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Archive for November 2009

In the wee small hours of the morning …

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It’s now almost 5:30 a.m., and I’ve been up for two hours.

This sort of thing happens to me more often since I’ve been unemployed.

For one thing, I used to wake up in the middle of the night totally stressed out over my future (or my present).

For another, since I now don’t have to go to work in the morning, it’s far too easy to stay up if I wake up in the middle of the night — and start watching TV, surfing the Internet for jobs, playing on Facebook, or writing a blog post.

However, there’s a job fair starting at 11 a.m. this morning on the other side of town. I’d like to be reasonably alert for it, so I need to go back to sleep for a few hours.

I have no idea how to cure insomnia. It seems to be a vicious cycle: You can’t sleep because you’re worried, and you worry because you can’t sleep.

Good night (or good morning).


Written by Joanne

November 18, 2009 at 8:43 am

Detroit vs. Rest of U.S. in Unemployed Per Job Posting

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Here’s a link to a graph making the rounds of my Facebook page today. It shows there’s 18 applicants per job posting here in Detroit, versus only two in Washington, D.C., with the rest of the country somewhere in between.

Detroit vs. Rest of U.S. in Unemployed Per Job Posting

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Written by Joanne

November 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm

And now for our rock music corner ….

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As our longtime readers know, we here at WSFAU are big Bruce Springsteen fans. Since we’re between bosses right now, you could say he’s our Boss.

We went to last night’s show at The Palace with great expectations — and a spot standing on the main floor. After all, he was to play one of rock music’s best albums — Born to Run — live in its entirety.

The show started off with a gaffe: Springsteen said good evening Ohio, apparently still thinking he was in Cleveland from a few nights before. But he mentioned the Pistons in his new tribute to the soon-to-be-wrecked Meadowlands, “Wrecking Ball.”

With help from Little Steven Van Zandt, Springsteen soon admitted he f’ed up big time and had just lived out “every frontman’s nightmare”. And Bruce later proved he did indeed know where he was by playing Bob Seger’s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” his own “Detroit Medley,” and Jackie Wilson’s Motown classic “Higher and Higher.”

How did I enjoy the live performance of Born to Run, you ask? Well ….

My spot on the floor was hot and very crowded. By the time Springsteen started “Backstreets,” I began to feel faint and slightly sick to my stomach. I knew I had to get to a less crowded spot. So I made my way to the soundboard, where people let me sit down and gave me water. The show was still going on, of course, and I tried to listen, but I’ve never listened to those songs less attentively in my life.

A crowd control officer saw me almost immediately and called first aid. Soon I was whisked backstage in a wheelchair to the first aid station, given more water, and observed for about 20 minutes.

They took me back out to the floor, but to the much less crowded back of the floor. Which was fine with me. I got a better view of the stage that way anyway.

The second half of the show was great: “Because the Night,” the Detroit songs I mentioned, “Badlands,” even “Born in the USA” and “Dancing in the Dark.”

The show I saw: Five stars. 😉

The Free Press/freep.com review, of the entire show:

Bruce Springsteen shows heart, puts foot in mouth | freep.com | Detroit Free Press.


Written by Joanne

November 14, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Study: Michigan’s poor!

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In news which should surprise no one who’s been paying attention, a Pew Center study this afternoon called Michigan one of the nation’s ten poorest states in terms of state government finances.

Surprisingly, California is number one. But thanks to the decline of the automotive industry (and no doubt our state legislature’s inability to pass a budget on time for the last three years hasn’t helped much either), we’re right up/down there.

Study: Michigan crumbles under outdated tax system | freep.com | Detroit Free Press.

And here’s the YahooNews version.


Written by Joanne

November 11, 2009 at 5:08 pm

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We now have a Facebook page!

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That’s right, you can now show your WSFAU love by fanning us on Facebook.

And if we can ever figure out how to post that little FB page badge widget on a WordPress site, this site will have one of those too.


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November 11, 2009 at 10:10 am

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Happy Veterans Day

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It’s the eleventh day of the eleventh month. The time when we pause to salute our military veterans and those troops who currently serve.

Thanks to all of you for your sacrifices.





Written by Joanne

November 11, 2009 at 8:15 am

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The Jobless Rate for People Like You

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Here’s a fun little tool from the New York Times web site. Pick your sex, race, age level, and education level, and it will tell you what your unemployment rate was as of September (mine was only 3.7 percent):

The Jobless Rate for People Like You – Interactive Graphic – NYTimes.com.


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November 9, 2009 at 12:12 pm

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