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A Survivor's Tale
Just a few little things:

Joe is casually looking for fulltime work at the moment (stay with me, this is going somewhere) and because we only have the weenie eeePC hooked up to internets at home, and no printer, I've been helping him out by printing relevant info for him here at work.

Anyway, I'm looking at the application form for a government admin job and near the bottom, under their 'Employment Equity' section (which is where they try to determine whether you're of a minority so they'll look good if they hire you) they ask you to indicate whether you're a member of any of the following groups:

- Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander
- Australian South-Sea Islander
- People from a non-English-speaking background
- People with a disability
- Women

Women? Seriously?? Wow, I never knew I was at a disadvantage!

...Though I'll admit, Freud aside, having your very own penis 24/7 could be a lot of fun and I'm damn annoyed that I didn't get one. I'll just have to borrow Joe's more often. :D

In other news, we tried to put a roof on the cat run last night and failed miserably, unless you view it from the perspective of the local mosquitos, who had a good feed at our expense. We cocked it up nicely; luckily we were able to undo the mess and all we lost was a couple of hours and fifty or so industrial-sized staples. ;)

The karma gods are scrambling to make up for our disastrous move-out of Bond Street lately by sending lots of good luck and happy coincidences my way, and to those around me too. For example, today Richard texted me ebulliently declaring that rather than forking out hundreds of dollars for a new dishwasher as he'd planned, he now gets a perfectly good one for free from a workmate. Despite the fact that Joe and I have been doing our dishes as we go, the trickle-down effect of having a dishwasher in the house will benefit us - I'll never have to scrub a sticky pan again, woohoo! It'll make it easier to keep the cat bowls cleaner too.

More luck came my way via some sort of tax cut in the new financial year, so suddenly I have an extra thirty dollars per pay to play with. This doesn't sound like much, but I can't tell you how often an extra thirty dollars would have come in handy.

Other budgetary constraints have eased up too, plus I got my group certificate today and realised that between working for nearly-nothing for Interrobang, and periods of unemployment between the two full-time jobs I've held in the past financial year, on paper I've earned crap all and I should get a fairly juicy refund (though I don't yet know how the purchase of the land might affect the outcome there). Assuming it goes well, it should be enough to pay off the personal debt I have, probably with a fair bit left over to cover the land rates that have accumulated on my block on Macleay since I've had it. I'm paying off my credit card out of my regular pay and it's half-done now, and I should be able to squeeze the remaining half out of next pay. I'm pouring so much into my mortgage that the block will be entirely mine in six years if I DON'T increase my repayments any further - but I plan to do so anyway.

It's not all sugar and glee - the final phone/internet bill for Bond Street was almost $200 and the disconnection fee roughly the same again, and Joe and I have decided to cover all that ourselves as at least one of our former housemates is under financial strain. But anyway, that's do-able and it could be a lot worse. :)

OK, so that turned into a long and boring ramble about money, but you guys, those few of you who read this far, here's the deal: we did it pretty tough when I was growing up; public schools and faded school uniforms, sneakers worn 'til they disintegrated (actually, I still do this now), scrimping and saving and watching my parents stress because things were so tight. And I did it tough as an adult, going from one low-paid animation job to another, no travel or holidays - too far out of reach - and at one point sometimes going a day or so without food due to failure to make the money stretch combined with the mistakes almost everyone makes when they first move out of home (for instance, overestimating how much of your income you can throw away in rent)... and now, at age 26, for the first time in my life, everything has eased up. I have enough. I honestly couldn't ask for more. Anything after this is a bonus. And this is the first time I've ever been able to say that.
11 have fought ~ fight the power!
thelauderdale From: thelauderdale Date: July 4th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
- Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander
- Australian South-Sea Islander
- People from a non-English-speaking background
- People with a disability
- Women

Women? Seriously?? Wow, I never knew I was at a disadvantage!

Hah! I've seen that a bunch of times now in the jobs I've applied for, and that is downright bizarre in the Library Science field. If anything they should be encouraging more men to apply...
sigmoidal_suseq From: sigmoidal_suseq Date: July 4th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, apparently we get paid 14% less than men for the same job.

Also sorry to break your bubble sweetie, but dishwashers don't help with sticky pots *sigh* I wish.

$200????????? What?
scoutlostthewar From: scoutlostthewar Date: July 4th, 2008 07:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Its also got a lot to do with the fact that you can get a lot of women through the door initially but once you start moving up and up and up within a company usually you'll see less of them.

That being said, it would probably be better if they did a better job at retaining women (OH HAI family friendly policies) than just stuffing us all in lower ranks.

/end rant...?

sigmoidal_suseq From: sigmoidal_suseq Date: July 4th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hear ya.

Although I can't complain. My work is large enough to be uber PC and family friendly and is full of the womens because men have no taste.
tania From: tania Date: July 6th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
The $200 was, I think, something like 2x internet bills plus 2 x monthly line rental or something - Joe would know better than I. No biggie. :)

14% less? That's sucktacular.
From: clarejulia Date: July 4th, 2008 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)
whats wrong with public schools?!
tania From: tania Date: July 6th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yanno, I've no idea? But apparently it's better to go to a private school in part because they're better-funded and thus have better teachers and equipment, and in part because apparently you make "valuable connections" in those schools. I don't know, I had zero connections and I did alright in the end.
alby_lion From: alby_lion Date: July 4th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. Wanna borrow my penis while I apply for my small business loan? Apparently I'm more highly scrutinized for it because it comes with some magical business powers.

2. I thought you vowed never to do hand dishes again because you didn't want to spend more than an aggregate five years of your life with your arms in dirty dish water?
tania From: tania Date: July 6th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was a non-core vow.

Wait, that's a distinctly Aussie-political reference... damn, a perfectly good joke, ruined. D:
darknetghost From: darknetghost Date: July 6th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
The problem with having a prick though is that then you don't have a vag, and if people had both then there wouldn't any motivation to ever leave the house now would there?
tania From: tania Date: July 6th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh god my inner eye...
11 have fought ~ fight the power!