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Wed Dec 30, 2015, 08:50 PM

Today was my last day working for poverty wages.

Hopefully I will get my first SS check in January.

I will still be living in poverty, but at least I won't be doing back breaking work for said poverty.

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Reply Today was my last day working for poverty wages. (Original post)
malokvale77 Dec 2015 OP
onecaliberal Dec 2015 #1
malokvale77 Dec 2015 #3
babylonsister Dec 2015 #2
malokvale77 Dec 2015 #5
Martin Eden Dec 2015 #4
malokvale77 Dec 2015 #6
beveeheart Dec 2015 #16
malokvale77 Dec 2015 #20
tazkcmo Dec 2015 #35
Person 2713 Dec 2015 #7
malokvale77 Dec 2015 #10
LibDemAlways Dec 2015 #8
malokvale77 Dec 2015 #22
tazkcmo Dec 2015 #34
niyad Dec 2015 #9
malokvale77 Dec 2015 #13
SCantiGOP Dec 2015 #11
malokvale77 Dec 2015 #18
tazkcmo Dec 2015 #33
SusanCalvin Dec 2015 #12
malokvale77 Dec 2015 #15
SusanCalvin Dec 2015 #17
malokvale77 Dec 2015 #19
Hiraeth Dec 2015 #14
malokvale77 Dec 2015 #23
NJCher Dec 2015 #21
malokvale77 Dec 2015 #25
840high Dec 2015 #26
840high Dec 2015 #24
malokvale77 Dec 2015 #28
TexasTowelie Dec 2015 #27
malokvale77 Dec 2015 #29
malokvale77 Dec 2015 #30
hollysmom Dec 2015 #31
tazkcmo Dec 2015 #32
OnionPatch Dec 2015 #36
awoke_in_2003 Dec 2015 #37
Babel_17 Dec 2015 #38
Name removed Feb 2017 #39

Response to malokvale77 (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 08:51 PM

1. I'm happy for you.

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Response to onecaliberal (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 09:00 PM

3. I appreciate that.

Maybe I will spend some time here posting ways I learned to survive.

I'm sure others here can give me a few tips.

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Response to malokvale77 (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 08:59 PM

2. I'm not wishing my life

away, but I look forward to that milestone, too. Good for you!

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 09:09 PM

5. Thank you babylonsister.

I'm starting to think of it as the start of my life. It's the first time ever that my time is actually my time.

There is so much I want to do that I never had time for.

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Response to malokvale77 (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 09:00 PM

4. May you truly enjoy the extra time you now have to explore life.

I'm nearly 10 years from retirement, but fortunately have a decent paying job that doesn't wear my body down.

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Response to Martin Eden (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 09:14 PM

6. I do hope to enjoy every minute of it.

Even if it means sleeping in to 7:00 AM, and staying in my pajamas while I work on long neglected crafts.

Thank you for your well wishes.

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Response to malokvale77 (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 10:41 PM

16. You can sleep in later than that. lol

Have a great retirement!!

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Response to beveeheart (Reply #16)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 10:49 PM

20. " You can sleep in later than that. lol"

My dog disagrees. lol

Thank you so much. , too.

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Response to Martin Eden (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 09:06 AM

35. That's my problem.

Work in food industry and just did a 12 hour shift yesterday. Of course there was no break or time to eat. People are less valuable than the broken down equipment this 2 billion dollar of profits per year corporation doesn't give 2 shits about. I'm over 50 btw. Just hoping I'm physically able to enjoy retirement when I get there.

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Response to malokvale77 (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 09:51 PM

7. Congrats to you!

enjoy !

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Response to Person 2713 (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 10:08 PM

10. Thank you.

I hope to be able to give more time to the community that I have lived in for so long.

It's a given that I will not be relaxing in the Caymans. LOL

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Response to malokvale77 (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 09:57 PM

8. Welcome to the club. I signed up for SS as soon

as I became eligible last year. I still work part-time, but earn nowhere near the $15K limit. The SS has been a godsend. For the first time in a long time I am able to pay my bills without too much of a struggle.

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Response to LibDemAlways (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 10:58 PM

22. I would continue to work part-time...

but my SO is in bad health and needs me here at home.

SS is truly life saving. We must do all we can to preserve and expand it.

Thank you LibDemAlways.

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Response to malokvale77 (Reply #22)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 09:03 AM

34. Care givers.

Some states have programs that will compensate family members that are full time care givers for qualified persons. Might want to check it out.

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Response to malokvale77 (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 09:59 PM

9. so very happy for you (well, except for the poverty part) so glad that you will have the time to do

the things you want and enjoy.

please keep us posted, and we will happily send along tips as needed.

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Response to niyad (Reply #9)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 10:31 PM

13. Well thank you so much.

I hope to keep posting and I appreciate all tips.

PS: I wasn't always poverty stricken. WJC signed banking reform and NAFTA. GWB became governor of Texas. Shit happens.

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Response to malokvale77 (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 10:16 PM

11. If it would help

I'm looking into a $48 million dollar deal with this nice widow lady in Nigeria; I could cut you in.

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #11)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 10:41 PM

18. Nah...

I can get the whole on my own. LOL

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #11)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 09:01 AM

33. Hey!!!

That's MY money!

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Response to malokvale77 (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 10:17 PM

12. I am happy for you.

You worked hard and I hope you enjoy your respite.

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Response to SusanCalvin (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 10:39 PM

15. Thank you so much.

I am uplifted by all the encouragement I am receiving here.

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Response to malokvale77 (Reply #15)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 10:41 PM

17. That's what friends are for.

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Response to SusanCalvin (Reply #17)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 10:44 PM

19. Thank you friend.

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Response to malokvale77 (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 10:39 PM

14. Congratulations, malokvale77 !!

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Response to Hiraeth (Reply #14)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 11:02 PM

23. Appreciation...

to one I consider a fighter.

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Response to malokvale77 (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 10:54 PM

21. I know

some people who have recently gotten their Social Security. SS gets raves. They still work, and still pay into SS, but get a monthly check.

Re your crafts, I have a story to tell you about a college-level student of mine who has an Etsy store. This student does wood carving, and just before Christmas, he and I had to spend some time waiting together. I was curious about what these sounds were that were going off on his tablet. He seemed to be smiling happily each time that would happen. I asked him, and he told me those were Etsy sales. He was particularly happy that one item sold within two hours of listing it.

Of course, this is Christmas.

My student makes his items out of discarded stuff he finds at the curb. One item he sold that morning was an illuminated lighthouse that he made out of a bedpost. Consequently, he has no overhead other than his time. He told me that is his big thrill--making money off of something that cost him nothing.

I think it's great 'cuz it keeps stuff out of landfills.

Oh--one other story. One day he came into class with the biggest smile on his face. He showed me an antique mitre box he had seen in a window in a secondhand shop near the school. He knew the value of it--around $300--so he told the owner of the store it was worth a lot more than the $25 the shop owner was asking. Long story short, my student took a photo of the item, sold it for the $300, and went back a few days later. The secondhand store owner had not checked out the value like my student had told him to, so he was more than happy to sell the item for the $25. Net profit to my student was $275.

I guess my point is that if you enjoy that sort of thing, there may very well be a way you can turn your new found time into some extra $$.

If you want to see my student's Etsy store, PM me and I'll send you what to put in the search engine.

I'm happy for you, malokvale77. As a school teacher, I do get lower wages than what I'd have gotten in corporate America, but I get a decent amount of time off, for which I am very grateful.


Cher

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Response to NJCher (Reply #21)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 11:08 PM

25. Interested...

may I get back to you?

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Response to NJCher (Reply #21)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 11:09 PM

26. Can you post the store link here -

 

would love to see.

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Response to malokvale77 (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 11:06 PM

24. Congratulations. Enjoy your time.

 

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Response to 840high (Reply #24)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 11:15 PM

28. Treasure from you.

I'm 420high at this time.

I plan to enjoy every bit of my time until the day I die.

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Response to malokvale77 (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 11:11 PM

27. Congratulations on your retirement!!!

Take some time off and if you want to return to work to pick up some extra cash I'm sure that something will work out for you.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #27)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 11:20 PM

29. You are such a darling.

Thank you TT.

I cannot express how much you have meant to me here on DU.

Right back at ya

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Response to malokvale77 (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 11:39 PM

30. Good night fellow travelers...

I'm off to dreamland.

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Response to malokvale77 (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 01:10 AM

31. been there kind of.

I was unemployed when I signed I for SS. had saving though. it is nice to have a regular check.

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Response to malokvale77 (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 08:59 AM

32. Congrats!!!

Happy for you!

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Response to malokvale77 (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 12:01 PM

36. That's great. Hope you enjoy your time.



I don't like wishing my life away either but I sure am looking forward to that milestone myself. I have about 5 more years. (Unless some bastard Republicans pull the rug out and up the age before I get there.)

I really hope you are able to get by ok. One of the major wrongs going on in the world right now is the fact that people who are workin their asses off are living in poverty. I hope someday people will look back on this the same way we look back on things like slavery and child labor.

Good luck!

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Response to malokvale77 (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 02:04 PM

37. Congrats to you

 

Take a well earned rest.

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Response to malokvale77 (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 07:13 PM

38. lol, I feel you!

Congratulations on making it!

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