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Laid off and loving it

These fine people are enjoying the new freedoms of being unemployed. Why not? I would to if I had the money. I guess this like being retired, except when you realize they are taking advantage of the government handouts. With the Obama, Pelosi and Reid Stimulus bill, they can enjoy enemployment a bit longer. The bill will extend their unemployment benifits, give them free health care while they are out of work and pay for their school. Hey, why not enjoy life while you can right? I wonder what these fine citezens would be doing if they did not have the government teet to suckle off of?

Menderman.

Stories below.

For now, laid off and loving it
Some are finding respite in a life without work

A few days after David Adler's wife decided to leave her law firm in December, he was laid off from his job designing software at Brightcove.

It was shocking. And scary.

Until it wasn't. Adler has quickly learned to appreciate some aspects of his unexpected unemployment.

The 42-year-old spends his days doting on his 6-month-old daughter, visiting museums with his family, and preparing for a possible exhibit of his photos at a local coffee shop in Dedham. Living off savings, unemployment, and severance packages, Adler knows he has to get a job eventually and has started the search. But for now, he's cherishing every moment. "It's our first child and I love watching her grow," Adler said. "And it's nice to have time off and get in touch with my old hobbies."

As the ranks of the nation's unemployed grows, more Americans are facing the reality of life without work. Despite the grim task of making ends meet (firing the nanny, bailing on Whole Foods, applying for unemployment), there is a newly forming society of people who are making the best of being laid off. They are rediscovering hobbies. They are greeting kids at the school bus. They are remembering what daylight actually looks like.

And the massive layoffs by companies nationwide - nearly 600,000 jobs were lost last month - has helped remove the stigma and shame of being unemployed, according to John A. Challenger, chief executive of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a Chicago outplacement firm.

"There's less of a 'why aren't you working attitude' that is giving people some extra space and freedom to explore new directions and just take time off to do the things they've wanted to do, whether it's spending more time with children, taking a class, or traveling around the world," Challenger said.

John Stephen Dwyer so far isn't missing his job or former office overlooking Chinatown. The 41-year-old Boston native was laid off in November from his $40,000-a-year job as education coordinator for the Clinical Research Graduate Program of Tufts University Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences. And he hasn't started seriously looking for new work.

Don't get Dwyer wrong - times aren't exactly easy. He has applied for unemployment and now takes the subway instead of taxis. But he has started doing things he enjoys: taking a class in history and ethics of biotechnology at the Harvard Extension School; cooking food for the homeless; and attending weekday Mass at churches around Boston.

"I want this year to be the year in which I transition from doing something just because it's a good job and pays well to doing something I'm interested in," Dwyer said.

As bad as it feels to lose a job, temporary unemployment can provide a much-needed intervention to workaholics who can benefit from such a break, said Douglas T. Hall, a professor at the Boston University School of Management.

"It's the success syndrome. You work hard, you do well. It's very satisfying and that gets you more involved to start working even harder," Hall said. "It's a success spiral that people get into. And sometimes it takes some extreme experience to get out of that spiral."

Kendra Winner, who in September lost her $95,000-a-year job designing teacher professional development training, described her escape from the spiral: "I'm loving being home because I no longer feel like the Eiffel Tower is crushing my skull. I was squeezing so much into limited bandwidth as a working mom. Now, I don't feel like I'm chronically overcapacitated."

Winner's epiphany has come at a price. The 46-year-old has cut back on the nanny, slashed last year's Christmas budget in half to $400, and started shopping for less expensive groceries at Market Basket. The usual February ski vacation is being replaced by a stay-at-home vacation with the kids.

"We're trying to cut down any place we can," Winner said. "That's not fun, but we're focusing on making memories."

And these days, Winner has a hard time imagining going back to the crushing schedule of a full-time job and missing out on the simple joys, like staffing her first school field trip.

She is looking for work, particularly because she's concerned her husband's job at an advertising technology firm isn't safe. And after spending a recent week home with her sick 3-year-old, Winner was starting to miss work.

Almost.

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  • Ohhh my god; the entitlement issues aside... How fuc*in pissed would you be if you had these two asswipes as your parents?

    I would wager my HARD-EARNED paycheck that these two vote strictly dem, however these two pieces of shit have already STOLEN most of it so they can sit on their ass and play 'house' all day.

    If people like this continue to be allowed to reproduce and vote; this country will end up being the next France.

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  • Gee, it's so nice to be working hard to pay these peoples bills.

    Screw it, I'm going to start showing up late daily so I can get laid off and start collecting these benefits as well.

    I mean why not? If we all screw off perhaps we can all lose our jobs so we can sleep in and just play play play all day long.

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  • I bet they have a house they can't afford, two cars that they haven't been making payments on, and are going to be bailed out by this bull-shit stimulus package!

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  • The guy has a mullet, for christ sake. He should apply at Burger King!

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  • A) ditch the ugly wife B) Get a hair cut C) Have a nose reduction D) sell the child E) Rob a Bank F) Hire a hooker G) I let you decide.

    now thats how ya do it!

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  • Sweet deal, I am joining them today!

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  • Government has made it too easy and profitable not to work. Where are the incentives? Where has the pride gone of making an honest living?

    Didn't the new stimulus bill call for the expansion of welfare rolls in states? Smooth move Obama.

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  • Just part of the new media campaign to convince you everything is A-OK! You see, they spent 8 years convincing you of the hell you were living in, now they have to go the other way.

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  • What a joke this is.

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  • They will learn when they run out of money/food and their infant's eyes glaze over from starvation into a vacant death stare.

    - by the way - FAKE no blood.

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  • up here you pay for your EI benefits on every paycheque, so it is definately not a handout, there is actually a surplus in the IE pool.

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    • I came here looking for that comment. By the looks of his nose he has been punched before....gotta love the New England libs...how do you think Kerry and Kennedy keep getting elected?

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  • I didn't hear a word once the dad started talking...i couldnt take my eyes off his head! Like some Michael Bolton thing from hobbitville and the biggest fukkun nose since Karl Malden...I thought he might cast a spell or pull out a sword...what the hell?

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  • Unemployment is a good thing for those that are unemployed through no fault of their own. I'll even agree to programs that will retrain people that find their industry no longer viable in todays economy.

    A person pays into unemployment as they work, so they are entitled to benefits. Now the real trick is to make a career out of living on unemployment benefits. That would be a real trick.

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    • you cant make a career off of unemployment because you only get what you paid in. unemployment is not entitlement, its money the government takes from you as an interest free loan until/if you need it.

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    • uhhhh... no it is not...not exactly. What is your UIC rate on your paycheck? Why is there billions in the stimulus bill to fund unemployment? It is because it is a paying out more than it pulls in. I know people that are out of work as much as they are employed, and they STILL get it...WAY BEYOND what they heve EVER paid in!

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    • well i know 2 people who have had to get unemployment in the last year, and they know how much they can get in total because they know how much they have put in. i cant speak for all states but in florida the max get, is what you put in.

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    • The new stimulus package changes all of that. Now the amount of money they are getting is going to go up, and they are going to be able to stay in the programs longer. That is just for unemployment.
      You have to see how the people on welfare are going to be making out from this! People on welfare are going to make as much as I would be make if I would retire, and they never had to work for any of that! It's such a bunch of bull-shit!

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    • ill have to check that out as far as unemployment, one of my buddy's still cant find a job. he is having a harder time finding a job then another friend of ours who's a high school dropout! lol

      as far as welfare goes, im not suprised, and as i say often...if i could swallow my pride i would surely quit my job and collect welfare. but change is coming, real change, i believe, and it change will be riding on the backs of those of us who still have pride. small proud groups of people always ch More..

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  • i have paid in thousands in unemployment benefits (its on your paycheck, look for the box) and have never collected dime one. I dont begrudge these people for collecting for a while. My GF got canned from Isuzu motors and her check is $900/bi monthly, it is something but it is of course by nature TEMPORARY and after a point you are in a race against time to find something ANYTHING that will probably not be as good as your old spot. In France, last i knew, unemployment benefits were half pay f More..

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  • I lost my job and am currently on unemployment. I only receive $209 a week. I was told I can not receive food stamps because unemployment is not considered earned income. I can't make it on that much a month. Most bigger companies are on hiring freezes and I can't afford to work for minimum wage. I guess only people that refuse to work and pop out kids qualify for assistance.

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  • WHAT A FRAKING JOKE THIS IS.

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  • You have the terrorists who blew up the WTC to thank for your economic freedom. Now you can concentrate on your family instead of taking part in the rat-race trying to pay off debt and taxes.

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  • all this free loadin shit was allowed during all republican administrations. So what the hell is the argument against it now. Companies are laying off left and right, people are unemployed and their is not and will not be a solution soon by either the dems or reps. Everyone knows the economy is SHIT, for now but the prez cant say it or the stock market tumbles. fricken politics all he has to say is it will get better and the market reacts. People may end up on welfare and unemployment but its th More..

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  • No sound but what is so wrong about this? They're getting something good out of a bad situation. Eventually they will run down their savings and have to gt back to work. This means that they will be punsihed for daring to appreciate time spend with their child so this should satisfy the first three haters here.

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