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In September, 2009, I sent an email to syndicated columnist Jim Pawlak, author of the Career Moves column, titled “What I did on my furlough day.”
I myself was not furloughed, but many employees of the city of Dallas, Texas began a series of mandatory furlough days during the city fiscal year that began September 1, 2009. It was the Labor Day holiday weekend, and I thought about where I was in my work life and what the future might hold.
So, I wrote a list of things that I would do if I really were on furlough or lost my job. Mr. Pawlak polished it up a bit, and it was published in newspapers around the country on October 4, 2009.
It was published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on page 5D.
I found it again in a Palm Beach, Florida newspaper.
This is a URL link to it:
I would move number 19, about calling my wife, to the top of the list.