Layoffs Watch '08: Condolences To Those Of You Still Employed

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Tommy Kim, 27, formerly of UBS, for example, logged 37 days of snowboarding in 2008 after being fired last January. "When I got laid off, it was like, hallelujah," he said.
After the snow melted, he came back to New York, where "I went paint-balling," Mr. Kim said. "I went to Six Flags." Now: "I stay up late, wake up late, go to the beach a lot. I play a lot of video games when I can't find people to hang out with."
Recently, Mr. Kim turned his attention to organizing his vast music collection and playing DJ gigs around town, including a Saturday party at the Brooklyn Museum and a few weddings (he was a well-known DJ during his undergrad days at Dartmouth). He's also taking break-dancing classes. And he built himself a new computer, just for the hell of it. Looked up the instructions online, bought the parts, et voilà!
And his job search? "I'm kind of looking," Mr. Kim said. "I decided last week maybe I should be more proactive." It's hard to get worked up, though, because "President Bush extended unemployment by another 13 weeks!" That's $405 a week on top of the "generous" UBS severance.

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