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  •  Hope all of this resolves (2+ / 0-)
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    elsaf, cassandracarolina

    in the best way for you. (((elsaf))) You are so right about the need for Medicare for all. Besides the basic morality of having healthcare available for everyone,such a fix would allow some to retire and many more to branch out and pursue other options. Enormous waste of human capital is our current system.

    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 12:28:45 PM PDT

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      As I said, I've been preparing for this for a while. I'm sort of waffling back and forth between missing my job (and my co-workers, many of whom were laid off with me) and feeling free because I'm no longer tethered to a job.

      I can't take it personally, because they shut down and outsourced my whole department. I was in no way singled out. But I can also see that my department (because it was a good job and people seldom left) had one of the highest average ages in the company. I think that may have factored in in some way.

      I may have some leaner times coming, but I'm going to be well off compared to some of my co-workers who were sole breadwinners for families (I'm single) and have kids in college and such. I feel really bad for some of them.

      Wealth doesn't trickle down -- it rises up.

      by elsaf on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 02:15:02 PM PDT

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      •  I know that feeling, elsaf (2+ / 0-)
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        Mnemosyne, tardis10

        having been laid off at age 59 last summer. Even though I was one of hundred laid off that month, it's hard not to take it personally knowing the job market for people our age. It's also disheartening to see that my former employer has over 100 open personnel requisitions in my city. Clearly, they were trying to offload "seasoned" workers and replace them with more affordable people.

        I admire your attitude and resilience. Oh, and programmable thermostats are also very helpful in warmer climates like Texas, where air conditioning bills can be significant. Between good insulation, a couple of ceiling fans, and frugal programming, I've been able to divert much of my utility money into my retirement savings.

        Best of luck to you, and thank you for an excellent diary.

        Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

        by cassandracarolina on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 03:17:32 PM PDT

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