Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Blog mildly annoys The Man; author capitulates almost without asking; is still staring down barrel of unemployment

Ah, discussing work-related matters in a blog. Now there's a hot potato. On the one hand, it's offering one's employer a large electronic stick with which to beat you. On the other, I didn't think anybody outside of my immediate posse actually reads this thing and in any case saw no harm in clearing up a few matters about my impending change of employment circumstances in my trademark, y'know, 'style'. I was incorrect in this assumption, but seeing as how it was intended to explain what's going on and didn't all relate to work nitty gritty, here it is again, presented in glorious self-censored form. Truly I am a hero for free speech. Take solace that one day in the future, cyber-archaeologists may restore it to original glory.

This is how I'd planned it to go down:
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This is more how it actually happened (apologies for shitty quality):
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But it has happened.

Yes, after writing a blog about how the reversion of the world's economy to a barter-based system was no more meaningful to me than motorsports, I have of course just been [DELETED]. I know, I know, weep ye gods, weep. Er, anyway, as many of you will be aware, I was planning [DELETED] anyway NO REALLY, and thus I've now simply been [DELETED] to do what I was going do already, but still, 'twas a mildly bemusing state of affairs. I suppose it'd be indiscreet to describe matters in explicit detail, but let us just say I was [DELETED]

Anyway, what will our hero do next, you ask? Well, for starters I'm sure I will be notching up, say ten, twenty dozen blogs a day through sheer boredom. I've signed up for National Novel Writing Month (http://www.nanowrimo.org/), though seeing as how I'm [DELETED] until Nov 20th, I more or less have to bash out 50,000 words in ten days. WHICH IS ENTIRELY DO-ABLE. I have a vague plan to spend the month of December working through all the recipes in a cookbook in order. I'm going to freelance a lot, if potentially not for vast sums of money, at least to keep papa all stocked up in free gigs and albums. And in February-ish I am going to succumb to the utterly inevitable and move to London and probably clean something for a living, or try to persuade people that because I am part Polish I have mad plumbing skillz and they should give me what pitiful savings they have left. Oh yeah, and Canada - fingers crossed for about 2010, let's hope recession doesn't affect their need for 'skilled' workers, eh..?

And lastly now seems as good a time as any to fuck off and do a bit of travelling, which is sort of my plan for the month of January. And when I say 'as good a time as any' what I mean is 'I'm probably going to go to Siberia in January'. It's always (erm, for about two years) been something of a dream of mine to do the Trans-Siberian Express, and while getting the heave at the coldest time of the year isn't really ideal, there's some pretty cool stuff one can do in that neck of the woods even when the woods are actually just funny shaped blocks of permafrost. In particular this - www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/heilongjiang/harbin/ice_snow.htm - looks dubble cool. Current plan is to probably hop on a sort of guided group trek thing as I can imagine shivering in a trainful of Russians on my own might lose its charm after a while and I'm not aware of anybody unbalanced enough to care to join me on this trip... BUT should you fancy an adventure at short-ish notice then do let me know. I'd possibly even be up for an adventure someplace else if it sounded interesting, though I think it's gonna have to be at the start of the year whatever happens due to my needing to do - what was that thing? - oh yeah, piece back together the shattered fragments that once were my life.

Oh well, there's always this option:

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