One of the reasons I have been having so much difficulty in finding a job is that the joint problems I have in my knees, ankles and feet limit the kinds of jobs I can take. Most of the readily available menial jobs in Bellingham -- fast food, retail, custodial, day labour -- are not jobs that I can do, because they require standing for long periods of time, and walking, bending and squatting a lot. I'm capable of working desk jobs -- within the limits of my mental health issues -- but those jobs are very hard to come by in the current job market. As I am fond of saying, I graduated from university at the end of August, just in time for the economy to tank.
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I'm still not getting any traction in the job hunt. No matter where I apply, there doesn't seem to be anything available for me that I am able to do (my physical disabilities limit the kinds of jobs I can take). I am not eligible for unemployment, I can't get state assistance or disability to pay my rent -- which I'm 2 months behind on -- my family can't help me, and my friends are going to get really tired of lending me money really fast. My landlord has given me until the end of the month to ride, but he has to pay his mortgage. I really don't have any prospects for working the grey market economy, and selling junk on eBay barely keeps me in cigarettes.

So, what happens when I hit the end of the month, if I still haven't found work?

The homeless shelter is certainly there, but being a resident of the shelter will probably not help either my job hunt or my mental state. And what will I do with all my stuff?

I'm not catastrophizing here. This is a VERY real possibility, and the clock is running out. I need to make plans for what to do if I do end up homeless.

I don't want to leave Bellingham, but I may be forced to. Unfortunately, I don't have the money to finance a move. I don't want to head back south. I really, really don't feel safe there.

My closest relatives are in Kentucky, and I *really* don't think I should head back there. That would mean re-establishing myself in a new state -- and a state without Washington's social safety net or public transportation system, to boot.

So, what can I do? What should I do?
So, I got up this morning, showered and dressed in my suit and tie, and prepared to go to my weekly meeting with my DVR counselor.

And just as I was ready to head out the door, I got an email from her office, saying she was unexpectedly out today.

Oh well. I'm already up and dressed to the nines anyway, so I might as well make the best of it!

Click for a full day's supply of job-hunting excitement! )
My DVR counselor asked me to compile a wish list of clothes I need for work (once I get a job). The state may (repeat, MAY) pay for some and/or all of them, in order to get me started in an office job.

All prices are from the Casual Male XL website (, availability at the store may vary. Taxes not included.

2 Gold Series™ Neck-Relaxer® Oxford Dress Shirt 	$39.00 ea	$ 78.00
2 Gold Series™ Neck-Relaxer® Broadcloth Dress Shirt	$39.00 ea	$ 78.00
4 Harbor Bay® Stretch-Waist Pants			$40.00 ea	$160.00
4 Harbor Bay® Knit Boxer Briefs				$18.00 ea	$ 72.00
2 Wonder Width® Calf Sock				$ 7.00 pair	$ 14.00
3 J.S. Blank Solid Tonal Woven Silk Tie			$25.00 ea	$ 75.00
1 Indestructible Belt					$28.00		$ 28.00
1 Claiborne® Square Bicycle Toe Oxford dress shoes	$54.99		$ 54.99

Total: 									$559.99

Here's hoping I get a job soon to wear these at!

I need jeans, casual slacks and casual shoes as well, but DVR won't pay for them.

NOTE - My sizes are:
Shirt: Neck 22, 37/38 sleeve
Slacks: Waist 54 Inseam 34 (a hard size to find)
T-Shirt size: 4XL Tall
Briefs: 4X
Shoes: 16 Wide
kevyn: (Default)
( Nov. 30th, 2008 11:28 am)
So, we're headed into that time of year again, where greed and gluttony take over the psyches of children (both chronological and mental), parents drive up their credit card debt in an attempt to assuage feelings of consumerist guilt, and Wal Mart shoppers kill employees in their crush to get the latest on-sale doo-dad.
Yes, it's Xmas time again!

So, in the spirit of the season, here's my holiday avarice wish list:

  1. A Permanent LiveJournal account. They go on sale from Dec. 4 through Dec. 10, and cost a mere $175! I'd love to have one, so I'd never have to worry about scrounging money for LJ again!

  2. A JOB. So many other things that are wrong with my life right now could be fixed if I could... just... find... gainful... employment! (Bonus points if its a job in Canada.)

  3. Pay my rent for a month. Please! Only $325.

  4. New shoes. I need new shoes. Badly. Size 16. Must be able to take an orthotic insert.

  5. New foot orthodics. Mine are falling apart, and it's affecting my walking ability.

  6. High-speed Internet. Cable, DSL, fiber, whatever. I'm grateful for what I have now (ClearWire wireless), but... it's slow!

  7. Pants. Slacks. Jeans. I'm currently down to 1 pair of dress slacks, and sweatpants. That's it. Size 54W, 34L.

  8. Pots and pans. When Donnie moved out, he took most of them with him. I have no pot to boil spaghetti or potatoes in!

  9. A potato masher. Wire whisks are just too... delicate... to get the job done properly.

  10. A carton of cigarettes. "The old man grabbed me and said, 'Hey, smoke up Johnny!' ... It was a banner fucking year at the old Bender family!"

  11. Underwear. Black boxer briefs. K-Staters know the kind I'm talking about. The kind you can wear as shorts!

  12. Lube. Yes, lube. You got a problem with that?

  13. Toiletries, such as toothpaste, toilet paper, deodorant, naproxen sodium, Q-tips, shampoo, bar soap, etc.

  14. Broom and dustpan. My broom died a horrible death last week.

  15. A juicer. Jack LaLanne makes it look so cool and easy on his infomercial!

  16. World peace, a solution to climate change, an end to the oil economy, Bush and Cheney at the Hague, the U.S. conversion to the metric system, human rights for all, gay marriage equality, and an end to silly religious cults (like Mormonism. And Scientology. And Catholicism. And Protestantism. And Islam. And Judaism...).

Thank you in advance, Santa!

P.S. I've been a good boy this year. Mostly!


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