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Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:23 AM

At long last, my familiy's and my 10 month unemployment nightmare is over!

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About 2 hours ago, I was offered, and of course accepted, a job. The pay is <$10 an hour but they're speaking of advanceing me very soon after the 3 month probationary period is over. For 10 months I was earning $0 an hour. I also think that this will be a very good place to work.

All of a sudden, I feel like a huge boulder has been lifted from my shoulders. For the better part of a year I've felt as though I've been walking through an Olympic sized pool filled with Jello.

All of a sudden, the blatent and brazen age discrimination I've been subjected to doesn't bother me nearly as much. The incredible cynicism that I've perceived in so many interviewers doesn't bother me as much.

I am so relieved that I will no longer have to respond to so many of my son's reasonable requests by saying "I don't have a *&*%#^%@* job"!

I will always remember who made the ecomony so horrible that this was possible and I will always be very actively involved to insure that the far right of the republican party never holds that much power in this country again. I want NOBODY to ever have to go through what my family has gone through. Not only was I out of work for the last 10 months, but between my wife and I, there has only been 19 months since March of 2008 when we both had jobs. We were homeless for 8 months in 2009, living in transitional housing with 2 drug dealers and a woman who actually was what rush limbooger thinks any intelligent professional woman is. We were able, thank God, to shield our son from that ugliness, but we will NEVER go through that again.

To all of you who continue to suffer through joblessness, please accept my best wishes and hopes that you get the good news that I just got today.

Finally, thank all of YOU here in the DU community for all of your kind words and support through this horror. We have our arguments, disagreements and downright fights, but bottom line, this is a very caring and positive cyber "family".

What I say to you all is simply

BTW, as of 12:21 PM EST, Many of you have responded with great generosity and many kind words. I'll respond to everyone later this evening after my wife and son are home and I have the huge lump in my throat that you've given me under a bit more control.

PEACE!

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Reply At long last, my familiy's and my 10 month unemployment nightmare is over! (Original post)
MarianJack Apr 2012 OP
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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:25 AM

1. Huzzah!

Good luck at your new job.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:25 AM

2. Great news..

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:27 AM

3. Congrats and Good Luck! n/t

 

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:28 AM

4. Congrats!

Happy for you!!!!!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:28 AM

5. Congrats!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:29 AM

6. Been there, done that.

Except that I was single at the time, which meant that I only had to worry about myself.

Congratulations and thanks for sharing the good news with us.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #6)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 06:21 PM

75. After shareing all of the BS,...

...I HAD to share the good news!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:29 AM

7. Congratulations! I'm SO happy for you!

What you've been through sounds absolutely terrible--I'm so thrilled that you can have peace of mind now! Congratulations!

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Response to renate (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 06:22 PM

76. Peace of mind!

It's a wonderful thing!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:31 AM

8. YESSS!!

Wishing you well on your new adventure.

And yes, let us NEVER allow anyone to forget who got us into this mess or rewrite history. 2000-2008 DID happen.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:38 AM

9. Thank God! May things begin to get better all around for you and your family. nt

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:40 AM

10. Huge K&R. Congratulations!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:40 AM

11. right on!

so very happy for you!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:41 AM

12. MJ, God bless you and and your precious family. And all other families in need. n/t

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:42 AM

13. Congratulations!

 

I'd give you smilies but there aren't any left!

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #13)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 06:28 PM

77. The reason there aren't any left is...

...that I've used them all up!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:42 AM

14. Great news!!!!

 

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:44 AM

15. Yay! Congrats!

Good luck with your new job.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:46 AM

16. congrats

my husband was out of work for 20 months, the first time since we was 16 that he didn't have a job.
We made it through but I still have nightmares.
Saving as fast as we can since it all seems so fragile right now.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:46 AM

17. AWESOME! I couldn't be happier for you & family.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:49 AM

18. Excellent news for a beautiful spring day!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 11:03 AM

19. Congratulations....I hope I find something soon. I am on 4 1/2 yrs unemployed

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Response to sunwyn (Reply #19)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 12:06 PM

34. May you and I be next!

You first, I'm OK for now!

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Response to lastlib (Reply #34)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 06:35 PM

79. I hope your're going to get great news soon!

PEACE!

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Response to sunwyn (Reply #19)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 06:34 PM

78. My best wishes for good news...

...FAST!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 11:06 AM

20. Good vibes from my house to yours. Your entire family has proved you are survivors and

it has only made you stronger. If you can go through what you've already gone through you're stronger than a whole lot of other people. Congrats and I hope from now on you can buy your son whatever he wants.

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Response to Booster (Reply #20)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 06:40 PM

80. He has my first several paychecks already...

...SPENT!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 11:08 AM

21. Good for you!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 11:10 AM

22. I'm so relieved for you

If you don't get advanced than you can always look for another job, and it is a lot easier to get one when you have one.

It's a sad commentary on our economy that getting a job for under $10 an hour is cause for massive celebration, but you know, it is. And if you think it is a good place to work, that's even better.

Congratulations!!!!!

I'm SO glad that something finally broke your way.

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Response to Yo_Mama (Reply #22)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 06:42 PM

81. Thank you, Yo_Mama!

A break feels good.

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 11:11 AM

23. Congratulations, my dear MarianJack!

I am really thrilled to hear your great news!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #23)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 06:43 PM

82. Thank YOU,...

...My Dear CaliforniaPeggy!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 11:17 AM

24. Congratulations. What a relief am sure. I hope many many people get work soon.

 

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 11:17 AM

25. That's awesome!

I've been worrying, wishing I was in a position to help with your job search.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 11:27 AM

26. Congratulations!

I hope it ends up being even better than you imagine.

Good luck to you.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 11:41 AM

27. I am so happy for you and your family. Best wishes for much success

on the new job.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 11:48 AM

28. Fantastic news

I know how good it feels to finally get back to work. Good for you. I'm hoping that we see many more threads like this in the near future.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 11:53 AM

29. Fanfriggintantastic - is that even a word :-)

Alright -- CONGRATS!!!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 11:58 AM

30. Awesome!

That's great!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 11:58 AM

31. yay!!

 

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 12:00 PM

32. such great news!

so very happy for you and your family-

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 12:03 PM

33. Very happy for you!



I hope you love the job and advance to whatever you'd like to do quickly.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 12:10 PM

35. Congrats!

Way to persevere. Very happy for you.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 12:50 PM

36. Great news.....and congratulations.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 01:01 PM

37. Thanks for sharing the good news!

Good Luck.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 01:01 PM

38. So happy for you!!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 01:02 PM

39. I'm so happy for you. Hope you get promoted soon! n/t

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 01:04 PM

40. Congrats - and continued good luck. n/t

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 01:13 PM

41. Congrats!

My husband went through 6 1/2 months of unemployment that ended in late 2011 - I know the feelings - both the bad over the last 10 months and the GREAT that you are feeling today. I'm very happy for you!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 01:21 PM

42. That's great news...

I wish you the best of luck in your new job and hope that you get the raise that you deserve. I've been unemployed for very short periods of time and it truly sucks.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 01:22 PM

43. Congrats!!!

 

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 01:28 PM

44. Happy day! Congratulations

to you and your family.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 01:33 PM

45. I'm very happy for you. I know what it's like to have a family and be out of work

 

I was out of work for 7 months. And the whole time, I felt like I had completely failed at my primary purpose in life--to provide for my family. They were very good about it, of course, and I learned to nod assent to the encouraging words, but I didn't feel like much of a good person. I cried when I got a job offer. And the interview process is such artifice. You have to act as though you're on top of the world, all the while thinking, I need this job, I MUST have this job, you HAVE to offer it to me or my family is going down for the count. So when I said that I was really happy for you, that's the stuff I was thinking about. I know what it's like for that weight to be lifted, and I wish you all the best.

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Response to DisgustipatedinCA (Reply #45)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 06:46 PM

83. You Decribe EXACTLY...

...How I felt on recent interviews!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Reply #83)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 09:47 PM

86. I also happen to have a strong suspicion

 

...that you'll be the best employee at your new company. You have a motivation that many others will not understand. Go tear it up, and yes, PEACE to you too.

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Response to DisgustipatedinCA (Reply #86)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 08:26 AM

87. About 5 months after my wife got her present job,...

...her boss' boss told her that she is the most valuable person that he'd ever hired. She is now likely to get a nice promotion this week or soon after.

My goal is to have my new boss say the same, so your suspicion is DEAD ON PERFECT! The cool thing is that my new job is to help unemployed people find jobs. I think that one of the reasons I got the job os because I know exactly what some of the people I'll be working with are going through.

You are right, my wife and son are all the motivation I need.

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 01:35 PM

46. Been there done that.....

got the unemployment check back in 1988. Profoundly affected my life. I never have subscribed to cable or newspapers since-unnecessary expense. Always keep a years worth of food in the pantry and a minimum of 1K in the savings at all times (more now). I make generous use of the library for any media. I am an active Dem and donate to the food pantry and volunteer when I can. Most importantly, I always look out for folks I know that are too proud to ask for help (yes, I know what to look for).

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 01:37 PM

47. Congrats!!! n/t

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 01:43 PM

48. Congratulations, MJ!!!

I'm very happy for you and your family. It's less than you deserve, but it's a great improvement. Your good news makes my day, too!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 01:46 PM

49. Great news and good luck in the future.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 01:54 PM

50. congratulations!!!

i am glad you found a job. i was laid off January 2010. and my unemployment just ran out. at least i am getting calls and interviews now, because i didn't hear a peep until a few months ago. i will take your great news as a sign that my nightmare is coming to an end too

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 02:46 PM

51. Yea!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 02:47 PM

52. Good, good good!!!! Happy for you!

 

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 03:50 PM

53. Best of luck as you move forward!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 04:30 PM

54. Feels great, doesn't it?

I've been there myself. With the support of my family, it all came out okay. But that new job was a good thing. Being unemployed sucks.


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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 04:51 PM

55. Huzzah!

Congratulations! I know it's been hard, but things will get better, I just know it! I haven't been able to find a job since 2009, so my art it is, and it's starting to snowball. So happy to hear good news! LOVE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 05:22 PM

56. Congrats!

Been there and yes, there's nothing like it. That phone call with those wonderful words - "you got the job." That feeling of a boulder rolling off your shoulders and then suddenly you wonder how you managed to carry that thing around for so long. But you just had no choice. When all these a**holes talk about unemployed people being "lazy" -- well, walk a few hundred miles in my shoes or yours. Your now-employed shoes! Congratulations.

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Response to WoodyD (Reply #56)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 06:48 PM

84. My now-employed shoes!

I love the sound of that!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 06:26 PM

57. Congratulations!

That's terrific!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 06:27 PM

58. A BIG CONGRATS!!! Best Wishes!! n/t

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 06:28 PM

59. yay!!! and congrats!!!!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 06:38 PM

60. Great news

and what you may do to help Obama and the rest of those who have been in your shoes, is to write about all that you have experienced.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 06:41 PM

61. YAAAAAAY!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 08:39 PM

62. HAPPY FOR YOU MARIANJACK

you will advance in no time, you will see!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 08:50 PM

63. Congratulations!

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Tue Apr 10, 2012, 09:20 PM

64. Congratz!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:05 PM

65. Wonderful News.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:22 PM

66. Very, very happy for you!! n/t

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:29 PM

67. So glad for you, MarianJack!

Way to go!

All the best in your new job, and to your family too!

(It's sort of like hanging onto a flagpole in a hurricane, isn't it? Feels so good when it stops.)

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:56 PM

68. I am so very happy for you and your family.

Last edited Wed Apr 11, 2012, 07:20 AM - Edit history (1)

As we discussed in another post this week, it sucks to be an unemployed, middle-aged professional with a good education and an excellent resume.

You are going to feel so much better, both mentally and physically, after you start working again. I am so happy for you!

I am still working PT for $7.50 and getting some more hours during some weeks. I never imagined that I would be in this situation after working for over 34 years.

edit: sp. I keep forgetting we have spell check once again!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 11:26 PM

69. Glad to hear it! Congratulations!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 12:44 AM

70. Fantastic

Hopefully things will only go upward for you and your family from this day forward.

Congratulations!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 12:45 AM

71. Congrats !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nt

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 12:59 AM

72. Congrats!

Hopefully the job will be the beginning of many successes.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 02:05 AM

73. What great news!

It always amazes me to read posts from people who have been out of work for horrendously long periods of time, but who still manage to keep abreast of the times with grace and humor. I'm very happy for you and your family and hope your success is a harbinger for everyone else on this board yearning to work again.

Congratulations and best wishes!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 08:09 AM

74. congratulations MarianJack

i hope it's ALL up from here, and see no reason that it won't be.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 06:49 PM

85. yeeeeehhhhaaaaaaaaawwwwwww

congratulations....

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