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Jungle Strut



New month! New start! Newly deposited cash in bank account! (This last one being probably the most important.)


These last 6-8 months have been disastrous on me financially. A lack of work combined with clients who pulled out at the last minute meant that I was scrambling for extra cash. Now I think I'm finally in the clear--oh, my proverbial boat didn't exactly come in, but I'm back to full paychecks, and debts have been paid off.


Of course, I need to replace my glasses, my car needs servicing, and I just know that there's something else around the corner.


So what does the resourceful person do when they need to augment their monthly cash flow? Go out and get a second job, of course. One that I can work part time, preferably on the weekends. Sure, I know that means that I don't have that much free time to play, but if I'm honest, I don't have much money to play with, so it's either sit at home and work (for free), or go out and work (and get paid). I'll take the latter, thank you.


So why is it that I can't find a job? Evidently I'm supremely overqualified. No one wants a PhD to do a part time desk job on the weekends, not even data entry stuff. Seriously? I'm not even asking for extra compensation for my education--that's what the academic world is for--and I'm ready to work full time in the summer...let alone the fact that I don't have a possible full-time gig for some time, so I'll be around for a while. Really, I'll work for cheap...just give me some extra income!


Still no go? Really? Feh. Drat and poo. (Stephen Fry's twittering has influenced me lately...dunno if that's a good or bad thing.)


Eh, things will happen...they always do. Someone will magically come to me with a contract-based offer, a translation job that will pay me what I want. It usually happens that way...right when I'm most desperate, someone I know has some work for me. Of course, it's not steady, and I never know when it's coming. Nonetheless, I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth.


So what exactly has this got to do with the song title of the blog? It's simply the song in my head, one of many that seems to pop up when I feel the urge to let go, relax, and roll with the punches. I mean, someone has to keep me from being a melancholic bore, and there's no one else here to do that. Besides, I'm pretty sure they'd charge :(


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Heheh naughty talk will get you everywhere, GoC ;)


Spanish and Italian are my fluent ones, although I've done considerably more translations dealing with Spanish--both into and out of English. I won't do contracts, usually, as my legalese knowledge is poor in English, let alone the other languages (basic contracts are fine, but once the language starts to make my eyes cross, well, you get the gist of it). And while I have a 'friends' and 'frequent client' discount, I'm still not that cheap--gotta pay the bills, so to speak. It's for that reason that I don't usually get much business off of CraigsList, for example.

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I sympathise with you, Doc. It's not easy making a living as a language teacher. I worked as a freelance tutor for about 2 years after I graduated, giving mostly private lessons (in English). The best paid jobs for me though were translation jobs: I remember once I made about 3.000 Euros for 10 days worth of work translating 8-10.000 words from French into English. That was sweet. :)

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