Skip to main content

This isn't a GBCW.  Because I'm not leaving by choice, and I'll be back to check my TU status the first chance I get.  But my Bush Economy Chickens are coming home to roost.

It seemed almost surreal when I called the cable company yesterday and told them to disconnect, not just my internet service ... but my cable TV too.

She was so conciliatory, almost motherly.  "Oh my," her voice had a southern lilt with a soft caressing wisp, "this is like the 4th one of these today I've gotten from down around your way.  You folks are really takin' this hard ain't ya?"

Nah.  Not really.  It's not like we didn't see it coming.  I'm grateful it took longer for me, and so far I'm blessed in that I'm still employed.  But in my business, you don't have only one revenue stream.  One might be a salary from your full time job.  That covers the regular nut and the insurance.  Another stream might enable you to have a few luxuries around the house, and still another might pay off a charge card so you can splurge with clothes and stuff occasionally.

It's been a good run!

But it's over now.  And if my guess is correct it's going to get worse.  MUCH worse ... before it gets any better for those of us in the Widget Upper Midwest/Great Lakes area.

So, the first thing to go is the cable and internet, which has been flowing freely into my home for almost 15 years - since I got sober and started being able to afford a real life!

The maid service went last week.  Now, before you wrinkle your nose, this is Merry Maids.  It's a sort of suburbanite version of a housecleaning service where they just give a pair of gay men's house the once over a couple times a month for 80 bucks.  They did bathrooms.  It's not my forté. It was affordable ... was.

So anyway, probably some time tonight I will be without digital communication in my home for the first time since Al Gore invented the internets.  And I still don't have it as bad as 90% of my fellow Michiganders who are in dire financial straits, some of which have already become a part of the State System, which if you ask me can seem like the closest thing to the Debtor's Prison that folks say doesn't exist in North America.

It's a hard time.  But you know what, it doesn't change my view about letting auto companies and banks and whoever all else thinks they can just screw everyone and the tax payer will pay for it, to fail and fail hard.  I think they should fail just like the rest of us.  Their workers are eventually going to be screwed anyway.  The CEO's will scamper off to Dubai with their shiny little golden parachutes and million dollar nest eggs, and we'll be trying to figure out how to make Kraft Mac n Cheese taste like an Italian entree.

So, this is Detroit Mark, signing off ... probably some time around 10pm tonight when they cut the switch and take the box.  I'll be back as soon as things turn around and I can pay the fees to turn it back on.

Hang in there folks!  The Mayan Calender runs out in 4 years.  How much worse can it be?!

UPDATED With My Thanks:  I swear, this place can be like an Affirmations Group sometimes.  My humble thanks to you for raising me up and listing me over your heads.  It's like a mosh of love.  I am indebted to the kindness of this community.

Originally posted to Detroit Mark on Tue Nov 18, 2008 at 06:47 AM PST.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Leslie in CA, Deep Dark, Louise, gpclay, Ed in Montana, cdreid, Doug in SF, Dissento, easong, northsylvania, Sean Robertson, Peace JD, SilverWings, murphy, eleming, copymark, kate mckinnon, leftcoast, gogol, lrhoke, Nancy in Berkeley, philgoblue, decafdyke, saraswati, ScientistMom in NY, kainah, BigOkie, Dems2004, mattman, Bob Love, tnichlsn, karlpk, dengre, DDinIND, SanJoseLady, LynnS, LEP, martianchronic, eeff, StevenJoseph, nclefty, sobermom, SallyCat, Carnacki, Matilda, BenGoshi, pollyusa, grndrush, mataliandy, givmeliberty, bookt, PeterSD, Harper, sardonyx, kissfan, dpc, RubDMC, Morgana, Great Cthulhu, tyler93023, bronte17, JSCram3254, conchita, brillig, wonkydonkey, Cassandra77, nyceve, OCD, Baldwiny, eddieb061345, KMc, buckeyekarl, TKwow, mkfarkus, mrblifil, roses, khloemi, lorikay4, oslo, skertso, L0kI, juslikagrzly, FeastOr, oceanview, enough already, antirove, CocoaLove, Alohaleezy, dksbook, Brit, stridergambit, SneakySnu, kharma, psnyder, Barbara Morrill, hopewell, Doolittle, MrSandman, sockpuppet, ddr711, oldjohnbrown, MadLibrarian, bogdanmi, MA Liberal, Drew J Jones, PaulVA, laughingriver, On The Bus, Sychotic1, TX Scotia, Catte Nappe, snakelass, tabbycat in tenn, Liberaljentaps, welshvalleymaid, 313to212, One bite at a time, bobnbob, tomjones, CanYouBeAngryAndStillDream, SanDiegoDem, poemworld, xyz, kmbo, Irish Patti, bibble, thereisnospoon, Timroff, maggie sarah, dakrle, Dave Brown, guyermo, KathyK, ebbinflo, Big Tex, leolabeth, joanneleon, mrmango, Bluesee, marina, radarlady, ZZZzzz, freakofsociety, UncleCharlie, Five of Diamonds, LisaZ, klamothe, arnott, sc kitty, PBen, PsychoSavannah, Melody Townsel, triciawyse, ajsuited, Valtin, sigmarthebad, Clem Yeobright, ChemBob, stagemom, Brooke In Seattle, trinityfly, michaelmas, roninbushido, reflectionsv37, boofdah, btrflisoul, bleeding blue, Morrigan, kidfury, Pam from Calif, Frank Palmer, Sun Tzu, jimreyn, ladybug53, Ice Blue, Little Lulu, blue jersey mom, govib, lasky57, bjedward, deep, exmearden, techno, noemie maxwell, Steve Singiser, wbr, cerulean, serrano, zinger99, sbdenmon, Reepicheep, LithiumCola, Pluto, jilikins, Shiborg, LisainNYC, Spathiphyllum, Ekaterin, kathny, Sister Havana, fhcec, noweasels, xaxnar, lgmcp, skywriter, alrdouglas, occams hatchet, LeftOverAmerica, mbzoltan, Showman, Shirl In Idaho, BachFan, Do Tell, Debbie in ME, RustyBrown, Clytemnestra, edwardssl, BlueInARedState, emeraldmaiden, Themistoclea, DemiGoddess, HoundDog, seefleur, martyc35, Samwoman, urbannie, srvaughn, Lefty Coaster, triv33, birdbrain64, aepm, A Siegel, cRedd, gooderservice, Libby Shaw, Bob Sackamento, imabluemerkin, real world chick, NearlyNormal, bleeding heart, Preston S, totallynext, nowheredesign, ER Doc, soccergrandmom, Unitary Moonbat, Dinclusin, buckinfuzzard, american pastoral, llbear, Cairo Liberal, zhimbo, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, va dare, The Lighthouse Keeper, frankzappatista, kurt, MadMs, revgerry, Statusquomustgo, crystal eyes, kurious, Blicero, Picot verde, Temmoku, christomento, blueintheface, Pandoras Box, AmericanRiverCanyon, One Pissed Off Liberal, BeninSC, Buckeye Hamburger, asilomar, Cronesense, Fredly, hockeyrules, wa ma, uncomfortably numb, Cat Whisperer, oscarsmom, Cottagerose, FWIW, moodyinsavannah, godislove, Roadette, jetskreemr, moosely2006, aravir, edsbrooklyn, la urracca, brooklynmatt, kath25, terabytes, mommyof3, deepeco, Uncle Moji, drchelo, blueintheT, Unbozo, davehouck, Kyle the Mainer, 7November, 99 Percent Pure, kingyouth, jayden, second gen, chicago jeff, vbdietz, jamesia, cyncynical, spiraltn, TheCorkBoard, Killer of Sacred Cows, RokkiBlueboa, millwood, jhop7, gchaucer2, Rumarhazzit, leonard145b, M Sullivan, eyesoars, sable, willb48, Empower Ink, djsands, gizmo59, Send Rahm a Cheesecake, sand805, mistletoe, rogerdaddy, Justus, TX Freethinker, LightningMan, Mr SeeMore, rontun, ScottyUrb, mamamedusa, golconda2, Laughing Vergil, filby, LucyMO, Lujane, tofumagoo, royce, TheStormofWar, Thought Crime, TreeGuy, mofembot, Gemina13, o the umanity, luckylizard, xysea, BYw, allie123, dont think, Guadalupe59, pilotmama, briefer, AndrewMC, Simply Agrestic, lgcap, Scubaval, shortgirl, legendmn, wv voice of reason, bijoudesigncom, maggiejean, cameoanne, multilee, tempus binder, smellybeast, Neon Vincent, Texanomaly, LA rupert, WSComn, aufklaerer, emboyo, Mech0T1, writerswrite, Discipline28, An Affirming Flame, sunhaws, bsmechanic, banjolele, Rabbithead, imchange, sweeper, jodygirl, BlueFox, earicicle, VoteAqui, Daily Activist, lollydee, beijingbetty, followyourbliss, Texas Revolutionary, Kaili Joy Gray, ZilV, dawnt, johngoes, jemjo, MooseHB, Denise Oliver Velez, kevinpdx, kl5, synductive99, RoCali, romwriter, Katie71, sherijr, A Voice, Bene Gesserit1, Sarahsaturn, etara, Rian Fike, math4barack, Tricky, Josselyn, Super Grover, isabvella, sophistry makes me tired, Larsstephens, Words In Action, capasb, cassandraX, kfd313, dalys, Dana99, TruthandTrust, oceanrain, awcomeon, rb137, Obamican08, Captain Marty, eXtina, My mom is my hero, politik, blueyescryinintherain, seishin, UTvoter, DeminWisconsin, Rustbelt Dem, Indie Tarheel, fidellio, TheWesternSun, CcVenussPromise, Proud Mom and Grandma, BFSkinner, chrome327, Crabby Abbey, KentuckyKat, msmo1918, lostmypassword, ATFILLINOIS, Eddie L, Monkey Man Hermit, sfkat, dissonantharmony, pixxer, ItsSimpleSimon, PvtJarHead, dlemex, juturna, Elana Levin of UNITE HERE, MsGrin, Floande, bottles, CA Berkeley WV, AMfromATL, sidious666, Actbriniel, mechboots, ladona, watershed, FriendlyWar, Sassinator, AQBan, yellow cosmic seed, B Unis, Philly526, penny8611, steve234, justicemoney, Montreal Progressive, moondance, Brooklyn Dado4, Diarist, Sailbourne, Amayi, Bodicea, firemage, Pa Mom, Miss E, FightingRegistrar, snowhusseincat, feeny, greatlyconcerned, Haf2Read, grottoes, FrozeAgain, athena47

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site