I keep trying to tell my self about 6 months after I got laid off that I miss my job. While in some ways it is true such as I miss my income, I miss friends made, and coworkers as well as many of my former clients; I don't miss getting up at 4:30 AM Monday to Friday, I don't miss three hour round trip commutes at all with the attendant ridiculous expenses. There is a lot less wear and tear on the car, too. I don't miss driving to work in heavy snow storms because I was one of the required personnel to be there and help operate the facility. If I could only find a purchasing managers position in Rockland or Bergen Counties. I need a desk job because I can't wander around on my feet all day like I once did.
There is a lot to be said about the life of a laid off worker. Yes, I am looking for work but in the meantime, I am going to the library which is something I hardly did the last 15 years or so. I go down to the Hudson River and eat lunch watching the boats go by. I can actually go to the barber or grocer whenever I feel like it instead of cramming everything into a Saturday, The amount of business one can get done on a week day is amazing. I'm enjoying my Civil War Round Table Meetings which I could not get to before because I could never get home in time before the meeting started. One thing I haven't done yet is to start using my membership in Ancestry.com to continue research on my family roots.
Today is a stay at home day what with a tropical storm (Andrea?) bearing down on us, so I will be watching Sherlock Holmes movies from Net flicks unless or until we lose power, which has been happening more and more of late.