I’ve been working as a House Arrest ankle bracelet installer for over 3 months now. Apart from the fact that almost every one of the individuals I hook up has been convicted of 1 or more DUI’s, I actually enjoy it. It’s not enough money to live on indefinitely, but it keeps the electricity on and the rent paid. Plus, most weekends I get to drive around to parts of the state I haven’t been to in years (or ever). That said, my long term plan was to become qualified to do something a bit more lucrative. Unfortunately, all the technical training in the world is of absolutely zero value if the economy is tanked and there are no tech jobs available.
Given the results of the election, my firm belief that things are only going to get worse, and that my hopes for a more robust and vibrant economy have gone the way of the dodo, I’ve had to re-think my plan. I’m still going to school for the IT certifications. Who knows, I might get lucky in a year or two. However, I believe now is the time to be proactive, so I’m on to Plan B:
Effective immediately, I’ll be hanging out at bars at closing time, trying to convince drunks that they’re OK to drive.‡
‡Obviously, I’ll be doing no such thing, but it is an excellent illustration of the concept of “moral hazard.”