I looked at the calendar on the weekend and realized it was already October. Not sure about you but September flew by for me. I can’t tell if it’s a good or bad thing when a month of time disappears like it was just minutes. When I realized it was October, I also realized another fact. Unless something changes in the short term, I will be unemployed in about seven weeks. My contract at Radical ends on November 18. The contract was originally supposed to end in October but I received and accepted an extension in August. With the original schedule, I’d be looking at less than four week of employment at this point.

This is new territory for me. This is only the second contract job I’ve ever had and will be the first one that I’ve been able to take to the intended end date. We all know what happened with my first contract job. I know a lot of people would have started to line up the next gig months ago if they were in my position but I have to admit that other than some cursory exploration, I haven’t done any serious work towards finding new employment. There are several reasons for that. First, many gaming companies don’t do a lot of hiring during the holiday season. I say this even though UFG brought me on last December but that was rare. In any case, I don’t expect too many opportunities to be there before the new year rolls around. Second, I’m actually looking forward to having some time off. Outside of a four day weekend in June, I didn’t take any vacation at all this summer. It’s going to be cold and rainy, possibly even snowy in late December and the thought of being able to sleep in late while everyone trudges off to work makes me all warm. I’m super behind in my video game playing and movie watching, so it’ll be a great time to be entertained and inside, where it’ll be warm. I’m also thinking about taking a vacation somewhere sunny and pleasant. The plan is to go somewhere that has a tennis pro where I can play tennis for a week.

I know when I bought my apartment and took on my mortgage, the prospect of being unemployed and still having to make mortgage payments scared me. I’ve gone through that once already and it wasn’t a big deal at all. I hardly live paycheque to paycheque so a lot of potential worries don’t come into play here. I’m looking forward to having some time off in less than two months!

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