Well, I am out of unemployment insurance.
“Food Stamps” is helping as far as food but there are other needs like prescriptions, hygiene and clothes that I cannot afford so I have created a Donate page on this site.
I'm applying for as many as 15 jobs a day.
I am not above begging.
You all know what it's like to call the customer support number and get some guy in India "hello my name is um Bruce, I am in some place in the middle of asome place called america near you please tell me how I may assist you I am sorry repeat that your scrotum itches is that correct you rub lotion on it is that correct fuck you in the ear is tat correct you hope I die of cancer of the penis is that correct Thank you for calling please fill out the customer survey hello hello."
Well I am at the other end. They call me!
Me: Thank you for calli....
"hellow my name is sahid mumblemumblereallyfast I have a problem with my laptop that has been going on for 1 minute and I cannot do my my work with out it working I need it working right now it was working fine a minute ago and it won't load the porn site I am not supposed to be looking at anyway this is my company computer and I cannot do my work with out an internet connection are you there why havent you fixed the problem please did you say something what did you say I am sorryI cannot understand your accent are you there have you fixed the problem why do I have to wait 4 more minutes for the problem to be fixed I need it fixed now hello hello have we lost the connection I have waited 47 months on hold to speak to the help desk so you must help me now..."
Me: Yes sir, im sorry [asshole. If you would shut the fuck up I could answer a question now and then] for the delay. How may I [bend over for] help you?
We may send you a satisfaction survey your feedback would please our management [but I'd rather you sove it up you're ass].
Nuts! No more to the door service at work. The bus will be dropping me off and picking me up 10 minutes walk from work starting Saturday. An umbrella will be standard kit from now on and DEET! damned skeeters!
There is an enjoyable bit to the walk; the hawk likes to circle close behind me scolding me for walking through its hunting grounds and scaring away the ground hogs.
On the days the hawk isn't paying attention the ground hogs sit up on their haunches and watch me walk by. I guess good eye site isn't the same as "smrts."
The cities along the front range are actually on the plains. So Denver and Boulder are not in the mountains as may people imagine. But the mountains do start litterally across the street in many casses.
When I take my lunch on the east side of the buildings here on the IBM campus I get a fantastic view of the mountains. Starting with the foothills I can see 4 or 5 peaks back toward the horizon. Every day, depending on the weather and the time, the hills look noticably different but always amazing. Couple that with the fuzzy bunnies living on campus, the dove calls and the hawks circling 20 feet over my head complaining loudly about me scaring off scaring off the ground hogs; it is a beautiful place to work.
Almost worth the commute.
Ok so this is a bit embarrassing. It seems I have lost about 15lbs over the last year or so. Makes no sense to me since I haven’t been as active in my mind.
Anyway, I took the bus to IBM for my orientation. The plant is located in a rural area populated with prairie dogs and raptors. There are no sidewalks. As I stepped of the regional bus (think greyhound) I had an extra long step to the ground. It stretched my torso a bit and my skirt fell. Remind me to wear a belt from now on. Time to buy dresses and new skirts. Damn. Dress code vs. Bank balance.
If it wasn’t IBM I wouldn’t commute 2 hours each way or run around scrounging new certified copies of all my legal history.
I’m employed! I’ll start in a week or two. I’ll be working at IBM in Boulder, Colorado doing contract in-house help desk. In other words when a Best Buy store has issues with their computers or computer system they call me at IBM. No public so I will be able to speak directly to, know their system intimately and see their screen on my terminal.
100 degrees F in the shade today.
Of course my sensor is on a black steel support for the external stairs.
I checked on the bus routes to the job fair, compared times to the bike routes. The bike routes estimated 20 minutes savings over the bus so Stupid Me! I rode. I am literally a red neck now. And my thinning hair means I got burned on my scalp too. I thought I would faint before I made the last few blocks to my apartment. I almost did twice.
I am beginning to hate job fairs. The list of companies was twice as long as the companies represented there and half of those were schools looking for students. The companies looking for employees all had the same response, “Go online and fill out the application there.”
Well wtf is the point of hauling my butt halfway across the city for that? And anyway I already had for some of them. I have been out of a job for over a year, ya know.
One good point is I got a new water bottle for my bicycle from the insurance company, who told me to go apply at a local office.
June 2017 is my 60th birthday. Where did the time go?
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