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MarianJack

(10,237 posts)
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:35 PM Aug 2014

I am NOT leaving DU, but...

...I am going to have to step back for awhile. I'm not angry with anyone (if I were, than that's why there is an ignore list), I'm not disillusioned (this isn't a perfect community but what is?) and nobody hurt my feelings or offended me. Am I happy with everything that goes on here? No. Am I in a fit of pique? Hell no. Am I taking my cyber ball and going home in a fit? FUCK HELL NO!

Late in June I lost my job and with only my wife's income alone dictates that we have to make some temporary sacrifices, among them being our home internet and Netflix, which are both going to o be temporarily suspended after today. So today, we're enjoying our Netflix raves a d our websites. Fortunately, our town library has internet and I have a good looking job interview this week. Hopefully, this will be VERY temporary. I certainly know that I am not a DU leading member, but I hope that there will be some who will be happy upon my return.

In the interim, vote blue, encourage others to do so and if you're up here in Maine, than GO SHENNA BELLOWS, MIKE MICHAUD, CHELLIE PINGREE, EMILY CAIN AND MAINE DEMS!!!

That's my 2cents, and quite possibly overpriced at that...yikes!

PEACE!

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I am NOT leaving DU, but... (Original Post) MarianJack Aug 2014 OP
Hope you can come back very soon, my dear MarianJack! CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2014 #1
Thank you, California Peggy. MarianJack Aug 2014 #3
I would suggest putting it off a few months hfojvt Sep 2014 #66
Wishing you all the best and look forward to your quick return Tuesday Afternoon Aug 2014 #2
Thank you! MarianJack Aug 2014 #6
Good luck in your job search. Gormy Cuss Aug 2014 #4
Small market and... MarianJack Aug 2014 #10
Nothing but admiration for folks who can do what you're going to do. raven mad Aug 2014 #47
If you were my neighbor, I'd share internet. hunter Aug 2014 #5
Thank you for the kind thought! MarianJack Aug 2014 #11
I wish you the best on your interview BainsBane Aug 2014 #7
Thank you! MarianJack Aug 2014 #12
We'll keep the tea pot warm..... Tikki Aug 2014 #8
The tea pot? Yes! MarianJack Aug 2014 #13
This message was self-deleted by its author Squinch Aug 2014 #9
Hope your interview goes well. democrank Aug 2014 #14
Thank you! MarianJack Aug 2014 #16
Darn =( One of my favorite DUers. I hope you can return soon, MarianJack... ChisolmTrailDem Aug 2014 #15
ASAP! MarianJack Aug 2014 #17
You're very welcome, MJ. nt ChisolmTrailDem Aug 2014 #19
In my view the Internet is the basic form of communication now daredtowork Aug 2014 #18
Thanks. MarianJack Aug 2014 #34
Oooh - great plan! nt daredtowork Aug 2014 #37
Good Luck with the interview! Puglover Aug 2014 #20
Good luck with the interview - TBF Aug 2014 #21
Thanx! MarianJack Aug 2014 #35
Good luck with your job interview! greatlaurel Aug 2014 #22
You say you are not a DU leading murielm99 Aug 2014 #23
Hurry back!!! Veilex Aug 2014 #24
Good luck on your job interview! I hope you can come back soon, MarianJack. sueh Aug 2014 #25
Good luck with everything! emulatorloo Aug 2014 #26
Sorry about your temporary change of fortunes. Cleita Aug 2014 #27
Best of luck! treestar Aug 2014 #28
Check in at the library sometimes Generic Other Aug 2014 #29
Very best wishes in your job hunt and everything else. merrily Aug 2014 #30
Lots of places offer free wireless now... TeeYiYi Aug 2014 #31
Best of luck to you, MarianJack. Same things going on here too. joanbarnes Aug 2014 #32
Good luck with the job interview, MJ. If you can get to the library tblue37 Aug 2014 #33
:-( marym625 Aug 2014 #36
A break will leave you refreshed, especially if it's involuntary Warpy Aug 2014 #38
I thought you were a DU leading member! Major Hogwash Aug 2014 #39
Good luck on the job interview! Look forward to having you back soon. FailureToCommunicate Aug 2014 #40
rooting for you MarianJack Skittles Aug 2014 #41
Best wishes for the job interview!!! LeftishBrit Aug 2014 #42
May your interview lead to a good job and a quick return for you. 99Forever Aug 2014 #43
Good luck, Jack! cyberswede Aug 2014 #44
Best of luck Doctor_J Aug 2014 #45
If I had more than 2 cents, I'd sure send it to you! raven mad Aug 2014 #46
Good luck Worried senior Aug 2014 #48
I'm also elderly (by employers' standards) and haven't a job in several years. Jim Lane Aug 2014 #49
Hope to be able to welcome you back very soon.... Rowdyboy Aug 2014 #50
Bottom Line.. Good Luck on your job interview, Jack! And, Good Luck Maine! Cha Aug 2014 #51
Good vibes for the interview! sheshe2 Aug 2014 #52
I'll be seeing you around, M.J. AverageJoe90 Aug 2014 #53
Good luck with your interview! mackerel Sep 2014 #54
If you have a neighbor nearby with internet, you should ask them MADem Sep 2014 #55
Yeah, but I know you're gonna be voting, and that's the big priority. So far, it's free to vote. NBachers Sep 2014 #56
I'm semi-new here, and I've been taken aback by some of the posts. C Moon Sep 2014 #57
It must be devastating to lose a needed job. Wish you luck for the next one! DFW Sep 2014 #58
Good luck with yr job interview and I hope you can check into DU every now and again... Violet_Crumble Sep 2014 #59
Good luck with the job hunt! riqster Sep 2014 #60
Good luck on the interview! n/t bvf Sep 2014 #61
We'll keep a light on. Good luck with the job search! nolabear Sep 2014 #62
((M_J)) blm Sep 2014 #63
Good luck with the job interview! GoneOffShore Sep 2014 #64
Good luck! Hope you find a great job soon. yardwork Sep 2014 #65
Good luck shireen Sep 2014 #67

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,609 posts)
1. Hope you can come back very soon, my dear MarianJack!
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:39 PM
Aug 2014

I will miss your intelligence and enthusiasm!

PEACE!


hfojvt

(37,573 posts)
66. I would suggest putting it off a few months
Mon Sep 1, 2014, 12:44 PM
Sep 2014

Go without netflix and the internet as long as you can, build up a little reserve. My life sorta revolves around the internet and I watch too darned much TV. But I also have a hefty reserve and no spouse to talk with either.

Your local party maybe could use a volunteer, or two.

Gormy Cuss

(30,884 posts)
4. Good luck in your job search.
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:46 PM
Aug 2014

I know that you live a small market where job searching is a bit more challenging.

random smiley

MarianJack

(10,237 posts)
10. Small market and...
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:52 PM
Aug 2014

...59 years old...Yikes!

We are in the process of getting licensed to be foster parents. When that happens, my wife and I agreed that that would be my full time job.

PEACE!

hunter

(38,551 posts)
5. If you were my neighbor, I'd share internet.
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:46 PM
Aug 2014

I think there should be some level of "free" internet everywhere. Maybe not fast enough for netflix, but certainly fast enough for DU and email.

Good luck!

Response to MarianJack (Original post)

 

ChisolmTrailDem

(9,463 posts)
15. Darn =( One of my favorite DUers. I hope you can return soon, MarianJack...
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:57 PM
Aug 2014

Knock 'em dead at your interview and come back to us when the time is right.

daredtowork

(3,732 posts)
18. In my view the Internet is the basic form of communication now
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:02 PM
Aug 2014

It's used to find jobs, to network, to find medical information, to find house cleaning information when you don't have money for normal cleaning products(!), to check the news - especially the LOCAL news (it's the first place I check after an earthquake, to make DMV reservations and engage with other bureaucratic functions...the list goes on and on.

The library reservation time doesn't cut it - especially when you incorporate time required to write tailored job application letters. Everyone in the "system" always says they want you to "tailor" everything - well perhaps they should prove it by making that feasible!

I'm extremely lucky in that I have a housemate, and I paid the Internet bills for the last decade, so I never lost access to that vital form of communication. Ironically I did lose access to all but basic phone communications. California's discount phone program made me choose between a land line and a cellphone. I chose the land line with local calls only, and now I don't know with the fact all HR recruiters assume I can just return their cellphone-based toll numbers at the drop of a pin. The assumption is everyone has a cellphone. Only a really poor person wouldn't.

But if I were paying for it, and I had to choose, I'd still choose Internet access over the cellphone.

By the way, if your hometown has employment support programs, that should enable you a little more Internet access - for job-hunting, if not for DU!

greatlaurel

(2,010 posts)
22. Good luck with your job interview!
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:11 PM
Aug 2014

A close relative of mine just got a master's degree and is job hunting. It is really hard to find anything. Right now it looks like it will be 2-3 part time jobs. It is so difficult now that the corporate schmucks have gotten the unemployment rate so high that they can force people into desperation to force down wages and benefits to nothing.

Hope you get the job. The foster parent idea is a really creative longer term solution. Hope that works out well, too.

murielm99

(30,963 posts)
23. You say you are not a DU leading
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:25 PM
Aug 2014

member. Yet your name is one I recognize and look for. I enjoy your posts.

I will miss you. Best of luck. Keep us updated, and come back soon!

Cleita

(75,480 posts)
27. Sorry about your temporary change of fortunes.
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:42 PM
Aug 2014

Here's hoping your circumstances change ASAP and you are clicking away at your computer again. In the meantime if you really need an internet fix, there is the public library. Most have computers you can use for "research".

Generic Other

(28,981 posts)
29. Check in at the library sometimes
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:46 PM
Aug 2014

while filling out job apps. And good luck. I am sure you will bounce back in no time!

merrily

(45,251 posts)
30. Very best wishes in your job hunt and everything else.
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:50 PM
Aug 2014

You will be missed and people will be glad when you return. Of that, I have no doubt.

And thanks for letting us know. I know some people don't like good bye (or goodbye for now) threads. However I am the worrying kind, so I don't like it when people just disappear. I worry they are very ill or something like that. So this is comforting, in that way.

TeeYiYi

(8,028 posts)
31. Lots of places offer free wireless now...
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:53 PM
Aug 2014

Maybe you could find a local coffee shop where you could stay connected for the price of a cup. I'm not sure, but I think libraries might have free wireless too. Check around...

Thanks for the update and good luck with your job search.

TYY

tblue37

(65,831 posts)
33. Good luck with the job interview, MJ. If you can get to the library
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 02:36 PM
Aug 2014

to let us know how it goes, please do. We will be thinking of you and hoping for the best.

Warpy

(112,093 posts)
38. A break will leave you refreshed, especially if it's involuntary
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 03:12 PM
Aug 2014

I took several during the 00s while I was bouncing between NM and FL taking care of parents.

Best of luck landing that job and come back soon!

Skittles

(154,410 posts)
41. rooting for you MarianJack
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 05:29 PM
Aug 2014

I really wish you could find a way to keep home internet - to me that is no longer a luxury

raven mad

(4,940 posts)
46. If I had more than 2 cents, I'd sure send it to you!
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 07:41 PM
Aug 2014

You'll be missed while away for what I hope is just a bit. We're pretty much in the same situation; probably lose the 'net next week (unless I can convince them to let us hang in there).

My addiction to DU will suffer greatly! (Long time lurker, here, only recently posting.)

 

Jim Lane

(11,175 posts)
49. I'm also elderly (by employers' standards) and haven't a job in several years.
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 08:11 PM
Aug 2014

Quite a few of us are finding that we can't live the lives of steady employment that we grew up expecting. We over-the-hill types keep trying with the job interviews, of course, and sometimes they work (and I wish you well). The main thing that strikes me about your post, though, is that you're not putting all your eggs in that basket.

These days, people just need to have a Plan B (and if possible a Plan C). I've been freelancing, with less income but more free time (and more anxiety) than when I was a wage slave. You've taken the initiative to enter the foster care field. Way to go!

It's also possible that having another option will make you less desperate at the interview and therefore better able to show them your abilities. It almost makes me feel sorry for the poor slobs who have to compete with you for the job.

MADem

(135,425 posts)
55. If you have a neighbor nearby with internet, you should ask them
Mon Sep 1, 2014, 12:23 AM
Sep 2014

if they'd mind if you borrowed a bit of bandwidth from them. Maybe they'd give you their access code...?

C Moon

(12,301 posts)
57. I'm semi-new here, and I've been taken aback by some of the posts.
Mon Sep 1, 2014, 02:58 AM
Sep 2014

I have to keep reminding myself that not everyone here is of my mindset.

DFW

(55,159 posts)
58. It must be devastating to lose a needed job. Wish you luck for the next one!
Mon Sep 1, 2014, 04:14 AM
Sep 2014

As someone who has worked for (in essence) the same outfit for the last 39 years, I can't imagine what it would mean to suddenly be without the job. I don't know how long you were at the one you just lost.

I don't know Maine very well, but was up there last April for the first time in decades (Bath/Freeport area). It did not seem like a bustling hub of prosperity, and after meeting your oaf of a governor, can well imagine why. As a Texan, we know what it means to have an ignorant oaf as governor.

Don't hesitate to share any good news if you have some!

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