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Er... okay, not really much of a throwdown.  More of a "Huh?!  But what if we do X instead?  She didn't know?  What if it's Y?  Didn't know that either.  What, exactly, DID she know?"  Thankfully, we have a friend who used to work at the unemployment office before our state switched from publicly-owned to privately-owned and she was--get this--LAID OFF FROM THE UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE.  But she cares lots about us, and still has friends at the office, and was able to hook us up with someone who in fact DID know things, and who was able to convey them to us in an efficient and clear fashion.  Nifty.  Short story, yes, we will be getting unemployment, and no, our IRA will not f*sk with anything, no matter what we do with it (well, not much anyway).

We're both looking for jobs now.  That's okay.  There actually are some jobs out there that we qualify for, which is nice.  Now it's just a matter of getting one of them.  There's a really cherry position at R-H in admissions that we would love to have, that Brian is well-qualified and suited for, but we've not heard anything yet.  I'm looking at secretarial, and secretly kicking around applying for the cook position at a new steakhouse.  But that job would just be too indulgent--it wouldn't pay enough, and would doubtlessly be sucky hours that I'm not sure we could hack as a family.  I also need to get the kids onto the state insurance program, which is really really good.  That means that we have to be somewhat careful not to make too much money such that our kids get kicked back off of the state program (and we still can't afford out-of-pocket private insurance), unless one of us actually lands a job with benefits.  There's no way we can pay for insurance out of pocket, and in fact B & I are now officially uninsured and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future.  So I kinda, ya know, hope nothing happens to us or anything.  A medical situation can pretty much only resolve one of two ways for us right now:  (1) bankruptcy [and probably loosing the house] or (2) indentured servitude to the hospital for the remainder of our lives as we work off our debt.  Yup, our healthcare system is obviously the best in the world.


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Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
good luck with the jobs!

I now work at the local dairy selling cigarettes/ chippies/ sweets/ bread/ milk/ newspapers. What you get with two degrees and a diploma! All I can say is its income and helps pay the bills.

At least our healthcare system is excellent and education isn't bad either and we do get some unemployment too when we haven't earned too much. We won't starve but things could be better :)

viv in nz
Sep. 2nd, 2009 10:20 am (UTC)
We're in a tight spot, too. Hubby's business hasn't taken off like we'd hoped, despite a quite promising start. Today he starts a 3-month temp job. I found work in a bookstore for just barely over minimum wage and 28 hours a week if I'm lucky. No bennies. Our stupid expensive COBRA runs out at the end of this month, I think. Almost everything we got from selling our house is gone.

I really hope things get better for you guys. SOON. (hugs)
Sep. 2nd, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
Ugh. I'd hoped things had turned around for you guys. =( We can't possibly afford COBRA; it's over $1200 per month for us, and we can't have it only cover me & B so that the kids are covered by state aid. Foo.

Hugs for you guys, too.
Sep. 2nd, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, COBRA is about $1200/mo for us (more than our rent). It's really bitten into our savings, but I guess I should thank god we had (HAD) the money to pay it. (But don't ask how much I've had to pay for dental issues over the last year. Oy.) Dh is going to try to get us insurance with the Chamber of Commerce he joined. /crossing fingers
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
We did just find out that B's eye plan was separate from health & dental, and only he was covered, so we can probably get him eye coverage for a reasonable cost (which, as you may recall from past events, is probably worth it).
Sep. 2nd, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
Wow. I had no idea. So sorry, you folks! Hope things get better.

The fact that under our system, one's ability to address one's health needs is completely dependent on one's employment seems very inhumane. In a more enlightened culture, it would be a given that each of us deserves better.
Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
Re: out-of-touch
Yeah, but enlightenment is exactly what our culture does NOT currently have. *grumble*

BTW, Alex has been grousing to come see you guys (and we want to as well!). Do you have any free weekends coming up?
Sep. 4th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Re: out-of-touch
Do you have any free weekends coming up?

We do, but not for a few more weeks yet. I'll email you with details.
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