I got laid off in June and, like so many others, I didn’t have much luck in the job market for months. One side off my family was starting to belittle me to the point of bullying about the issue although they couldn’t hope to understand all of the things like unemployment and health insurance that are wrapped up in a situation like mine and those of many others. I was about to crack.
My youngest brother (nine years younger than me) is a Coast Guard officer stationed in Hawaii. He got drunk off his ass and gave me the most drunken, belligerent phone call of my life at 1 am because he wasn’t capable of understanding time zones at that point. I handled it calmly but I was pissed.
He pissed me off so badly that I couldn’t sleep so I just fired off a bunch of resumes randomly and renewed the status on the big resume boards just because that I had just to kill time before sunrise and I could call my mother (brothers are never too old to tell on their brothers to their mother).
A day later, I got a call from a consulting company asking me if I could start on Monday because they desperately needed someone. I got the job with two hours of phone interviews right away and it starts on Monday. It is a really good job and more than I was expecting in this economy. I will be a Senior Consultant supporting a manufacturing plant for a Jonhson & Johnson company and it is a salaried position with great benefits. If it sounds too good to be true…well sometimes it is true.
If my asshole little brother hadn’t given me that phone call, I doubt that this would ever have happened. Chaos theory makes me paranoid sometimes. I am going to have to watch the butterflies a lot more closely next summer. My little brother is still going to be in big trouble with my mother though.