I've been out of work for six months and my unemployment has just run out. I've been looking through the ads and have even started applying to places like Staples and Costco (something no man reaching his 40's wants to do) and even they're not calling me back! I look at the ads, know that I should apply, but after months of not landing jobs, I'm so discouraged that I can barely lift my head up. I applied to a temp agency a month ago and they haven't found me one, single job. I call up those ads that promise quick Xmas money and they never call me back, and yet they run the very same ad the following week! Why can't I find some way to make a living. Why do places put up "Help Wanted" signs and then take two months to call you back and, when they do, it's for their store in Yonkers? I feel as if the world is playing some terrible game with me. How long do they expect a man to take it? Yesterday, some friends came over with bags of groceries, saying that they were cleaning out their refigerator and decided I could use some stuff they didn't need. I know they lied: they went shopping and bought me stuff. I'm grateful to them, but I want to buy my own food and be thought of as some guy who needs to be taken care of. I want family and friends to be proud of me. I want a job. That's it, now I'll go back to the want ads and the cold calls. Wish me luck, somebody.