word4word (word4word) wrote,

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Stimulus 101

Since December 11, 2009, I have been an added statistic in the unemployment roll call. Yeah-baby! I'm still waiting for my first check... California's broke so I don't expect it any time soon. I suppose if I really wanted to take a vacation, I could cash out my 401k.

But, anyway, this blog is about "stimulus." Anyone remember that word? How about what it means?

Stim-u-lus (n): something that incites to action or exertion or quickens action, feeling, thought, etc.

In my current state, stimulus and motivation are hard to find. It certainly isn't waiting inside my mailbox, where there is still no sign of an unemployment check. I've had about four or five job rejections all the while, and the rest of the companies haven't even bothered to notify me whatever the case may be. Yeah, things are looking promising. And all the bills I have lined up for the new year include (from greatest to least expensive): car payment, car insurance, health care, cell phone, internet, and web-hosting. And maybe I forgot to mention one or two others.

How about that stimulus? It's here... somewhere. Here's where:

Shop thrifty at grocery stores. Food is a necessity so I doubt it'll hurt the market. Instead, I plan to spend my savings on me! And on making me happy! By spending money on luxuries, I can stimulate both myself and the economy. See how easy that was? The bills are still getting paid, there's food (albeit not the best of food) on the table, and...

All I know is that where there's a will, there's a way. I will find easy sources of income, like selling my book (maybe to a publisher!) and continue to explore new delights whenever I can guiltlessly afford it.

I'll say it again: I don't need to mope. Right now, I have a lot of leave, and I'm not afraid to use it.


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