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Hey stranger, long time no see! But that's not your fault, it's mine. I still wind up my day by browsing Kos for the latest in breaking news and social commentary but I'm too pooped to contribute.

Working fifteen hours a day tends to have that effect on a fellow.

Like last week, this will be my one and only post until next Saturday.

Some of you may be wondering why, oh why, does Gegner have to work fifteen hours a day...and that would be a damn good question.

You could guess that I was going broke and you'd be guessing right!

Beggars can't be choosers; I had to take what I could well as what it pays. I'm just one more example of what happens when rising costs meets a static paycheck.

Krugman said it, Bonddad said it, the builders are walking away from projects they've already gotten the green light for and for some bizarre reason, the media is still predicting a `soft' landing.

What does my new groove of having to work fifteen hours a day have to do with the economy?

Let's call it a sign of the times.

I didn't decide to get a second job because I wanted to double my income, I got second job because my first job wasn't cracking my nut.

What does this mean to you, good citizen?

There are as many answers to this question as there are readers of this post. Some of you are rowing the same leaky canoe I'm in while others are using different strategies to cope with rising prices.

Let's rephrase the question to the one that resides in the back of everyone's mind...

Where does it end?

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Does this story have a happy ending?

My own feelings on the matter is that the outcome depends, as always, on what we, as a society, do about the situation.

Yes good citizen. It's up to the collective `we'.

The `situation', on the other hand, means different things to different people.

To some it's the environment, to others it's the courts and to still others it's the war...

Yet a common thread, a corrupt government that does not respond to the people, ties all three situations together.

This situation is reminiscent of the original revolution, where's the representation?

That said, the patriots fought against a ruler who was up against a three thousand-mile long supply chain...

We, on the other hand, are up against those who dictate from our own backyard.

They enemy currently controls the military, the press and the ballot box.

How do we combat such a powerful foe?

It's a mistake to think that they are us. As far as they're concerned, we aren't even people. We are, at best, the hired help, the unwashed masses, the rabble.

Until something is done I'll continue to have to work fifteen hours a day. When that's no longer enough, I'll have to find something to do on the weekends as well...

But it won't come to that. By the time I need a third job there won't be any. Both my first and second jobs will have laid me off.

And I'm part-time at both so I can't collect.

Do you see where this is headed? Do you see what our failure to act is leading us to?

There is no light at the end of the tunnel, this story doesn't have a happy ending...unless we, as a society, can put an end to the tragedy that is unfolding and start over from scratch.

To the plus side, that's it for this week!

Flip that rock over and it's only a matter of time until it's you standing in my shoes. Will you be `lucky' enough to find a second job?

Should anyone have to be that `lucky'?

Thanks for letting me inside your head,


Originally posted to Gegner on Sat Aug 26, 2006 at 07:17 PM PDT.



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    •  Hang in there bro (or sis)! (6+ / 0-)

      I'm finishing up my 4th month of unemployment.  I'm about to lose everything I haven't lost already.  Like many Americans, I'm running out of options.  This may not sound very cheerful or encouraging, but at least you're not alone.

      Imagination is more important than knowledge - Einstein

      by One Pissed Off Liberal on Sat Aug 26, 2006 at 08:02:39 PM PDT

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      •  sorry to hear about your situation p.o.l. (3+ / 0-)

        I just read your diary on hippies and my computer almost crashed trying to load all the comments. I guess one good thing about unemployment is having time to blog which I'm appreciative that you do. Gegnor I think the economy is a democratic issue. All of us left out of the so called booming economy have this fear of going broke. And we know the Republicans could give a damn. After the safety net is broke and our social security system is destroyed maybe we could just go back to slavery. If the rich owned us at least they might feed us.

        music- the univeral language

        by daveygodigaditch on Sat Aug 26, 2006 at 08:40:49 PM PDT

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      •  And here I am with two! (3+ / 0-)

        Ironically, the new gig is doing my 'old' trade, I'm machining on a manual lathe where I am the machine...if I don't move it, it don't move!

        I was a leadman in the manual dept at GE when I was 25, at 50, it's like running a marathon.

        OTOH, My night gig is driving a motorized easy chair...thru downtown Boston. Not physically demanding but you need to be alert...real alert.

        By the end of the week I'm a dishrag.

        P.S. kudos on your diary tonight, you've been putting your time to good use!

        Parties divide, movements unite.

        by Gegner on Sat Aug 26, 2006 at 08:40:51 PM PDT

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  •  i hear ya (3+ / 0-)
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    DaleA, Gegner, Cronesense

    i hear ya.

    maybe there's a conspiracy - where republicon employers find out if an applicant is a regisitered member of the GOP or not.

    i've been self employed 12 years partly because of corporate layoffs, partly out of my own choice.

    but i live in the boonies now so i'm getting a teaching credential since there are schools everywhere.

    the internet biz, now 10 years going, is still going, but slowly going downhill (partly from being in the boonies, partly from the drop in prices), so i'm in need of a secure, in demand job, like teaching math, for the next two decades.  wonder if i'll be able to retire @ 65?  that's the big question for me.

    •  sooner or later all the nickling and diming (2+ / 0-)
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      Gegner, Cronesense

      sooner or later all the nickle and diming will catch up with us me thinks.

      •  Something's gotta give (2+ / 0-)
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        DaleA, Cronesense

        and I fear in the end it will be the people's patience. Kids wothout a future will lash out at a society that has no use for them.

        Unfortunately for most of us, this lashing out will take place not in the well-protected land of the wealthy but in the marketplaces of the desperate.

        Sooner or later change will come.

        The question without answer is will this change be positive or negative?

        Parties divide, movements unite.

        by Gegner on Sat Aug 26, 2006 at 08:44:50 PM PDT

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        •  A few years ago when I was a kid (2+ / 0-)
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          DaleA, Gegner

          I moved to LA, California. (another story, another time)

          Back then there was a city known as Watts. The singular thing I remember about Watts was a fellow carpenter that lived there. He looked me in the eye one fine day and said, "Burn, Baby, burn."

          A strong statement. A moment of truth.

          Today I say, "Purge, Baby, purge."

          It's time for all Americans to purge our Congress.

          Yes, I know, someone will argue that his/her Senator or Rep is the greatest, the nicest, the only real savior of the people, etc.

          Argue all you want, bitch all you want, cry yourself to sleep over your favorite Joe Lieberman, H. Clinton or whomever.... I say, "Purge, Baby, purge."

          If it's incumbent, it's tainted. Get rid of it.

        •  i think we will see a return to a "60's" movement (0+ / 0-)

          i think we will see a return to a "60's" movement, minus the drugs.

          as more and more of what we buy comes from China, the merchants around us will make less money and/or go out of business.  which means they will buy less services from you.

          which means you have to cut costs more.

          which means...

          there are only so many service jobs necessary.

          which means who can afford services when they are broke?

          so i think we'll see another 60's flower power movement - singles in their 20's being joint owners of housing units, living in coops, as they won't be able to afford to buy their own.  they will be environmentalists, liberals, and the Democratic Party might very well be too conservative for many of them.

          Possibly even moving, in some cases, back to the Country and so they can cooperatively also grow their own food.

          A real back to basics movement based out of no other choice.

          And I think this will be positive change, (IMO.)

          : )

  •  2 years on that schedule for me (1+ / 0-)
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    it sucks...and you can try to change things politically (if you can live without food or sleep), but the change has to be a philosophic one...

    the time has come the walrus said, to speak of many things....

    by farmerchuck on Sun Aug 27, 2006 at 05:11:43 AM PDT

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