Hi Dark_Sorcerer, welcome to the Linux Mint forums
Sorry to read about your unemployment. Hopefully you get some opportunities for employment soon. In the mean time, enjoy Linux Mint and thanks for joining the forums!
Be sure also to check out the Community
website (ideas, tutorials, and hardware and software reviews), and the Cinnamon Spices
website for adding themes, applets and extensions to Cinnamon (and check out the Cinnamon Extras
package, which will install a lot of these for your automatically). If you haven't installed Cinnamon, see here
the most recent update for a teaser.
You can also chat in real-time with other Linux Mint users. In the Mint Menu, in the Internet section, start the application XChat IRC. You will automatically get connected to #linuxmint-chat for general chat and #linuxmint-help for support with other Linux Mint users.