Where Have You Been?

The economy – as you may have heard – is in the toilet.  Layoff rates have hit, and perhaps exceeded, 8.7%.  It’s not something that I ever wanted to affect my blog, but in April, I joined the ranks of the unemployed.

I moved to Los Angeles in September 2007, and worked as a bookkeeper at a talent agency in Venice.  After about a year, I found a job that paid better, had benefits, and offered the stability that I just hadn’t had at the talent agency.  I left for the better position, and six months later, I was blindsided when they laid me off due to budgetary concerns.

The last month has been a whirlwind of activity.  Watching my shrinking bank account (the move to Los Angeles was a significant move for me, and I didn’t have a whole lot when I got here), watching May 1 roll ever-closer and not know how I was going to be able to make rent.

So here I sit, still unemployed and not sure where I’ll be living two weeks from now.  That has, naturally, cut into my baseball-watching, and by proxy my blogging.

Writing, be it by blog or otherwise, has always been an escape for me.  A luxury.  But right now, when I desperately need the escape, I can’t mentally justify any luxury.  Eventually, I’ll bounce back.  In the meantime, I probably won’t be writing as much, and I apologize for that.  I’m not self-important enough to think anyone relies on my blog for insight or anything like that, but I really look forward to the conversations that emerge as a result of my writing.  A sense of community that I really need right now, but feel guilty for utilizing. 

It is to be hoped that I will bounce back sooner than later.  Until that time, expect my blogging to take a massive dip. 


  1. Cockroach

    Man, that’s totally understandable… I was there myself a couple of summers ago in a lame-duck job with a dwindling bank account and unsure of where my next paycheck was coming from. Life > Internet, but it’s not wrong to take some time for yourself to relax, either… in fact, you have to. Will be praying that all ends well for you, but you’ve got your priorities in order, so I know you’ll land on your feet. We’ll be here whenever you’re there!

  2. astrosfaninexile

    Don’t stop writing – I think that you’re the best baseball blogger out there! And it’s good for mental health. Hope that the job situation works out soon. You a CPA? I’ll ask around to see if anyone I know has a LA office…

  3. roundrock15

    Not a CPA. A glorified bookkeeper, actually. A/R, A/P, G/L, reconciliations, payroll, that sort of thing. And I don’t want to quit; just trying to figure out how to make time for it. I won’t be down for long.


  4. renaudtn

    I’m really sorry to hear that RR15. I knew something was up but I didn’t think one minute that’s what it was. I know it sounds lame, but I have no doubt you’ll be back on your feet quickly: Everyone needs an accountant, and that’s the truth.
    Are you gonna stay in LA or move somewhere else? (Houston?)

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