LAST CALL: Pink-slippers find the grass is greener on the otherside

To all those of you who have felt the draft of the cooling economy

and lost your job in recent months - take heart.



The league of the pink-slippers is fast becoming the coolest clan in

town, with so many tech entrepreneurs and PR people discovering life

after the 80-hour work week. They're also finding support from the

still-employed.



The We Live in Public Cafe in Silicon Alley is now offering the 'Pink

Slip Special' - a free latte in return for your pink slip. And if you

can prove you've lost at least 80% of your net worth in the past year

you get a free donut with that latte.



But a PR person can't live on coffee alone, and some ex-spinners have

been finding creative ways of spending their time.



Instead of hanging around NYC after losing his job recently,

ex-Inside.com PR chief Jason Roth rented a car and spun off to Sante Fe,

NM for a couple of weeks to enjoy the fresh air and a take a well-earned

break from the media frenzy. Now he's back in town, ready for his next

challenge.



After eight years at Quorum Health Group, Shea Davis, ex-VP of corporate

comms, found herself with no job after the company merged with another

hospital group. Instead of moping, she has taken herself (and her

disabled sister) to University College Cork for a year to do a

certificate in Irish Studies.



'It's got nothing to do with my past or future,' she says. 'It's just

for me.' You go girl!



Heard other tales of creative use of unemployment time? E-mail us at

news@prweek.com.



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