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Day 196 — Ass for Cash

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


If any of you have bothered to look below my ass on the Girl On the Brink logo, you’d see that the tagline reads, “Surviving Desperate Times with Desperate Measures.” Increasingly, I read about a lot of desperate people doing desperate things, such as selling all their stuff and moving from places like Detroit to […]

Day 193 — Too Much Time to Spare

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Making your funeral arrangements has come down to four easy steps. Hey, why not figure this out. Unemployment affords me the time. But I don’t need to figure out a thing—just how to pay for it when I come to the checkout screen. Funeralwise.com has made planning for your funeral as easy as flushing unwanted […]

Day 192 — The Ethics of Survival

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


If the federal government could do for the unemployed what GEICO has done for cavemen, we’d all feel a hair more civilized. GEICO has changed the public’s perception of cavemen. They’re not stupid but hairy urban bachelors with enough brains to use the Internet. I would love for the feds to change the perception of […]

Day 187 — Habits of Highly Dysfunctional People

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Habits. They change when you’re unemployed, especially when you’re unemployed and living with your ex. Remember, bad times force people like me to do weird things, including sharing the same house but separate beds with him. The biggest difference I’ve noticed is the brand of cereal my ex husband buys. In our kitchen cabinet, Wheaties […]

Day 160 1/2 — Manifesto of the Idle Workers of the World

Saturday, September 5, 2009


ANN’S NOTE: I decided to post the manifesto early given the outpouring of support and response I received from my appearance on the Fox Business Happy Hour yesterday. Tune in to NPR affiliate the Louisiana Radio Network at 10:45 AM EST on Labor Day to hear me speak more about it. Read the manifesto through […]

Day 159 — Situation

Friday, September 4, 2009


ANN’S NOTE: Catch a gander of the real Ann today on FOX Business Happy Hour, between 5:20 and 5:30 PM EST. I’ve got a situation. Girl On the Brink racing on bicycle toward a blind man poking his long white cane from side to side on a narrow sidewalk. Think fast. What to do? Holy […]

Day 156 — ‘Ch-ch-ch-chia!’

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


The purpose of Girl On the Brink is to embrace, not alienate. Yet, sometimes I feel I alienate because others think I’m a snob. But I’m not. Nonetheless, I don’t know what some of my male suitors are thinking when they email me like a bolt from the blue. Honestly, I don’t know how they […]

Day 154 — Balancing Act

Sunday, August 30, 2009


Life is all about Yin and Yang. You see, Yin is this 3-foot-tall little Chinese gal who’s also known as Yellow Woman. Yang is not much bigger but hails from the hinterlands of North Dakota and wears lots of feathers. Think Hiawatha. Some people call him Red Man. Together, they created the Orangemen of Syracuse […]

Day 150 — Splurges

Monday, August 24, 2009


Last Friday, I splurged. On a manicure and pedicure? No. New frock? Nah. A massage? Why, how did you guess. That’s the yowza right answer! Too bad it couldn’t have been with my biker friend. I don’t want to call him my biker boyfriend, though I love the alliteration. I’m just not sure how he’d […]

Day 147 — Dysfunction as Function

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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If you’re like most unemployed people, you look forward to the weekend even more than you did when you had a job. Come Friday at 5 o’clock, you are officially normal, and will continue to be normal until Monday morning at 9. Sure, you had a grueling week filling out online job applications, but should […]