nickel and Dimed. It took her 10 months and she still didn't get a job. 10 months. A few people she had interviewed for the book...over a year. Then she goes into their forays into real estate, insurance sales, etc. I actually contemplated the real estate game, hook up with a realty company in town, get some benefits, get a base salary, nice commissions...then I realize, there are tons of realtors out there, the market is probably close to saturated with them and who knows when the bubble is going to burst.
Maybe I'm talking myself out a career path. Who knows? I did enjoy the hummus that I had while reading this book. I went to Shot in the Dark in downtown Tucson. Got slightly lost trying to find it, then I remembered that Broadway and Congress are the same street. I think I may go back down there the weekend after next and do some photography. Finally test out the SLR camera. Haven't really had a chance to, yet. The cafe is pretty nice. It's close to what I want to open if/when I ever get the opportunity to open a coffee shop. Free wifi and a computer for public use, great food, pleasant atmosphere, local artists on the walls. I'd probably put a few more couches in instead of the tables, but then again, with more and more people going to cafes to work on their computers, I guess it makes sense to have lots of tables. Maybe i'd just have a computer area and then the rest would be all cozy couches and what not. Anyways, it was a pretty cool place. I'll definitely go back. Have to try their chai. If it is as good as Bentley's then I'll have to find a way to split my time between the two.
This is turning into a really long post and I didn't mean it to. Oh well :) :) :)