This has been a weird week! I went to work on Tuesday to get my official notification that I was furloughed until further notice. At first glance, a temporary furlough sounded pretty swell. I had no problem with a few forced days off, even if it wasn’t paid. I had grand visions of using the middle of the day to go on runs, bike rides, go to lunch, take naps, watch movies on Netflix … and so on and so forth.
Now, three days into it, that’s essentially what I’ve done. 🙂
I started working on the basement bathroom again. I actually reengaged in that efforts a few weeks ago when I had to do the rough plumbing for the new shower valve. That was a fun experience. Let’s just say that it’s in and not leaking. I got to use the crimping tool on Pex for the first time, so that was a good opportunity to learn. I finished hanging drywall and started the mud/taping today. I really don’t like to mud and tape, but it’s a small bathroom. Luckily, I already had all these materials in hand before the furlough started.
I also officially filed for unemployment yesterday. It takes at least three weeks for the first payment to come in, and we probably won’t have any need for it, but I filed just in case this shutdown lasts much longer than any of us want to think about. I even started browsing the classifieds for temporary jobs — partly for the money and partly to keep myself busy so I don’t sit around taking naps and watching Netflix all day. Wait …
Speaking of Netflix, I did watch two movies: 1) Hank: Five Years from the Brink (about the financial crisis of 2008 and Hank Paulson’s side of the story … great documentary); and 2) 30-for-30 Four Days in October (about the improbable and unprecedented Red Sox comeback in the 2004 ALCS).
I am absolutely bewildered by this current shutdown. I am generally in favor of smaller government and can appreciate fiscal conservatism (at the government and personal level!), but I really dislike that this ideology has currently put over 1 million ably-employed and working people temporarily out of work. I don’t really like being a pawn in this political showdown. Congress picked a crappy time to fight. I’d punch them in the teeth if I didn’t think it’d put me in jail.