I Had a Dream

(originally posted on www.createdbychance.blogspot.com on 8/30/10)

I had a dream last night…

Okay, let me interrupt myself.  I don’t often like to share my nightly dreams as I know that it can be excruciatingly boring for the listener, but I promise this one time it is relevant.

I had a dream last night that I got an 11th hour reprieve on my lay off, and was expected to report to work today.  In my dream I was devastated.  I did not want to go back there.  Lucky for me, I woke up shortly thereafter and realized with a sigh of relief that I would not be driving to Burbank this morning, and that I am, in fact, still unemployed.

Which leads me to today’s biggest order of business:  filing for unemployment.

I received the above tome as part of my “separation packet” from my (now former) employer.  I must say, it’s a little daunting.  I’ve never applied for unemployment insurance before, and if the stories from friends who have are true, what I have to look forward to are endless hours on hold, lenghty waiting periods, interviews that could go awry, and the possibility of a dispiriting appearance in Appeals Court.

Good times.

As I sit here in my pjs, I wonder just how many others are sitting in their pjs doing just as I am doing this morning.  If the statistics are true, today in the state of California it’s approximately 4400 people.    That’s an alarming number.

I think before I endeavor to delve into this mass of confusing paperwork, I should head to the gym.  I believe it’s going to be important to me to keep up my daily routine as much as possible, so I’ll attempt to make sense of all of this at the more reasonable hour of say, 9:30am.  I’ll let you know how it goes.