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This evening, I used my unemployment Visa debit card to pay the Michigan Secretary of State office to renew my driver’s license and car license plate fees for 2010-2011.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe my government funds somehow reproduced themselves.


Written by Joanne

June 29, 2010 at 11:11 pm

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We’re number two! We’re number two!

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We’re excited because Michigan is no longer the number one state in unemployment.

Instead, we’re now number two:

Unemployment rate: Michigan, Nevada trade places as No. 1 jobless state – CSMonitor.com.

Good luck, Nevada! You’ll need it!

Written by Joanne

June 23, 2010 at 7:47 am

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News I haven’t told you …

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At a party the other evening, a few friends told me they read this blog and liked it. (Thank you!) Which reminded me I hadn’t posted anything in a few weeks. Please accept my apologies for your not having anything new to read here in a while.

Actually, I’ve been holding out on all of you: I’ve been working.

At the start of June, I began a part-time temporary job. I’m working at the circulation desk of one of my county community college’s libraries. (For you non-librarians, “working at the circulation desk” means I’ve been checking books in and out and helping students with various questions and problems.) The pay’s good and I’m gaining experience I need for other library jobs. I’m happy there.

The only thing is, I just don’t know how long it’s going to last. At first I was told it would be two weeks. Then the assignment was extended for another two weeks. I don’t know if this is going to be my last week on the job or if it will go on for a while longer. Such is the nature of temporary work.

And of course, there’s another thing (or two): Since it’s a temporary job, I haven’t quite felt like announcing “I have a job!” here. Although I do, indeed, have a job. And since I’ve been working, I’ve had less time to write here.

Written by Joanne

June 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

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What it means to be perfect

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Did you ever have a day when everything was just going perfectly for you at work? And then someone or something just had to come along and screw it up?

Armando Galarraga just did.

If you either don’t live in the state of Michigan or don’t follow sports news, he’s the Detroit Tigers pitcher who was officially robbed of a perfect baseball game yesterday afternoon by umpire Jim Joyce’s bad call of the game’s very last out.

It was a bad call. Even Jim Joyce said it was a bad call! Joyce even apologized to Galarraga after the game!

As I said on Facebook when I heard the story on local TV this morning: I’m not even a big baseball fan, but even I know perfection is rare.

What does it mean to be perfect? We’ve all tried at one time or another, in one way or another, to be perfect.

We unemployed persons may feel we have to do every little thing just right, just perfectly, to get and keep a job in today’s market. However, having the perfect resume, cover letter, interview, or job performance doesn’t totally guarantee success.

Just ask Mr. Galarraga.

He’s the one driving away from Comerica Park in a brand-new little red Corvette.

Galarraga’s feat — and his sportsmanship afterwards — earned him that Vette. His game and his attitude also earned him a, well, perfect place in our imperfect hearts.

Could what happened to Galarraga Wednesday afternoon possibly mean that people should give up on perfectionism? That no one should have or take an opportunity to achieve perfection? That, as Galarraga himself said afterwards, nobody’s perfect?

It just means a few things:

1. Perfection is rare. Not just in baseball, but in life.

2. Even in those rare moments when you are perfect, not everything is under your control.

3. Forget killing the ump. Get the commissioner to overturn the call.

Written by Joanne

June 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm