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2010-03-11 07:12:10 AM
Ok...wait....leased BMW..he has no fixed address and yet he can afford to lease a BMW? Fark leasing the car...take public transit and get a roof over your head...and some dignity! Wow. some peoples priorities are just out of whack.
 
2010-03-11 07:15:37 AM
aerojockey: Maxor

He's in a fairly expensive area of the country $100,000 per year there is about the same as earning $60,000 in central Ohio. Its not uncomfortable and you can support a family on it pretty easily but you are merely comfortably middle class.

I'm not sure about the Bay Area, but here in LA, $100,000 would go a lot further than $60,000 in Ohio. Something like $75,000 would be comparable.

Maybe the disparity is more for homeowners, I don't know.


The cost of living in California is greatly exaggerated. I lived in LA for 4 years, San Francisco for 3 and San Jose for 2. You can live cheaply there real easy - this should be obvious, otherwise how do you think all those 20 somethings working the counter at starbucks or in n' out manage to get by while waiting for their big break?

Also, I saw some retard in the gawker thread start off his argument with how the government takes 50% of that 100k. I lol'd out loud. Are people really this farking stupid?

A single guy making about 100 grand a year is in the 28% tax bracket, but of course, he doesn't actually pay that. We have a progressive tax system, which means that only the income above the threshold for the bracket is taxed at that rate. His actual percentage of income taxed is 21.72%. Also, while California has some of the highest tax rates in the nation, the same income (after deductions) ends up at a 7.2% rate - a far cry from the claimed "gubmin takin half yer money".

I mean, for farks sake people, no one in this country pays that much. You have to make 100 million dollars just to come within a fraction of a percentile point of actually paying the top federal tax rate, which as it stands is 35%, due to the way our progressive tax system works - and of course if you're making that much money in a year, I bet you're cashing in a lot of capital gains, which if you have an ounce of sense, are at a measly 15%.

I don't claim to be an expert on this stuff, but it's absolutely astounding to me how much ignorance there is out there on this subject. If anything, or higher tax brackets are really quite favorable, especially compared to other nations.
 
2010-03-11 07:41:17 AM
He can move to Iowa, we have plenty of financial IT jorbs he can do. He might have to trade in his beemer for a grocery getter though.
 
2010-03-11 07:57:26 AM
I own my house and 2 cars and lost my job and was out of work for almost 7 months and managed to hang on with a nice buffer of savings. Then again, becoming homeless is one of my biggest fears so I was prepared.

People don't realize that at any given time, they are a few paychecks away from being homeless. That thought absolutely terrifies me.
 
2010-03-11 08:05:01 AM
Gig103: "Pay my mortagage, or pay my BMW lease. Yeah, I totally made the right choice"

He did, actually. If he's going to lose the condo when his money runs out anyway, and if taxes and upkeep on that place outpace frugal spending for shelter, then he's right to economize there, especially since he can convert his points into shelter and food. If he gave up the car to stay in the condo, he wouldn't have on-demand transportation for job interviews. Yes, he'll lose the leased car eventually also if he doesn't get a job, but his funds last longer in the meantime.
 
2010-03-11 08:10:54 AM
artifex: Gig103: "Pay my mortagage, or pay my BMW lease. Yeah, I totally made the right choice"

He did, actually. If he's going to lose the condo when his money runs out anyway, and if taxes and upkeep on that place outpace frugal spending for shelter, then he's right to economize there, especially since he can convert his points into shelter and food. If he gave up the car to stay in the condo, he wouldn't have on-demand transportation for job interviews. Yes, he'll lose the leased car eventually also if he doesn't get a job, but his funds last longer in the meantime.


Or, now stay with me here, he could dump the beemer and get a used economy car, that would save a lot of money right there. Payments on an older escort is a hell of a lot less then the lease on a beemer. Insurance would be cheaper too.
 
2010-03-11 08:15:38 AM
Ned_Flanders: I would love, LOVE, to work one day at a BMW dealership to see what proportion of people can actually afford the car versus cannot afford it. I've always wanted to do this.

/My guess is 50% cannot/should not buy the car
//Guy at my work makes $17.00 p/h and drives a Z3


Well considering that the newest Z3 is a 2002 model that does not seem absurd....
 
2010-03-11 08:17:40 AM
Hmmm...some of his quotes in the article lead me to believe he lived frivolously when he HAD money, not to mention he still pays the lease on his BMW.

sorry..but I'll save my pity for people that weren't making 6 figure salaries and had more than enough to put away in savings...if you blew through all your cash that's your own fault.
 
2010-03-11 08:18:53 AM
Sudlow: The article linked off the blog has some interesting tidbits.
He has a 375 bottle wine collection and a set of golf clubs.
He can only afford $5/day for food, but drives to the supermarket and only buys a gallon of water and a frozen dinner.

Lose the lease, sell the crap, get a cheap apartment and a roommate


My absolute favorite part in here. Do yuppies even comprehend that the stuff that comes out of the tap is just as viable to drink as bottled Eau De Whatever? I mean if he's living in a hotel, he doesn't even have to pay a few cents more on the utility bill to drink the stuff.
 
2010-03-11 08:33:36 AM
I doubt it. I typically see 5-7 different IT departments per month and if this guy is like 40% of the people I meet... He's going to be out of work for a really long time.

My company has an opening for a job that has been open for about a year or so. The job pays ~$120-$150k, and we've seen maybe 500 resumes for it. Most of the people applying are not very good.

I've seen Network security guys that don't understand why Telnet is bad. Routing and Switching guys that don't know the difference between PIM Sparse/Dense and Spanning Tree. I've met CCIE-Security and CISSP people that don't know what RFC 2196 is. This would be like a doctor not knowing the difference between a kidney and liver.

My favorite candidates are the ones that openly say they don't want to work nights or weekends... for f*ck's sake, we do consulting. 30% of our overall work, and 90% of the hardest work is done after hours.

Chances are the guy in the article rode the IT gravy train at his company the same way a lot of people rode the 'financial services' gravy train, and now that they got tossed off the train, they realize their skills are no good or aren't relevant.

If there is a sector with openings, like IT and healthcare, you have to come to the table showing what value you bring... not just the title you had before.



Your newsletter... I want to subscribe to it! Although, I prefer the Rainbow Book over RFC 2196.

I've found 65% of "IT professionals" I've worked with have a crippling case of being "Mule Stupid"

Oh have you ever read the satirical RFCs (RFC 1925, RFC 1149, and RFC 2549)?

/Studying for CISSP
//Been with the same company 5 years
///Started as an intern
 
2010-03-11 08:40:19 AM
thelordofcheese: The human species is a failure.

The douchebags that run Consumerist use it to stifle any form of opinion that doesn't conform to the typical cat ladies and white knighting Consumerist reader. $100 says that the account this person used is now restricted from posting too.
 
2010-03-11 08:43:01 AM
JerkyMeat: This is a great example of the perfect republican, other than the fact it should never gotten press. A bootstraper doesn't need any press.

www.durrr.co.uk
 
2010-03-11 08:47:26 AM
Haha, I'm unemployed and still can afford to keep my car and apartment. This guy's a real dipshiat.
 
2010-03-11 08:50:15 AM
Gig103: "Pay my mortagage, or pay my BMW lease. Yeah, I totally made the right choice"

Likely his mortgage was probably $2000/month or more. His BMW lease was probably $500.
 
2010-03-11 08:52:10 AM
The sequel to Up in the Air just writes itself.
 
2010-03-11 09:02:26 AM
Kimpak: artifex: Gig103: "Pay my mortagage, or pay my BMW lease. Yeah, I totally made the right choice"

He did, actually. If he's going to lose the condo when his money runs out anyway, and if taxes and upkeep on that place outpace frugal spending for shelter, then he's right to economize there, especially since he can convert his points into shelter and food. If he gave up the car to stay in the condo, he wouldn't have on-demand transportation for job interviews. Yes, he'll lose the leased car eventually also if he doesn't get a job, but his funds last longer in the meantime.

Or, now stay with me here, he could dump the beemer and get a used economy car, that would save a lot of money right there. Payments on an older escort is a hell of a lot less then the lease on a beemer. Insurance would be cheaper too.


This. If this man were in sales, I could see it. There are a lot of sales jobs where a flash car, flash clothes, and an expensive haircut are essential tools of the trade - but this man works in IT.
 
2010-03-11 09:03:37 AM
Maybe he should take this lesson, and run a major corporation?
 
2010-03-11 09:10:59 AM
Fluffy_the_cactus: So if he had a high paying job, why doesn't he have a large savings account with which to fall back on?

Combination of Orange County is an expensive place to live and he just didn't think that far ahead.

One of the best bits of financial advice ever said is at the end of Genesis, with Joseph (fancy coated one) advising the Pharoah to put away stores for the upcoming famine. It happens to every generation.
 
2010-03-11 09:13:30 AM
cowsspinach: Leasing a bmw but homeless? Doesn't make any sense to me.

Even the homeless need to drive around LA in style.

When I was in high school, I took a part-time job at a grocery store and could not tell you how many times people would come in, wearing expensive suits and 'bling-bling', had a very nice showroom-quality car, and yet pay for their groceries in food stamps.
 
2010-03-11 09:22:31 AM
Kimpak: artifex: Gig103: "Pay my mortagage, or pay my BMW lease. Yeah, I totally made the right choice"

He did, actually. If he's going to lose the condo when his money runs out anyway, and if taxes and upkeep on that place outpace frugal spending for shelter, then he's right to economize there, especially since he can convert his points into shelter and food. If he gave up the car to stay in the condo, he wouldn't have on-demand transportation for job interviews. Yes, he'll lose the leased car eventually also if he doesn't get a job, but his funds last longer in the meantime.

Or, now stay with me here, he could dump the beemer and get a used economy car, that would save a lot of money right there. Payments on an older escort is a hell of a lot less then the lease on a beemer. Insurance would be cheaper too.


Who the hell is going to make a car loan or lease to somebody who's unemployed and homeless? I'm not disputing your general point here, but seriously, the payments on an older economy car shouldn't enter into the equation, because there's no way he's going to be able to get one on a payment plan until he gets a job.
 
2010-03-11 09:25:41 AM
HeartBurnKid: Who the hell is going to make a car loan or lease to somebody who's unemployed and homeless? I'm not disputing your general point here, but seriously, the payments on an older economy car shouldn't enter into the equation, because there's no way he's going to be able to get one on a payment plan until he gets a job.

Its easier than you think, I did it once. Second, I bet he could sell some of his crap in storage to outright buy a used car, no payments needed.
 
2010-03-11 09:26:53 AM
inthemiddleofitall: Ok...wait....leased BMW..he has no fixed address and yet he can afford to lease a BMW? Fark leasing the car...take public transit and get a roof over your head...and some dignity! Wow. some peoples priorities are just out of whack.

Says a person with no experience living in that area.
 
2010-03-11 09:29:40 AM
Terrified Asexual Forcemeat: It's just a kiss away, it's just a kiss away

-applause-

/though it was the Sisters of Mercy cover that popped into my head first.
 
2010-03-11 09:39:24 AM
pestluvr: thelordofcheese: WHAT.
THE.fark.

flugennock
March 10, 2010 6:14 PM
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The human species is a failure.

Dear flugennock:


I'm bored, so I've attempted to revowel it:

I'm sorry, this motherfarker was making six figures and he still couldn't make his mortgage and he's living in his BMW and living off rewards points? What, are we supposed to feel sorry for this guy or something? There are real homeless people who were making less than six figures who made their mortgages and still lost their homes and don't have a buttload of rewards points to live off of. Hope this tool dies in a fire. f DS

Not sure what that last f DS means
 
2010-03-11 09:42:03 AM
Meh. I lived in my van for four months and crashed on sofas for two more months, until I got a university job that gave me free housing. I just learned they'll cut my hours in half for the summer but at least I'll still have a place to live in May.
 
2010-03-11 09:44:36 AM
Sounds like he wasn't doing anything with the "major-dollar earnings" besides spending it on nothing. What a retard.
 
2010-03-11 09:51:28 AM
Came in here for bitter, poor people venting, leaving satisfied
 
2010-03-11 09:51:40 AM
Kimpak: HeartBurnKid: Who the hell is going to make a car loan or lease to somebody who's unemployed and homeless? I'm not disputing your general point here, but seriously, the payments on an older economy car shouldn't enter into the equation, because there's no way he's going to be able to get one on a payment plan until he gets a job.

Its easier than you think, I did it once. Second, I bet he could sell some of his crap in storage to outright buy a used car, no payments needed.


he's not broke, he's receiving unemployment. he's chosen to keep his leased bmw, a mailbox, and a storage facility and be homeless over getting a crappy apartment and a 95 toyota tercel for $1,300. most people could put a pos on their credit card in a pinch for heavens sake, he was making a lot more than most people.
 
2010-03-11 09:54:42 AM
Macular Degenerate: Meh. I lived in my van for four months and crashed on sofas for two more months, until I got a university job that gave me free housing. I just learned they'll cut my hours in half for the summer but at least I'll still have a place to live in May.

Down by the river?
 
2010-03-11 10:00:31 AM
relcec: Kimpak: HeartBurnKid: Who the hell is going to make a car loan or lease to somebody who's unemployed and homeless? I'm not disputing your general point here, but seriously, the payments on an older economy car shouldn't enter into the equation, because there's no way he's going to be able to get one on a payment plan until he gets a job.

Its easier than you think, I did it once. Second, I bet he could sell some of his crap in storage to outright buy a used car, no payments needed.

he's not broke, he's receiving unemployment. he's chosen to keep his leased bmw, a mailbox, and a storage facility and be homeless over getting a crappy apartment and a 95 toyota tercel for $1,300. most people could put a pos on their credit card in a pinch for heavens sake, he was making a lot more than most people.


You must have missed where I said I'm not disputing his general point. But talking about the payments is a red herring, because nobody's going to extend credit to somebody who's on unemployment.
 
2010-03-11 10:05:45 AM
HeartBurnKid: You must have missed where I said I'm not disputing his general point. But talking about the payments is a red herring, because nobody's going to extend credit to somebody who's on unemployment.

Again, I beg to differ. I was able to get a car loan just fine whilst on unemployment.
 
2010-03-11 10:16:32 AM
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Can you pay Sing-Sing? I owe her $100.
 
2010-03-11 10:16:38 AM
Kimpak: artifex: Gig103: "Pay my mortagage, or pay my BMW lease. Yeah, I totally made the right choice"

He did, actually. If he's going to lose the condo when his money runs out anyway, and if taxes and upkeep on that place outpace frugal spending for shelter, then he's right to economize there, especially since he can convert his points into shelter and food. If he gave up the car to stay in the condo, he wouldn't have on-demand transportation for job interviews. Yes, he'll lose the leased car eventually also if he doesn't get a job, but his funds last longer in the meantime.

Or, now stay with me here, he could dump the beemer and get a used economy car, that would save a lot of money right there. Payments on an older escort is a hell of a lot less then the lease on a beemer. Insurance would be cheaper too.


Sure. Or he could have not lived beyond his means to begin with. But someone was presenting it as two alternatives and second-guessing which one he chose.
 
2010-03-11 10:59:05 AM
BULLshiat. If this guy is even real, he's a fracking idiot and deserves to be homeless.
 
2010-03-11 11:36:47 AM
I've lived in NYC for about 15 years and I'm used to passing the occasional homeless person in the streets or subways. Used to be there wasn't a one of them that didn't seem to be drug addled or mentally ill. However, in the past 2 years I have seen more and more in total and quite a shocking number of them just don't seem to fit.

There are a lot of people who are only a few paychecks away from the streets. Lay them off and see what happens.
 
2010-03-11 11:38:45 AM
Kimpak: HeartBurnKid: You must have missed where I said I'm not disputing his general point. But talking about the payments is a red herring, because nobody's going to extend credit to somebody who's on unemployment.

Again, I beg to differ. I was able to get a car loan just fine whilst on unemployment.


Was this at the height of the credit bubble? Because at that point, they were giving credit to anything with a pulse. Not so much now.
 
2010-03-11 11:44:55 AM
Cubansaltyballs:
I'm sorry the guy lost his job. But I have not seen any quality IT people look for more than 3-4 months before landing on something.I have seen many bad IT people get laid-off in staggering numbers. Not quite enough though...

If this guy truly is an IT guy, I'll bet he's not very good. I would recommend he look for a new career.... maybe something like the guy that sprays that orangelo on the douchebags outside the clubs. That idea's so money it would bring in major-dollars. I'm certain.


I'm at 5 months since my employer shut it's doors. To date I've only managed to e-mail with a human twice, no interviews. I am limited in that I am not willing to relocate (doing so would devastate my wife's income for years to come) but that doesn't say I'm not a good programmer.

I do agree this guy is an idiot, though--good earning, no savings???
 
2010-03-11 01:11:21 PM
thelordofcheese: WHAT.
THE.fark.

flugennock
March 10, 2010 6:14 PM
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'm srr, ths mthfark ws mkng >sx fgrs nd h >stll cldn't mk hs mrtgg nd h's lvng n hs BMW nd lvng ff rwrds pnts? Wht, r w sppsd t fl srr fr ths g r smthng? Thr r >rl hmlss ppl wh wr mkng lt lss thn sx fgrs wh md thr mrtggs nd >stll lst thr hms nd >dn't hv bttld f rwrds pnts t lv ff f. hp ths tl ds n fr. f DS.

The human species is a failure.



I'm sorry, this motherfarker was making over six figures and he still couldn't make his mortgage and hes living in his BMW and living off rewards points? What, are we supposed to feel sorry for this guy or something? There are homeless people who were making lots less than six figures who made their mortages and still lost their homes and didn't have buttloads of reward points to live off of. Hope this total loser(?) dies in a fire. fark dis shiat (?).


I am actually kind of embarassed that I can translate that...
 
2010-03-11 01:38:19 PM
SirGunslinger: Your newsletter... I want to subscribe to it! Although, I prefer the Rainbow Book over RFC 2196.

I've found 65% of "IT professionals" I've worked with have a crippling case of being "Mule Stupid"

Oh have you ever read the satirical RFCs (RFC 1925, RFC 1149, and RFC 2549)?

/Studying for CISSP
//Been with the same company 5 years
///Started as an intern


We always use RFC 2196 as a baseline for a Security Policy. Most companies don't have one, so that is as good a place as any to start.

For a bona fide Security guy to NOT know what that is... well, that's just not good and he better ace the rest of the exam.

There are great questions you can ask to see if someone has ever done the work. For example, if someone seems real book smart and tosses around Cisco 6500 all over the place and claims to be an, I usually start by asking them why you can only put a Sup720 in slots 1&2. If they've ever done one... they give me a quizzical look. If they haven't, they bs me for 10 minutes.
 
2010-03-11 01:47:48 PM
Loren: I'm at 5 months since my employer shut it's doors. To date I've only managed to e-mail with a human twice, no interviews. I am limited in that I am not willing to relocate (doing so would devastate my wife's income for years to come) but that doesn't say I'm not a good programmer.

I do agree this guy is an idiot, though--good earning, no savings???


That sucks man. If you know what you're doing it is only a matter of time. You could speed it up by moving, but if that can't happen... it's just a waiting game. The only thing I'd recommend is to stay sharp on your skills and learn new ones. When this recession is over hopefully you'll exit it better than you came in.

The guy in this article is obviously mobile. He just sounds like a dumbass that got ahead on luck and he began to think he earned it. When we go through resumes and meet people, we call this type of candidate "MC Resume". He made x at y company and thinks that is the baseline for all future jobs.

We had one guy, a CCSP CCDP and CCNP. He came in wanting CCIE pay without the experience. When we started probing we realized he simply crammed for the tests and had never seen 90% of the equipment he was a "Professional" on. He was butthurt we laughed at his salary. His last job he got paid X + bonuses, so now he wanted that to be his salary. Yeah... about that
 
2010-03-11 02:06:32 PM
If you had a 6 figure job and you didn't even managed to buy your own home then you are a failure at life. That's what you get when you live way above your income in an attempt to impress your peers with your leased crap.
 
2010-03-11 03:07:08 PM
Buddism is not about any one religion, it's more about creating the spiritual path that works best for you, as an individual.

Whatever god or deity you worship is unimportant, as everything is the same. All are one, and one is all.

It's not about following any one set of religious teaching, but just living your life as a good person, is all that matters and is good enough.

Remember, the desination is not as important as the journey
 
2010-03-11 03:29:01 PM
Trance750: Buddism is not about any one religion, it's more about creating the spiritual path that works best for you, as an individual.

Whatever god or deity you worship is unimportant, as everything is the same. All are one, and one is all.

It's not about following any one set of religious teaching, but just living your life as a good person, is all that matters and is good enough.

Remember, the desination is not as important as the journey



You missed. Buddhism thread is that way --->
 
2010-03-11 03:43:38 PM
Kimpak: Trance750: Buddism is not about any one religion, it's more about creating the spiritual path that works best for you, as an individual.

Whatever god or deity you worship is unimportant, as everything is the same. All are one, and one is all.

It's not about following any one set of religious teaching, but just living your life as a good person, is all that matters and is good enough.

Remember, the desination is not as important as the journey


You missed. Buddhism thread is that way --->


my bad. I wondered why the post didn't show up
 
2010-03-11 03:56:10 PM
Cubansaltyballs: SirGunslinger: Your newsletter... I want to subscribe to it! Although, I prefer the Rainbow Book over RFC 2196.

I've found 65% of "IT professionals" I've worked with have a crippling case of being "Mule Stupid"

Oh have you ever read the satirical RFCs (RFC 1925, RFC 1149, and RFC 2549)?

/Studying for CISSP
//Been with the same company 5 years
///Started as an intern

We always use RFC 2196 as a baseline for a Security Policy. Most companies don't have one, so that is as good a place as any to start.

For a bona fide Security guy to NOT know what that is... well, that's just not good and he better ace the rest of the exam.

There are great questions you can ask to see if someone has ever done the work. For example, if someone seems real book smart and tosses around Cisco 6500 all over the place and claims to be an, I usually start by asking them why you can only put a Sup720 in slots 1&2. If they've ever done one... they give me a quizzical look. If they haven't, they bs me for 10 minutes.


I was scratching my head thinking "the Sup modules in the 6509 on my floor are in slots 5 and 6".. :) Good question, though, I'll add that to my interviews as well. :)
 
2010-03-11 05:37:09 PM
blankwhiteboard: We always use RFC 2196 as a baseline for a Security Policy. Most companies don't have one, so that is as good a place as any to start.

For a bona fide Security guy to NOT know what that is... well, that's just not good and he better ace the rest of the exam.

There are great questions you can ask to see if someone has ever done the work. For example, if someone seems real book smart and tosses around Cisco 6500 all over the place and claims to be an, I usually start by asking them why you can only put a Sup720 in slots 1&2. If they've ever done one... they give me a quizzical look. If they haven't, they bs me for 10 minutes.

I was scratching my head thinking "the Sup modules in the 6509 on my floor are in slots 5 and 6".. :) Good question, though, I'll add that to my interviews as well. :)


I've got a handful of those types of things to help weed out the posers.

If a guy claims to be a Cisco ASA expert, just start asking him about adding secondary IPs to an interface.

If a guy claims to be a Cisco Nexus expert, ask him about all your VTP Client/Server issues.

If a guy claims to be a Cisco FWSM expert, ask him why you have trouble with SSL VPN and Secure Desktop only on one of your 20 security contexts.


Someone may be crazy smart, but if they've ever configured more than one of any of those devices, they know the answers. It's all about the details...

Sometimes I feel like a dick for asking those types of questions, but you would be surprised how many CCIE level guys try to BS their way from "Bootcamp Instructor" to "Field Engineer"
 
2010-03-11 07:14:59 PM
GreatBunzinni: If you had a 6 figure job and you didn't even managed to buy your own home then you are a failure at life. That's what you get when you live way above your income in an attempt to impress your peers with your leased crap.


A low 6 figure job isn't enough to buy a house in areas that start at $700,000 for 1500 SQ feet. The fact that people thought it was and bought these houses anyway for quite a bit more than that are why people still can't buy a nice affordably priced home in a decent area in LA. Yay renting.
 
2010-03-11 08:39:40 PM
Something tells me this "IT professional" was in the sales or management end of the IT spectrum, and not a developer/engineer.
 
2010-03-11 11:02:18 PM
djkutch: Slight increase in boot strap stock today.Loren: Cubansaltyballs:
I'm sorry the guy lost his job. But I have not seen any quality IT people look for more than 3-4 months before landing on something.I have seen many bad IT people get laid-off in staggering numbers. Not quite enough though...

If this guy truly is an IT guy, I'll bet he's not very good. I would recommend he look for a new career.... maybe something like the guy that sprays that orangelo on the douchebags outside the clubs. That idea's so money it would bring in major-dollars. I'm certain.

I'm at 5 months since my employer shut it's doors. To date I've only managed to e-mail with a human twice, no interviews. I am limited in that I am not willing to relocate (doing so would devastate my wife's income for years to come) but that doesn't say I'm not a good programmer.

I do agree this guy is an idiot, though--good earning, no savings???


And he fully admitted to not paying the mortgage.
 
2010-03-12 12:03:13 AM
Cubansaltyballs: Loren: I'm at 5 months since my employer shut it's doors. To date I've only managed to e-mail with a human twice, no interviews. I am limited in that I am not willing to relocate (doing so would devastate my wife's income for years to come) but that doesn't say I'm not a good programmer.

I do agree this guy is an idiot, though--good earning, no savings???

That sucks man. If you know what you're doing it is only a matter of time. You could speed it up by moving, but if that can't happen... it's just a waiting game. The only thing I'd recommend is to stay sharp on your skills and learn new ones. When this recession is over hopefully you'll exit it better than you came in.


Yeah, that's most of what I'm doing with my time--new skills.
 
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