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After 2 layoffs within 4 months, illness, stress that was eating up my insides, I finally got one!   Ok, it’s a PT job but good paying part time job, which means I can pay rent and fill up my gas tank on a more consistent basis.  I start this Monday.

Nope, no health insurance.

But hey, at least it’s a job!

UPDATE: I want to thank everyone who kindly donated some funds my way the past month.  Without that help, I didn’t know how/what I was going to do as far as rent, bills, groceries and gas goes.   I truly appreciate my family here & know that I’ll never forget what you did for me.

We are living in very precarious times where we can’t trust the government to do what they’re supposed to do when those citizens who diligently paid their dues into the system are now needing that help.

We need to help our neighbors and friends who are victims of the O-cession.  If you know someone that recently got laid off and you can afford it, give them a gift card to a supermarket or offer to pay a utility bill.  Any little bit helps.   You never know if a couple of months from now, you’re going to be the one that needs help.   Again, thank you so very very much!

Open threadding it.

119 Responses

  1. Woo hooo!!! Congrats!

    • Can you believe it????????

      I’m still below “the poverty line” but FUCK IT.

      I can pay rent now & bills, which is the most important thing.

  2. Congratulations! Perhaps it will turn into a full-time job. Or maybe you will get some training you can use later on. Things are not always what they appear. Try to keep your “sunny side up”. A wise person once said, what you do is not who you are. BEST WISHES!!!

    • Thank you! I’m trying the best I can, and yes, every opportunity is definitely a learning experience.

  3. WOW!!!!!!!
    (part time as well-great!!!!)

    • Hey, at this point, I’ll take anything.

      Sure, the job is 25 miles from home and my car starts shaking when I get on the highway, but if it’s not one thing, it’s the other.

  4. Yay and a hug.

    ps: don’t forget to start that translating blog deal in wordpress when you get a chance—-



    • Thank you!

      It’s a book, but I’ll definitely blog about it, no doubt! The great thing is that my hours are early mornings to early afternoon, so I’ll have time for PUMA cub and whenever the translation gig happens.

  5. I’m so pleased for you. Perhaps the reflux willsettle down a bit now.

    • Oh Gawd, I hope so. I’ve been double dosing on generic Prilosec just for me to feel some relief. Thank you!

      • It can take a little while to settle down when it gets that bad, SM. Be sure to drink lots of water when it acts up. It really helps.

  6. That’s wonderful news! And on a Friday afternoon to boot. 🙂

  7. Good for you Mija! Any job is better than NO job.

  8. YAY!! Mimosas for everyone!!! I know you have to feel better.

    • GImme the champagne straight, no OJ (too acidy) – and yes, I’m sighing relief.

      I just hope this PT job won’t be affected by the mess going on in this country like my other work.

      • I like my mimosa’s with pinapple juice, but I like straight champage too!!

        I knew you would find something, you haev so much to offer.

        Again YAY!!!!

  9. So what excuse are you guys hearing most frequently from any Obama-lovin’ friends and coworkers you have left? (not the hard-core bots but the ones who bought the schtick.)

    The one I invariably am hearing, after they sheepishly agree that things look terrible, is “Well, you know, I wouldn’t want his job right now….”

    I’ve taken to replying coolly: “No, I wouldn’t either. However he wanted it, and wanted it very badly indeed. So I won’t apologize for expecting him to do it.

    • Amen! Don’t cheat and lie your way into a job you know you’re not prepared for and then try to pass the buck. You bought it (literally), you own it

    • The past couple of months it’s been the “give him a chance” – now there’s deafening silence.

    • I’ve heard a lot of “I really don’t like what they’ve done, but I still like Obama personally”. What a load.

  10. How did you manage to find it???

    • I replied to an ad on Yahoo. Of course, I never expected to get any answer back, but then I got a request for an interview about a a couple of weeks ago.

  11. Congratulations. Have a great weekend and a fabulous week.

  12. Congrats, sm77, I hope it takes some of the pressure off of you!

  13. Good going SM!!!


  15. This is great news !!!!!!

  16. Do you know what I heard from a friend last Sunday?
    She told me that local women who have been laid off in some of the small leather factories here, have been taken back on at less than half the salary and no benefits. They accepted because there is no other choice in this area. (Now they get 250 euro a month or $350).
    on the other hand people who haven’t lost their jobs are hardly noticing that there’s a recession.

    • Well that’s what happened at the insurance office I was doing work with. They laid off everybody and wanted people to get their insurance license so they can get straight commission AFTER the major medical insurance corps lowered the commission rate for agencies.

      I found that to be very low and exploitative.

    • I’ve run into some of that also. I had to pawn my mac book to pay for the drugs I need to function and the pawn shop I went to was giddy about their business to date.

      • that’s bad. What do you do when there’s nothing left to pawn….

        • Cry? I don’t know… I don’t care about material things. Those can always be replaced. I was saddened about the mac because it was a gift from my children. I didn’t tell them what I had to do.

          But hopefully I can “Get” it back. I have taken to doing odd jobs for cash as no-one wants to hire someone with a bad back. But I am lucky as i still have a roof over my head and “most” of my bills paid on time. I feel for those that have lost it all…and not just in this country. We tend to forget that our brothers and sisters all over the world are feeling this beast just as we are.

          • Don’t keep things back from your children. Families have to know where they stand in a recession, and help each other out.

      • So sorry to hear that Red!

        Do you have health insurance? What about MedicAid or a county insurance?

        • Medicaid, but we all know how that works.

          Thanks Sm…but I consider myself luckier than most. It could be worse. I have a roof over my head and a great woman by my side. That in itself is a blessing!

    • That’s happening in many school systems, too. They lay off part time aides and workers and then bring them back at 19 hours instead of 20 so they can get around the law.

  17. Hey SM!

    Just chiming in with my congrats.

    I’ll not only knock on wood, I’m going to smash any wood I can find in order for you to turn this into a permanent employment with all the perks.

    I’m very happy for you.

    • 🙂 Danke Shane – or however you spell/say it!

      • Danke schön! (schoen if you don’t have the “Umlaut” key)

        • My son loves Berlin. He went there for a week on a school trip (he was 18) and he adored it.
          He was trying to wangle going there to study on an Erasmus exchange,for 3 months, but it’s more design than fine art, so now he’s going to Helsinki in September.

  18. Great news, SM. I’m lifting a glass to you! (OK it’s just grape juice, but it still has the “benies” of red wine, it’s cheaper and looks great in a wine glass.)

    Love the Garland clip and love sharing your joy!

  19. Congratulations, big sis! You did it. We knew you would.

  20. Thank Purple & Lil Sis Reg!

  21. I am happy about the good news!
    here are today’s NYC tabloids

  22. Hey, hey, never doubted you for a minute! Congratulations, SM, and remember, be good to yourself, you deserve it. Buy yourself a rose, treat yourself to lunch, do something; just celebrate!

    • Thank you Cinie – I only have 5 dollars to my name but rest assured that when I do have it, I’m running to CVS for that $3.00 Oak Creek wine!

  23. SM, such great news! I am so happy for you and I knew it all along, you have so much to offer.

  24. SM, such great news! I am so happy for you and I knew it all along, you have so much to offer. I would buy you a drink but let’s just say I owe you one! XX00

  25. Congrats!!!!!!

  26. Congratulations SM. Thanks for starting off the weekend with such good news.

  27. aah, this is awesome news. Really really kewl. Congratulations…

    • Thank YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Please, you’ve hooked me up a couple of times – you ROCK!!!!!

  28. i.m so happy for you..congrats…

  29. Jean, Kerry & Foxy, thank you!

  30. WOO-HOO!!!!! I’m doing the Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy dance for you.

    • LOL! Funny you mention that, I was going to put up the Happy Happy Joy Joy song from Ren & Stimpy instead of Judy’s “Get Happy” but it’s a little too rough.

  31. Congratulations on your new job sm77, I am crying tears of joy for you!

  32. All the best for Monday and cheers!

  33. Congrats SM!!

    Also, news from me is that the Momster is out of the hospital. She is going to go to a skilled nursing facility for at least 10-14 days and maybe 20 (what Medicare pays for). They are going to do physical therapy for her to get her back in working order somewhat so she will be able to get around more easily on her own.

    I checked about a teevee in the room and was told no they don’t have them so I was going to try to find a small one to put in her room. Then the n.h. admin called me to say she was going into a wing that was being remodeled and she’s in a private room and they were hanging a flat screen teevee on the wall as we were speaking! 🙂 Plus they’ll have basic cable on it. Sigh-thank goodness. She’s satisfied when she can get Law and Order of any variety, so that’s a relief. I really didn’t want to spend the money for one for a temporary stay unless absolutely necessary.

    • That sounds like good news, Fredster. You must be feeling a little relieved so far.

    • Fredster – HOORAY for Mama Fredster!

      Good to know she’s ok.

      • grayslady and sm: I’m feeling a *ton* of relief. The skilled facility is very nice. I’m not going to say she’ll like it there but she’ll get the p.t. and also they’ll have her “socializing” with the other residents. Which is cool as long as she doesn’t meet some old codger there and tries to get a romance going! 🙄

  34. Congrats SM! Good news to start the weekend.

  35. Real Happy for you. I can imagine how scared you have been with a child to raise. Glad you got some relief.

    • Terrified. I lost 2 jobs in 4 months due to the economy.

      AND I AM PRAYING that this one is more stable. Universe willingly

  36. {{{SM}}} Wow — I’m so happy for you. I hope this is the sort of part time job that can lead to permanent work. But, in any case having a steady job must be a huge relief!


    • Amen. I don’t know if this is a future FT position, but I’ll take what I can get. THANK YOU !

  37. Great news, SM. You must be really good at what you do to be able to get a job interview off of a Yahoo ad. Unless you’re a perfect fit, companies tend to throw away a lot of the resumes they receive from those ads so you clearly did a great job of selling yourself on paper and in person. Well done!

    • Aw, thanks! Do you know the 10s of thousands of resumes that 1 job ad post gets? How can they go through all of them? It’s impossible.

      I think it’s more the law of averages. The more doors you knock on, the more chances you have on getting a deal. Or luck. Whatever it was, it couldn’t come at a sooner time.

  38. Great news, SM! Thanks for sharing it! Take the Puma-cub and go feed ducks in the park (if you have that sort of park). Or whatever floats your boat! Cheers!

    Good to hear about your Mom, Fredster. It’s always tough, but it sounds like you, and she!, know all about keepin’ on.

    • I live near the Hillsborough river which has some ducks – good idea! I like to buy Cuban sandwiches and go down there to have lunch. So nice and calming.

  39. SM got as job and Judy Garland its true the confluence is one big GAY Blog!

    One of my friends just accused me of being delighted that Obama is “not as successful” as he should be because of the economy ……He said its people like me that are making Obama’s job harder….

    read it and weep if the other utilities are having it as bad as us this country is just screwed:

    The above results show that GRU has received less revenue than was planned to pay for budgeted expenses and capital projects. Our customers (who are also our owners) are similarly struggling with job losses and the ability to meet all of their obligations, including utility payments. Based on the above trends and the likelihood that the economic conditions will linger for some time into the future, we need to take action now to reduce expenses to avoid further burdening our customers through higher rates. All businesses, especially those governmental in nature will be subject to closer scrutiny of any and all expenditures.

    Through the first five months of this 2009 fiscal year (October through February) our actual revenues as compared to the budget projections are as follows:

    Natural Gas is approximately $189,000 under projections (3.0%)
    Electric is approximately $5.9 million under projections (10.4%)
    Water is approximately $1.1 million under projections (9.4%)
    Wastewater is approximately $645,000 under projections (4.6%)

    The above results show that GRU has received less revenue than was planned to pay for budgeted expenses and capital projects. Our customers (who are also our owners) are similarly struggling with job losses and the ability to meet all of their obligations, including utility payments. Based on the above trends and the likelihood that the economic conditions will linger for some time into the future, we need to take action now to reduce expenses to avoid further burdening our customers through higher rates. All businesses, especially those governmental in nature will be subject to closer scrutiny of any and all expenditures….

    ….Effective immediately, I am requesting that all employees join me in implementing the following cost reduction measures:

    · Suspension of all out of state travel and training (unless directly necessary to maintain certification or manage critical systems, or representing GRU as a board member or speaker at utility related events)

    · Take home vehicles will be evaluated on an individual basis

    · Employees will no longer be reimbursed for personal vehicle mileage on GRU business, but should instead utilize pool or fleet cars (Any exceptions must be approved by the respective AGM)

    · Hiring freeze for any employee vacancies (includes regular, part-time, and temporary). Positions currently in the interview process (scheduled or completed interviews) may continue. Any other exceptions will be approved by the General Manager and will be evaluated based on mission critical factors such as customer service, reliability, direct financial impact, safety, etc.

    · All employees should carefully monitor expenditures and avoid unnecessary overtime in their own particular job areas. We need to exercise more than our normal level of prudence in this regard.

    I realize the above items when totaled will not result in significant reductions compared to our overall budget. However, it is important that we recognize the level of responsibility and accountability that we have as stewards of our customers’ payments…

    …We hope the economy rebounds quickly, but this is not within our control. What is in our control is our level of discretionary expenditures. We will learn from this experience and become an even better organization.

    I want to express my gratitude to each employee for what you do to make GRU successful every day. Please continue your good work to provide the quality services that our customers deserve. If you have specific questions, please work through your respective supervision and AGM. I will also be glad to try to answer any questions you may have.


    Bob Hunzinger
    General Manager for Utilities
    Gainesville Regional Utilities

    • Fuzzy – I love Judy & ((( thank you )))

      I just read your memo – at least they’re not laying off people, I HOPE.

      • No there is a whole paragraph about not laying people off but with 40% of our work force going into retirement over the next 5 years we have “natural” attrition built into the system….

    • Well, we’re happy anyway.

  40. when your power company has to implement austerity measures you know it is bad!

    • That is a biggie all right. Power companies should be virtually recession proof.

  41. SM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OMG, I’m so happy! This made my day. I don’t even know what the job is yet, because I haven’t read the comments. I’m just so thrilled that you got a job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m so proud to know you, you courageous woman, you!!

  42. Congratulations SM!!!!! Whoever that company is, they are so F’n lucky they got you!!! I wish you all the best.

  43. Yay SM!!

  44. SM when I get a chance we are so going out for dinner my treat!

    We have to celebrate the joy that is still left in life!

  45. Congrats!

  46. I’m so happy for you, SM! Your advice about giving a gift card to a grocery store, etc., to a friend in need is a great one. Keep us posted on your health care travails. I have a niece who is an surgeon at Tampa General–she may know how you can get your hands on free or cheap reflux meds if you want me to ask her about it.

  47. SM: I am so happy for you. Congratulations and please let me know when Puma Cub needs a new game for her DS. I love you and can’t imagine how good you must feel right now. Sleep well tonight.

  48. Congratulations! I am SO happy for you! What a relief for you and your family. (And if everyone could keep good thoughts for my husband to get a j-o-b it would be much appreciated.)

  49. Wow, what a major relief for you!!! Frequently, in rotten economies, jobs are part time because of the economy and can work into something full time when the economy improves and you may be able to get benefits and things.

    I’m so happy for you!!! Good luck and best wishes!

    • dakinikat did you see my up thread post on the sorry state of the economy and the “real” numbers for utility production…utility are a leading indicator aren’t they? with our numbers still falling I dont see recovery anytime soon…

      look at the water numbers people are cutting back on water useage….water is an essential service and look how much our numbers are down…

      We are a university town and we are sort of insulated from the economic down turn…

      imagine how bad it must be in places like Ohio and Michigan?

  50. jadzia I am visualizing a job for you spouse as we speak!

  51. Congratulations, sm! I’m so happy things are looking up!

  52. This is heartening news SM. Take the days one at a time, and don’t stop looking for that FT employment with benefits 🙂

  53. It’s probably too late for SM77 to see this but, just in case, I want to add my congradulations to you on the new job!!!

  54. Congratulations! I’m really thrilled. Another song I sing when I get such news is, Cyndi Lauper’s ” Money Changes Everything” Indeed it does! Congrats again!

  55. I’m always late to the party here, but SM, I am really happy for you!!! and relieved 🙂

    a good thing about part time work is you have time to keep looking for something better. it seems unfair that it’s easier to get a job when you already have one, but it’s true.

    I’m so glad your luck has changed, and I hope things keep getting better!

  56. WOO HOO!!! Very happy for you SM–they’re lucky to have you. 🙂

  57. Congratulations — this is great news.

  58. SM77
    Way to go Lady. I am so glad for you and PUMA cub and PUMA mom.
    I am at work so I can not drink to you but I will have a cheesecake filled chocolate covered strawberry.
    Good things come in waves , this is just the beginning.



  59. Congrats SM

  60. Sometimes working part time is better than working full time. Right after my son was born they asked me to come back to my old job. In the meantime I got a good paying part time job.
    After figuring out expenses, babysitter, carfare,lunches, taxes, the difference between the two jobs was $7.00 a week.



  61. Congrats, SM. I admire how you have kept your sense of humor throughout all the struggles you have had lately. Good Luck!

  62. Congratulations on your new job. I know it’s tough out there. I work for the state and have for a long time, so I am safe, but we are under a hiring freeze, so right now I am doing my own job, plus the jobs of two other people who left. No overtime allowed. I am getting tired and mean.

    My oldest son just got laid ff from the oil field, but he gets unemployment for now. Moved home on Thursday though. He might get an offshore job in Brazil. I sure hope so.

    My second son quit his job in January after 45 days without even one day off. His girlfriend was in the hospital, and he needed to take care of their baby. I know about Family Leave Act, but ranchers think they are exempt. Anyway, that son, his girlfriend and my grandson moved in, too. They get food stamps, which helps. I’m not proud, I’ve paid enough taxes to cover the little help they get. He applies at two or three places every day.

    So, I better not lose my job. I make enough to support us. I supported them on less before they grew up.

    I still have a daughter in college and a son in high school. He’s kind of pissed because he was finally the center of my world before half the kids moved home. I live in a pretty big farmhouse, so we aren’t hating each other yet. It snowed a lot yesterday, we might get tired of being cooped up together. I think I’ll have my son’s hook a sled onto the Explorer and drag each other around the pasture. That will help.

    I am happy you found work. Hang in there.

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