Monday, October 16, 2006
on jobs, curry and cards
i feel like i don't write much here anymore because i'm unemployed. but i also want to write here, so maybe i just get over my unemployed status and tell you about it.
i am frustrated with the part-time job search because the job market is so ridiculous. i think about how much money i made at my editing/administrative job that i quit, and compare that to the salary of jobs that seem much more meaningful to me, and it just doesn't seem right. workers in some of the most important jobs are underpaid - teachers, people who work in elder care, artists/musicians, people who work at nonprofits that support/serve/promote/protect the arts, the environment/animals, education, the abused, the discriminated against, the underserved. (not that one can't make even the most mundane job meaningful, through one's interactions with others, etc., but just as far as the inherent meaning of the work...)
i go through a rigorous interview only to find out a job pays 10 dollars an hour. as meaningful as that job may be, i can't accept that pay living in SF.
at some point here i'm going to have to choose between a decent wage for a job i'm not that excited about, and a more fulfilling job that will require me to take out student loans.
but for today i am honing my minimal cooking skills (okra curry today and later this week broccoli ricotta cannelloni - yum), making fika cards (above - chairs loosely inspired by swedish chairs) and doing my homework. (the fact that i love doing homework is making me think i should again consider teaching...)