All In The Same Boat
On the same day that there was encouraging unemployment numbers (Although I have a theory that these numbers are not accurate), I saw this comment on yesterdays blog:
December 4th, 2009 at 1:18 pm
I’m feeling so down today because of my jobless situation.
I don’t know how much longer I can handle this. Applied everywhere and nothing is happening.
It made me sad and mad… because I can totally relate. There are so many of us out there that bang our heads against the wall everyday trying to find a job and there is just nothing out there. I personally have been out of work for over a year, have applied for hundreds of jobs (many of which, if I were to get, I would have still been screwed because they didn’t pay enough to cover even my most basic living expenses… But at this point something is better than nothing) and have landed nothing but a collection of rejection letters and emails . It is an incredible blow to your psyche to not only not be able to support yourself, but your family. It makes you feel like an outsider in society, where you are no longer a contributing member. It wears you down, I understand you tvdinner, it is exhausting to be in the middle of such a hopeless situation. It is one thing to have limited options… a totally different thing to have none. I wish I could tell you it will get better, and the government would like you to think it is, but I just don’t see any signs yet. It is a horrible time to be living in when over 10% of us can’t find work and those who are working are either under-employed or live in constant fear that they may not have a job tomorrow. All I can say tvdinner is you’re not alone, stay strong.
The kids were over last night, fresh back from their trip. I told you Lucy told me Bing got a hair cut, well he did, and it looks very good, it’s not short, but it’s cleaned up and out of his eyes… And that’s all I cared about, long or short, I just want him to be comfortable. Lucy started making our holiday decorations, we make our own holiday themed drawings and art projects to put around the apartment. It was so good to see them, it had only been a little over a week, but it seemed like forever.
There was a notice on my door this morning that I can’t have my BBQ on my balcony, although it said “Charcoal Grill”, so I am hoping that they made a mistake and I’ll be able to keep my gas grill… I use it at least once a week (In fact, I BBQ’d lunch today!) I never received a copy of my lease, so I can’t look at the rules, I have to go to the office and actually talk to agents…. I hate having to go in there and deal with them, although it took them 3 months to get the pool fixed, so I figure I have 3 months to deal with this issue.
I received the below message from a Facebook friend:
A friend of mine has a daughter, Taylor, who is my daughters age (4 1/2) who has Leukemia. She has been to hell and back over this past year. It looks like her dad is going to lose his job tomorrow morning therefore leaving them without health insurance. Taylor’s mom just got a job and her health benefits won’t kick in until March. They are going to need to do COBRA insurance for Taylor and all of her treatments.
We are trying to get her story out there and see if anyone can help. I know, with the economy the way it is, there are MANY people out there in similar situations. But, I think we all need to band together and help this poor, brave little girl. We are hoping that even if people could donate $3, $4, or $5 (think of it as one trip to Starbucks) that we can help them survive until their health insurance kicks in again in March.
I have seen firsthand how great/powerful/helpful the Jack Army can be, so hopefully people can do something to help. Even if people can’t donate, just getting her story out there means more prayers and positive thoughts for this little girl…that alone is worth a million bucks!
Here is a short video of her story
And here is a link to her mom’s blog
Thank You very much!!!”
So if anyone out there can help, please let her know.
The Monkeys didn’t do it! Space beer. This chicken blows. When Stretch said it he was kidding! This turtle needs GPS. Tom Brokaw is killer crash. Slim Fast finds another way to help you lose weight. They didn’t let you hug puppies when I was in college! No Nerf! Good reader, bad smeller.
Rock On, Jack