Thursday, September 27, 2007

And It All Comes Crashing Down

So for months now I've been just able to make ends meet.  My full-time job hasn't been paying me a full-time salary since I came back on early in the year.  That is ok, I knew that going in.  The idea was I would work full-time for my contractor pay until they are funded then I would be retroactively paid the difference.  The problem is, they still haven't been funded.

So I've been working a second contract to make the ends meet.  This contract has been pretty good to me but it doesn't always pay timely.  As a result, I've been late with some payments due to cash flow issues.  The money was coming, I just didn't have it on time. 

Over time I ended up in a situation where I had missed a couple of mortgage payments and had to make an arrangement with them to spread the two I missed out of six months.  As long as I paid the new mortgage amount on time I'd be ok but if I missed or was late with even one payment the agreement would be voided and the past payments would be due in full immediately.

Can you see where this is going?

All would be find as long as I could invoice my second contract on time and they could pay me before the 15th each month.  I spoke with them and expressed the critical nature of this and they were on board.

So imagine my surprise to find out today that they can't fund anymore work for at least 30 days, including the already outstanding invoice that I am counting on to pay October's bill.  Practically, what this means is I can't even do any work until November which means I probably wouldn't get another paycheck from them until December.

Now I'm screwed.  Without that income there is no way I'm making ends meet.  Not even close.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do about it. 


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

How Is This Socialism

Ok you libertarians, how does this,  this, or this= socialism?  Below is a brief summary of what most of them all have in common:

"...plan includes an individual mandate to ensure universal coverage, offers all Americans access to the same menu of regulated private insurance options that members of Congress use, creates a new public insurer based off of Medicare that anyone can buy into, bars the insurance companies from price discriminating based on preexisting conditions, and uses refundable tax credits to limit the percentage of a family's income that health costs can consume ..."

Admittedly I don't know much about the details yet but it sure seems to me that the aim of the Edwards, and now HRC plans, is to make private insurance available on-top of universal health plan for those that can't afford the premiums we pay now.  That seems like a good way to get around some of the arguments (the delays in treatment) that are made when talking about the universal health care the rest of the modern world has. 

Maybe I'm totally naive and this is the evil socialism.  Educate me, please.

Oh, and regarding that oft-repeated quote that proves HRC is a socialist: "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."... Here is the context in which that quote and others attributed to her have been made.  Stupid context, always getting in the way of a perfectly good slam.

One note here, HRC is my least favorite candidate on the Democratic side.  I think she'll be divisive no matter what she does and that isn't really the best thing right now.  However, I also believe more crap has been flung at her than any of the other candidates to date and a lot of it is misleading or not true, as the above paragraph illustrates.  Not that this doesn't happen to all candidates, but her in particular. 

"Free and responsible government by popular consent just can't exist without an informed public." --Bill Moyers

Friday, September 14, 2007

Mail Call


Here is the mail that I picked up, on the Jeep for perspective.  It is just over two weeks worth. 


Here is the mail sorted.  On the right we have the mail I actually want/need.  On the left is the shit.  Can you believe that?  I knew a lot of crap came in the mail but I didn't realize it was that stupid.

Yet another reason to put a stupid person on the flag.  Do we really need that much crap coming to the mailboxes?  I hardly even look at any of it.

Wicked Hands

For the first 30 seconds or so this is crap, then it becomes awesome.

The American Flag

I was camping last weekend on Assateague Island and this one woman came down from Toronto just to camp with us because, in her words, "No one else was camping that weekend".  She was interesting, very outdoorsy.  Had some interesting conversations with her.

In any case, in one of my random questions that just popped out of my mouth I asked her why there was a big ass maple leaf on the Canadian flag.  I figured there would be some cool story behind it.  Nope.  It's because they have a lot of maple trees. 

So that got me to thinking.  What the American flag needs is a picture of a stupid person on it, because we have a TON of stupid people. 

Here is an example, as if you need any.  I read a post from one of Shana's friends about these two couples in a Buick or something getting it on.  The guy in the back didn't want to knock his woman up but he didn't have a condom, so he asked his buddy up front if he could use his.  Used.  He turned it inside out because it would be too yucky otherwise, and they continued on their way.  Well, the chick is pregnant and the father is that other dude. 

That, my friends, is the poster boy for the American flag.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Oblivious Dumbass

I would like everyone to meet Shana.  On September 2nd at the Brassballs Saloon in Ocean City, MD we decided to date.  We would have been dating earlier but I was too much of an oblivious dumbass to do anything about it.  But now things are very good. :)

And speaking of being a dumbass, I haven't bothered to get to mail from my mailbox since I returned from Colorado.  I just went out there to pick it up and low-and-behold there was just a single note that the Post Office has decided that my mailbox is vacant and returned everything to sender.  That'll be fun sorting out.

Dumbassery.  Ugh.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

MoveOn Ad and the General's Testimony

This guy almost always sums up what I'm feeling about political issues nice and bluntly. 

Who fucking cares indeed.