I started my new job on Day 210! It was my 285th day without work. It felt so good to get up early and go to “my job!” I know, most of you are vomiting right now hearing me say how happy I am to go to work on a Monday morning, but it was really true. So far, I have been really impressed with the WWF and the people that are a part of the organization.
After work that day I headed over to meet an old colleague Derek at 18th and M Street. From there we headed over to 14K Lounge for our friend Jen’s birthday party. On our way over there we came face to face with our 16th president of the United States.
Ok, so it wasn’t really Abraham Lincoln, although he does bear a tremendous resemblance to the tallest American president. And he is about the same height. Derek is 6”4” and he looked a smidgen taller than Eric (without his hat).
Eric is a telecom engineer who has been out of work for a year. He was staging a personal protest of sorts that afternoon against the powerful K Street lobbyist firms. He is sickened by the amount of money that changes hands on this street in exchange for favorable consideration on governmental issues.
As a result of him being out of work for so long he became homeless in May. Since then he has managed by couch surfing and staying at shelters. If your firm is looking for an engineer experienced in XML, telephony and Linux, give Eric a chance.
He chose to save the money.
Derek and I said goodbye and headed to the birthday party. We didn’t mention to Eric that Derek technically is a lobbyist, but I hope that he wouldn’t dislike Derek just for that. Because in fact Derek has a PhD in genetics and works tirelessly to educate our lawmakers in the area of preventative medicine as it relates to obesity, personalized medicine and tobacco. Hey, somebody’s got to protect us from the tobacco lobby!
By the way, Eric does occasionally do some work as a Lincoln impersonator…I can connect you with him for that as well if you are interested.