posted on Jul, 2 2008 @ 12:59 AM
Well, I guess I could add to the litany. This reminds me somehow of 'Captains Courageous' where at the end of the season, everyone gathers and
remembers what they lost.
For those who never read it, you should but don't worry. It's not too much of a loss, all things being what they are.
For myself, I had begun to adjust in April. I left the military and traded in my premium-fuel drinking luxury car for a small truck that got roughly
the same mileage for 20 cents less a gallon. By April I had abandoned the truck for my daily commute and simply took the train and a bicycle. I was
working for Adobe, troubleshooting Photoshop software and making a little over $13 an hour. I adjusted my schedule to work four ten-hour days rather
than five regular days, which was great since I'm a single parent to boot. Gave me more time with the kids and a day less per week to pay for
daycare. I sold most of my gun collection, built up over the last few years, keeping only the three 'essentials.' And... then I went to Utah for
a writer's workshop and came back to find myself being laid off. I haven't worked since the middle of May, and I thank my lucky stars that I don't
have a house payment to speak of. I survive now on the graces of friends and family(living on my step-dad's farm in a farm-hand home), and a tiny
unemployment stipend from the state. Oh, and food stamps. ( I HATE having to rely upon outside help) usually my monthly bills only come up to
$1200, simple things like food and gas aside. Those are the debtors, truck and insurance, rent, etc. I currently owe nearly 3K right now, as I
can't make my bills, and the number will only rise until I can up my income.
So far they're being understanding, but eventually something's going to give. The fun part is that while I have some certifications and plenty of
experience within the military, little of it is useful in the 'real' world. I can do more, better, in an IT environment, than any fresh graduate.
But I won't find much use for the other half of my military training, where we actually got certified for our work. Noope, my best bet is to get my
arse into school again and get a new skill under my belt, or perhaps lay a nice shiny degree on top of years of experience.
I cope because I have to. Just as many of us do. If we didn't cope, if we didn't hold out that things will improve, we would have given up
already. As to how I cope, well, I'm not in a bottle. I gave up smoking when I left the Corps, and it's too expensive besides. So I tinker around
on my truck and a little 4-cyl project car, I play with my kids, I self-educate and work on my book, I clean my weapons on the porch while the mailman
drives by with those pesky bills...
Well, maybe not the last one, but you folks get the picture. When the big things in life start to weigh you down, it's time to appreciate the little