Crunch Time

This is going to be a different post from the one I started the night before last, with the same title.  That one started out on the topic of needing to locate the taxes I’d done, for the partnership and personal federal, and to do the state ones and get them mailed.  I since located the partnership ones and mailed them, along with two books from Deb’s book shop.  One was an advanced computer book from my collection, so went for $17.50 at about the cheapest price available.  For us that’s real money.  When it arrives in the twice a month payout.  I also rewrote the federal to be neater, and did the state, cursing Romney over RomneyCare.  There’s now a form HC, which at 3 pages if you need the whole thing is longer than the main Form 1 at 2 pages.  I had the urge to ignore it, but you are supposed to use it to determine your personal exemption.  By running too low on money to pay the last $1300 of insurance for Deb and the kids to cover October through December, and failing to apply for subsidized coverage, we paid a penalty of $220 in extra taxes.

Anyway, that’s all done.  I have to mail those today.

Looks like the interview last week was a bust, which is fascinating in that it was a temporary gig.  Which I suspect they planned to try to get someone permanent out of, and looked accordingly.  The interview the week before was obviously a bust as well.

I have a possible something in the works with an internet marketing business.  I have someone putting in my resume for a well-paid support job that just happens to be in Lowell, so it’d be on the $25 a day commuting plan.  If I can stop worrying about money and the household long enough to chase an income just slightly harder and keep the household, something - even something great - should come pretty fast.  It’s probably a matter of keeping the balls in the air a few more weeks.

Trouble is, we’re out of time, and while some awesome people have picked up distress, we haven’t been forthcoming on just where things stand.  I’ve threatened to have a fundraising edition of Carnival of the Capitalists, even though I’m too busy trying to raise money to try to raise money.  I’ve pointed out the resume, Deb’s Etsy shop and used book shop, and my availability for side work. 

I haven’t asked for donations, apart from whatever is implicit in making the PayPal button available.  And it feels wrong to do so, much as we get annoyed by unhelpful people who dwell on the fact history ought have been different, rather than acting on (or ignoring) what is.  I could say and rue much about how we got here, but that doesn’t keep us from getting evicted.

Then again, I’d rather ask individuals for help than use public assistance paid for with stolen money.  Or worse, stolen from the future, given the financing of so much of it through debt, creating a future need for inflation and/or higher taxes.  But what do I know.  I’m just a crackpot who saw the housing/credit bubble vividly starting years ago.

So yeah.  Pretty much asking now, as I prepare to mail the tax returns and then throw ourselves on the mercy of the gas & electric department to avoid having those shut off tomorrow.  When I gave them Henry’s birth certificate, which by itself should give us until August 20, they also wanted an income number.  At the time, I wasn’t sure what I’d made last year.  I would never have guessed it would be low enough for the EIC, or that rent, medical and health insurance technically took 2/3 of it.  There was enough in residual, undrawn funds that it carried us a long time in the shutdown of the business (in which mailing the tax returns yesterday is the last major act, though I’ll have stuff to handle for a while).

If blogging is a bit slow, or you see as much on other blogs as here to keep them up enough to justify their value to advertisers, it’ll be because we’re scrambling.  The ads, the selling things, the found money, the incredibly generous donations we already received, the Etsy sales - nothing to sneeze at but also in jeopardy because you have to have money for materials and shipping - and the bits of side work here and there only go so far.  The fact I tend to stock the pantry as if I’m expecting to ride out the end of civilization - or something like this bad stretch - only helps stretch things so long before real money needs to be spent on groceries and sundries again.

Of course, if we lose power, that’s the end game.  What money we do make is online.  That would trigger a total meltdown of our situation.  I don’t think that should be a problem, but we do have to start paying them Real Soon Now.  We’ve been managing to get $250 or $300 a week to the landlord, staying basically half a month to a month or so behind.  If we miss a week, game over, barring something like working with us because I just started a job and it’s all going to change.  This week we’re sketchy but should manage it.  Next week?  No idea.  I expect to do some small side work early in the week, but not likely enough.

Anyway, if you can hit the donate button, even in small amounts, that would be amazing.  Alternatively, use the address deb at neatlytangled dot com for PayPal, as hers doesn’t have a transfer limit (to get it from there to the bank) and is useful that way.  If we’ve ever entertained you through blogging, given you helpful advice, or even if you think I’m an idiot but want to keep the kids fed and off the street, perhaps it’s worth something.

Onward!  Time to take care of business.  Mail tax returns.  Deal with utility crisis.  Try to shake loose work.  Planning to add Deb’s resume to the ones online and put a “hire us” box in the sidebar where “donate” is now, soon as I get a chance.  So on.  So forth.

Thanks for helping, or even just reading and quietly not saying or doing something unhelpful, no matter what you really think.


You guys are amazing.  Not to replace individual thanks, but holy cow, we’re just blown away.

Posted by on 04/15 at 02:46 PM
  1. Comcast in Plymouth might still be hiring.  They have an IT dept and a tech support call center. With any position there you get free internet, free cable, 401k, and medical benefits. (worth looking into) Also a short commute for you.
    You could also use me as a reference, since I used to work there.

    Posted by  on  04/15  at  05:02 PM  from 
  2. Hell, you could use my name as a reference there as well.  Worked in Customer Service for 8 1/2 years.  This was when it was Adelphia, but many of the same people are still there...I keep in touch via email with a couple of them.  For sanity’s sake, I would advise not working as a CSR for the cable company, but, tech support would be ok!

    Posted by Sharon  on  04/15  at  05:21 PM  from 
  3. Keep on juggling, pushing. I don’t read here, but I am ‘tipping’ because you appear to be doing some of the things I am constantly pressing an unwilling-to-work friend to do. It’s refreshing, if a little rough on your end. It will come out OK.

    Posted by  on  04/15  at  06:04 PM  from  Salem, OR
  4. manual labor may not pay well, but it does pay, every time, and it has the added bonus of making you appreciate money earned in ways that did not require manual labor. I think I am trying to say that manual labor is great for reorienting your mindset and allowing you to focus how best to use your time to make money.

    People often consider manual labor as beneath them in that the time spent doing it at such a low compensatory rate is a waste of time when doing a job with their highly paid skill set compensates them much faster, this is an illusion, as the mind
    is greatly focused when the physical body is stressed through manual labor in ways that pay dividends beyond the hourly rate.

    I hope you will not take this the wrong way, and experiment personally to see if it can quicken
    your achievement of prosperity.

    Posted by  on  04/16  at  03:15 AM  from 
  5. I will have to go with Joel on this one: there are jobs aplenty if you aren’t picky about the type.  I work two different jobs, one of them with a road-construction crew.

    It’s not glamorous in any way but the pay is decent and it keeps food in the fridge as well as pays the tuition for the coursework that will pave the way for an actual career.

    I feel for you having been in your situation once or twice myself, but if don’t broaden your effort you might end up on the street (or so it sounds).  Get a little dirty and wait for things to pick up.

    Posted by  on  04/16  at  12:38 PM  from  Atlantis, Pacific Ocean Floor
  6. I totally agree on the manual labor thing.  I’m not as up for it physically as I once was, but I loved doing shipping & receiving work, yard work, and so forth.  Delivering papers, too, but that’s hard on cars.

    Hate the pay.  Hate the lack of respect.  Hate the “you’re overqualified to do this” reaction you can get when applying.  But I sometimes miss the work, to the point where I’ve thought about trying to work some of it in.  Which, if I turn out not to need to, probably means I should just go mow the lawn regularly or something.

    I also sometimes miss retail, crazy as that sounds, but maybe that’s a craving for more in-person yet casual interaction with random people.  Got that in spades working at convenience stores.  Helped me learn to be less shy and interact with people.  But I digress.

    Posted by Jay  on  04/16  at  01:05 PM  from  Rock <> Hard Place
  7. Wanna come mow my lawn regularly? Ryun would love ya for it! ; )

    Posted by Sharon  on  04/16  at  01:16 PM  from 
  8. Even places like Walmart or McDonalds may not be your career choice, but it’s a steady paycheck until you can find the job your looking for.

    Posted by  on  04/16  at  02:08 PM  from 
  9. Shutdowns (turn arounds) great money,
    hard work, and long long hours. Been there
    and done that and mighty glad for the pay
    checks when they were coming in.
    Do you know any one in the construction

    Posted by  on  04/16  at  05:57 PM  from 
  10. I return from a week and a half away on vacation to discover that… well, let’s just say “yikes!” I’d known you folks were in a tight spot financially, but hadn’t realized things were quite this dire.

    Am sending something via PayPal to Deb’s neatlytangled account; hope it helps.

    Posted by Paul Burgess  on  04/16  at  09:19 PM  from  NE Iowa
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