Day Eight Hundred and Seventy Two of Unemployment-Fifty and Unemployed

Ran Short Distance

It was a nice sunny day when I went out for a run this morning. Since this would be such a short distance I decided to go as fast as I could. It was a pleasant run. The only people I passed along the way were dogs with their walkers and Moms with kids in strollers.

Craigslist Sale

I met up with the buyer from my Craigslist ad. I was relieved that she showed up and had the money for the tickets. She was a very nice and normal person. That has not always been the case with my Craigslist experience.

I’m so glad that I was able to sell this second set of concert tickets. This has been a nice bonus for me. I’m glad that my contest wins have helped lessen my financial stress.

Visit with Friends

I met up with my friends this morning. I hadn’t seen them in a few months. One of them is with the same agency as me. I asked him if he’s been busy and he said that he was able to take the occasional gig. He’s been able to work full-time and has an understanding boss who allows him to keep up his acting career.

His wife has been busy with her part-time teaching gig and doing some real estate on the side. She’s been busy with their two boys as well. So they are doing well, not thriving in Vancouver but at least surviving and able to keep living here despite the high rents.

Ran to Doctor’s Appointment

I had an appointment to go see a specialist this afternoon. I was lucky that it only took me three months to get it. Usually, it can take many months to get one. I had an interview and examination from a resident first and then the other doctor came in to talk with me.

In the end, we decided to go ahead and do a colonoscopy. The guidelines suggest one at fifty years old anyway, so I decided to have it done. They said that they could have it scheduled in two months, or I could wait until after the holidays. I decided to go ahead and book it for after my Dad and brother arrive so that they could pick me up. The hospital requires that I have somebody pick me up after the procedure. If I had done it earlier, I’d have to ask a friend to take off work to pick me up which I don’t want to do.

BOGO Movie

My friend gave me a buy one get one free movie voucher. It expires at the end of the month, so I need to use it up. My friend and I haven’t seen each other for a while, so it was nice to see Gone Girl. It was even cheaper because it was Cheap Tuesday.

I’ve been going to so many movies lately, but mostly free movie previews. I really wanted to see this movie, Gone Girl, because I had really liked the book. I think I would have enjoyed the movie had I not read the book ahead of time. But it was still good.

Movie Booking

My extras agent had called me a few times today. He told me that he had a gig for tomorrow night. He told me that it was an exterior night shoot. Because of the way the weather has been lately, rainy, cold and windy, I don’t look forward to working outside.

But I can’t afford to say no to any work. As much as I don’t look forward to standing outside in the rain, I think I can handle it if I’m dressed warmly enough. It will be a night shoot. I don’t usually like night shoots, but as I said, I can’t be too choosy.

Day Eight Hundred and Seventy One of Unemployment-Fifty and Unemployed

Brother’s Job Application

I have been working on my brother’s job application for a few days now. I should have been able to finish it off right away but since it gave a deadline that is at the end of this week, I took my time. I really should have finished it as soon as possible.

That’s my usual problem, procrastination. Who knows, that could be the reason why I don’t get responses to my job applications. Maybe I should make more of an effort to respond as soon as possible. But so many things seem to get in the way.

Online Business Research

I did make an effort to do more online retail research. I felt a little more encouraged by that. But I didn’t actually start to make any listings. I really need to do the actual listings. I can research and research until the end of time but I need to put all of this into action. I’m still having some troubles with my computer. It’s getting so frustrating.

Craigslist Ad

I have been checking out Craigslist to see how much money I could get for the concert tickets that I had won a few months ago. I wasn’t encouraged with what I saw. It looked like the going market price was face value only.

When I won these tickets, I was happy because the person was famous so I thought I’d be able to get a good price for them. But there were few ads and some were for even below face value. I was surprised because the other pair of tickets that I had won were for somebody I had never heard of and I had been able to sell them for a good price.

I was happy when I got a reply right away. Somebody was interested in the tickets for face value (which is what I had posted them for). I agreed to meet up with her the next morning. I hope that it goes well and she shows up. You never know with Craigslist if somebody will show up or not.

Ran Downtown

It was another overcast day when I set out to run downtown. It was windy and cold. I had to keep holding on to my cap as I ran across the bridge. I didn’t want to lose it. I managed to keep up a pretty good pace.

Two Movie Preview Screenings

I had won two movie preview screenings for tonight. The first was for a film industry screening of Map to the Stars, a David Cronenberg film starring Julianne Moore. I did see a few people who I knew from the film industry there.

Although it was a good movie and Julianne Moore’s performance was superb, I did see a few people walk out before the end. It was a pretty intense movie. But I’m used to Cronenberg’s different movies.

I had also won tickets to a Vancouver Film Festival movie at another theater. As soon as the first movie was over, I literally ran to the second theater. I got there and missed only a few minutes of this second movie. It was also a different movie, but I am glad that I got a chance to see it.

Ran Home in the Dark

I decided to run home. I don’t usually like to run in the dark but I decided that I wanted to get in a bit more mileage this week ahead of the half-marathon this weekend. I turned on my blinking light and set out.

The bridge was not crowded and I only encountered one other person on my way across. The wind and rain had lessened by that time. It was sort of nice to have the whole bridge to myself. I don’t know why, but I was slower this time. Still, I was happy and satisfied once I reached home.

Day Eight Hundred and Seventy of Unemployment-Fifty and Unemployed

Early Morning Run Downtown

I woke up early, looking forward to my run downtown to my weekly free yoga class. Although I had a little problem falling asleep last night, I still managed to get up in time. I was feeling a little sluggish and it took me a while to fully wake up before stepping outside.

I was running a little behind so that gave me the incentive to run faster. It was a nice morning and I was happy to run in this weather. There was just a handful of runners along the way. I can’t believe that this time next week, I’ll be running the Rock n Roll Half Marathon!

Free Yoga Class at Lululemon

I saw some friends before class and we had a nice chat. They said that they were going to do their usual weekly Grouse Grind hike after. We agreed that it was a nice day and that they should take advantage of the nice weather while we still had it.

Our yoga instructor today was somebody who had taught our class before. I like him because he’s a runner. He always points out alternate poses for the runners in the class. He mentioned that he sometimes leads the running clinic, too. I should check that out.

Ran Home

It was really sunny by the time I set off to run home. I was supposed to meet my friend at a fall bazaar not too far from my home so I ran really fast. There were quite a few runners on the bridge, I even encountered a big group of some runners.

I was quite sweaty by the time I got there. I walked through the bazaar but my friend was not there. I found out later than she was sick with the flu. I hope she wasn’t sick when I saw her last! I really need to stay healthy this week before the race next week!

Ran Downtown for Book Signing

I had to run back downtown because there was a book signing I had wanted to attend. Chris Guillebeau has been a role model for me. He has travelled to every single country in the world. I’ve always been able to relate to him as a fellow traveller though my 80 plus countries pales in comparison to his 193 countries.

He wrote a book, The $100 Start Up, which really resonated with me. When I read it, I came up with lots of ideas to start-up a business, but had trouble actually seeing them through. He’s written another book and then today, he was promoting his latest, The Happiness of Pursuit.

I ran to the downtown Chapters bookstore where he would appear. I was surprised that there were so many people by the time I got there. He gave a really inspiring talk before signing books. I had brought my $100 Start Up book and bought his latest so that I could get him to sign them. I was inspired even more, after hearing him speak. I hope that I can follow through with some of my ideas.

Ran Home

I ran home yet again. The weather was still clear. In total, I ran around 12 miles today. It’s a far cry from the 20 milers I used to do when I was training for the full marathon. I wonder if I’d even be able to do a long run? I think I’ll resume them once the half-marathon is finished.

More Computer Problems

I tried to do more work tonight but I was plagued with computer problems. I’m not even sure why I keep having these troubles but it’s driving me crazy. I wonder if I can take my laptop back to Geek Squad even though it’s past the 30 day guarantee. I wonder if I can persuade them to at least have a look. I really feel like I was ripped off.

 

Day Eight Hundred and Sixty Nine of Unemployment-Fifty and Unemployed

Birthday Outing with Aunt and Friends

I picked up my Aunt to meet up with friends to celebrate her birthday. We hadn’t met up with these friends for a few months so it was nice to see each other again.

It was a bit of a financial strain today because I treated her to lunch, gave her a few birthday gifts, including flowers. But she’s my only family here. I also had to buy a birthday gift for my cousin last week, too. So this month has been a little hard on me.

Acting Friend

One of the friends that we met up with today is somebody I met on set years ago. She got her acting credits to become a full member years before I did. But I haven’t seen her on set for a while now.

I asked her if she was doing any auditions or even doing any extra work and she said no. She said that she can’t be bothered anymore. She’s content with being retired full-time now. I wish I could say the same.

Former Stunt Man

I was talking to another one of my acting friends and asked about her son, who is a stunt performer. I hadn’t seen him much on set for a long time. She told me that he hadn’t done any stunt work or acting work for over a year. I was surprised to hear that.

She said that he was playing poker as a way to support himself. I was surprised! Not that he was playing professional poker so much but that he was able to make enough to support himself. She told me that his cousin got him into that and he also, was able to support himself by playing poker. That’s a fairly unconventional way to make a living.

Now, I’m not at all interested in how he manages to do this for myself, I’m just curious how an average person can do this. I always knew that he played poker, but I never knew that he was good at it. I wish that I could find something that could support me like that.

Pool Visit

On the way home, I stopped at the pool. I’ve been feeling guilty because I haven’t been taking advantage of my year’s pass. I’ve only used it three times now.

I had to really persuade myself to even go to the pool. I told myself that I’d really be able to relax if I went into the big hot tub pool. I want to get used to being in a pool setting because I want to start swimming lessons in anticipation of training for a triathlon next year.

Tried to Download Cloud Software

I thought that when I bought my new laptop all of my computer problems would go away. But I’ve found that I’m just as frustrated now as I was before. I’m not even sure what exactly is wrong with it.

I paid extra to have the geek squad make my laptop owner ready. But I just think it was a big cash grab. I tried to download some program that my brother had sent me but I couldn’t manage to do it.

I get so angry, just like I used to be with my previous laptop. I just give up and go lie down, feeling sorry for myself. I’m not sure how I’m going to get this fixed.

 

Day Eight Hundred and Sixty Eight of Unemployment-Fifty and Unemployed

Last Minute Call from Agent

Last night, when I got home from the movie, I saw that I had a message from my agent. He had called at 7:30 PM. He asked if I was available to work tomorrow and said that the gig could possibly mean another two days as well. I called him as soon as I could. I asked him if I was too late to be considered. He said that he’d check and then call me back.

I didn’t hear back from him so I just went to sleep. When I woke up this morning, I didn’t see any email but I did find out later when I checked the messages on my cell, that he had texted me at 4:30 AM to let me know that I was passed over. Oh well. I was hopeful and excited for a little while. But I never let myself be too happy until I have a firm booking and am actually driving there!

Early Morning Run in the Rain

I had to change days of my usual UBC gig from yesterday to today. I was looking forward to this run even though it was overcast and drizzly. I had another good run. I felt energetic and was able to run uphill with ease.

I was talking to the volunteer coordinator and was surprised to hear that he was from Taiwan. I told him that I used to live there years ago. I just happened to have a stopover in Taipei and didn’t know anything about the country. I didn’t even know what language was spoken! I ended up liking it and staying. I ended up working for a trading company and taught English to five-year olds for a year. I hadn’t thought of that job stint in such a long time.

Back in the day, I used to be such an enthusiastic go-getter. I used to juggle several part-time jobs while attending full-time school. I would land in a foreign country, not knowing anybody and then find a job easily. I was fearless.

Now, everything is such an effort. The only way I can work is to have somebody, my agent for example, go out and find me jobs. Where did that fierce go-getter girl go? It’s so sad to think that she has gone away.

Chilled from the Rainy Run

It was still raining when I finished and was running home. I felt just as good as I did this morning. I felt comfortable running at a fast pace despite the cold, wind and rain. Running at this faster pace did warm me up and I was shedding layers by the time I reached the gates of UBC.

Blood Pressure Check

I went for another blood pressure check. It was the lowest it had been in a long time. I took it a second time to make sure I saw the numbers right. I was really heartened to see the numbers.

I still can’t understand why my numbers were so high when I went to donate blood. But I will keep monitoring it. If anything, I feel great when I see the good numbers.

Mystery Shop Sign Up

My friend suggested yet another mystery shopping firm to sign up with. I signed up today. I didn’t have to worry about whether or not the company is legit, since my friend has already worked for them. From their listings, it looks like there is a lot less work involved than the present one that I’m working at, but you have to do several small jobs to accumulate much money.

Some of the jobs I saw were $8 here and there. I’m not sure how much of a report I’d need to submit for that $8. And if I’d have to travel to these different shops, that takes time and gas. Or, it’s likely that I’d run to the different places, like I used to do. Sounds like it could be an organizational nightmare. But I might as well try.

Day Eight Hundred and Sixty Seven of Unemployment-Fifty and Unemployed

Worked on Brother’s Job Application

It was another gloomy, overcast day. I wanted to finish my brother’s job application this morning. I was working on it and then I got so frustrated with the document I was using. It’s a free open source document offering but it does not work very well. Or maybe I just don’t know what I’m doing.

My brother said that he would get a copy of Office for me. That is what I have been using for years. That’s what I’m most comfortable with. I just can’t afford it right now. It’ll help a lot if I can use that to do these applications.

Waited for Fire-Place Maintenance Guy

Today I had to wait for the fire-place maintenance guy. I had to make sure that I was not available on my online calendars for work. They gave us a 5 hour window. That drives me crazy to no end. Cable companies and others do the same thing, they can’t pinpoint a time of arrival.

He came earlier than I thought he would because a neighbor of mine did not answer his knock. He was fairly fast. We chatted a bit because my computer, where I was working, is not too far from where my fireplace is. I gave him a can of pop and he went to the next suite.

Online Retail Work

Now that I didn’t have the anxiety of waiting for the fire-place guy to arrive, I was able to relax a bit and do some work. Although I am still far from where I had planned to be by this time, I did manage to get some work done today.

I really have to concentrate on staying at my computer. I get so distracted working at home. I’ll be working and then I’ll remember something, jump up and go into another room. Or I’ll be on the website and then remember something and open a new window and check something out. I used to be better at working at home years ago. I wonder why I have such a short attention span now?

Short Run

I ran a short run to the theater. By that time, the weather was fine. It was not raining. It was overcast and a little cool-perfect weather for running. Since it was such a short distance, I concentrated on doing it at the fastest pace that I could.

I darted around people, dogs and watched cars before I got to the light to cross. By the time I got to the theater, I was drenched and exhausted. It’s not likely that I will ever have to do this fast pace, except maybe at the end of a race, when I’m approaching the finish line and want to give the impression that, that’s how fast I was going to whole way along!

Free Movie Preview, St. Vincent

My friend gave me passes to Bill Murray’s latest, St. Vincent. It was nice to see a lighter movie after the previous night’s war drama, The Fury. I invited friends I hadn’t seen for a while so it was nice to catch up with them.

The movie was nice, showcasing Bill Murray in his best ways. I’m really glad that I got passes for this movie. What was unusual with this film is that most of the audience stayed in their seats until the very end of the credits because it showed more of Bill Murray. Usually people start to leave when credits start. And when it was finally over, there was a rush of applause.

 

Day Eight Hundred and Sixty Six of Unemployment-Fifty and Unemployed

Ran Downtown

I’m not sure what I did all morning before it was time for me to run downtown for my meeting. I’ve been noticing that I somehow wake up and then for the next few hours, time goes by and I don’t have much to show for it.

It was a little rainy and I was bundled up for the weather. After a few minutes, I became quite warm. I managed to keep up a good pace the whole way down. By the time I got to the office, I was out of breath and felt satisfied with my run. I’m feeling more confident about my half-marathon coming up soon.

Actor’s Union Meeting

I was a little bit concerned about the meeting today. The last time I came, it was quite crowded. I didn’t even get a seat. I spent the whole time sitting on the floor. But this time, there weren’t too many members in attendance at all.

I made a promise to myself that I would try to make an effort to attend all union meetings if I wasn’t working. I have been good about it. I was disappointed that there weren’t more people. It made me think, is it because everybody else is working?

Library Visit

I had some time to kill so I went to the library. I checked my email and then just read for a while. I’m always curious about the people who are there during the day. Do they have jobs? Do they work at night? Do they work part-time? Don’t they have computers at home to use?

I only go to the library because I don’t have a smart phone to check my emails. And I go there to do any printing I need to do. I have around 5 printers at home but none of them work. All of the ink has dried out. It’s cheaper to buy a new printer rather than buy a new ink cartridge. I really need to get rid of them.

Free Movie Preview Screening, The Fury

I won another pass, this time to Brad Pitt’s latest, a World War 2 movie, The Fury. I had won passes to another movie, but it was a sappy romance so I opted for this drama instead. It was a really good movie and well acted. I’m glad that I went to this one. I think that it will be an Oscar contender, too.

Worked on Brother’s Job Application

I worked on my brother’s job application when I got home. I had intended to finish it but I still had more work to do on it. I was tired so I ended up just closing it and vowing to finish it the next morning. I’m not sure why I’m so tired. The deadline for applications is next week, so maybe I am just procrastinating.