(This is an edited version of a previously published post. Why edited? Panic. Anyway, it still makes my point, although it is shorter now; but shorter is better in a blog post, don’t you think?)
“Survived by his wife.”
This was the punchline of a famous routine by a great comedian, Alan King.
Incidentally, King was “survived by his wife.”
King fails to note the male habit of marrying younger women, and addresses every woman he approaches as “dear,” a term I now employ solely to demean and diminutize (safely from inside my car) drivers who have done something stupid, or failed to do something required: “Oh, nice move, dear! Ever heard of a blinker? You know, that little stick on the side of your steering wheel that pushes down to flash “blinkablinkablinka” for left and up for right? But it’s not your fault, right? Because you were raised blonde? DEAR?”
But I digress – the routine is still really funny and worth watching, start to finish. There’s even a quick blonde joke. HA! Dear.
Anyway, so what’s with the boots again? And what does the Alan King routine have to do with anything?
I have accepted employment at yet another place where boots are appropriate; nay, even necessary.
It is temporary and part-time, which means no benefits. After taxes, I might almost bring home barely enough to pay for health insurance.
A finger in the dam of the rapidly draining reservoir, no more.
I got dinged on the only two interviews I’ve been granted in the last six months. And, despite a long, and I believe impressive, resume, no one else, including several recruiters who (apparently accidentally?) have viewed my profile on LinkedIn, has contacted me.
Ageism, anyone? Ya think?
But a funny thing happens on the way to rejection: when I have to reiterate my entire 34 year work history, even though the job poster already has it in my uploaded resume, I realize:
I have survived several of my former employers, both human and corporate.
Bankruptcy or merger has taken a few of those corporate “persons” (don’t get me started).
Human former supervisors were taken by the usual things – age and disease.
One of the applications I had been trying to complete required me to reiterate all 34 years of jobs, as well as all the education that preceded them, which no doubt causes the HR bots to drop me like a hot potato when they see that I hold a law degree (AUGH! Run for the hills!) and that I left law practice after just three years, because…hmm, let’s see – how shall I put this? Because I realized law practice was a soul-crushing, closed system of enrichment for white males willing to have their souls crushed in exchange for (a lot of) money? Or maybe, because I preferred solving problems to perpetuating them?
Or, maybe just because I hated conflict.
Plus, I hadn’t considered that law is a really bad career choice for a person with OCD, especially when she doesn’t yet realize that she probably has OCD. (“I’m not obsessive! I’m DETAIL ORIENTED!!!”)
This new job will keep me on my feet for a few hours several days a week, require me to work outside, and will put me in proximity to Men Who Know How To Do Stuff (yeah, yeah, women too, but I’m on the “I like men” team, remember? Is that OKAY? Is that ALLOWED? Call me cis (honestly I’m having a hard time keeping up with the lingo for all this – help, Steve Goodman!), straight and naive, but I like men. I believe nice ones exist. Some. Somewhere.)
I’ll have to curb my Betty White oggling tendencies. But still.
I’ll have to get up at 4 a.m.
I could apply for that Bar Bingo host job – three times the money for half the hours. I’m sure they’ll hire a woman as funny, engaging…and old…as me. HA! But my roots and my boobs are my own, dammit!
Meanwhile, somewhere, there must a full-time job and a nice man for me. With benefits. Both. HA!
Until then, I remain,
Your underemployed again but surviving,