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Re: Personal News

Postby Clubtender » Nov 28, 2012 10:34 pm

Americalex wrote:I just learned that I'm being honorably discharged from work. It's a big event in my life, not a negative one but a big one after 13.6 years for the same company. Time flies. This at the same time as my cat is dying, that is the bad part right now. I've got to be thankful to my employer and those who managed this decision, because I am being treated ethically, for that I am grateful to them. Now I have to think about my options and how I want to evolve my situation based on this unexpected development. I will definitely sleep on it before reaching any definite conclusions about what approach to undertake.

How about you Club any luck finding something else since?

I'm sorry to hear about your job going away. It's a bitch.

There weren't many jobs around here to start with. Now that the election is over, there is almost a 100% hiring freeze everywhere here while businesses try to figure out how to survive. In the long run, there may be some hiring around here as businesses drop their full time employees down to 24 hours a week.
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Re: Personal News

Postby Americalex » Nov 28, 2012 10:41 pm

Clubtender wrote:I'm sorry to hear about your job going away. It's a bitch.

There weren't many jobs around here to start with. Now that the election is over, there is almost a 100% hiring freeze everywhere here while businesses try to figure out how to survive. In the long run, there may be some hiring around here as businesses drop their full time employees down to 24 hours a week.

The way I see things headed, all of the socialist economies are going to topple on themselves like a house of cards, and the West will be a massive train wreck afterwards. It's a question of when and when feels like it's going to be soon. So that's not exactly the best environment for me to go about seeking a new job, knowing that the economy is pretty limp and lifeless already. Have you considered simply quitting Pennsylvania and going for one of those new oil jobs in North Dakota, you know the places where nobody wants to go?

I'm going to consider some radical possibilities in order to reinvent my economic life. After 13 years in the Telco industry, I'm solidly overdue for a change, and like that image from "Jiro Dreams of Sushi", I'm going to aim for something that I can be truly passionate about, even if it's something unusual. There's that rare earth thing happening Quebec's great north, maybe I can go Brad Pitt on their asses (whatever that means), get my hands dirtied in the raw mess of real work for a change. But for sure I'm going to use the temporary downwind to do the thing I've been wanting to do for a long time now: Write up a couple of books.
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Re: Personal News

Postby Fat Tony » Dec 03, 2012 7:32 pm

Man I am sorry for your troubles, honest and for true. In business, all that matters is the bottom line. If it can be done cheaper elsewhere, your labour will NEVER be valued as it should be. The area that I am in would be considered a: "through state" in the US. Ontario sees itself as the only 'non through province' :roll:

In any case, that does not help you out. I have a few suggestions.

1. Start frequenting the frugal village forums, these forums are meant for common people of today who are living with economies that are in decline. There are options available to fight back.

2. visit http://www.lowtechmagazine.com/site-map.html

It is a warm inviting place for handymen. There is an article in there somewhere called: "The Return of the Craftsman."

It is in either lowtechmagazine or notechmagazine.com

^both are a bit of a time waster but maybe it will help you to think out of the box with regards to placing yourself properly with regards to our collapsing consumerist culture that is more appropriate to the early 1980s than the economy of today.
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Re: Personal News

Postby Americalex » Dec 03, 2012 7:49 pm

Thanks,

Well, one thing in that trail of thinking which I'm already investigating is simply not having any cell phone service once my employment ends. I figured that we don't need the Telcos anymore, not in a real sense.

So my idea so far is to go with a Google Nexus 7 (200$) and get the Skype Online Number (60$ per year and it includes voicemail). After this use a handsfree to place and receive calls when I'm within a wi-fi hotspot, which I have at home.

That is what I call, reciprocity.

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Re: Personal News

Postby Fat Tony » Dec 06, 2012 1:37 am

Being a bit behind the curve :oops: I was investigating a Magic Jack. You can get the creepy 1980's vibe by using one of those cordless phones with it (nostalgia). I think the last time I checked they were $29 bucks or so at the source for one year of service. Not sure if you could just keep getting a new one every year or if they rope you in after the year is up. . . (after all, you have to verify yourself to activate).
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Re: Personal News

Postby Clubtender » Dec 06, 2012 4:43 am

Fat Tony wrote:Being a bit behind the curve :oops: I was investigating a Magic Jack. You can get the creepy 1980's vibe by using one of those cordless phones with it (nostalgia). I think the last time I checked they were $29 bucks or so at the source for one year of service. Not sure if you could just keep getting a new one every year or if they rope you in after the year is up. . . (after all, you have to verify yourself to activate).

I believe that the Magic Jack has something like a $70 start up cost and the actual cost of the jack for the first year, then an account to where you pay a $20 a year phone bill. If you want 911 service, you will have to pay your local area's 911 fee in a lump annual sum with your $20 yearly fee.

I want one, but just haven't been able to put the start up costs together yet.
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Re: Personal News

Postby Milton » Dec 06, 2012 4:49 pm

Being out of work is a real drag. I have always made my own job in the past, but now that I have a permanently broken foot, and I'm old now, and the economy is jammed, with all the money at the top, it's going to be really hard. I'm living off my savings now, and if I give up "living", and go into simple "survival mode", then I can probably go for at least another year, maybe two, if I do something drastic, like take in a paying roommate. In that time I should be able to learn some new skill with which I can support myself. It's a scary thought to consider that the economy may completely collapse.

If the economy does completely collapse, then there's no telling what might happen. We might have starvation, riots in the streets, and even massive assaults on wealthy neighborhoods, as desperate people lash out, and go crazy looking for food and money. The wealthy would of course call in the police, and then the national guard, and ultimately the armed forces to smash the rebellion, but there is a question of whether American/Canadian troops would be willing to fire on their own people. The ultimate result could be something like Russia in 1917, with American and Canadian mega-millionaires and billionaires going the way of the Romanoffs, and the establishment of some sort of Socialist government. I don't know. But in any case, I would predict a big mess.---Milton
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Re: Personal News

Postby Americalex » Dec 07, 2012 11:40 am

Milton wrote:Being out of work is a real drag. I have always made my own job in the past, but now that I have a permanently broken foot, and I'm old now, and the economy is jammed, with all the money at the top, it's going to be really hard. I'm living off my savings now, and if I give up "living", and go into simple "survival mode", then I can probably go for at least another year, maybe two, if I do something drastic, like take in a paying roommate. In that time I should be able to learn some new skill with which I can support myself. It's a scary thought to consider that the economy may completely collapse.

If the economy does completely collapse, then there's no telling what might happen. We might have starvation, riots in the streets, and even massive assaults on wealthy neighborhoods, as desperate people lash out, and go crazy looking for food and money. The wealthy would of course call in the police, and then the national guard, and ultimately the armed forces to smash the rebellion, but there is a question of whether American/Canadian troops would be willing to fire on their own people. The ultimate result could be something like Russia in 1917, with American and Canadian mega-millionaires and billionaires going the way of the Romanoffs, and the establishment of some sort of Socialist government. I don't know. But in any case, I would predict a big mess.---Milton

Well, in many ways the political-economic context ressembles the situation in the decade ahead of WW2, and when WW2 started, there was a surge in economic activity.
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Re: Personal News

Postby Hephaestos » Dec 07, 2012 3:32 pm

Alex, I will keep you in my prayers. I'm very sorry about your job I hope you can find good employment elsewhere I know it's gotten very difficult these days.
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Re: Personal News

Postby Americalex » Dec 07, 2012 3:35 pm

Hephaestos wrote:Alex, I will keep you in my prayers. I hope you can find good emplyment elsewhere I know it's gotten very difficult these days.

Thanks Hephaestos. It's a negative event in my life, but its also very liberating. I will use the time to write books, one about politics first, the next about religion. And then I should have enough months left of cushioning to find another job. Fortunately there are opportunities for me based on my skill set and I do have quite a decent amounts of contacts so, it's a managed risk ultimately. All I know is that, after 13 years in the same field, it's probably the kick in the butt I needed in order to get those books off my shoulders.
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Re: Personal News

Postby Hephaestos » Dec 07, 2012 3:39 pm

Americalex wrote:Thanks Hephaestos. It's a negative event in my life, but its also very liberating. I will use the time to write books, one about politics first, the next about religion. And then I should have enough months left of cushioning to find another job. Fortunately there are opportunities for me based on my skill set and I do have quite a decent amounts of contacts so, it's a managed risk ultimately. All I know is that, after 13 years in the same field, it's probably the kick in the butt I needed in order to get those books off my shoulders.

I know that your present situation isn't ideal but it's good to see that you are making the most of it by reading books and such. It's also very good that you have high skills that should make finding a new job easier. Losing a job that you have held for so many years is hard but always trust in God he will lead you to better times.
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Re: Personal News

Postby Americalex » Dec 07, 2012 3:45 pm

Hephaestos wrote:I know that your present situation isn't ideal but it's good to see that you are making the most of it by reading books and such. It's also very good that you have high skills that should make finding a new job easier. Losing a job that you have held for so many years is hard but always trust in God he will lead you to better times.

Writing*

I wouldn't call my skills "high" but they are specific and somewhat useful to pretty much any decently sized business. But more importantly, I have a few contacts that may be able to help me find something else if it comes to that.

For sure I trust that this is part of the natural development of God's plan, in fact the timing of the whole thing will coincide perfectly with the documentary, so maybe I will be able to earn a living doing my passion and being my own boss from now on.

I sincerely hope I'll be able to come back to you guys and my ex-co-workers in a year or two and have something to show for it, that things turned out well and even for the better. I know what I have to do and which cards to play when.

Time will tell.
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Re: Personal News

Postby Hephaestos » Dec 07, 2012 3:48 pm

Americalex wrote:Writing*

I wouldn't call my skills "high" but they are specific and somewhat useful to pretty much any decently sized business. But more importantly, I have a few contacts that may be able to help me find something else if it comes to that.

Very encouraging, I hope they can help.

Americalex wrote:For sure I trust that this is part of the natural development of God's plan, in fact the timing of the whole thing will coincide perfectly with the documentary, so maybe I will be able to earn a living doing my passion and being my own boss from now on.

That's great! I hope you make great progress on the documentary it's been a long time coming!

Americalex wrote:I sincerely hope I'll be able to come back to you guys and my ex-co-workers in a year or two and have something to show for it, that things turned out well and even for the better. I know what I have to do and which cards to play when.

With God's help it will.

Americalex wrote:Time will tell.

Indeed.
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Re: Personal News

Postby Americalex » Dec 11, 2012 7:36 pm

My mighty friend & beloved companion, Bubu, has passed away today. Rest in peace, dear partner.

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Re: Personal News

Postby Hephaestos » Dec 11, 2012 8:00 pm

Americalex wrote:My mighty friend & beloved companion, Bubu, has passed away today. Rest in peace, dear partner.

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I'm so sorry about your cat! Bubu looked absolutely adorable! When you have a pet that's been with you through a lot it can be quite the ordeal when you lose them. Rest in peace Bubu.
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Re: Personal News

Postby Americalex » Dec 11, 2012 8:15 pm

Hephaestos wrote:I'm so sorry about your cat! Bubu looked absolutely adorable! When you have a pet that's been with you through a lot it can be quite the ordeal when you lose them. Rest in peace Bubu.

Thanks. I can only imagine the feeling of loss that must rip through those who loose human loved ones now..

There is only this song to fully and adequately qualify my state of mind concerning this event.


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Re: Personal News

Postby Hephaestos » Dec 11, 2012 8:21 pm

Americalex wrote:Thanks. I can only imagine the feeling of loss that must rip through those who loose human loved ones now..

There is only this song to fully and adequately qualify my state of mind concerning this event.




Yeah that song definitely captures the zeitgeist of loss and despair. I kind of got that feeling too a couple of weeks ago when one of my aunts passed away. I mean I wasn't particularly close to her or anything but I still knew her and it hurt me to lose her. My father passed away soon to be eight years ago this coming February and that definitely pained me.
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Re: Personal News

Postby Americalex » Dec 11, 2012 8:27 pm

Hephaestos wrote:Yeah that song definitely captures the zeitgeist of loss and despair. I kind of got that feeling too a couple of weeks ago when one of my aunts passed away. I mean I wasn't particularly close to her or anything but I still knew her and it hurt me to lose her. My father passed away soon to be eight years ago this coming February and that definitely pained me.

My sincere condolence to you for the loss of your father, Hephaestos.
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Re: Personal News

Postby Hephaestos » Dec 11, 2012 8:29 pm

Americalex wrote:My sincere condolence to you for the loss of your father, Hephaestos.


Thank you Alex I greatly appreciate that. I guess it's true time does tend to make the pain less apparent but I take solace in knowing that while he'll be missed by his family here on earth he is in Heaven with God which is infinitely better than this miserable and decrepit world.
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Re: Personal News

Postby Americalex » Dec 11, 2012 8:33 pm

Hephaestos wrote:Thank you Alex I greatly appreciate that. I guess it's true time does tend to make the pain less apparent but I take solace in knowing that while he'll be missed by his family here on earth he is in Heaven with God which is infinitely better than this miserable and decrepit world.

You're right about that, it is well said.
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