Re: Unemployment compensation and self-employment (was Re: Laid Off)

Subject: Re: Unemployment compensation and self-employment (was Re: Laid Off)
From: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "beelia -at- pacbell -dot- net" <beelia -at- pacbell -dot- net>, "john -dot- x -dot- posada -at- us -dot- hsbc -dot- com" <john -dot- x -dot- posada -at- us -dot- hsbc -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:16:55 -0800 (PST)

My sympathies and I hope things improve for you.  If you can, move to Texas.  Our system here isn't the best in the world but the last time I dealt with them it was a lot better than what you describe. We don't have a state income tax and the cost of living here is somewhat lower. 

I know I'm in the minority but I think your posts have been just fine as far as politeness is concerned. I firmly believe you have much less to worry about on that score than you may think.

Any time you try to send a message to a politician, send a physical mail rather an email.  They know there are a lot of bots that make one sender look like a thousand.  A sack of mail holding 1000 envelopes is more impressive because it is still more difficult to produce than 1000 emails.

If I were you, assuming it's possible, I'd invest some time in taking a laptop and a book and a pillow, and physically camping out on someone's desk in the EDD office for a few days.  What have you got to lose?

And to those of you who warned me about my email address and name being available, I knew that. I guess I should thank you for your apparent concern over my future marketability. Thank you. But please, don't bother mentioning things like this to me in the future. I decided many years ago I'll worry about something like this the day after hell freezes over.  I've had jobs that tried to kill me working for people who really hated me and I returned the feeling with interest, and this is not large enough to register on my concern radar. I am as diplomatic as needed with my boss, my parents, the cycle cop, and the judge, but I refuse to censor myself out of worry over what *might* be some nameless, faceless stranger's likes and dislikes. And after dealing with some of the tech people I've met over the last 23 years, if I could make a decent living as a carpenter, I'd never touch another computer again.
 


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From: beelia <beelia -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: john -dot- x -dot- posada -at- us -dot- hsbc -dot- com
Cc: techwr-l-bounces+john -dot- x -dot- posada=us -dot- hsbc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com; Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 11:16 AM
Subject: Re: Unemployment compensation and self-employment (was Re: Laid Off)

Thanks, everyone. I hadn't googled myself in ages, so just for laughs I
tried it. I found only my Linkedin and Facebook profiles, several other
people whose names contain or resemble mine, and even a couple of
obituaries that clearly aren't me. I'm less worried now, though I'm going
to try to continue to be polite.

However, it's becoming more difficult since this morning, when I got up at
7:30 to try to get through to EDD again. By 8 AM I had dialed every one of
their lines, and they are no longer letting anyone through at all.

The main line that they tell you to call - to talk to a human - just plays
an informational message, gives you menu selections that only go to the
automated services, and hangs up. I even tried the Spanish and Vietnamese
lines, since someone on the Facebook site said they got through that way.

I did send messages to my state assemblyman and senator, but haven't
received a reply yet. But this is a bureaucracy that is showing
characteristics of becoming a black hole, and I wouldn't be surprised if
those guys just got sucked into it like the rest of us.

I have a hunch that I am going to have to forget about getting unemployment
benefits and just live off my savings. Fortunately I have some, but I don't
know how long they are going to have to last.

Dosvedanya!

Bee
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