Whoopee—Unemployment Money



When I got to the hostel, they told me I could get a bed if I came
back at four–check in time. I did what they told me, but when I
returned all the beds were taken (just another misunderstanding I
guess). I didn’t have any other choice except to ask John if I could
stay at his place again. He surprised me when, over the phone, he
seemed happy to help me out. I arrived around 7 p.m. (I didn’t want to arrive too early, so I spent the rest of the afternoon admiring the High School art exhibit at the Ala Moana shopping center). As Bev greeted me at the door, I handed her the pizza and the six beers that I had brought with me. John wasn’t home, but by the time I took a shower and drank my first beer, he showed up. Everybody had a good time.

The next day, after I went to unemployment (all they did was take my list of job contacts and say good-bye), I returned to John’s to pick up my mail before heading out of the city. The good news was that I finally received my first two unemployment checks. The bad news was that CMU challenged my unemployment eligibility. I would not receive another check until some board ruled on the challenge. I also got a letter from Carol Sue. She had really missed me. The lump in my throat that I got from reading her letter was still there. Oh well, at least I had plenty of money to get me through until my food stamps kicked in. I deposited one of the checks in a Honolulu bank savings account and then biked out of town.


About bwinwnbwi

About me: Marvin Gaye’s song, "What’s Going On" was playing on the jukebox when I went up to the counter and bought another cup of coffee. When I got back, the painting on the wall next to where I was sitting jumped out at me, the same way it had done many times before. On it was written a diatribe on creativity. It was the quote at the bottom, though, that brought me back to this seat time after time. The quote had to do with infinity; it went something like this: Think of yourself as being in that place where infinity comes together in a point; where the infinite past and the infinite future meet, where you are at right now. The quote was attributed to Hermann Hesse, but I didn’t remember reading it in any of the books that I had read by him, so I went out and bought Hesse’s last novel, Magister Ludi. I haven’t found the quote yet, but I haven't tired of looking for it either.
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5 Responses to Whoopee—Unemployment Money

  1. celadon says:

    Enjoying your posts every day. Thank you.:)

  2. bwinwnbwi says:

    It seems to me, after reading your posts, that you are a natural at knowing, feeling and communicating the message that it took me a “whole life of wrong turns” to discover. Thanks for the comment; take care.

  3. Mèo Lười Việt says:

    The lump in my throat that I got from reading her letter was still there.

    • bwinwnbwi says:

      Soon, C.S will be coming to see me in Hawaii–a dream come true. But, like all dreams, the reality is fleeting as the problems begin. Thanks for the comments. Take care.

  4. Mèo Lười Việt says:

    Mỗi lần vấp, là một lần bớt dại
    Tuy hơi đau nhưng có ngại chi đâu.
    Bởi cuộc đời lắm nỗi sầu nhân thế,
    Vấp ngã rồi, lại ngạo nghễ vươn lên.

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