Inglorious Itinerants

itinerant-noun: a person who alternates between working and wandering.

My grandpa called me this while on the phone with him.  I had to look up the word, but assumed it was some kind of “old-timey” put down.  Another example: my mother called me Jimmy Neutron.  Not because of my amazing intellect, but rather my new hair cut.  Not exactly related to my job status, but still stung a bit.

Actually, I don’t take offense to any of the names at all.  My grandpa’s pretty much dead on with his label.  Working as a custodian (NOT JANITOR!) for the school district followed by my joblessness (a word I can’t believe spell check didn’t spit back at me) means I’m a true itinerant.

Now here comes the part where I tell you about all the new things I’ve learned in this short period of my new job search and movie watching goal.

1. Watching 100 movies is hard. It may not seem like much, but when you look over a list of 100 films, the task seems daunting.  If I want to finish this list in a year, I’ll have to watch at least 1 movie every 3-4 days.  Yikes.

2. Finding a job is hard. I got this little uplifting message from a contact of mine: “It is a tough time in any industry to look for work.”  Wow.  So no matter what career path I pursue, my chances of finding work are as slim to none.  That’s reassuring.

3. “Job Search” is not always a valid excuse. My girlfriend brought this my attention, and boy was she right.  I seem to use my unemployed status as an excuse to blow off others at times (The phrase “You don’t understand, I DON’T HAVE A JOB” doesn’t cut it).  Making time for others (girlfriend, friends, family) and working with others’ schedules is something I can improve on.

4. All work and no play makes Brett a grouchy boy. Interspersing work time with playtime makes the process a little easier to swallow.  Resume and e-mail writing burns me out.  Rock Band and reading (not at the same time of course) serve as motivating rewards.  Not every minute of every day needs to be productive.

More movie reviews to follow and hopefully some good news on the job front too.


1 Response to “Inglorious Itinerants”

  1. August 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Your girlfriend is usually right. She’s a smart cookie. That’s why you date her. (Also because she’s incredibly good looking and funny.)

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