Crossposted at Daily Kos

 I don’t need to tell you that unemployment is through the roof. U6 is at 20+% nationwide, and in NYC it is as bad as anywhere else. At some point, we as a nation need to figure out that the private sector will not save us, rather they are strangling us, but, that is not why I write today, although it is an issue that must be addressed if we are to recover from the Bush/Cheney depression anytime soon.


    In New York City you can see the class warfare at it’s prime. A few bonus baby Wall St types who tanked the whole economy on us yuk it up over drinks while a ton of busboys sweat it out for that extra buck.

    Well, I have hit my breaking point. I have no job, no money, and no more patience. As much as I love the Big Rotten Apple, I have to say Good Bye, New York City.

    This town is too rich for my blue collared blood. I have tried bootstraps. I have tried denying things like health care and dentist appointments, eating out and other non-necessities.

    And I have had enough.

    If that’s moving up then I’m moving out.

My last employment was as a retail manager, but my room-mate lost his job as an iron worker back in August and I had to make due by myself, which ate up any savings I had and put me in the red. I moved in with my brother, a situation that was stressful, to say the least. Then I lost my job. After two months of looking for work at a comparable wage, I decided to take whatever I could get, which was a job that paid less for more hours.

   I wont lie to you. I make a pretty crappy wage slave. If you give me a job I can put my mind to I will work my ass off for you, but if you give me a menial job based on mindless repetitive motion I will quickly lose my mind.

   After a month with this new job I quit. I thought that I would land something better soon enough. How wrong I was.

   Prices are high, wages are low, and jobs are scarce and low paying for far too many of us, but a few among us live like nobles, and they drive up the prices on everything, but don’t tip very well for some strange reason.

   I never got my college degree. I would like to go back to school, but that 3 meals a day thing keeps getting in the way. Some habits are hard to break. Many of us end up joining the work force because education is too expensive, too time consuming, and just not realistic in the workaday world. I wish I could pursue journalism or teaching, but I need to put a roof over my head, and I can no longer afford to do so in NYC.

   Some day I will go back to school and get that degree. President Obama wants us to retrain ourselves for the new economy, and I would like to meet his challenge, but first I have to worry about today and where my next meal is coming from. In a better world we would not have to choose between the two.

   The rich get richer no matter how bad they fuck it up for the rest of us, and the poor carry on, struggling to make ends meet while the special interests wring every last cent they can out of us. When we ask them to stop for pity’s sake they say they don’t believe in empathy, and where they have more money they have less empathy. Go figure. I’ll have to remember that the next time they need a bailout.

   But as for me, I am moving out. Where, I don’t know. I packed my stuff, just a few things in a book bag, and I’m grabbing my fishing pole and my tackle box. I think a good day by the ocean shore will help me get my bearings straight. Where I go after that I do not know. There are jobs to be had somewhere, but this race to the lowest wage is getting me nowhere in this city. It’s too expensive and I can’t afford to try to win at the high rollers table anymore. Daddy needs a new pair of shoes, but daddy needs to eat tomorrow too.

   So, I shall bid New York City, the Emerald city, which I will always hold dearly in my heart goodbye. I know not where I will go next, but there is no place for me here. These sad crazy street will always exist in the shadows of my soul. The next time you see someone walking out of some place with a job application in there hands, think of me, and yourself. Smile. Wish that guy good luck. No matter how bad things can be, you have to remember how good you really have it.

   I had it, and now it’s gone. I go now to get it back, though I do not know the way.

   I’m broke and I need a job, but I have Hope, and I hope you wish me good luck.

   I’m moving out.

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    • Robyn on July 23, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    …being able to afford to live where one is living is pretty much a joke…unless one is very creative about defining “afford to live.”

    • jamess on July 23, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    you can go to school, with Student Loans

    and Work Study jobs. Or at least you used to be able to.

    The Public Sector, has jobs now,

    although the application process is a pain,

    and all the red tape when you get hired,

    well you think you’re stressed now, lol.

    (But I’ve notice a fair number of “short assignment” jobs,

    working outdoors, fixing up parks and such, for 6 months+.

    Those are probably easier to get.)

    Getting out of NYC, is a good idea, imo.

    It’s a soul-sapping place.

    A place that destroyed my Brother’s life, but that’s a long, tragic story.

    MoT, I hope your can still afford WiFi, in between Salmon Steaks, lol.

    I lived in a tent, for months, when I first moved to Portland.

    Necessity is the mother of invention.

    Computer Jobs were a dime a dozen back in the 90’s though.

    Today not so much anymore, with Unemployment floating around 12%

    Good Luck MoT, while your in that Fishing Zone,

    don’t forget, to write down, your Goal Lists

    One for the Next 6 Months, One for the next 5 Years.

    That trick always works for me.

    Survival is a helluva a motivator!

  2. that might something to consider. Good school, very cool town. have a look.

    Stop off and visit New Orleans on the way. Work in Houston for a while to get some $ together. Jobs etc not so bad here as elsewhere.

    Hot summer though, August is awful.

  3. Sounds like so many of my friends and myself at times. Moving sucks – having to leave the places and the people you have spent years getting to know – so stressful to leave and set yourself up some other place – could be liberating but most of the time its just a pain in the ass.

    watch this video – it might release some stress and freak you out at the same time.

  4. If you want to hang out before you leave the area, give a yell in email.

    This username @ gmail . com

    Hopefully you will still stick around HERE, your input is appreciated.

  5. Still miss it sometimes. But it’s a tough place without money.

    For what it’s worth, they’re having a hard time finding people to fill jobs in North Dakota (not a joke). If you’re taking off across country, you might consider it.

  6. I’m sure you’ll find something and where ever you land. I would encourage you to go back to school. It’s amazing how good it feels to get that student refund check every September and January.

    • Joy B. on July 23, 2009 at 6:11 pm


  7. …and the real unemployment rate is at least in the 20th percentile, if not higher.  

    So, when I hear the economists, and even the President last night, talk about how the unemployment figures always lag behind the other economic indicators during a recovery from a recession–I wonder–exactly where do these “experts” believe that the jobs will come from in this purported “recovery”?

    The jobs have already been outsourced, the products Americans consume are virtually all being made by foreign companies.  Any (very rare) new businesses in MI are basically small companies, with small numbers of employees.

    Where’s the jobs?  Oh, and for a real kicker–I heard some dismal statistics on NPR yesterday–people over 50 who lose their jobs have less than a 50% change of being re-employed–I believe they said somewhere in the 30% range.  

    What I’ve been waiting in vain to hear is the government’s recognition that this is a real and very ominous crisis and that just waiting for better days won’t resolve it.  I’ve been waiting for a real analysis, and a real plan for solving this crisis.  So far, I’m not hearing one.

    • Edger on July 23, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    That somehow we all seem to figure out. Somehow…

    Best wishes, man!

    • Inky99 on July 23, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    You’re young, you don’t have a family …

    You have a lot of freedom.

    Imagine if you had a wife and kids and were in the same boat.  Then you’d be like me!

    Good luck!   I definitely wish you all the best, and keep at it here and elsewhere.  You’ve really been on a roll!

  8. Have you thought about moving to Canada?

  9. that there is life after NYC. Leaving the Emerald City is hard, but after some decompression I think you’ll find that other parts of the country and/or world are just as good, if not better in many ways.

    Hang in there. Courage (with a French accent)!

  10. I have a decent job. And right now I can afford to live.

    But I graduated into a recession a number of years ago in an already depressed economic area and being under employed and unemployed was painful. At least it was in Canada, so I had health care coverage. Besides having no money, I recall the intense social isolation. having to let friendships go because I couldn’t afford to anything. And the friends who stuck by me then are the ones I really value.

    The only way I got a job and years ago it was easier to do than now: I lied on my resume. I made shit up and eliminated some education. I don’t regret doing it either. I know they tell you not to but it was an easy ethical decision.

    I am sorry this shit is happening to you. Before I went into nursing, I took a fairly short course to become a health care aide. Back breaking work and low paying but it got me over a few humps and anybody can do it.

    • ANKOSS on July 24, 2009 at 12:04 am

    If you really love NYC, you can find a way to stay there, even if it means driving a taxi and living in a remote corner of the boroughs. But there is much more to America than New York. Some of the interior states and Alaska have shortages of employable people. It’s hard to make a fresh start, but being single and relocatable are big advantages.

    Wherever you go, make sure you like where you are – and keep posting on DD.

  11. No jobs in the aftermath of 9/11 & my elderly father’s roommate died, so I relocated back to PA.

    I still miss the Emerald City.  I will always miss it.  After books, it was the second true love of my life.

    Don’t know what else to say.  NYC is a cruel mistress, but when you’ve spent most of your adult life there, and loved it deeply, it is very difficult to live anywhere else.

  12. …I have also gone through a “leaving NY” thing.  Twice.  I am not sure the relationship is over, actually.  NYC is cruel and relentless, which is part of her charm.  Was that my out loud voice?  America really does start across the Hudson: NY is unique and vibrant and layered and I miss it terribly, but temper the nostalgia with the memory of, well, any July.    Anyway, bon chance.

    • Arctor on July 25, 2009 at 1:20 am

    who among us doesn’t know someone like you with talents and skill going wasted to yourself and society? If this is how effective capitalism is in organizing a society, it’s an utter failure. If all the folks in your position could be well-employed our production would go through the GNP-roof. When will we see that the absurdities of our Congress are a mirror on the left and right hands of capitalism. Somehow we need a third-way here: Bernie Sanders for President!Kucinich for Vice.

  13. there’s no quality of life there if you’re not totally rich any more.

    Used to be cheap lofts and odd ways to get by, but they closed up the loopholes.

    I was just thinking today that I may never go back home, I mean what’s the point really, to see some buildings or something?  

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