By Jim Gray
Love the green…and the lizard!
via Smashing Mag
If you have seen “Burn Notice”, chances are you are familiar with the show an it’s opening monologue. If not, watch this first.
It’s been a year since I was laid off. There are several things that have got us through this past year. The primary source…our faith in God. And, unlike Michael Westen, I am not alone. My wife and I have amazing kids, prayerful parents, and awesome friends. We also spent a lot more time building our marriage and our faith. Sticking together through whatever hardship that has come along has given us great hope.
The following is a humorous attempt to re-write the “Burn Notice” monologue in to a parody that shows a glimpse of how I felt a year ago…
Jim Gray: “My name is Jim Gray. I used to be employed. Until…”
Unidentified human resources employee voice on phone: “We’ve got to make some cut-backs. You’re laid-off.”
Jim Gray: “When you’re unemployed, you’ve got nothing. No paycheck, no medical insurance. You’re stuck in whatever city they relocated you to.”
Jim Gray: “Where am I?”
Sharon Gray: “Falcon, CO, on the prairie.”
Jim Gray: “You do whatever freelance work comes your way. You rely on anyone who’s still talking to you. Your wife…”
Sharon Gray: “I love you…How are we going to pay the bills?”
Jim Gray: “An 80 year old friend of the family who broke his neck rollerskating at your daughter’s 15th birthday”
Uncle Bill: “I said to my self, “Self, you’re too small to be outside alone.”
Jim Gray: “Family, too…”
Kids: “Hey Dad, we have Boy Scouts, Youth Group, Debate Club, Soccer, Graduation, College, Cars…can we get a ride?”
Jim Gray: “Bottom line…Until you find a new job or find a way to pay all the bills… you’re not going anywhere.”