Gainfully Unemployed

The past week has been a bit odd for me, since it’s the first time in 15 years that I’ve been unemployed. It’s a temporary condition until I start at Intel on Monday, but I have avoided being a slacker during my “week off”.

The goal this week has been forward momentum, making as much of my gainful unemployment as possible. Recycling old computer parts, visiting friends in Alabama, a bit of house cleaning and restructuring my home office so I can actually work from home.

I still feel like I could be doing more with this time, but at the end of the week I’m happy with the time off. I saw friends and got a good start on my standing desk … so I have a new setup for a new routine.

Sunday is my trip to Oregon. I’ll arrive in Portland, drive to Hillsboro and get set for my first new employee orientation in over a decade. Good thing I can transition to employment before I get too comfortable … those empty Ikea boxes aren’t big enough to live in.

Brazil: The Sound of Angry Bees

Sao Paulo, Brazil – June 15, 2010 – 4:22pm

The point of watching the game isn’t to see the game … it’s to see the fans. That’s my approach to watching today’s World Cup match with Brazil and North Korea. However, failure to plan means I’m watching it in a hotel bar, which isn’t exactly the height of local color.

Still, just seeing the fans in the street before the game tells me I’m not in Kansas anymore.

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