1. Anyone harboring fantasies of becoming a librarian ala Parker Posey in the film Party Girl should officially let them go. Dallas libraries will take a major hit come September thanks to the $190-million cut to the city’s $1.9 billion operating budget. Most library branches are going to slash their operating hours by more than half. But here’s something even more heartbreaking: all branches will “share in about 5,000 new books… a stark drop-off from the 52,000 that the current budget year allowed.”
2. Bad news for anyone thinking about pursuing dreams of becoming a teacher like Olivia Williams’ character in Rushmore. The recession has apparently given North Texas school districts a beating, and they aren’t hiring as many new teachers this summer.
3. But for those looking to become just like Kurt Russell in Backdraft, I say go for it. I have no idea if local fire departments are hiring–unlikely, I suppose–but my goodness, there are a lot of local fires these days. There are house fires and apartment fires, not to mention the blazes in West Texas. Anyway, even if physically fighting fires isn’t your bag, you could just do it Tim’s way: start your own version of Shame, Shame, Shame, and prepare to make lots of new friends.