I wonder how I will look in that paper hat? I was recently advised that taking a job at McDonald's is a way that many foreigners get a work permit for Germany. And with just a couple of months here I can understand why. With a full-time job one is able to participate in the social system which includes health insurance and for all that's a primary importance. My current status is as a freelance worker and that requires I provide my own insurance at around a hundred dollars a month. Recently in an email from my father he advised that I not come back to the US. 'There are no jobs here', he says and as a 53 year old professional, I wonder if there will ever be any more conventional jobs for me. Recently, in Vietnam, where the advertising business actually enjoyed a 30% increase in adspend, I know of at least three senior level people who were released with companies looking to trim budget and reduce losses globally. And how will I enjoy that paper hat? Better than I might enjoy a paper blanket on the street, I expect.