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I'm days away from being poor AND homeless.

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posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 05:03 PM
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Didn't know where I should exactly post this, so you can move if need be.

Sorry, but I have no where else to rid myself of these thoughts. I just need to type this right now..

It's getting cold here. I am very restless, almost paranoid on a daily basis.

I currently live with my family, and our business is going belly up. We'll eventually lose our home and most likely go our separate ways.

I feel like I'm searching for a gold nugget in a coal mine while looking for jobs, but even the coal mines are collapsing. People are becoming very hostile and cold. I don't know if it's the winter, or the way our little town is falling down, but I hardly see a smile anymore.

I can feel my animal instincts rising every day, and they are not pretty to the social eye. I would be robbing people right now if I wasn't so empathetic, I just can't. I really do care about people, human life. Happiness.

I feel the need to leave very strongly. I am an Irish American, 24 years old, born and raised near lake Michigan. Without sounding too egomaniacal I consider myself a very good person. I'm courteous, sharing, and just like people to be comfortable. I am not, however, the kind of person who will stand by and watch destruction with an idle hand.

I may have to use my reserves and buy a train/plane ticket to some place warm. I come from a well rounded family, but I will be bringing only my guitar and my clothes, maybe a few electronic items to sell if need be. I was thinking about Ireland, home of my blood, but have never been there. Another possibility seems to be California, I stayed there once when I was a child for a while. Seems nice, and warm at least.

I'm not too concerned with what job I will have to acquire, I can usually pickup and learn something rather quickly. I can be a street musician for a few dollars if need be, I know a good amount of classic rock songs that people still like, hopefully.

On the other hand I can fish, plow, dig, or whatever the hell it takes to have food and shelter without freezing, and falling down this slope.


I'm terribly saddened to leave behind those that I truly love and care for, this is really breaking my heart to write, to think of those that will miss me, and oh, how I will miss them, eternally. Either way I chose, though, we will be hurting.


So, there's part of my being, summed up in a few paragraphs. I'm not looking for a fix-all solution, nor do I expect anyone to really think or care about another person that you've never met.

If you live/lived in either of those areas that I mentioned, please take time to give an honest reply. A few words will do if you are busy, I am not picky.

Just a recommendation will do if you are living peacefully, and if not, I wish you the best of luck. Take care of what you love. I'll try to make it back on in a few hours, thanks in advance for your replies.




posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 05:05 PM
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This would make a great blog.



posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 05:15 PM
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Sorry to hear of your plight, buddy. If you have to leave, I'd suggest heading south. I just heard something on the news about coal towns that haven't been affected too much by the economy and there are jobs there.

Wish you well.



posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 05:16 PM
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I have been here and been through this, first check out the churches and the salvation army for assistance, next check out any other non profit group for help. They may be able to help you and your family.



posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 05:32 PM
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I'm sorry you find yourself in this situation. I would get to someplace warmer. California or Phoenix, Tuscon or even mid-Arizona. There are a lot of people living off the grid in places like Strawberry, Camp Verde and Sedona.

I once hitchhiked across the country with my guitar, a dollar and an apple... Still had the dollar and guitar when I arrived. Good luck to you! I wish you the best.



posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 05:33 PM
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I live in Los Angeles, there are many homeless people that make a buck on the beach singing or selling artwork or whatever. I wish you the best of luck and stay positive. I feel you will find work somewhere and be alright eventually.

Peace!



posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 05:33 PM
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I don't know if you have children or if it's just you, but I do know here in Kansas City there are nice pay by the week studio type hotel places and they are extremely reasonable. There are several temp agencies here advertising for warehouse type of jobs. I worked for one as hile back as a recruiter and I know they pay okay and more than enough to get one of those studios and still have enough for food and entertainment (these studios also pay all utilities). You just need to have a solid work history and pass a drug test.

The weather here is chilly and our winters can get quite cold, but there ARE jobs to be had here and very cheap yet still nice places to live.

Hope this helps, good luck to you!

On a side note, I go to craigslist.org all the time and again, here in KC they are in serious need of painters in the area. They pay pretty well too.



posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 05:37 PM
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No fun and good luck!

I'd recommend maybe the Ireland plan you had, i believe they have the fastest growing economy in europe right now. If true means lots of jobs. Great country too.



posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 05:58 PM
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Sorry to hear about your plight. You should really stick with your family. It'll be easier to survive this together rather than apart.



posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 06:05 PM
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You seem to have the gumption and courage to take whatever job necessary to survive. I applaud you for that.

Isn't there any way you can scrape out a living in your hometown? That way, you won't have to leave your family and loved ones.

But if you do have to leave, I wish you luck.

May the road rise to meet you. - May the wind be always at your back. - May the sun shine warm upon your face. - And rains fall soft upon your fields. - And until we meet again, - May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.



posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 06:07 PM
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Sorry to hear that things are so bad you are forced to leave loved ones.

I have two suggestions...Seattle has great public transportation and some of the best help for folks down on their luck. The weather is not too cold but it gets pretty damp in the winter months.

The second is Austin Texas...nice and warm most of the winter and it has a booming economy and jobs are easy to come by. Not much for public transportation and law enforcement are not very friendly.

Good luck



posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 06:16 PM
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I was in your position in paris and london. Paris is a better busking town.
Dublin would be a bad choice this time of year.
It was possible to find a squat with expat brits when I was in paris.
New Orleans might be ok. I have lived there and done well with music but it was quite dangerous.
If paris didn't work portugal is not too far away and much warmer.
Met cool travelers in granada.

good luck



posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 06:18 PM
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I am sorry to hear that. Although Cali is nice, it tends to be expensive. I live in AZ, Phoenix area, and we do have jobs here still. If you could save enough to buy a house here is one of the places to do it- we have one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. And we still have decent rent rates. I live in Scottsdale, and I pay under $1000 a month for a two bedroom one bath in Old Town Scottsdale. Many places are cheaper if you look in Tempe, Phoenix, and surrounding areas.

I think Phoenix or even Tucson would be good for you. It would give you several months of nice weather so even if you were homeless for a bit you would not be exposed to the elements other than blue skies and sunshine (although it does get cold at night in the winter). Further, Tempe is a college town- plenty of people your age that are looking for roommates. And plenty of bars in which to bartend for money, or extra money. And if you live here for a few years you can go back to college as an in-state resident and go to community college really really cheap, should you decide to go to school.

I am going to send you a friend request. If you get here and get a place you can go to your local library for free internet access. Contact me if you are in town. No joke.

And best of luck to you and your family.



posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 06:26 PM
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Hey dude!

Welcome to the best time in your life!!!!

Benev had it right...

come here to Arizona bro... Girls wear leg warmers and mini skirts in January, all you have to do is trot up to Flagg in the summer

Seriously, rent... about 300.00 a month to get a room by ASU, that's how I survived my divorce last year lol... and I had the time of my life...

Just get here, get some lame telemarketing gig, or fast food...

and... I know all the tricks man

for starters, get here, it's warm... still too warm actually for my tatste...

Take THIS SERIOUSLY... I had to do this just over a year ago because I was on the street and... now I have an apartment and my business running again in the Wealthiest area of the city

Step 1: 24 hr fitness membership 30.00 a month, shower, Gym, locker... your covered to be clean, healthy and meet people...

Step 2: Virgin Mobile pre paid phone from circle K, you need 10.00 to recieve calls 80.00 a month for unlimited long distance..but no worries because if your broke the next month, you can just add 10.00 and not change your number...

you can intervew and get jobs...

Step 3: ASU College paper roommate ads... 250.00 -350.00 per month, usually no deposit or fee, and... it's going to be a party constamtly NO1 Party school in the Nation as rated by Playboy

and i'm 38... and I couldn't have picked a better way to rebuild my self esteem because I hooked uop better than I did when I was undergrad, constant pretty girls... girls that wouldn't have looked at me when I was younger... (no I didn't lie about my age... I do look good though



Step 4: Get that lame job, and, join the party circut, even a few hundred a week will leave you plenty of cash for a good time until something gives for you... and it will be all students so you'll be right in with every hook up a broke ass could ever desire...

Like where you can eat for 2 hrs during happy hr for the price of 1 cheep beer

do you want to know what nights have live music and 3.00 pitchers of beer? I know!!! 1.50 PBR's lol... 10.00 live music and a good time... it's all out there my friend...

Did you know just by getting a job here you qualify for food stamps?

that there are over 150,000 students in Tempe? ASU, University of Phoenix, Collins and Mesa community College... and that, they are the sort of schools where being 30 and going back is the norm, not exactly Harvard, not out of place at all if your not a kid



So don't suffer bro... I spent about... 90 days after my divorce wallowing in self pity by day 120... I was drinking Mojitos in the Jacuzzi of the complex I rented a room in with gorgeous women and only working 6 hrs a day 4 days a week to do so...

If all else fails after your here a year grab a student loan and actually attend classes until the depression is over...

and Bro...

Seriously lol, i'm not nuts or immature...

If you fall flat on your face, you either wander, go to the ghetto, or you get into a community where... everyone is just starting out... but motivated and open minded and optimistic...

No better place than a college Town, no better College Town than ASU... Not when you factor in being in a city but small town cost of living, summer all year dress code for girls and no1 ranked party school in the USA

A zillion jobs that cater to the college crowd and everyone of them needs... supervisors who are... slightly
more mature

I never got my refrences checked once...

my living expenses were under 500.00 a month

and... I never thought I'd be dateing lol, honestly... but they approached me... all I ever did was go out to get drunk.. I'm not some letcher lol...


Time of your life... I guarantee it!



posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 06:27 PM
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www.youtube.com...

Try California! Supercool to the homeless...

Seriously though...this is the 2nd thread this week about a member telling us about their near homeless situation. Yet both are accessing the internet?



posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 06:32 PM
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We have alot in common. I am Irish American, 19, and I was born and raised near the waters of Lake Michigan. I lost my job shortly after I got a loan out on a rather newish used car. My Dad has been paying my bills and I'm going into my third month of unemployment but it is proving almost impossible to get a job. I was rather frustrated and hopeless untill an old friend called me up and out of the blue offered me a job in Arizona.
She is almost postive I will get this job but said I can work elsewhere because theres always job availability. Now this is hard to believe coming from this economy but I am hopeful. I was planning on moving out to California but I don't have connections there.

I'd highly recommend you move out west. It'll be a different atmostphere and economy. It is a journey, a growing experience. Embrace the change and risk. It only makes you a stronger person. Once you save up you can always move back. I don't plan on moving out there permently, I will return to these Great Lakes; it is my home.

I am sorry about your situation. It is difficult and hurtful but an obsticale that can be over come. I wish you the best of luck in whatever you may do.

Peace.M.

[edit on 21-10-2008 by emjay.olo]



posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 06:45 PM
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Originally posted by RRconservative

Seriously though...this is the 2nd thread this week about a member telling us about their near homeless situation. Yet both are accessing the internet?



Been to the library lately? They have computers.


and MrMoto, two words, New Mexico!! Creative, jobs, vibrant music scene, counter culture, multicultural, beautiful, warm, people that know how to mind their own business.

[edit on 21-10-2008 by whaaa]



posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 06:45 PM
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From one michigan resident to another, stay. Get a crappy job, save and buy some land. then go live on it, just dont tell anyone and living will be cheap reguardless of the economy. Michigan is like no other place in america, and you cant replace the lakes, people who grow up here and move away will know what I mean.



posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 06:48 PM
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There is work rebuilding in Texas on the gulf after the hurricane.

You have to thank the federal government for making those flood insurance loans.

Search online and make the move before you are totally out of money.

Bob



posted on Oct, 21 2008 @ 06:50 PM
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Originally posted by Mr Mota
Didn't know where I should exactly post this, so you can move if need be.

Sorry, but I have no where else to rid myself of these thoughts. I just need to type this right now..

It's getting cold here. I am very restless, almost paranoid on a daily basis.

I currently live with my family, and our business is going belly up. We'll eventually lose our home and most likely go our separate ways.

I feel like I'm searching for a gold nugget in a coal mine while looking for jobs, but even the coal mines are collapsing. People are becoming very hostile and cold. I don't know if it's the winter, or the way our little town is falling down, but I hardly see a smile anymore.

I can feel my animal instincts rising every day, and they are not pretty to the social eye. I would be robbing people right now if I wasn't so empathetic, I just can't. I really do care about people, human life. Happiness.

I feel the need to leave very strongly. I am an Irish American, 24 years old, born and raised near lake Michigan. Without sounding too egomaniacal I consider myself a very good person. I'm courteous, sharing, and just like people to be comfortable. I am not, however, the kind of person who will stand by and watch destruction with an idle hand.

I may have to use my reserves and buy a train/plane ticket to some place warm. I come from a well rounded family, but I will be bringing only my guitar and my clothes, maybe a few electronic items to sell if need be. I was thinking about Ireland, home of my blood, but have never been there. Another possibility seems to be California, I stayed there once when I was a child for a while. Seems nice, and warm at least.

I'm not too concerned with what job I will have to acquire, I can usually pickup and learn something rather quickly. I can be a street musician for a few dollars if need be, I know a good amount of classic rock songs that people still like, hopefully.

On the other hand I can fish, plow, dig, or whatever the hell it takes to have food and shelter without freezing, and falling down this slope.


I'm terribly saddened to leave behind those that I truly love and care for, this is really breaking my heart to write, to think of those that will miss me, and oh, how I will miss them, eternally. Either way I chose, though, we will be hurting.


So, there's part of my being, summed up in a few paragraphs. I'm not looking for a fix-all solution, nor do I expect anyone to really think or care about another person that you've never met.

If you live/lived in either of those areas that I mentioned, please take time to give an honest reply. A few words will do if you are busy, I am not picky.

Just a recommendation will do if you are living peacefully, and if not, I wish you the best of luck. Take care of what you love. I'll try to make it back on in a few hours, thanks in advance for your replies.


Follow your instincts. My instincts say the west and south are definitly better than the east or the north at this time. McDonalds ,and Toy stores are recession proof.



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