What Do You Get Someone Who Is Unemployed For Christmas?

First, let me explain, I usually hub on humor, so my visit to these more august pages is stepping a little out of my comfort zone...

But the question is a serious one.

This is my second Christmas without a salary, and I know I am not alone. The obvious answer would seem to be “a job,” but there is so much more that those of us not working truly need.

Top of my list, is hope. Hard thing to gift-wrap, but my amazing wife does a pretty job of that on a daily basis. It has to end, right?

A close second would be a little dignity. I’m tired of apologizing for a situation I had no control over. I’m tired of feeling less than. I want, no I need, to feel like I’m contributing. I was a police officer for six years and a teacher and principal for over twenty years. It is part of my DNA.

Next, I suspect would be opportunity. Like many of you, I’m intelligent, multi lingual, experienced, creative and not afraid of hard work. I just need that break...

If you have been blessed with incredible personal support, you know how important that is. I have many things to be grateful for, and people I need to thank for getting me though these extraordinary times. (Including our much-maligned government – Unemployment insurance made the impossible, possible!)

All of the above intangibles don’t exactly help with your holiday shopping, but may I suggest one solution to that. When I was not writing on hub pages, I discovered the unmitigated hell of housework! Me being me, I saw the funny in it, and had to write about it as the “Hapless Househusband.” Reading my hubs is of course, free, but should you wish to gift something a little more tangible, I have published a book on the experiences; Homo Domesticus. A Life Interrupted By Housework.

Merry Christmas, and a New Year filled with Hope, Dignity, Opportunity and Support.

Chris

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Chris, Nice to see you. Sorry to hear you are still looking for employment. Merry Christmas to you and your family.


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ChrisLincoln 4 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California Author

JAS,

As I have sold almost ten books, I guess I'm not so much unemployed, as a struggling writer.

The diffence?

Not sure, really...

All the best to you and yours,

C


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

That's great to hear. If I were employed or making enough writing I'd buy one.


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ChrisLincoln 4 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California Author

That's the problem with most of my hubfriends - we're all struggling writers - but at least we get to share our gifts with each other!

Seems like we all have the same retirement plan, too...

The Lottery!

C


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Chris...This is a good hub, but you won't need a "regular" job when you become a rich and famous book author.

By the way, I'm here on false pretenses. I read Chapter One of the Det. "Geordie" John Norton opus, and noted that the print-on-demand completed book will be available "soon." How soon? I got hooked by the first chapter and look forward eagerly to getting my grubby hands on the entire print book. Please put me on your "mailing list" for promotion of the book and, I hope, series. Your detective writing is GOOD...very GOOD! I'm a fan of the same detective book writers that you mention on your website, so I have high standards. Chapter One of "Geordie" meets those standards.

Jaye


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point2make 4 years ago

Well done Chris. I enjoyed your hub. You still have a great sense of humor and your words will help others as they cope with their own job situations. You may be unemployed Chris and hopefully, soon, that will change but you are also a very good writer and that will not change.


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Robin 4 years ago from San Francisco

Hi Chris,

Being that I have met you and have read many of your Hubs, I can attest to the part about you being intelligent, creative and not afraid of hard work. I'm sure the perfect job is out there for you. The employer will be the lucky one. In the mean time, we are privileged to read your Hubs! Have a great holiday!


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ChrisLincoln 4 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California Author

Jaye,

"Moondancer" will be out in the spring (I'm aiming for early April) once I have re-edited for a final time. Thank you so much for the positive review. The Geordie John series is my real "baby", I want to get it right and build up a following through the nine or so books I have planned.

Your comment really made my day!

C


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ChrisLincoln 4 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California Author

Point2 make,

Wow, another uplifting response! Thank you very much indeed. I'm generally pretty good at staying upbeat, but the last couple of years have tested that to the max. So nice to receive encouragement :)

C


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ChrisLincoln 4 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California Author

Robin,

The Hubcamp seems so long ago. :) Thanks for reading, and if you know anyone who is out of work and needs a gift...

Can't go wrong with a good book, right?

C


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Hi Chris,

I have not read any of your hubs but this one, as I am still meeting people on hubpages. It sounds like your book coming out in April will be great, so let us know, please when and where.

Also, have you applied to a Temp service? Their jobs are

from Temp to Perm. Professional Career Jobs on all levels. Good Luck.

Bobbi


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Like Bobbi says,

Keep looking and hope for a new Year that will be better than this one. Have met hubbers struggling and they really touched my heart. Sure won't mention names. Privacy was entrusted to us. Probably you can diversify your writing to the Corners of Cyberspace. Sheer up man!

LORD


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ChrisLincoln 4 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California Author

Bobbi,

Thanks for reading, I hope you check out a few of my humor hubs, one can never have enough laughs in a day!

Part of my problem is that I'm not sure that I want a job, per se, I need to find a way to make a living. One that will feed my writing habit!

C


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ChrisLincoln 4 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California Author

Lord,

I am in a far better place than so many out there, and I am eternally grateful for that. I am by nature a positive person and able to see humor in places that many don't - probably my being English and growing up on Monty Python contributed to that mind set.

Great to get so many responses, I hope I can provide a little light relief for those in a similar position.

C


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Chris....Rest assured, this Geordie John fan is "chomping at the bit" waiting for release of MOONDANCER, and will no doubt be in line for the remaining books in the series. Once you have all those detective stories in the projected series to write, you may not have time for housework! As your fan following grows and MOONDANCER sells a large volume of copies, which will not surprise me at all, you should be able to afford a housekeeper!

I am in no way flattering you, but just "telling it like it is." The chapter I read pulled me into the story so firmly that all I can think of is wanting to read the rest of it.

Both your storytelling skills and writing ability are extremely good, Chris. The style and structure remind me of other successful crime writers' works. (I'm also a fan of the detective authors you mentioned on your website as being your faves.) I can't imagine that your final edit will be very taxing, so you should make your deadline.

Good luck, my friend! (And please put me on your promotional list of fans waiting for the print version of the book. Then I'll be urging you to get busy writing the next one in the series!) I predict that 2012 will be a watershed year for you as a writer.

JAYE


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ChrisLincoln 4 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California Author

Jaye,

You certanly know how to make me feel good!

I'll email you tomorrow with Ch 2 as a Christmas gift!

C


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

I simply cannot understand why you are unemployed at all, Chris. You seem to have all the right qualities for any number of jobs. It does seem unfair ...

I would buy your book if I didn't need to eat ... sorry, we are struggling by on a very small pension here in the UK.

The way I like to look at it is that at least I'm giving some youngster a chance to get employment by not taking up a job though I suspect I'm too long in the tooth anyway.


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ChrisLincoln 4 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California Author

Angie,

Having sold thirty books, I am now, officially, a starving author and not unemployed at all!

Eating before books is probably a good call...

Have a wonderful Christmas

C


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Well done!

Have a Merry Christmas, Chris .... cheers!


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DAWNEMARS 4 years ago from The Edge of a Forest in Europe

Felt I should comment as I know how it feels to have no job at christmas-been there before. Although it is a slightly depressing situation you are able to make it funny all the same! We are very fortunate having you here!


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ChrisLincoln 4 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California Author

Thanks DAWNEMARS, the situation has not improved since and I'm running low on funny, makes it hard to write...

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