July 9th, 2004

Rob is standard


It all comes down to a pyramid. The pyramid of needs. I think it was a subject during economy class at high school. Imagine a pyramid. The bottom part is the base: wide and solid, that on which you can build the rest of the structure. In economics, that base consists of your primary needs, that what makes you feel secure, the essentials to survive: food, a roof over your head, etc. On top of that, there's the middle part of the pyramid: the extra's. Things you COULD do without, but which you prefer to keep: a TV, magazine subscriptions, a car. And finally: there's the peak, a small part: the luxuries. Things you have because you like them rather than need them: donations to charity, dinner in a fancy restaurant, lottery tickets, that beautiful painting on your wall.

Just like with a real pyramid, you can't work on the middle and top if your base isn't solid. Yesterday I discovered that my pyramid has sunk into the sand considerably. Over the past few years I've been livin' it large: DVD dolby surround system, laptop, ordering out in stead of cooking, you get the idea. Now I'm unemployed, the tax office wants a wad of cash, my car needs to be serviced, I have to pay extra rent for the next two months to cover the empty room and in the mean time I'll have to eat as well. It sucks to be poor, even more so when you consider that it could have been prevented. The ancient fable of the grasshopper and the ant, anyone?

There's hardly any progress in the jobhunting. The three active leads at the moment:
- Archeon theme park: called them today to ask for an update. "Yes, the process is still running. We've had a few candidates, we're still deciding whom to invite for an interview, we'll call you back." That was all I could get out of them. That didn't really raise my spirits. I've got my eyes on that job, but the communication back and forth is severely lacking.
- 999 Games: Just a mail that they received my application (very original!, they said) and wanted to have my 'standard' CV as well. At least they didn't say that there were no openings, so that's a little ray of light.
- Hotel Des Indes: Had an 'orienting' interview today (as they called it). I think it went well, but I fear I was too honest in my answers to the F&B manager's questions. In a first interview it's all about selling yourself. But I don't try to hide my weaknesses either. Anyway, the biggest problem with this employer is that the hotel is being renovated massively. They're closed now until halfway October. So, they take their time for the recruitment process. In 3 to 4 weeks they'll get back to me if they want me over for a second interview (with the General Manager present). Bleh.

In other news: On the way back home from the interview I missed my busstop. I thought, no big deal, I'll just stay on the bus until the end of the line, and it'll turn around. Wrong. I had to get out, cos the bus was going back to the office. And there I stood, in the middle of a residential area, in my suit, warm sun beaming down (while rain and thunder were predicted) and thirty minutes without anything to do except look at a lonely swan swimming around in a pond. D'oh!

I'm starting to miss Maastricht a little. My old friends are asking me almost every week when I'll be coming over again (if only it wasn't a 2.5 hour drive >.<). It's not like I can pack my bags and move back right away. I'm stuck with my current apartment until February, I have no idea if I could get an apartment in Maastricht, and most important of all: if I can't find a job in the area I live in now (with Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague), I'll sure as hell not find a job around Maastricht.

Ah hell, I'll stop being depressed now. Don't want to ruin your weekends for you. At least I still have my health, and that's the most important bit.
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