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Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:35 AM

I am NOT leaving DU, but...

...I am going to have to step back for awhile. I'm not angry with anyone (if I were, than that's why there is an ignore list), I'm not disillusioned (this isn't a perfect community but what is?) and nobody hurt my feelings or offended me. Am I happy with everything that goes on here? No. Am I in a fit of pique? Hell no. Am I taking my cyber ball and going home in a fit? FUCK HELL NO!

Late in June I lost my job and with only my wife's income alone dictates that we have to make some temporary sacrifices, among them being our home internet and Netflix, which are both going to o be temporarily suspended after today. So today, we're enjoying our Netflix raves a d our websites. Fortunately, our town library has internet and I have a good looking job interview this week. Hopefully, this will be VERY temporary. I certainly know that I am not a DU leading member, but I hope that there will be some who will be happy upon my return.

In the interim, vote blue, encourage others to do so and if you're up here in Maine, than GO SHENNA BELLOWS, MIKE MICHAUD, CHELLIE PINGREE, EMILY CAIN AND MAINE DEMS!!!

That's my 2cents, and quite possibly overpriced at that...yikes!

PEACE!

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Reply I am NOT leaving DU, but... (Original post)
MarianJack Aug 2014 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2014 #1
MarianJack Aug 2014 #3
hfojvt Sep 2014 #66
Tuesday Afternoon Aug 2014 #2
MarianJack Aug 2014 #6
Gormy Cuss Aug 2014 #4
MarianJack Aug 2014 #10
raven mad Aug 2014 #47
hunter Aug 2014 #5
MarianJack Aug 2014 #11
BainsBane Aug 2014 #7
MarianJack Aug 2014 #12
Tikki Aug 2014 #8
MarianJack Aug 2014 #13
Squinch Aug 2014 #9
democrank Aug 2014 #14
MarianJack Aug 2014 #16
ChisolmTrailDem Aug 2014 #15
MarianJack Aug 2014 #17
ChisolmTrailDem Aug 2014 #19
daredtowork Aug 2014 #18
MarianJack Aug 2014 #34
daredtowork Aug 2014 #37
Puglover Aug 2014 #20
TBF Aug 2014 #21
MarianJack Aug 2014 #35
greatlaurel Aug 2014 #22
murielm99 Aug 2014 #23
Veilex Aug 2014 #24
sueh Aug 2014 #25
emulatorloo Aug 2014 #26
Cleita Aug 2014 #27
treestar Aug 2014 #28
Generic Other Aug 2014 #29
merrily Aug 2014 #30
TeeYiYi Aug 2014 #31
joanbarnes Aug 2014 #32
tblue37 Aug 2014 #33
marym625 Aug 2014 #36
Warpy Aug 2014 #38
Major Hogwash Aug 2014 #39
FailureToCommunicate Aug 2014 #40
Skittles Aug 2014 #41
LeftishBrit Aug 2014 #42
99Forever Aug 2014 #43
cyberswede Aug 2014 #44
Doctor_J Aug 2014 #45
raven mad Aug 2014 #46
Worried senior Aug 2014 #48
Jim Lane Aug 2014 #49
Rowdyboy Aug 2014 #50
Cha Aug 2014 #51
sheshe2 Aug 2014 #52
AverageJoe90 Aug 2014 #53
mackerel Aug 2014 #54
MADem Aug 2014 #55
NBachers Sep 2014 #56
C Moon Sep 2014 #57
DFW Sep 2014 #58
Violet_Crumble Sep 2014 #59
riqster Sep 2014 #60
bvf Sep 2014 #61
nolabear Sep 2014 #62
blm Sep 2014 #63
GoneOffShore Sep 2014 #64
yardwork Sep 2014 #65
shireen Sep 2014 #67

Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:39 AM

1. Hope you can come back very soon, my dear MarianJack!

I will miss your intelligence and enthusiasm!

PEACE!


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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:46 AM

3. Thank you, California Peggy.

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 11:44 AM

66. I would suggest putting it off a few months

Go without netflix and the internet as long as you can, build up a little reserve. My life sorta revolves around the internet and I watch too darned much TV. But I also have a hefty reserve and no spouse to talk with either.

Your local party maybe could use a volunteer, or two.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:42 AM

2. Wishing you all the best and look forward to your quick return

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:47 AM

6. Thank you!

Hopefully VERY soon!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:46 AM

4. Good luck in your job search.

I know that you live a small market where job searching is a bit more challenging.

random smiley

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Response to Gormy Cuss (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:52 AM

10. Small market and...

...59 years old...Yikes!

We are in the process of getting licensed to be foster parents. When that happens, my wife and I agreed that that would be my full time job.

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Reply #10)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 06:42 PM

47. Nothing but admiration for folks who can do what you're going to do.

And you'll do it beautifully!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:46 AM

5. If you were my neighbor, I'd share internet.

I think there should be some level of "free" internet everywhere. Maybe not fast enough for netflix, but certainly fast enough for DU and email.

Good luck!

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Response to hunter (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:53 AM

11. Thank you for the kind thought!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:47 AM

7. I wish you the best on your interview

Fingers crossed.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #7)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:54 AM

12. Thank you!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:48 AM

8. We'll keep the tea pot warm.....



See you all soon, real soon...
Tikki

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Response to Tikki (Reply #8)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:55 AM

13. The tea pot? Yes!

The teabags? Heck no!

Thanks!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:56 AM

14. Hope your interview goes well.

Good luck!

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Response to democrank (Reply #14)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:58 AM

16. Thank you!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:57 AM

15. Darn =( One of my favorite DUers. I hope you can return soon, MarianJack...

 

Knock 'em dead at your interview and come back to us when the time is right.

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Response to ChisolmTrailDem (Reply #15)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:59 AM

17. ASAP!

Thanks!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Reply #17)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:03 PM

19. You're very welcome, MJ. nt

 

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:02 PM

18. In my view the Internet is the basic form of communication now

It's used to find jobs, to network, to find medical information, to find house cleaning information when you don't have money for normal cleaning products(!), to check the news - especially the LOCAL news (it's the first place I check after an earthquake, to make DMV reservations and engage with other bureaucratic functions...the list goes on and on.

The library reservation time doesn't cut it - especially when you incorporate time required to write tailored job application letters. Everyone in the "system" always says they want you to "tailor" everything - well perhaps they should prove it by making that feasible!

I'm extremely lucky in that I have a housemate, and I paid the Internet bills for the last decade, so I never lost access to that vital form of communication. Ironically I did lose access to all but basic phone communications. California's discount phone program made me choose between a land line and a cellphone. I chose the land line with local calls only, and now I don't know with the fact all HR recruiters assume I can just return their cellphone-based toll numbers at the drop of a pin. The assumption is everyone has a cellphone. Only a really poor person wouldn't.

But if I were paying for it, and I had to choose, I'd still choose Internet access over the cellphone.

By the way, if your hometown has employment support programs, that should enable you a little more Internet access - for job-hunting, if not for DU!

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Response to daredtowork (Reply #18)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:57 PM

34. Thanks.

I CAN bring my laptop to the library and be on the web for as long as they're open.

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Reply #34)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 02:07 PM

37. Oooh - great plan! nt

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:04 PM

20. Good Luck with the interview!

Hope you can return soon!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:05 PM

21. Good luck with the interview -

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Response to TBF (Reply #21)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:58 PM

35. Thanx!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:11 PM

22. Good luck with your job interview!

A close relative of mine just got a master's degree and is job hunting. It is really hard to find anything. Right now it looks like it will be 2-3 part time jobs. It is so difficult now that the corporate schmucks have gotten the unemployment rate so high that they can force people into desperation to force down wages and benefits to nothing.

Hope you get the job. The foster parent idea is a really creative longer term solution. Hope that works out well, too.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:25 PM

23. You say you are not a DU leading

member. Yet your name is one I recognize and look for. I enjoy your posts.

I will miss you. Best of luck. Keep us updated, and come back soon!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:29 PM

24. Hurry back!!!

 

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:41 PM

25. Good luck on your job interview! I hope you can come back soon, MarianJack.

I enjoy your posts.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:41 PM

26. Good luck with everything!

You are gonna make a huge comeback.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:42 PM

27. Sorry about your temporary change of fortunes.

Here's hoping your circumstances change ASAP and you are clicking away at your computer again. In the meantime if you really need an internet fix, there is the public library. Most have computers you can use for "research".

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:43 PM

28. Best of luck!

Hope you are back full time soon!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:46 PM

29. Check in at the library sometimes

while filling out job apps. And good luck. I am sure you will bounce back in no time!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:50 PM

30. Very best wishes in your job hunt and everything else.

You will be missed and people will be glad when you return. Of that, I have no doubt.

And thanks for letting us know. I know some people don't like good bye (or goodbye for now) threads. However I am the worrying kind, so I don't like it when people just disappear. I worry they are very ill or something like that. So this is comforting, in that way.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 12:53 PM

31. Lots of places offer free wireless now...

Maybe you could find a local coffee shop where you could stay connected for the price of a cup. I'm not sure, but I think libraries might have free wireless too. Check around...

Thanks for the update and good luck with your job search.

TYY

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:03 PM

32. Best of luck to you, MarianJack. Same things going on here too.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 01:36 PM

33. Good luck with the job interview, MJ. If you can get to the library

to let us know how it goes, please do. We will be thinking of you and hoping for the best.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 02:02 PM

36. :-(

That really sucks. Sorry you're going through this

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 02:12 PM

38. A break will leave you refreshed, especially if it's involuntary

I took several during the 00s while I was bouncing between NM and FL taking care of parents.

Best of luck landing that job and come back soon!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 02:13 PM

39. I thought you were a DU leading member!

Look out for the edge of the cliff!!!!!!


Bwa-haha!!!!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 02:33 PM

40. Good luck on the job interview! Look forward to having you back soon.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 04:29 PM

41. rooting for you MarianJack

I really wish you could find a way to keep home internet - to me that is no longer a luxury

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 04:31 PM

42. Best wishes for the job interview!!!

And come back as soon as you can!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 04:34 PM

43. May your interview lead to a good job and a quick return for you.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 04:35 PM

44. Good luck, Jack!

Come back soon.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 06:40 PM

45. Best of luck

 

to you and your wife and the ME Dems

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 06:41 PM

46. If I had more than 2 cents, I'd sure send it to you!

You'll be missed while away for what I hope is just a bit. We're pretty much in the same situation; probably lose the 'net next week (unless I can convince them to let us hang in there).

My addiction to DU will suffer greatly! (Long time lurker, here, only recently posting.)

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 06:45 PM

48. Good luck

hope things work out for you quickly.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 07:11 PM

49. I'm also elderly (by employers' standards) and haven't a job in several years.

 

Quite a few of us are finding that we can't live the lives of steady employment that we grew up expecting. We over-the-hill types keep trying with the job interviews, of course, and sometimes they work (and I wish you well). The main thing that strikes me about your post, though, is that you're not putting all your eggs in that basket.

These days, people just need to have a Plan B (and if possible a Plan C). I've been freelancing, with less income but more free time (and more anxiety) than when I was a wage slave. You've taken the initiative to enter the foster care field. Way to go!

It's also possible that having another option will make you less desperate at the interview and therefore better able to show them your abilities. It almost makes me feel sorry for the poor slobs who have to compete with you for the job.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 07:30 PM

50. Hope to be able to welcome you back very soon....

You will be missed

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 09:06 PM

51. Bottom Line.. Good Luck on your job interview, Jack! And, Good Luck Maine!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 09:18 PM

52. Good vibes for the interview!



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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 09:40 PM

53. I'll be seeing you around, M.J.

 

I'd like to wish you the best of luck.....

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:14 PM

54. Good luck with your interview!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:23 PM

55. If you have a neighbor nearby with internet, you should ask them

if they'd mind if you borrowed a bit of bandwidth from them. Maybe they'd give you their access code...?

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 12:41 AM

56. Yeah, but I know you're gonna be voting, and that's the big priority. So far, it's free to vote.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 01:58 AM

57. I'm semi-new here, and I've been taken aback by some of the posts.

I have to keep reminding myself that not everyone here is of my mindset.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 03:14 AM

58. It must be devastating to lose a needed job. Wish you luck for the next one!

As someone who has worked for (in essence) the same outfit for the last 39 years, I can't imagine what it would mean to suddenly be without the job. I don't know how long you were at the one you just lost.

I don't know Maine very well, but was up there last April for the first time in decades (Bath/Freeport area). It did not seem like a bustling hub of prosperity, and after meeting your oaf of a governor, can well imagine why. As a Texan, we know what it means to have an ignorant oaf as governor.

Don't hesitate to share any good news if you have some!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 04:07 AM

59. Good luck with yr job interview and I hope you can check into DU every now and again...

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 07:40 AM

60. Good luck with the job hunt!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 07:44 AM

61. Good luck on the interview! n/t

 

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 10:08 AM

62. We'll keep a light on. Good luck with the job search!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 10:24 AM

63. ((M_J))

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Mon Sep 1, 2014, 11:18 AM

64. Good luck with the job interview!

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Mon Sep 1, 2014, 11:31 AM

65. Good luck! Hope you find a great job soon.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 03:42 PM

67. Good luck

I really hope you get a job you like soon, and return to a normal life. Take care.

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