ST. LOUIS, MO – Recently unemployed Bryan Kim (30) was stressed for a couple of days after he lost his job until he found that he was much happier not having to get up and go to work every day. Kim was employed with Real Estate firm in the West County area of St. Louis, and was laid off two weeks ago due to a massive drop off in homes going up for sale.
“I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. The firm I worked for isn’t the only one making cutbacks. The entire field is suffering, and this is all I know how to do,” says Kim. But on day three of Kim’s alarm not going off, another alarm didn’t go off. “I wasn’t worried about something I had forgotten. When my phone rang, I didn’t assume was going to be bad. I don’t even have to answer it any more, really. So, I think I’m just going to be a this from now on.”
Until two weeks ago, Kim had to get up at 8:00am in order to be at work by 9:00am. He then had to stay at work for literally hours on end, sometimes as many as eight or nine. While at work, there were, as Kim puts it, “dozens” of tasks with which he had to deal. Rarely was there a break, often as little as two per day. Kim had to do this every single day except for two designated days per week. In Kim’s particular case, he was permitted to stay home on Saturdays and Sundays. “It got to the point where when Monday came, I didn’t like it,” laments Kim. “So why would I want to go back to that? This is better. I could read all day if I wanted to. I don’t read very much, but I could if I wanted to.”
Kim plans to collect unemployment for as long as possible, and then look at Craigslist. For now, he intends to continue his mission to see every movie nominated a Best Picture Oscar, and create the illusion of adulthood for his live-in girlfriend.
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