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17 May 2007 @ 07:54 pm
20 years for this?  
So yesterday, I got that mailer from the Social Security Office. You know, the one that tells you what your benefits will be when you retire (yeah, right!)

My income has varied so widely over the past few years, and I wanted to get a visual, so I plotted out my net earnings since I began earning taxable income, 20 years ago. With a little help from the National Center for Education Statistics, of all places, I conjured up this graph of relative value.

I'm not the kind of guy who cares to keep his earnings private, but regardless... I've removed all the dollar amounts. But you can see how much I'm earning now, relative to when I was unemployed for much of 2002, following the dot-com bust and my company going bankrupt... and how much less I'm earning than my first job out of college (waiting tables in Austin!)

Fascinating!

 
 
 
kwirkykoala on May 21st, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
Wow - TV gig just a tad bit higher than unemployment. I think I'd take the unemployment and watch TV all day than work at a TV gig :-)
fleepsfleeps on May 21st, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
It's funny... when I was unemployed, I had multiple opportunities to take "a job, any job"... but none of them paid more than the check I was getting from the government.

When I got my very last check for the year (and that year, they gave out an extension because the unemployment rate was so high), I landed a job the very next day.

And to think I stressed out for most of 2002. I should have just enjoyed my 9-month sabbatical!

As for the TV gig, it would be hard to let it go. It's not like it's paying all my bills, but life is just so much more fulfilling to me with a job I love to do. And this one certainly has the potential! :)