After Two Years Sandwich Board Guy Gets Job-No Problem
This is how life is.
Fifty-nine-year-old Paul Nawrocki lost his job in February 2008 and nothing happened. He took to the streets of Manhattan wearing a sandwich board, handing out resumes and nothing happened.
He appeared on over a hundred news and talk shows because America and the world, in the midst of what has been called the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, were interested in this former toy company executive's self-effacing efforts to replace his lost job, and nothing happened.
Because lawmakers had the good sense to keep extending unemployment benefits since he was laid off back in February 2008, Nawrocki received 99 straight months of unemployment checks to help keep him afloat. And with the additional aid of the four Fs of hard times — Friends, Family, Food Banks and Food Stamps — he and his wife stayed afloat.
Through all this, Nawrocki's wife was sick, but he held on to his medical insurance throughout. Nothing happened to their health as a result of the downturn.
Nawrocki declared bankruptcy in 2009. Even through bankruptcy he has two mortgages on his home, on one of which he is six months in arrears. But so far nothing has happened on that score either, and probably won't. No mortgage holder wants to be at the wrong end of that publicity train: Bank Forecloses on Sandwich Board Guy.
In March, Nawrocki, the face of the rotten economy, finally got a job. It pays half of his old $100,000 salary, but it's enough to keep "nothing happening" for now.
Poor economic times force folks to reevaluate what is fact and what is fear. It causes us to focus our attention right here, right now.Continued on the next page