there seems to be a longing that accompanies packing, regardless of circumstance. the weight of what could be and could’ve been, the letting go of possibilities. it’s a heavy load. but, hey it’s mostly clothes.
i haven’t told my parents i’m moving into jan’s house with him and ryan barnes. my mom’s expression contorts with distaste each time she’s shocked by the news that i’m even visiting. she seems to be afraid i’ll revisit that relationship. nope! my mom, who doesn’t have much of a short term memory (because she had brain surgery years ago), is certainly having a hard time grasping the concept of my being “queer,” (as opposed to gay) as well. if i mention interest in a guy, even hypothetically, she’s taken aback, “you don’t think i remember, but i swear you said you were gay?!” so, her concern that i’ll fall back into jan’s arms is a curious cognitive contradiction. forgive that digression.. and alliteration.. and..
it’s relevant because: my dad’s the one with a truck.
speaking of my moving my too many things: clothes swap or really really free market, anyone?
"Sharing is the whole point of doing creative work."
"First let’s be clear about this.
#things that matter
“Unemployment” does not refer to people too lazy to work or to the losers who have failed to secure an available job.
What unemployment means is that there are no available jobs. It means that X number of people are being denied work. The unemployed are not those who refuse work, or who do not seek work, or even those with poor “job-seeking” skills. The unemployed are that percentage of the population whose right to earn a living is being denied to them. The 7 percent or so unemployment rate we have had in the years following the crisis year of the Great Recession refers to the percentage of the work-force for which no jobs exist to seek, to find or to fill.
This is why the better measure of unemployment is the ratio of job-seekers to job openings. That ratio has not sunk below 3 to 1 since the Great Recession. That means that if in a single miraculous instant, every mismatch of geography, skill-set and pay-scale were met and every job opening were filled at once, then two-thirds of our unemployed would remain unemployed. And at that point there would be no reason for any of them to send out résumés, brush up on their interview skills, or do any of that other victim-blaming make-work we expect them to do, unpaid, until such time as someone deigns to allow them to earn a living again.
I prefer that ratio as a measurement of unemployment because it proves — proves — that all of the moralizing lectures levied at the unemployed are cruel and absurd."