What a day. What a COVID-esq day. I woke up early to beautiful weather, four days in a row of beautiful weather, you think I’d be used to it by now, but Dunedin has me treating each sunny day as a gift. I guess that mindset is a blessing. Its better to appreciate a sunny day than take it for granted.
I left my phone in my room, and came downstairs to work on my tablet and do my workout. Upon finishing, me and Claire watched Friends, and had a really good chat, as always. I jumped on my tablet and sure enough, the ‘ghost touch’ had returned. An issue with Surface Pro 3’s is how suceptible they are to the ghost touch. The mouse clicker gets stuck in a corner and continually clicks that area. It happens once in a while on this thing, I guess thats what you get for taking a device into the bush for three seasons.
My usual approach, turn off and restart. If it fails after several attempts, I let the battery die and start again. The tablet battery’s only good for 2 hours, sometimes 2 and a half these days, so it’s not the worst thing in the world. Today would be different. Today my laptop just wouldn’t die, and the ghost touch made it impossible to turn off. After attempting to shut this thing down for solid forty minutes, I gave up and went back to my room.
I had a missed call from the labor agency. I missed their call by 40 minutes. They filled the role. Typical. The one day I decide not to wait by my phone for a call turns out to be the day there’s something. Or so my wishful thinking tells me. They have a history of telling me there’s work and not following through. At least it keeps me free for my interviews Monday.
But fuck man do I need to figure out income. I’m trying to tell myself everything will work out. It’s getting hard though. At least when I was in Tofino, there were food banks, generous tourists, and jobs. At least my roommates gave me a sack of potatoes the other night. At least their filling.
I ran out of salt and spices. Its plain starch, but hunger makes it palatable. 6 potatoes yesterday. Maybe I’ll cut four up into fries, and have a tasty snack.
One the bright side, I finally got around to watching “Hunt For the Wilderpeople”. That’s a great movie! Its also nice to watch local movies, they give you such a sense of the country and their culture. Not to say living with Kiwi’s during lock-down hasn’t shown me the culture.
Speaking of Monday, my friend Connor’s dad agreed to have a Skype call with me. He’s and insurance broker back in Canada, and a successful one at that. Where going to go over what makes someone successful in the field, and what they will be looking for in the interview. I’ve never prepared for an interview this much before. Maybe I was onto something last night, when I said I was going to let my hunger guide me to success again.
I got the Hostel job. I lost all interest and enthusiasm. The owner doesn’t want to speak to me, he just wants me to show up. “You and the boss can talk about everything once you show up”. Yea, no. Not for 150$ a weekend and 9 hour shifts. God damn, how am I this desperate for minimum wage.
Maybe we’re all falling from grace. I’m not the only one struggling, and at least I don’t have any debts on paper to worry about. I can only imagine how my friends who had large credit debts, car loans, and mortgages feel. I would be pissed if I bought a home in the last 18 months… Buying at the peak right before a crash.
At least the stock market is doing good, and the uptrend has been a great learning opportunity for me and my parents. Stock trading with my parents has become one of my favorite COVID activities.
At least I have a meaningful way to stay connected with my folks, and keep our conversations fresh. Like me, they’re active busy bodies. We have more to talk about than what we watched on Netflix.
Saturday means most employers will be closed. I’m not sure if its laziness, depression, or defeat, but I no longer care about applying to jobs. This is dangerous, as my sales jobs aren’t certain. Even if I get the get a sales role, how likely are people to buy. Commission only can be fruitless if no one’s in a position to spend. Extended lockdown has pushed the whole country to that point.
They’re talking about returning to Alert Level 4. Why? I have no idea. No new cases on the south Island for the past 3 days. of the three new cases in New Zealand, 2 of them are probable. Not even confirmed. Why can’t they confirm them? I’m trying to stay on the right side here, be pro lockdown and altruisic suffering. It feels ridiculus at this point.
Here’s to waiting for some good news. At least my tablet is finally working again.