In 2007, the Obama campaign knew they couldn’t win with existing voters. The momentum for the Democratic nomination was with Hillary Clinton. In order to win, his campaign had to generate new voters....more
To combat the stress of the craziness, both inner and outer, I’ve started doing Tai Chi in the backyard. Not real Tai Chi, because I’ve never taken a class, but my own version that I’ve made up. I recall Ralph Macchio in“The Karate Kid”- wax on, was off - and the old geezers I used to see in Chinatown parks at 7am and put together a series of body movements coordinated with in and out breaths. So naturally, after dinner where my father made us order from the kids’ menu as punishment for taking his car to the mall, and I saw him give his usual 8% tip that made me c...more
Happy to be a member of BlogHer community. For those out of work, need assistance, unemployed, want to save money on groceries check www.thelifeboat.info. Good information to help you sail thru the recession....Helenwww.thelifeboat.info ...more
Seriously, this last 2-and-a-half years has been hell for our family. How we've made it this far without losing our home is nothing short of God-intervention. But, today, I felt I needed to share with all you dear readers and friends the reasons why my posts have been sparingly. My state-of-mind. That really is it. My state-of-mind has been in a meltdown of sorts, and not just recently either....more
The media, Tea Partiers, and Republicans have been on a crusade against state workers, denouncing high level bureaucrats with disproportionately high salaries and pension fund double-dippers. They argue it is only fair to bring state worker benefits more in line with what's offered in the private sector. Meanwhile, the average State of Florida public worker has been vilified in the rhetoric, turned into a scapegoat for all of Florida's budget troubles. The public sector IS NOT the private sector. When times are flush, private sector employees are rewarded with raises, exorbitant bonuses and solid benefit packages. They are compensated for exceeding quotas and getting their job done. I have never heard of a DCF employee receiving an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii for meeting his quota. Public employees are lucky if a co-worker organizes a potluck holiday party in the break room during lunch....more
I never thought unemployment was for me. Growing up, I had a parent who was quite often unemployed seasonally, for weather or job availability reasons. He drew unemployment during his laid off periods. I was totally aware of its existence, and of the safety net (limited as it may be) that it provides. Why, then, didn't I think to apply for it the moment I found myself without full-time work? I have no idea.
I am totally okay with not working, unemployment has benefits. I have zillions of hobbies and passions to fill my day. I get up early, I have a routine, I take care of myself and make sure that I get dressed every day. These are some of the things that people warned me about when I was recently (actually not so recently) laid off. I never would of imagine that four months into unemployment I would still be sending out my resume to potential leads. Jobs are lame but I like to get my hair done, buy new dishes, drink good coffee and bling out my bike. These are things that you can do with a job, I have a sweet little sugar daddy right now, no need to shed a tear.... it is just not the time to have time. ...more
Ok not the post I intended to make as my "Happy New Year" first of the year funny post, but the new year is about starting over and not looking back. So I've capsulized the last 86 weeks of my unemployed life, and am sharing my lessons learned - with those of you still employed as foo...more