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Things for which you can be thankful

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So today is Thanksgiving Day. The parades are on TV. Your turkey’s in the oven, or you’re preparing to go eat Grandma’s cooking. You’re watching the Lions game at 12:30 p.m. because, after all, it’s tradition to watch the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day.

But you’re unemployed and you’re not feeling, well, thankful.

If your high school didn’t stress early American history as much as mine did, you may not remember that the Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving at the end of a harsh first year in the New World of America. They were simply thankful they had survived.

It’s no stretch to say 2009 has been a hard year for many of us here in America. Many of us may not be feeling particularly thankful this year — or we’re especially thankful we’ve survived this year.

So for Thanksgiving, I present a list of things for which you and I can be thankful (in no particular order):

  • Unemployment benefits and extensions. Without them, a lot of us would be in deep, deep trouble right now.
  • Jay Leno’s performances at The Palace and in Ohio for the unemployed. Thanks again, Jay.
  • Friends and family. Especially those who keep saying “it’s on me,” who help you network, and who just call to say they love you. You know who you are.
  • Facebook, because it keeps us in touch with our far-flung friends, family, and fans.
  • Your favorite music. You know what mine is. Enjoy some of yours soon. Maybe today.
  • Your health. If it’s good — if it’s even okay — be thankful.
  • My Aunt Joanne’s Thanksgiving dinners. (Yes, I have an Aunt Joanne.)

News from the unemployment agency

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Good news: The unemployment agency sent me its determination today over my missed call to MARVIN. I didn’t have to wait eight weeks for their decision after all. Plus they sent me a form letter about how I may soon be eligible for extended benefits after nearly 26 weeks of unemployment unenjoyment here in the recession capital of America.

Bad news: They determined I’m ineligible for unemployment benefits for the weeks for which I missed the call to MARVIN. Apparently job hunting and interviewing “is not considered good cause for failure to report timely” under their rules/regulations/laws.

What the ….?

Yes, I know I’m supposed to call MARVIN on time. If I didn’t know that before, I surely know it now.

However, aren’t unemployed people supposed to keep busy job hunting and networking?

So, I ask you, Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency, what is an acceptable reason for not calling MARVIN/reporting for benefits? Being on my deathbed? Getting hit by a bus? Being on my deathbed after getting hit by a bus?

Those probably aren’t acceptable reasons, either. You’d determine I could still dial the phone if I were sick in bed.

Meanwhile, I’m still broke.  I haven’t been posting entries to this blog this week because I’ve been very busy applying for every halfway decent job I can find at the mall, on the Internet, or on craigslist.

And my family and I are taking turns reassuring each other that I’ll be okay.

Thanks, Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. You’ll be hearing from me again soon.

Written by Joanne

July 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Eight weeks of hard times

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On the suggestion of a friend, I went to the unemployment agency’s problem resolution office yesterday afternoon.

After waiting for about an hour and a half for my number to be called in a room full of fellow unemployed people, the agent told me she couldn’t tell me anything in person. I would have to wait up to eight weeks for a letter telling me whether or not I received my unemployment for the missing weeks. And the remaining four weeks of my claim would also be delayed.

“Eight weeks?” I said. “But I need that money now! Why didn’t they tell me that yesterday over the phone?”

She didn’t know.

I spent the rest of the day and night in shock.

I am broke.

I have no money, except for a few dollars and change in my wallet and jeans pocket, the change in my piggy bank, and whatever I have in bottle deposits. I’m going to have to raid my 401(k) to pay the bills — if they’ll let me.

I may well have to move in with friends or family soon. Not to mention ask them for money.

I am signed up with a few temporary agencies for freelance and temp work. I’ve been calling them since yesterday with no luck. I’m signing up with a few more agencies today.

I don’t like the Michigan Unemployment Agency.

I hate being broke and desperate.


Road trip

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It’s a beautiful, relaxing Sunday morning. I’m sitting at my brother’s computer somewhere in northeast Ohio. Birds are chirping outside the window, which is a nice change from the rock and roll or TV I usually play when I write. This weekend, I decided to take a little road trip and go visit a few family members I haven’t seen in awhile. I may even stop by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tomorrow; I haven’t yet decided.

Unemployed or employed, I find it nice to get out of town once in awhile to spend time with others and change my perspective on things.

Of course, since I am now in between jobs/becoming my own boss, I don’t have to leave a weekend’s vacation by a certain time on Sunday to make it back to work Monday morning at 9 a.m.

Ah, freedom. Time to enjoy it while it lasts …. I suggest you do the same.


Written by Joanne

July 12, 2009 at 8:22 am