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Colorado Chick

Colorado Springs, CO

#1957 Jan 6, 2011
Redneck wrote:
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If that was the end of the story, it might be tolerable. But the real outrage comes when the powers-that-be who write the policies that enrich the already super-wealthy while further eroding the standard of living for the working class decide to wage war.
Not only do they take away the American Dream that the working class strived for and used to attain, they take away more blood and treasure from the same lowly working class in order to advance their own personal wealth and power. Waging war to protect the people is one thing; waging war to obtain oil rights while profiting from the businesses of waging war is despicable.
And if one looks beyond the layers of deceit and finger-pointing that went on for the TV cameras, it was Congress that authorized every mercenary act that was committed, voted for every policy that fed the flames of war, and took every dollar that any lobbyist put in front of them while the American common citizen paid for it all with their blood and treasure. But all we see is the corporate controlled mass media pitting one political party against the other, when in fact it is both parties who are to blame. For they both act as one party that takes from the poor and gives to the rich…every single time.
Well said, Redneck, all true. The rich get richer,the poor get poorer. It's a political zoo, where's the trust? It's all a game,they win and we lose. I have never seen so much back stabbing among opposing parties in this era. In the 60's, coverage of the Vietnam War on TV was displayed. It was shocking! We had loved ones fighting there and for what? It was a political war. My husband lived that nightmare every day of his life. Ever play the game of RISK? That's where America is today. Stand up and be counted, cuz we are all getting fed up with the rules! ROCK ON
Harry in Kingston

Kingston, Canada

#1958 Jan 6, 2011
A way off topic and for that I do say I am sorry. Does anyone on this site know of or remember a girl by the name of Karen Koval. I believe she lived in Mount Pleasant back in the late 70's and for sure in the early 80's I have lost contact with her since about 1982 and would love to know how she is, and how her life has been. Long story but for a week between Christmas and New Years in 1979 in Nassau Bahamas we had more fun together then I could tell you. Because I live in Canada over 1500 miles away we both knew that when we said goodbye to each other in the lobby of the hotel on Jan 4th 1980 we likely would never see each other again. It was like ripping your heart out. We talked on the phone long distance and wrote letters, we are pre email here people, but we both knew that it was not to be. I was happy when she phoned me to tell me she was getting married. I always wanted her to have a beautiful life, and I only can wonder if she did. I believe her street was North Diamond street or road. If anyone knows anything please let me know, or perhaps let her know I never ever have forgotten her.
Redneck

Latrobe, PA

#1959 Jan 6, 2011
Harry in Kingston wrote:
A way off topic and for that I do say I am sorry. Does anyone on this site know of or remember a girl by the name of Karen Koval. I believe she lived in Mount Pleasant back in the late 70's and for sure in the early 80's I have lost contact with her since about 1982 and would love to know how she is, and how her life has been. Long story but for a week between Christmas and New Years in 1979 in Nassau Bahamas we had more fun together then I could tell you. Because I live in Canada over 1500 miles away we both knew that when we said goodbye to each other in the lobby of the hotel on Jan 4th 1980 we likely would never see each other again. It was like ripping your heart out. We talked on the phone long distance and wrote letters, we are pre email here people, but we both knew that it was not to be. I was happy when she phoned me to tell me she was getting married. I always wanted her to have a beautiful life, and I only can wonder if she did. I believe her street was North Diamond street or road. If anyone knows anything please let me know, or perhaps let her know I never ever have forgotten her.
You sure have a knack for pissing on a fire, Harry.

Since: Jul 10

United States

#1960 Jan 7, 2011
Well so much for the economic turn around that is happening. I was laid off. Then to top it off the town I live in raised it's sewer rates and electrical rates (Yes they have their own electric) and raised property taxes. Unless I find a job quick I'm afraid that I will wind up in debt after 6 months. That is about as much savings I have to pay my bills. If not I can look forward to living in a cardboard box. But then again the Government would probably tax me on that also.

“People smell funny.”

Since: Nov 07

East Vincent, PA

#1961 Jan 7, 2011
King Slappy wrote:
Well so much for the economic turn around that is happening. I was laid off. Then to top it off the town I live in raised it's sewer rates and electrical rates (Yes they have their own electric) and raised property taxes. Unless I find a job quick I'm afraid that I will wind up in debt after 6 months. That is about as much savings I have to pay my bills. If not I can look forward to living in a cardboard box. But then again the Government would probably tax me on that also.
Unemployment rates fell last month (by a minuscule amount, but still fell nonetheless).

Expect local taxes to continue increasing as our state government starts cutting more programs to help out your local governments.

What line of work are you in?
DaDog

Greensburg, PA

#1962 Jan 7, 2011
King Slappy wrote:
Well so much for the economic turn around that is happening. I was laid off. Then to top it off the town I live in raised it's sewer rates and electrical rates (Yes they have their own electric) and raised property taxes. Unless I find a job quick I'm afraid that I will wind up in debt after 6 months. That is about as much savings I have to pay my bills. If not I can look forward to living in a cardboard box. But then again the Government would probably tax me on that also.
There's always Tasty Kake or Budd Co..

“Your Own Peace Prize Inside”

Since: Mar 07

Hyannis, Mass

#1963 Jan 7, 2011
DaDog wrote:
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There's always Tasty Kake or Budd Co..
Unions and failure to upgrade cost them both!
Colorado Chick

Colorado Springs, CO

#1965 Jan 7, 2011
Harry in Kingston wrote:
A way off topic and for that I do say I am sorry. Does anyone on this site know of or remember a girl by the name of Karen Koval. I believe she lived in Mount Pleasant back in the late 70's and for sure in the early 80's I have lost contact with her since about 1982 and would love to know how she is, and how her life has been. Long story but for a week between Christmas and New Years in 1979 in Nassau Bahamas we had more fun together then I could tell you. Because I live in Canada over 1500 miles away we both knew that when we said goodbye to each other in the lobby of the hotel on Jan 4th 1980 we likely would never see each other again. It was like ripping your heart out. We talked on the phone long distance and wrote letters, we are pre email here people, but we both knew that it was not to be. I was happy when she phoned me to tell me she was getting married. I always wanted her to have a beautiful life, and I only can wonder if she did. I believe her street was North Diamond street or road. If anyone knows anything please let me know, or perhaps let her know I never ever have forgotten her.
Very touching story Harry. I also love written letters-much more personal. I do hope that you two do chat and catch up on old times. Never say never,life changes every minute. Do Hope you learn of her whereabouts quickly, to ease your heart. Good Luck on the hunt!
Colorado Chick

Colorado Springs, CO

#1966 Jan 7, 2011
King Slappy wrote:
Well so much for the economic turn around that is happening. I was laid off. Then to top it off the town I live in raised it's sewer rates and electrical rates (Yes they have their own electric) and raised property taxes. Unless I find a job quick I'm afraid that I will wind up in debt after 6 months. That is about as much savings I have to pay my bills. If not I can look forward to living in a cardboard box. But then again the Government would probably tax me on that also.
Sorry to hear that you lost your job,truly. It appears that once the the mere mention of the unemployment figures drop;then everything else goes up. It's a freakin' merry-a-go-round. Perhaps you will find a job soon, hope so. Have you thought about having a pal move in to offset the expenses? Time to get back to the basics-commune living from the 60's. Families living together and working the land. Organic, dairy and home-spun crafts. Good Luck in your job search,remember to believe in yourself-that is the key to success!
notoorangeman

Perkasie, PA

#1968 Jan 7, 2011
Marg from Ames Ia wrote:
<quoted text>Hey girl, do you like women? Did yo daddy have you first? Is yo mommy mad at him? Ok then lets do the stuff!
Will you sell the video?

“"two wings of the same bird"”

Since: May 09

Home..... is where the ammo is

#1969 Jan 7, 2011
There is always a drop in unemployment around the holidays. Then it'll go back up to where it was before the holidays....but ol Barack was already braggin about it on the tube of useless drivel.

Hope ya can find somethin soon, as a previously employed person they will demand you go look for work and show proof of doing so to receive any benefits. If you were a career recipient of social services though, they would only require you to take a larger check every year.
Colorado Chick

Colorado Springs, CO

#1970 Jan 7, 2011
Marg from Ames Ia wrote:
<quoted text>Hey girl, do you like women? Did yo daddy have you first? Is yo mommy mad at him? Ok then lets do the stuff!
Guess you'll just have to wait for the book, now won't you!!!!
ChuckC

Miami, FL

#1971 Jan 7, 2011
King Slappy wrote:
Well so much for the economic turn around that is happening. I was laid off. Then to top it off the town I live in raised it's sewer rates and electrical rates (Yes they have their own electric) and raised property taxes. Unless I find a job quick I'm afraid that I will wind up in debt after 6 months. That is about as much savings I have to pay my bills. If not I can look forward to living in a cardboard box. But then again the Government would probably tax me on that also.
Run for office,as a wirte in it easyer than you my think.And a good chance you my win.Give it a shot my man...C.C. The voters have had it all so...

Since: Jul 10

United States

#1972 Jan 8, 2011
Mandapants wrote:
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Unemployment rates fell last month (by a minuscule amount, but still fell nonetheless).
Expect local taxes to continue increasing as our state government starts cutting more programs to help out your local governments.
What line of work are you in?
Truck Driver
I already had a few offers once word got out I was laid off.
I was told by Company Management that they decided back in early Dec. that they had to lay off, but wanted to wait until after the Holidays as not to spoil Christmas.
Right know any job I do take I will lose a lot of money. I was at this company for 15 yrs and bringing home a very substantial pay check. Most of the companies that want to hire me are going to start me out at their basic starting rate. So far the only company that seems like a good fit I will be taking a 300 dollar pay cut a week.
It makes me wonder that with all the people who got jobs in Dec. How many were underemployed?

Since: Jul 10

United States

#1973 Jan 8, 2011
Colorado Chick wrote:
<quoted text> Sorry to hear that you lost your job,truly. It appears that once the the mere mention of the unemployment figures drop;then everything else goes up. It's a freakin' merry-a-go-round. Perhaps you will find a job soon, hope so. Have you thought about having a pal move in to offset the expenses? Time to get back to the basics-commune living from the 60's. Families living together and working the land. Organic, dairy and home-spun crafts. Good Luck in your job search,remember to believe in yourself-that is the key to success!
I very much doubt my wife would appreciate me having one of my pals move in to offset costs. I'd be sleeping with the dog if I tried that. LOL!
I have faith in the Lord to help me through this. He is my protector and I trust him, so that trust helps me believe in myself.

Since: Jul 10

United States

#1974 Jan 8, 2011
ChuckC wrote:
<quoted text>Run for office,as a wirte in it easyer than you my think.And a good chance you my win.Give it a shot my man...C.C. The voters have had it all so...
If I ran for office and won, the establishment already in office would probably hate me since I don't believe in following Party lines. I am more of a person who votes independent. Besides once it seems like you get in office you go in with good intentions, but after awhile you become a mindless drone just like the rest of them.

Since: Jul 10

United States

#1975 Jan 8, 2011
To all of you who wished me well with finding a new job. Thank You! May God Bless You and your Family.
ChuckC

Miami, FL

#1976 Jan 8, 2011
A pissed off truck driver in congress,I love the though of it...C.C.

“People smell funny.”

Since: Nov 07

East Vincent, PA

#1977 Jan 8, 2011
King Slappy wrote:
<quoted text>
Truck Driver
I already had a few offers once word got out I was laid off.
I was told by Company Management that they decided back in early Dec. that they had to lay off, but wanted to wait until after the Holidays as not to spoil Christmas.
Right know any job I do take I will lose a lot of money. I was at this company for 15 yrs and bringing home a very substantial pay check. Most of the companies that want to hire me are going to start me out at their basic starting rate. So far the only company that seems like a good fit I will be taking a 300 dollar pay cut a week.
It makes me wonder that with all the people who got jobs in Dec. How many were underemployed?
My husband had a similar problem earlier this year. He worked for a local pharma company as an IT contractor. The pharma company decided they'd rather move to Jersey than keep the doors open here, so they announced in September or so they were going to close by July 2011, with most of the workers gone by December of 2010 (Merry Christmas, right?).

As my husband is the sole provider (I'm a stay-at-home mom and disabled - and I wasn't receiving disability at the time [still waiting, as a matter of fact]), he understandable freaked out about the possibility of losing his job. He'd been with the company for over five years (which, in the IT world as a contractor, that seems to be a lot), and was basically being told, "You're going to move to Bridgewater. No, you won't get a pay raise despite the additional wear and tear on your car and gas costs. No, we will not pay you relocation costs. Yes, you will enjoy us shoving this spoonful of shit down your throat; otherwise, you're free to leave."

He spent every spare minute at work looking for a new job. On weekends, he spent the first two hours of each morning scouring websites and putting his resume out. His first interview was in the same area for a smaller pharma company. The contractor told him pre-interview they could pay him $40k, and when he told them he couldn't swing that much of a cut in pay (he was making $48k), they bumped him up to $42k. He went for the interview with the company, and they told him they were paying him $38.5k; he walked out. The next few weeks afterwards were looking so bleak, he wondered if maybe he should've taken that job. I told him we'd make it work no matter what - I'd go back to work, find anything I could, and we would at least make enough to pay the mortgage (which runs about $900 a month). We had enough in savings to last us about eight months before diving into the credit cards.

Two months, only four interviews later, he finally got two job offers in one week. One was in Bryn Mawr, the other in Rosemont (we live in Spring City). Both were more of a hike than Malvern where his last job was, but both paid what he had been making, offered benefits, etc. One was doing phone support - which he absolutely despises - but offered a ton of other perks I've never heard of a company offering (on-site doctor with access to pharmacy down the street, discounted Phillies tickets, on-site mechanic, free breakfast and lunch every day). The other was a sys admin position. Not as many bells and whistles, but he finally would get the chance to use what he went to Drexel for.

He chose the sys admin position in Rosemont and hasn't regretted it one bit. He absolutely loves his new job and all of the things he's learning.

So there are two points to my long rambling. One, keep looking. Don't ever give up, because even when thinks look awful and bleak, there's always going to be something out there. Settle if you have to, but always keep looking. Two, this might work out better for you in the end and you might find a new job that you absolutely love. Just don't ever give up hope.

“People smell funny.”

Since: Nov 07

East Vincent, PA

#1978 Jan 8, 2011
King Slappy wrote:
Right know any job I do take I will lose a lot of money.
My husband had a similar problem earlier last year. He worked for a local pharma company as an IT contractor. The pharma company decided they'd rather move to Jersey than keep the doors open here, so they announced in September or so they were going to close by July 2011, with most of the workers gone by December of 2010 (Merry Christmas, right?).

As my husband is the sole provider (I'm a stay-at-home mom and disabled - and I wasn't receiving disability at the time [still waiting, as a matter of fact]), he understandable freaked out about the possibility of losing his job. He'd been with the company for over five years (which, in the IT world as a contractor, that seems to be a lot), and was basically being told, "You're going to move to Bridgewater. No, you won't get a pay raise despite the additional wear and tear on your car and gas costs. No, we will not pay you relocation costs. Yes, you will enjoy us shoving this spoonful of shit down your throat; otherwise, you're free to leave."

He spent every spare minute at work looking for a new job. On weekends, he spent the first two hours of each morning scouring websites and putting his resume out. His first interview was in the same area for a smaller pharma company. The contractor told him pre-interview they could pay him $40k, and when he told them he couldn't swing that much of a cut in pay (he was making $48k), they bumped him up to $42k. He went for the interview with the company, and they told him they were paying him $38.5k; he walked out. The next few weeks afterwards were looking so bleak, he wondered if maybe he should've taken that job. I told him we'd make it work no matter what - I'd go back to work, find anything I could, and we would at least make enough to pay the mortgage (which runs about $900 a month). We had enough in savings to last us about eight months before diving into the credit cards. It just sucked because every single job he found was either a longer commute or started at entry-level pay. He eventually started having the mindset of, "Well, it's not as far as Bridgewater," even when the job he applied for was in Bristol.

Two months, only four interviews later, he finally got two job offers in one week. One was in Bryn Mawr, the other in Rosemont (we live in Spring City). Both were more of a hike than Malvern where his last job was, but both paid what he had been making, offered benefits, etc. One was doing phone support - which he absolutely despises - but offered a ton of other perks I've never heard of a company offering (on-site doctor with access to pharmacy down the street, discounted Phillies tickets, on-site mechanic, free breakfast and lunch every day). The other was a sys admin position. Not as many bells and whistles, but he finally would get the chance to use what he went to Drexel for.

He chose the sys admin position in Rosemont and hasn't regretted it one bit. He absolutely loves his new job and all of the things he's learning.

So there are two points to my long rambling. One, keep looking. Don't ever give up, because even when thinks look awful and bleak, there's always going to be something out there. Settle if you have to, but always keep looking. Two, this might work out better for you in the end and you might find a new job that you absolutely love. Just don't ever give up hope.

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