You Kill the Kobold and Find a +1 Bracelet of Profitability

May 2nd, 2010

I’ve always had a thing for bracelets and necklaces (as people I went to high school with could vouch for), which has calmed considerably as I’ve grown older.  However, a few months ago, I got a craving for a bracelet, and started looking around for something colorful and made of thread.  Finally, I found one, but was presented by a bit of a conundrum: although wearing a bracelet in no way makes someone less capable at their job, it’s best to avoid having a colorful string thingie dangling out from under your suit’s cuff at a job interview.

I quit my previous job in September of last year (yeah, I voluntarily quit a job in the middle of an economic downturn), and found the bracelet shortly afterward.  I was in the midst of trying to establish myself as a freelance translator, but had my doubts about how well that would turn out.  Would I have to give up and go back to working at a regular company full-time?  When would I have to wave the white flag and go for a job interview?

So I decided not to put the bracelet on, for the time being.  The string bracelets I like are tied on, meaning that the only way they come off is that they tear apart after years of wearing, or you cut them in half.  You can’t just slip them off for job interviews and back on after you get home.  Putting on the bracelet only to cut it off a few months later for a job interview would be adding injury to failure.  So what I decided to do was to put the bracelet on when I had become sure that the translation gig would work out for me — the first month where my bank account balance was greater at the end of the month than it was at the start.

So, it was with great relish that yesterday, I put on my bracelet.  I had more money at the end of April than I did at the start, and it looks like, even though some months may go in the red, on the whole this whole “work at home and listen to music really loud” thing is going to work out.

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