Music I Listened to While Working as a Temp

Most profound listening experience: Every morning, I would sleep in until 11 a.m. because I worked swing shift. Being that I was in Seattle in March, it would still be dark and cloudy at that late hour. My commute was a slow, degrading walk down Pike/Pine Corridor to the train depot. It was always overcast, and sometimes it rained early in the day. I had Tegan & Sara’s The Con on repeat during my commute, which fits perfectly with heartbreak and lack of Vitamin D.

The Burger Joint with Excellent Pay and Benefits

In the Seattle Times Thanh Tan writes about Seattle-based burger joint Dick's Drive In, which pays its employees $10 an hour to start with regular merit raises, a 401(k) retirement plan with employer match, up to three weeks of paid vacation, paid time for volunteer service, health and dental benefits, up to $22,000 in scholarships for employees working at least 20 hours a week while attending school, and up to $8,000 in child care assistance.

The Hustle of a Game Maker in Seattle

Ian is 24 and lives in Seattle, Wash.

A Visit to Seattle’s Unemployment Office

Seven years later, I was back in Seattle and on unemployment again. I received a letter in the mail telling me that I had to report to the local WorkSource, Washington State’s unemployment office, in two weeks to have my resume reviewed, take classes on resume writing, looking for work, interviewing, and other training courses.

I Will Not Pay for This Dipping Sauce, Good Sir!

Apparently, there are people who feel like paying 25 cents for extra dipping sauce is outrageous! Thankfully, the 68-year-old man was not seriously injured.

Two Sisters Take a Roadtrip

Earlier this summer, I got a new teaching job that starts next year, and my college-age sister got laid off from her nanny job (with severance pay!). To celebrate both of our freedoms, we took a 10-day road trip from Oakland to Seattle and back.