Our rolling support group grows

9 03 2016

Being unemployed isn’t a lot of fun.

The salary stops populating the bank account every two weeks, but the bills keep coming, the fridge still needs groceries, the mortgage is due.

And while the severance will last a while yet, that horizon moves a little closer every week.

Today, the Unemployed Journalists Cycling Union, a division of the Fraser River Fuggitivi, welcomed a new member. We also rebranded. We’re now the Unemployed Journalists and Booze Merchants Cycling Union.

Our new recruit just lost his gig as the manager of a private beer and wine store.

The newest member of the rebranded Unemployed Journalists and Booze Merchants Cycling Union, checks his bike before a brisk and hilly ride.

The newest member of the rebranded Unemployed Journalists and Booze Merchants Cycling Union, checks his bike before a brisk and hilly ride.

Getting on the bike is a good way to work off the angst on unpaid idleness. Especially riding with others in the same situation. We’re able to chat about our challenges, offer strength and confidence. It’s like a rolling support group.

Best of all, it’s a great way to save money. Or at least not spend it.

Because when you’re on the bike for a few hours, you’re away from the need to head to the grocery store where inevitably your list of four items balloons into a basket full of stuff by the time you hit the checkout ( I refuse to use a cart; that’s like giving up in my world ). You’re also removed from the temptation of heading to the mall or the electronics store to kill time by window shopping for things you’d like, but really don’t need and shouldn’t buy.

At most, when you’re on the bike, you might stop for lunch or at a bakery for a mid-ride snack. But you can always pack your own if you want to stay thrifty. So by the time you return from your hours on the road, your finances haven’t suffered. But you’re richer for the camaraderie and fitness.

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