Opinion | Trump Furloughed Me. Should I Take Up Pole Dancing?


Just a few of my neighbors ask if I’m affected by the shutdown. I say not but. I’m off work, however my pockets are O.Ok. for now. A lot of the museum workers is furloughed like me. However skeleton crews are nonetheless at work, some unpaid.

The Matisse cutouts nonetheless should be rotated out and in of sunshine; the Van Gogh must be guarded.

We name the individuals doing this work “the Necessities.” That might be a fantastic identify for a band, I feel. I think about seeing that on iTunes. Then I feel that if this goes on for for much longer, I’ll cancel my Apple Music subscription.

The primary week of the shutdown, once we had been nonetheless open, the museum received a name from somebody who had tickets to the Nationwide Museum of African-American Historical past and Tradition that had been purchased months upfront. The caller had Grandma come up from Georgia to see it, however the museum was closed after they arrived. The caller was glad that the Nationwide Gallery was open and had an exhibition of images by Gordon Parks to take pleasure in.

The gallery was closed the subsequent day.

President Trump gave a speech on tv saying that the shutdown is all concerning the “wall.” I keep in mind that final month he tweeted that “most people not getting paid are Democrats.” After I heard that, I considered how lots of the federal employees in Washington are African-American, which I feel is perhaps how the president meant it to sound. Humorous, we are likely to see ourselves as Americans who’ve a proper to pursue happiness — which is type of arduous to do with no regular revenue.

My spouse, Tracie, is on the brink of go to her job as a therapeutic massage therapist. She began her enterprise through the recession, once I was laid off from a nongovernment job. She often works 4 days every week, however is including additional hours through the furlough and interested by including an additional day.

I decide up my mother and take her to get some remedy. Her senior heart had a area journey to the Nationwide Gallery scheduled for Monday. Now, after all, it’s canceled. Since there are not any different free museums open, the entire outing is off. It’s in all probability for one of the best, my mother says. One other journey to the on line casino as an alternative isn’t nice for the group’s financial savings.

I’m making respectable progress on the DVR — 70 hours left. That’s quite a lot of TV. It in all probability is time to chop the wire.


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