The Hungry Writer

An unemployed writer keeping sane during The Depression II.

Posts Tagged ‘deals’

Gettin’ Creative

Posted by The eDater on February 3, 2009

Yours, for $101 and some sweat.

Yours, for $101 and some sweat.

Can’t sell your Hawaiian house? No problem! Why not host a writing contest, with the winner getting the cottage! At $101 – and with a stated aim of $6,000 entries – you could move that 3 bed/2 bath house for over $600,000! There’re a couple other prizes, and some of the money is being donated to area schools… call it $550,000.

I love this idea. Always fun to see folks thinking outside the box – and it’s attractive enough that I’m even considering spending $101 I don’t have to entre. The biggest stumbling block for me – the topic. One of those “What’s aloha mean to you?” type thangs. By the time I finished 3rd grade those types of forced topics started churning my stomach.

But, it’s a house! I can always buy some alka-seltzer.

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Don’t you dare cough near me.

Posted by The eDater on January 30, 2009

Just, Step, Back.

Just, Step, Back.

It’s been a morning of paperwork for you favorite unemployed author. Two days ago was the Blizzard Drive, yesterday the Great Unpacking, so today only made sense as a time to Tackle the Mail.

The good news – soon, I’ll receive my severance, various new checks will be deposited and accessible, and my tight living quarters will breath just a little more freely.

The bad news – it’s unreal what they want for COBRA! I mean, when I was living abroad, and I got this crazy expensive insurance that covers you in every part of the world for every possible situation or malady – that was just over half what COBRA was asking.

Needless to say, an able-bodied, able-minded lad like myself with time to kill wasn’t just going to take the easy way, not when he could probably find some insurance for, at least, that half-price premium.

I did one better, friends. I’m at one-third the COBRA cost. For better coverage. Really makes you wonder, what do we have COBRA for, anyway? Other than for a few pre-existers who wouldn’t be able to get coverage otherwise (and the fact that they couldn’t get coverage any other way is, well, indefensible).

Of course, while my apps are being processed (one for the real deal, one for short-term coverage while waiting on the real deal), take your sick, your tired and your weary and lock ’em in the next room.

Meanwhile, for those of you who couldn’t bare to peak the news this morning… Japan joins the recession march, our GDP falls at a 3.8% annual rate (and people are ecstatic it wasn’t worse!), and Davos starts to come ’round to my way of thinking.

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Cake me baby!

Posted by The eDater on January 25, 2009

Eat me free! Wee!

Eat me free! Wee!

Yaha! February 24th IHOP is giving away free pancakes! Apparently, they want you to donate some money to some charity, which is noble and all, but for the moment I’m considering myself the charity case.

Ya gotta admit, IHOP sure beats a breadline. So far, our depression is looking to be pretty sweet…

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