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  •  I am sorry for your (5+ / 0-)

    loss - and having to cut off relations with his caregivers must have also been hard; I've found that losing contact with those who you bonded with through the experience of an illness is yet another loss.

    A quiet day is good!  And I hope you are able to host WYFP; I really love this feature of DKos.  This "airing of grievances" is one of the best ways to build community, I think.

    "never trust a rich man when he offers you a truce"

    by KibbutzAmiad on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 07:44:57 PM PST

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    •  Yeah... (7+ / 0-)

      ...2005 was a bad year for me. The month after my friend died, we had a "reorganization" at CDOT, which I can only figure was becuase the Office of Emergency Management and Communications had formed the Traffic Management Authority, and said they were taking over the Signal Section. Worked real well, as the following month we were taken over by TMA, and moved, again. Then in November my grandmother, my mother, and one of my great aunts died. Not a very good year, so I can relate.

      I do have one possible bright spot to consider these days, though. Despite all the noise about public employees an their "huge" pensions, I may have an ace-in-the-hole with my pension: Boy Mayor Daley. He draws his pension from the same fund, and they wouldn't dare cut him off, so mine may be safe while he's still around.

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 07:54:48 PM PST

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      •  Some years are (5+ / 0-)

        grim indeed.  Re: your pension:  The attack on nurses, teachers, and public employees, along with social security seems to me to be an indication that the ruling class really believes this time, they can grab everything.  Drain the host completely dry.  I hope yours is safe; we need to fight hard to protect the few bastions of union strength that remain and bring the rest of working people up to that level (at least), not drag them down in an expansion of the race to the bottom.

        "never trust a rich man when he offers you a truce"

        by KibbutzAmiad on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 07:59:39 PM PST

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        •  I agree, and I wouldn't have made it... (6+ / 0-)

          ...to retirement without my union AFSCME. I had troubles similar to our friend Keith Olbermann, being suspended without pay three times, due to personality clashes with my old boss. I was very fortunate one what might have been the fourth one: my predisciplinary hearing was scheduled for the day the old freight tunnels flooded! That would have been a month-long one, and if I had gotten into it again, the next one after that would have seen me fired. Everyone got a cooling-off period.

          Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

          by JeffW on Sat Jan 08, 2011 at 08:07:36 PM PST

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