Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Day 24: BAD Blogger!

6 days, three pat downs and several internet outages later...

I'm Back!

Beard 2: Coming back in, nothing to write home about.
Free Meals: 11 (a very special thanks to Kim Mason who bought me lunch AND drove me to the DMV)
New-to-me Movies: 6 (i figured this number would have been higher by now)
Jobs applied to: 10
Interviews: 1

My apologies dear friends. Unemployment has been surprisingly busy. I didn't even manage a post-shave picture. But don't worry, I have to shave again on Monday for interview number 2. We can do the whole side by side comparison then.

One thing I learned on my vacation: My driver's license expired back in February. How did I learn this? The nice man at Delta told me when I tried to check a bag for my flight back to New York. I was then red flagged frisked three times and "randomly" selected for additional security screening. I was well aware why I was flagged, there's really no need to call it random.

The good news is, when I replaced the license on Monday, I finally got rid of my "harry potter" picture and look like a grownup on my license.

I promise to return to my regular silly posts tomorrow. In the meantime here's where beard 1 peaked:

Friday, April 24, 2009

Day 18: Shaved at Last

I jetted off to DC for a job interview so I am clean shaven.  Before and after pics tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Day 17: The Unexpected Innings

Today I received my first unemployment benefits.  It's kinda funny actually, its really just my parents' money, given to the federal government, given to the state of New York and then given to me.  Maybe we could cut out the middlemen by making giving money to your grown children tax deductible?

Anyway, I pledge to do my duty to stimulate the US Economy by drinking only bourbon and domestic beer.  

Not on the job seeking, resume pumping agenda for today was a baseball game!  But when your ex-employer offers you REALLY expensive seats to a Yankee game, you go.  And boy did I get my money's worth.  FOURTEEN INNINGS!  And in case you were wondering, there IS a fourteenth inning stretch.  Fun Fact: a quick google search tells me that the longest major league baseball game was 25 innings.  So one must assume there is also a 21st inning stretch.  Don't say you never learned anything from this blog.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Day 16: The Mall Cop Genre

New-To-Me Movies: 5

Apparently this year the "Mall Cop" movie became a genre of its own.  I did not see Paul Blart: Mall Cop.  But, I can say that Observe and Report was pretty darn good.

This movie manages to be entirely sick and twisted without feeling sick and twisted.  Does that make any sense?  Observe and Report very easily could have been juvenile, depressing, far too creepy or all three.  You have to give Seth Rogen a lot of credit for taking this psychologically disturbed security guard and making him more than a joke but an at times likable/relatable character. 

This movie is a daring comedy, and those are few and far between.  Bravo.

Oh and Beard:

Monday, April 20, 2009

Day 15: Rain Delay

Beard: Oh, you know, it's there kinda itchy.  I'm thinking about cleaning it up a bit.  Mostly getting rid of the stuff creeping down my neck.  Is that cheating?

Not much bloggable happened today.  It rained and I took the opportunity to CV and Cover Letter.

Better luck, well probably not tomorrow, its going to keep raining.

Saturday, April 18, 2009


For me, everyday is Friday (from now on!). But there is actually a difference for those around me from weekdays and weekends. This weekend we'll be making some very big strides in the home stretch of finally finishing work on A Border Story.

If you don't know about the movie, check out our website.  Our beautiful, new updated website will be at that same location. Someday soon.

Of course I am also spending Saturday morning posting posts for the days I missed this week and pretending they were there all along.  Enjoy.

Day 12: 3 Boroughs and a Museum

Beard: I'll get you another picture soon. I am running out of self-deprecating adjectives.

It's funny how when I go most places in Brooklyn I end up going through Manhattan and back out into Brooklyn again to get there. Today I went to the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens and I didn't have to visit Manhattan to get there.

The museum by the way, absolutely tiny during the renovations. Erin, Judith and I got chased down by a guard for poking around by an emergency exit wondering if we had missed SOMETHING, anything! But, it is just the 2 floors. Among the items on display: Star Wars Episode 1 toothbrushes! Really?

Day 11: Opening Day

Beard: Seriously, why are there asymmetrical patches in my facial hair?

Free Meals: 8 (a couple beers, a hot dog and some peanuts count, right? They cost enough!)

Well it a was a very nice stadium. And a beautiful day for a baseball game. But I got sunburned, and the Yankees got their butts kicked. Somewhere around the 6th inning the crowd started chanting for the center-fielder to pitch instead. Its a long season, we'll see how it goes. Of course, I don't have a TV so every game I see will either be at the stadium or at a bar.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Day 10: Tax Day!

Beard: I would say Teen Wolf, during the New Moon, using Nair as after shave.

Jobs Applied to: 6. Really starting the rack them up.

Waiting on line at the post office was a strangely communal experience. Unlike voting its a non-voluntary action we have to take to keep our government working.

By-the-way, does anyone else think this whole "Tea Party" thing is a big joke set up by late night comedians so that there will be tons of footage of CNN and Fox News reporters talking very seriously about Teabagging?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Day 9: Yes, I switched to numerals instead of writing out numbers

Chalk up another job applied to on the big board: 5! (take note anyone from the NY State Department of Labor who might be reading this blog).

The Beard: Let's just say my father says I look like a 13-year-old Amish kid.

Tune in tomorrow for another exciting adventure.

Day 8: Week 2 Begins

Well Day 8 was yesterday. I spent the day cooking a dinner for my father's surprise 54th Monday Night Birthday Party. It's tough NOT to surprise someone with a party on a Monday Night. I also managed to break half a dozen wine glasses over my bare feet. That was a surprise too.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Weekend Round-Up: Resurrecting The Jesus Look

The Beard: Well no one mistook me for a New Testament Fanboy sporting the Jesus look for Easter. Maybe by next Easter.

Free Meals: Racked up a few with a weekend at my parents'. We'll call it 5 for the weekend racking the ground total up to 6.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Day Five: The Day I Almost Rolled Out of Bed and Left the State

Beard: Just stand back a ways, squint and turn your head. See, it looks fine.

So I woke up this morning and got the call. Tapes stranded in NJ needed to be rushed to DC. And I was the man for the job. An hour later stranded in the Hoboken train station, my free trip to Washington died. Oh well. It got me out of bed before noon. Afterward, I went back to Brooklyn and crawled back in bed.

This concludes my first full week of unemployment. The weekend doesn't count, and I am far too lazy to give you updates then anyway. I wish you all a very happy Zombie Day. Join me next week as the State of New York begins paying me to do NOTHING.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Day Four: Zoo Day

Beard: You tell me. Picture below
New-to-me movies: 4
Jobs applied to: 4 (thanks Erin!)

The last time I went to a Zoo was when I was unemployed right out of NYU. Today I visited the Brooklyn Zoo. Not nearly as large as the Bronx Zoo, but a lovely time.

Also, saw Gigantic. The story of a single twenty something high-end Swedish mattress salesman (the mattresses are Swedish, not him) who's life long dream it is to adopt a Chinese baby. It was filled to the brim with indie cool quirkiness. This failed to cover up the lack of anything resembling plot or conflict. Oh, and there's a possibly imaginary homeless guy that wants to kill him. Sure I chuckled a few times. At least I didn't skip work to see it.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Day Three: Lasagna and Lost

Beard: Beginning to have doubts about this (it's looking pretty sickly and gross)

Slowed things down a bit today. But I baked a killer lasagna.

I am thrilled to hear that none other than Leonard Nimoy will be joining the cast of Fringe for it's first season finale. That show is just too much weird fun. Check out the story here:

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Day Two: A Day at the Movies

Beard: From across the room you start to notice it. Patches becoming more obvious.
New-to-me Movies: 3

Okay, I'm technically posting this on Day 3. Bad blogger. It's not like you are actually reading this anyway.

You gotta love the Regal Battery Park Theater. You can pay for one movie ticket and stay there for days on end. I whimped out after two. But fun's gotta end sometime.

"I Love You, Man" and "Adventureland". Neither was disappointing, both were entirely forgettable.

"Adventureland" should have been either a funnier comedy or a more poignant drama. Instead it was at times funny and overall kinda shallow. Kristen Wiig and Paul Hader stole the show for me. As the proprietors of the sleazy season theme park they are both funny and believable. Jesse Eisenberg once again plays and awkward kid in the 80s, only his character hasn't learned any of the "don't be a stuck up academic" lessons of The Squid and the Whale. I just want to smack him every time he starts talking about Charles Dickens. And I discovered I hate Ryan Reynolds.

"I Love You, Man" was not bad. It just lacked the pop and sizzle the better "bromances". I had high expectations for Segel and Rudd together after 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall". But they never seemed to elevate their relationship beyond grunting and awkward nicknames.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Day One: There's No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

Free Lunch, Free Concert.

Dan Hicks in a live radio broadcast at BB Kings in Midtown.

It was a fun show.  Kind of a less annoying "Country Bear Jamboree".

For those of you playing the home game, embedded below is my first YouTube Video sampling the sounds of Dan Hicks.  I'll post the WFUV archive of the show when it goes up.

Of course afterward I got roped into making fundraising calls for WFUV.  Which just goes to show...

Day One: The Waiting Week Begins

Beard: Patchy and Stubbly at best
Jobs Applied to: 3, that were actual jobs
New-to-me Movies Watched: 1

Today I filed my unemployment claim.  And today I begin a blog that no one will read.

I know, I know, Blogs are so 2006.  I should be tweeting or twittering or whatever the kids are doing these days. But, 140 characters just doesn't lend itself to long sarcastic rants, movie reviews and eventually pictures of my slow sad attempts to grow a beard.

What can you expect to see on this blog?  I doubt anyone cares about the daily ups and downs of my job search.  Here I will share the world I see as I experience weekday, daylight hours for the first time in two years.

Today I filed my claim.  The department of labor refers to this week as "the waiting week", while my application is reviewed and my eligibility determined.  I'll be waiting this week too.  Waiting to see how unemployed life plays out, waiting to see if this initial euphoria wears off.

And waiting to see if I get an interview.