Monday, August 24, 2009


The way it looks, only a miracle will be enough to cover our increased rent. I've thrown everything I've had into my checking account (savings, Paypal, etc) and we're talking about $51 leftover for gas, electric (also due the 1st), food (which will run out at the end of the month) and other incidentals. Obviously, that won't be enough and there's not much of a chance of even having the $650 to keep from getting evicted by the 1st.

Barb and I are out there every day in this heat wave in a sweltering car in which the windows won't roll down. We've canvassed this town for jobs both appropriate and inappropriate for us and are taking her 15 year-old jalopy to industrial parks and sign shops outside of town with no guarantee that the car will hold together long enough for us to earn money to fix it.

That miracle I mentioned would be you, guys. If you have recently given already, you can stop reading. But for those regular readers who haven't, now would be a good time to consider a small donation if you can afford to. About $50 would make the difference between defaulting on the rent and being able to make it through. I wouldn't be asking for this help if it wasn't absolutely necessary. Hopefully, something will break and do so before the end of the month. But I now have a girlfriend and two cats to provide for (including car insurance) and I can't stand the idea of us getting evicted a month after her arrival.

So anything you can do would be a small miracle at this point. Thank you all in advance.


At August 24, 2009 at 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Long time reader, first time responder here. I just made a $1,000 donation. Hope that will see you through until work finds you.

Best of luck,

At August 24, 2009 at 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry you are having such a hard time. It's definitely tough out there. I would love to help out but, am strapped myself. Is Barb able to collect unemployment? Have you looked into receiving any Veteran benefits or compensation?

At August 24, 2009 at 5:09 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Mike, I don't know if you're for real but I never got a $1,000 donation. And besides, that's way, way too generous if you are for real. I don't want you or anyone hurting yourself on our account. We'll be OK at least until the end of the month.

2nd, Anon: While we were out, I decided on whim to swing by a sign shop to which Barb had applied a couple of weeks ago. As it turned out, they lost her resume so she ran out to the car and got another copy. Turns out my idea for a followup visit was timely.

By the time she came back out about 20 minutes later she hugged me and said they hired her. She starts tomorrow. They're starting her off at $8-9 p.h. but once they see what she can do (I've had her portfolio since May), her rate of pay will shoot up. Plus, she has a loyal customer base. They'll follow her to the ends of the earth, which means she'll be bringing business into her new job.

Because the Navy fiddle-fucked with my record in my DD 214 in 1982, I don't qualify as a veteran, although I should. They essentially took a year out of my service (a long story in and of itself) so bottom line I don't qualify for veteran's benefits.

I've been on unemployment since May, which alone has been my only source of steady income since then but the DOR is taking bigger and bigger chunks for a piddling $412 in back child support that accrued because of their ponderous system of garnishment. Now they're going after me more than the SEC did Bernie Madoff.

At August 24, 2009 at 9:11 PM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

I just sent you some bucks, but please don't go blowing it on train tickets for people you hardly know - you know what I mean.

I love your writing, I feel like paying you something for the excellent book excerpts you have been posting over the last few days.

Great news on Barb's new job, she should make sure they bump up her pay ASAP given the new clients she's bringing in.

At August 24, 2009 at 11:03 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

What are these train tickets of which you speak, stranger?

Yeah, got the donation, comrade. Thanks.

One of Barb's signage customers is the Vero Beach Museum of Art. Big customer, with lots of steady work they've thrown her way. They'll follow her where ever she goes. They'll be glad they hired her, that's for sure.

At August 25, 2009 at 7:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pork, you are some piece of work.

At August 31, 2009 at 11:06 AM, Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

It's hard to see a Seal sniper with numerous kills being screwed by the Navy.Here are some suggestions;
-get all your orders /travel vouchers/tdy orders and take them to you Senators military liason.They can get to the bottom of this screw up.
-Also take pictures and names of individuals that can verify your service. All military schools have graduation orders and scholastic reports.
-your IRS tax returns will have W2's from the periods in question. You may be on secret killer missions but IRS always gets payed and the Navy always does W2's.. They never miss their man
-I've always had great success using financial records to resolve questions since these are more accurate than personnel records.
-jim at

At August 31, 2009 at 11:12 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Thanks for the advice but what does this have to do with my post?

At August 31, 2009 at 12:06 PM, Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Per your comment.
Because the Navy fiddle-fucked with my record in my DD 214 in 1982, I don't qualify as a veteran, although I should. They essentially took a year out of my service (a long story in and of itself) so bottom line I don't qualify for veteran's benefits.
i'm just replying to your comment. Just trying to help.
As you know i write a lot about veterans issues.

At August 31, 2009 at 12:43 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Didn't reread the entire post (it's kind of embarrassing asking for help when you're an able-bodied middle-aged white guy who's used to supporting and helping others) so I forgot about the aside I made about the Navy.

Yeah, I always knew about the W-2s and the tax paper trail. I don't entirely trust that the VA would accept a 27 year-old W-2 as evidence that I was in the service for two years instead of less than one. Plus, my veteran status has never really been an issue since I was never injured and have never needed veteran's services such as the VA. I was blessed and very lucky in that regard (my worst injury was when I kicked a garbage bag out of anger and the lid of a large tin can sliced open my ankle, requiring a few stitches).

Frankly, I don't even know why I even brought it up since being robbed of my veteran status hasn't actually negatively impacted on my civilian life. And even if I were to apply for VA help (remember, I'm used to being strong for others and not looking for charity or help or handouts), that means one more guy who really was injured in combat would have to wait that much longer. I cannot and will not do that.

After a while, I found it easier to just go along with the official narrative even though I still privately but bitterly laugh at it when I think about what I read in that bus station in Norfolk, VA in '82 while waiting for my bus to take me back to MA. I mean, you're right- my financial record was the one thing the ship's personnel dept. couldn't forge or cover. What the hell did they think they were doing??? That's the part that makes me laugh.

At August 31, 2009 at 1:50 PM, Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Actually you do qualify for Veterans benefits b/c of your financial status. You qualify for medical benefits/prescription drugs b/c you make less than 25K$ p/a. This should help.
When you turn 60 you can apply for a veterans pension based on service and income level.
The financial records are kept forever by the services. This is your best bet for proving vet status. Also the bar is only 140 days of service?? Or was that in my era. You need to check this out. Most of us around gunfire have compensible tinnitis.
Negative further. Good luck.

At August 31, 2009 at 2:33 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...


At some point it used to be only 6 months of active duty to qualify for veteran's benefits but I heard that that changed to a year by the time I got out in '82. Perhaps I was misinformed. Because I never even thought about applying for veterans' benefits, I never bothered to check out the criteria.


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