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  1. SO MUCH THIS. I am putting together a blog post to dispel some of the sh*tty comments I've gotten from know-it-alls but it doesn't matter how you explain things to smug, judgy fks, they always think they know better. The visual of you delivering pizza to your old boss, my god, that should be in a movie.
  2. Wow mrnyc, that is extremely high praise, and much appreciated. I am going to work very hard to (finally) get a book deal out of this. It seems the right time, and I have thousands of comments and emails like your to put forward to an agent to convince them this is a story that needs to be told. I've already written the manuscript. I haven't been on UO as much the last couple of years as it's been so much work just staying alive some days, and keeping my head above water. I had to cut out a lot of extra stuff in my life to focus on day to day living. I'm resurfacing now as it's been a good couple of months and I'm hopeful the tide is turning - and then this article hit. I just hope it can help me push a path forward where I can share my thoughts on these issues more widely, and hopefully further build my own business as a writer at the same time.
  3. I think the essay is "going viral" as they say. I have gotten close to 400 emails. My blog is blowing up. It's being shared all over LI and the FB sharing is unbelievable. I may have put a nail in the coffin to ever getting a "real" job again but it was worth it to get the emails I've been getting. This has really resonated with people and I am SO GLAD. Thanks for reading, my peeps.
  4. Hi everypeep. I got published in Huffington Post today, which is a pretty big score for me. Thought I would post here to share with my UO peeps. What I’ve Learned About Unemployment And Being Poor After Applying For 215 Jobs This month marks two years since I lost my full-time job. At the time, I’d been working as a communications professional for 15 years, and the loss was devastating. I was a single mother with almost nothing in savings and no safety net. Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/unemployment-poverty-america_n_5d387f32e4b004b6adb9a15e
  5. hiiiii I so wish I could go to this. My sister is in town that weekend and I couldn't go even if she wasn't as I severely broke my leg and cannot walk or drive, probably going to be next year or maybe Xmas at the earliest for driving/walking. Take pictures! xoxo Nina/RNR
  6. Also, if helpful, we have like 8 connected devices and many of them operating simultaneously, and no problems.
  7. I think I'm in the medium tier. I don't do a lot of streaming, but I work online constantly loading webpages and it's been reliable 24/7 so far. I had Spectrum before this and it would randomly disconnect or take 30 seconds to reconnect all day and night and they could never solve the problems so I switched. We just got new fiber optic lines laid behind my apartment a couple years ago so I figured this would be an improvement. My partner has a thing that measures the internet speed and has randomly checked it and it usually exceeds what we were promised, so no complaints.
  8. I'm not in Cleveland Heights but I work from home and have ATT, just switched over a few months ago and am glad I did. No problems.
  9. With goal in sight, caravan members must make tough choices about asylum By Kate Morrissey Contact Reporter "Gilbert Saucedo, a Los Angeles-based attorney who volunteered with the National Lawyers Guild to give legal orientations at the sports complex, estimated that about 70 percent of those he talked to had stories that should pass credible fear interviews, the first major step towards asylum after migrants make it in the door." Link: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/immigration/sd-me-caravan-asylum-outlook-20181126-story.html
  10. An immigration lawyer working at the border says around 70% of the people he has interviewed have legit reasons to seek asylum, and he has advised the rest that they may as well stay in Mexico if they can't return home. This seems like a reasonable estimate to me, and we should be talking about real numbers and not "they're all evil" or "let every single one of them in." Imagine 70% of 5000 people who are legit fleeing for valid reasons. Yes, we should let them all in. They knew they were coming. They could have sent processors and lawyers to the border to expedite their LEGIT claims instead of border guards waiting to teargas the desperate.
  11. I started out on 39, my department used to be on the other side of the floor before they began all their various moves to different floors. I think they've shrunk in size quite a bit since then actually.
  12. Ah, 39th floor, another TH veteran. Where did you work there?
  13. I don't know the details, but am particularly horrified to find out an online colleague of mine, one of Cleveland's most prolific writers, Nikki Delamotte, was shot to death this weekend. I don't know the circumstances and believe a story is soon forthcoming. We have lost a big presence in the writing community and the region. Here is a link she thoughtfully collected to some of her work, if you are so inclined:
  14. This guy is the best. I'm not even a Browns fan but have loved following his journey. How about that insane Browns Backers club in Toronto!
  15. I know I rambled but yes, your understanding is correct. I was angry that the article compared landscapers to crab fishermen as the latter are paid so well they go out for the season and literally won't have to get another job the whole rest of the year if they don't want to - they earn a very good wage for their seasonal work, enough for a decent annual salary. So comparing them is dumb. I think extremely tough manual labor jobs are not a very good way to introduce teenagers to the working world unless the goal is to teach them that work f*king sucks and you can die before you're 40 if you keep working at that pace. Landscaping is not only very physically demanding, it is extremely dangerous due to all the chemicals you are exposed to and I for one wouldn't want my not yet fully grown child exposed daily to massive doses of those types of chemicals every day. There are a million ways to learn about the working world. I've worked in offices that have high school interns, they are trained on things like basic office functions, copying, filing, going to meetings, how to mail stuff via fed ex and crap like that. I mentored a HS intern at a very small PR firm, taught her how to write press releases, told her about how to work for different kinds of bosses, taught her about work flow and project management. Metro has a program for high schoolers where they can job shadow and learn all kinds of medical and non-medical jobs. And then there's good old foodservice, which I did. I worked at 2 different fast food restaurants and a small indie lunch counter. I also stuffed envelopes for the local music union and babysat. My sister packaged horse vitamins and sold shoes. There are lots of jobs that don't involve daily exposure to roundup combined with literally backbreaking physical labor. I think the promotion and encouragement of those positions is important, but it's up to individual businesses how and if they want to do that. I mean, some of the HS interns when I was at the law firm were found sleeping at their desks. It may be asking a bit much to expect them to go to school FT and work on top of it. I didn't have a choice, but I wish I could have just gone to school, done my work and socialized in my spare time instead of having to work for money for the light bill or whatever.
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