Originally posted by sisgood
(as a girl) it would be dangerous for me to take a stranger into my home.
Although I have taken complete strangers into my home before when my daughter was away at her mum's, I generally don't take complete strangers in if
I can help it, for that same reason.
These are neighbors or friends of friends. People that I know long-term or who come with the highest recommendation of people I know long-term. Since
they crashed with my other friends first, I know they come pre-screened and are safe. Having a pre-teen daughter, I wouldn't think of letting someone
in who wasn't.
I think that those who still have jobs in America don't realize how tough it is to find a job in America right now. When I was laid off at my last
job, I thought I would get a job within a few days. I wasn't expecting it to take 13 months! At first I was being picky and choosy, expecting a job
that paid what I was accustomed to, that was in the same field as I had worked in the past 25 years. When it became apparent that there just weren't
any jobs available in that field for what I was accustomed I lowered my expectations willing to work ANYWHERE, doing ANYTHING, just as long as it paid
SOMETHING. Still, it was a no go for more than half a year, looking everywhere between Seattle and San Jose. McDs, Walmart, Star*ucks, etc wouldn't
hire someone with a College Education and 25+ years of Senior Technical Expertise in Information Services knowing I made more in a month than I would
make in a year at those places. I couldn't beg my way into a job no matter how hard I tried, no matter how many Certifications I had, no matter how
many glowing Recommendations I had, no matter how expensive of an Armani Suit I had.
It doesn't matter in today's job market how hire-able you once were, or think you are. If you are unemployed, you are going to have to fight another
1000 people for that Minimum Wage Slavery job flipping burgers. Chances are, unless you have only worked for Minimum Wage before, you won't be that
lucky single applicant, and you'll have to join the other 998 people are going to have to go back home to their bridges and tents.
And for those of you who may have forgotten the days of Minimum Wage, it is not a Sustainable Wage. 30 Hours @ $7.25/hr (because anywhere paying
Minimum Wage won't work you more than 30 hours lest they have to pay you benefits!) doesn't come up to enough to pay a Mortgage, or even Rent, let
alone feed and clothe your family.
So, for those who are getting High and Mighty about the Jobless, you might want to step out of your BMW and come down from your Ivory Tower for a
while...because when your Pink Slip comes, you're going to get a rude Reality Check if you haven't checked out how bad things really are for
everyone else in America.