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09:29 am: Unemployed in Greenland

I write this with some hesitance, because I'm often annoyed at people demanding changes in modern life and language as part of what they are "entitled" to and hesitate to participate in that kind of thinking, but...

I recently had to fill out forms for a loan: two loans, actually, one temporary, the other more long term. It bothered me, just a little, that when it asked about employment, I had to put down "Unemployed". 

I don't feel unemployed! 

You would think they would have an option for At-Home Caretaker or some such modern claptrap.

Weirdly, there is also no way to pick Royalties as your income.



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From:temporus
Date:April 9th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
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I have a friend who prefers the title of Chief Household Executive

And as an Author, wouldn't you be self-employed?
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From:arhyalon
Date:April 9th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
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I did put self-employed on one of the two forms...but the other one, I was told that the process for proving income for 1099's was long and cumbersome, so it was better just to leave it off.

Someday, though, John and I hope to be full-time writers, so it's annoying that there aren't even slots for royalties as income on most of these forms.

It really isn't a big deal, especially for me, because I can claim I'm self-employed. But I feel for my sisters (and in some cases, brothers) at arms. Putting a full time housewife in the same catagory as a guy whose sitting around playing video games because he can't find a job (obviously not all unemployed are like that, but we exaggerate when blogging, for humorous effect) seems...unkind.
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From:annafirtree
Date:April 10th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
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I use "Homemaker" if it's something just for information, and I won't have to prove income. If it's a question of income, though, I have to put Unemployed, which does seem rather off.
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From:arhyalon
Date:April 10th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
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These were computer forms with pre-chosen choices. You think that they would put homemaker, even if it is technically the same as Unemployed, just for the politeness value. Everything else is so politically correct nowadays.

However, as an opponent of political correctness, I feel I shouldn't complain too much. ;-)
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From:annafirtree
Date:April 10th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
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Now, now, we all know that the correct response to a very mildly irritating thought is to get all up in arms about it, be deeply offended by the lack of "Homemaker" on the list of choices, and sue the company that makes the form for $5 million in damages, not because you're greedy, but because you know you're right and you want to make sure no other company ever puts another stay-at-home mom (or person sympathetic to stay-at-home moms) through the deep pain and suffering that you (or some theoretical stay-at-home momes) have gone through. ;)
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From:juliet_winters
Date:April 9th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)

Homemaker?

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It's an honorable title.
(Steve's grandmother called their good-sized house plus an acre or two Homeacre.)

Women aren't the only ones. You should have heard the razzing fifteen years ago when Steve elected to stay home with the tot, as I had the better paying job.

I suppose there's nothing for royalties because so few people earn them. Sad though.

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From:facetiae
Date:April 9th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Domestic Engineer. I gather that's what my MIL called it.

and remember, it's not just "unemployed in Greenland." it should be:

Unemployed!! In Greenland!!!!
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From:arhyalon
Date:April 9th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
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>Unemployed!! In Greenland!!!!

So true! Hey, that's two Princess Bride references in two days for me!

And to think that Hollywood execs would not let the Stardust people compare themselves to Princess Bride in their ad campaigns because "Princess Bride Bombed!"
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From:annafirtree
Date:April 10th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
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>"Princess Bride Bombed!"

!!! Picture me with shocke
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From:arhyalon
Date:April 10th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
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I love your new picture!

Princess Bride bombed in the box office, mainly due to the worst ad campaign in history. The posters looked like nice Maxwell Parish scenes with no sign that it was a fantasy movie. I dragged John there, despite his bad reaction to the posters, because I'd read the book. (My uncle gave it to me as a gift when I was a girl.)

Since then, however, it has become the classic that EVERYONE quotes. ;-)
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From:annafirtree
Date:April 10th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
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I like my new picture, too, except that it shows up so small. But there's no way to stick all three kids in a icon photo without having them be small. (In case you want to see a somewhat larger version, I posted the photo to my blog here.)

That cute little one in the middle of the photo was on my chair with me when I was posting the comment that this is in reply to. She hit the keyboard while I was in the middle of typing; all of a sudden my browser sent me back a page or two. I assumed that my post was lost and decided I didn't care enough to try to re-type it while she was still there. Imagine my surprise when you responded to a half-written post that I thought never posted! :)

It is hard to imagine Princess Bride as having bombed. Although I don't even know when it came out. It was a staple movie of my childhood.

I've read the book, too, and I still have a hard time deciding which I like better. They're just both so good. :)
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From:carbonelle
Date:April 9th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
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My husband is self-employed: proving that we have a good income for The Dossier was just appalling. At one time I was coordinating a four-way conference between various Recognized Authorites...
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From:arhyalon
Date:April 10th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
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I can just imagine!

Self-Employed! Last I heard, he worked for Microsoft. What does he do now?
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From:carbonelle
Date:April 10th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
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Heh--that was years ago. He does stock market analysis--not the grading companies bit, but the mathematical algorithms and pattern-discovering stuff. Waaaaaaaaaay beyond me, I'm afraid.
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From:arhyalon
Date:April 10th, 2008 12:32 pm (UTC)
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Coooool!
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