Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Hear That Sound?
It's the Shit Hitting the Fan.

I learned a couple of weeks ago that the firm I work for will be dissolving at the end of the year and is being reformed as a smaller firm under a different name. I learned yesterday that I'm not going to be a part of that smaller firm. This sucks - Hard.
The lease on my house comes to an end on January 1, so I have about a month to figure out what the hell I'm doing.
Here are my choices:
1) Find another job out here in DC
This might be tricky since everyfuckingbody is looking for new jobs right now, and moderate (pro-gay, pro-choice, small government) Republicans are not at the top of anyone's hiring list.
2) Find another job somewhere else
This is a lot easier, and is along the lines of what I'd like to do (work with a trade organization/corporation). The kicker is that the type of jobs I'd be interested in taking would likely force me to live in one of my two most-hated cities - LA or NYC.
3) Move back to IL and look for a job from there
This works, and I have an empty house waiting for me, but it just seems like a bitch maneuver to me. I've wanted to move back to IL for awhile, but on MY terms.
4) Throw all of my shit into storage and take off on a trip around the world
Mexico, Cuba, Panama, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Antarctica, South Africa, Madagascar, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Philippines, China, South Korea, Japan, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Ireland, UK, France, Germany, Poland, Austria, Romania, Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Algeria, Morocco, Spain - That's my road-map so far. I'm about to throw down and just do it while I'm still young (and stupid) enough to try it.

Well, that's it. I have no fucking idea what I'm gonna do, but I have about a month to sort it all out. Place your bets.


Anonymous said...

Use this opportunity and take the trip.

Viki said...

Take the trip - you will not regret it....

Lady Di )O( said...

The trip- then Illinois.

For fucking sure!

What's the problem, pussy?

jeanne said...

Than stop by Boise for a real get away! We ARE the most republican of states anyway... Hmm, I might have something here...
Although, as you know I am one of two people here that aren't rep's.
I still like ya anyway.

The Old Dog said...

I gotta go with the trip first, then Illinois. Even if you don't hit everyplace that you want to, end the trip when appropriate (because of money, interest or just being damn sick of traveling).

You can't think of these circumstances as not being on "your terms". THAT'S a bitch way of thinking about it. You have nobody to answer to, in regard to where you choose to live; If you want to live in Illinois, then live in fucking Illinois! You're a smart guy, you'll find something interesting to do (even if you enjoy it, you'll complain about, 'cuz I think that's what you like ot do) wherever you happen to be. Might as well do that somewhere that you like to be!

Two things, though: Try to bring the girl with you, and please keep in mind that my liver can't keep up with a never ending drink-a-thon. So, if you do move back here, please go easy on me. You know how easy I am when it comes to twisting my drinking arm.

Sorry to hear about your employment woes.

You know that we'd love to have you back.

Oh, by the way - I think that a certain storefront in Barb City might be available. You know where to come for rooster hats and cheap booze.

edP said...

I love the passion from the Old Dog about the "bitch way of thinking"

OD comes out guns blazing!

You've got a ton of options before you so rather than offer you encouragement to take one or combine the two...let me throw in another one to confuse you.

You have the potential to be a good writer. You've got experiences, you know something about what is shit and what isn't, and YOU CAN WRITE! Why not go to one place for awhile...chill out there and try to write something and finish it? Then if that fails go on the trip and if you don't die come here and put the ill back in Illinois.

The best 'get away and write' destination for Shooty?

Michigan! They let you fire guns everywhere. They pull you over if you DON'T have loaded guns in the back of your truck. You can order dinner in a Michigan restaraunt by firing a handgun in Morse code.

The one thing on your list that you should not do?

Move to LA. After 5 months there you will become the new John Walker Lynd(sp?)...and we don't need any Steve Earle songs written about you.

Good luck there buddy. Seriously, if you need anything while you're moving let us know. My kid will be glad to help move the arsenal.

edP said...

By the way, I strongly suggest that you get business cards made up that read:

DC Liar's Real Name
Moderate Pro-Gay, Pro-Choice, Small Government Republican, esq.

DC Liar said...

Re: Michigan

Actually, There's a house up in Wisconsin that I could use. Not quite Flinterrific, but still up where the badgers roam.

auftn said...

Good luck with whatever option you choose.

I don't really know you all that well, but I'm thinking the trip would suit you well.

Oh, and while I've got you on the line: I remember you being a pirate. AARRGH!! And I've enjoyed a number of your CD compilations. I don't know if you've heard about Rogue’s Gallery (I hope the linkie thingies work)(lyrics)

If you'd like me to mail you a copy of it, let me know.

DC Liar said...

Auftn - Yeah, I'd love a copy. I have a bunch of Ewan MacColl versions of some of those tracks on old records, but am all about that shit.

auftn said...

Sounds good. I'll probably burn em tonight and maybe get them out to you this weekend?

edP said...

You could take out any additional frustrations you have on the badgers.

Gundy said...


I don't have the liver of a knee-sock-wearing, tea-and-crumpet-swilling schoolboy.

Queenie:Twirling and Twirling and ... said...

Sorry to hear about your job, Shooty --finding new employment is always a drag. Hmmm. I don't know what advice to offer -- except "Follow your bliss."

Try to figure out what you want to do and do it -- and maybe fit in some travel before you do resume a job.

Kimberly Queenie Weenie Twirly Hyopdermic Sharps Box

jeanz said...

Unless you're only planning to stop in each country for 14 minutes, that's one hell of a long trip. Personally, I start missing my own pillow after about six days. I'd go for a smaller version ... perhaps just one continent at a time.

And I'd be happy to have you back in IL, but I suspect I wouldn't see you any more often than I see the folks who never left. In fact, your homecomings have inspired at least one of the few get-togethers in the past year, if not more. So if you DO move back, you may still have to operate as ePissy Cruise Director.

How 'bout this: you move here, take my job, and *I'll* go travelin'. Deal? Cool. My boss takes his coffee black with one fake sugar packet. That's all you need to know.

DC Liar said...

I'd planned on about a year and a half to two years for the trip, spending up to a month in a few of the stops.
Most of it falls into place, except for the HUGE spans between one end of Russia to the other and from Spain back home.

Now I just have to dig up the cash.

Prairie Dawg said...

I'd have you move to L.A. just because I gotta think the blogging would be superb. Tales of your first mochaccino colonic, the night you partied with Paulie Shore--that sort of thing.

The Old Dog said...

Ouch! I'm catchin' some smack from Gundy!

Looks like I'd better step up.

Glug! Glug!

Steener said...

I have a friend in China (he's English, writing for an economics magazine), so let me know if/when you go there; his favorite pasttime are smoking, drinking, and sports. Also, my sister is in Russia right now for work until mid-December, so she might have something to say about that country. I can lead you to some places in Italy, too.

You should just move back to Illinios; we can open our own school. EdP can be the president.

edP said...

You guys get to have all the fun of working together here and I have to move to Washington to be the president? Forget it.

It's a shit job man.

shadrow said...

It all depends on what you and the girl want to do together... that is the big question... isn't it? If she is the ONE then go on your crazy world roundup trip with one another, see and do more things in one trip than most people dare to do in a lifetime and then end up here in Illinois where you will be set up for an eternity. And then you can teach my wife how to shoot heavy ordinance at obsolete electronics... (she demands this, a dying wish of hers of sorts :-) With a resume of yours, you must be qualified for some job here in lowly IllNoize... who knows... you could run for one of those innumerable uncontested slots for local government...

Chris B. said...

Join the rest of us bitches back in Illinois. You'll tire of us soon enough and the only option will be to leave the country on a trip.

p.s. there's still a little Booker's in the bottle you brought...