Monday, July 2, 2012

Four Years in Pottersville and All I Got Was This Lousy Blog


Seriously, sometimes if you're a smart ass and a loudmouth like me, having a political blog can be loads of fun, especially when you have a small but devoted following such I've cultivated over the last 48 months.

Welcome Back to Pottersville, which shamelessly stole its name from its late, lamented predecessor that had, ahem, disappeared in a fit of pique, began its lonely road of political outrage four years ago today. You remember what was going on four years ago today: Some fresh-faced biracial senator named Barack Obama was trying to make history and was opposed by some guy whom Imhotep once called "Sonny."

Furiously fast forward four years. Another presidential election, another Olympics (hopefully, one that won't start off with a murder as with the one in Beijing). We're now, thankfully, out of Iraq and... Well, that's about the only thing that's significantly changed.

We're still in Afghanistan, we're still killing innocent brown people with drone strikes and we're still in a depression. We've been saddled with an "Affordable" Care Act that hardly makes health care more affordable than it was before, 50,000,000 remain uninsured at least until that onerous mandate kicks in by 2014 and unemployment is still at over 8% (economists ring the warning bells when it hits 6.1%).

It's that last figure to which we ought to pay attention, because any economic recovery turns on the availability of jobs that can actually pay the bills and, to paraphrase our Lord of the Apple Steve Jobs, those aren't coming back anytime soon. A lot has changed in my life personally, as well as for the nation in general. Aside from the obvious difference of with whom I live (a huge upgrade, I must say), the biggest difference is that when I began this blog four years ago today, I was employed. Then my embezzling, right wing boss put me out of work along with his own wife one Monday morning and I've hardly found work these past three plus years.

Interviewing managers younger than half my kids ask me, "What have you been doing all this time?" as if they're imagining me jacking off for 40 straight months to a Penthouse in a janitor's closet. How do I explain to them why I'm still out of work? "Because of ageist little assholes like you?" But the fact is that people who are forced to start over again in their 50's, as I was early in 2009, have the hardest time of it. People want experience but not the age that comes with it. The Age Discrimination Act of 1967 is completely worthless as is any civil rights act from the 60's as long as they don't put their prejudice in words or clearly define it in action.

Yours truly is hanging in limbo waiting for some guy here in town to make up his mind as to whether or not to use me for a ten week temp assignment. Unfortunately, it's the closest thing I have to a fire in the iron. I worked at that same facility and had done the same exact job for which they're interviewing for the company that was bought by the company that'd interviewed me two weeks ago. Sad to say, it's life or death: If I get the temp job, we'll be able to keep a roof over our heads for another month or two. If not, it's eviction in a month.

Having paid the rent just hours ago, this left us destitute and with less than zero chance of making August's rent. As with many other people, it's not just rent we have to come up with but natural gas, gasoline, electricity, auto insurance, internet, phone, etc. Even with SNAP benefits, it's a struggle making ends meet, a monthly or bimonthly psychological Sword of Damocles hanging over our heads.

We know many of you are struggling out there. Mrs. JP and I hardly know anyone who isn't. But this is part of the reason why I haven't been blogging much until lately, because of the handwringing and mental and emotional wear and tear on us dreading rent day. We have literally less than $7 in the bank, which would buy maybe a generic pack of cigarettes or, if you're lucky, two gallons of gas.

So, if you're in the same straits as us, don't leave comments apologizing for not being able to do anything. You have nothing to apologize for. If anyone should apologize to anyone, it ought to be me apologizing to you all for inflicting my problems on you via a blog that started out with the noble intention of giving away my thoughts on matters political and otherwise.

This latest appeal, hopefully, the last I'll ever have to make, goes out to those who might be in a position to help us meet our obligations for at least another month. My youngest son's birthday is coming up on the 6th and Mrs. JP's is the next day. There's no way that I'll ignore those occasions. But that'll put us even farther back and further drain what little is in our Paypal account.

If you're in any kind of a position to help keep the wolves from our door for at least another 30 days, please seriously consider doing so and, if you can also find it in your hearts, to spread the word via email or if you have a blog, Twitter or Facebook account. And if you haven't already received them, I'll be only too glad to send via email attachment (Word format) copies of both my novels currently for sale on Kindle.

10 Comments:

At July 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

Don't forget that you do have a cadre of hardcore fans, some of which are eager to help you when they can.

 
At July 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Maybe once this was true, Comrade. But there's no telling how many I've alienated over the years with my seemingly pleas for help. That number may not be a large as you think.

 
At July 2, 2012 at 10:27 PM, Blogger Prosey said...

I'm not an alien. :-)

 
At July 2, 2012 at 11:28 PM, Blogger Rusty Shackelford said...

You make me want to puke.....for christ sake,at least have the gumption to stand on the corner holding a cardboard sign...or is getting your lazy ass away from a keyboard too taxing for you...what a POS you are.

 
At July 2, 2012 at 11:29 PM, Blogger Rusty Shackelford said...

What a POS you are.

 
At July 3, 2012 at 11:15 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

It must give right winger Rusty Shackleford sweaty fever dreams at night knowing that I have friends who actually care about our ongoing plight and arbitrarily decide to (gasp!) share the wealth in some evil lib'ral income redistribution plot for the purposes of fomenting class warfare.

But then again, altruism, common humanity and a baseline of decency is absolutely alien to the right wing "sink or swim" mindset that Rusty so admirably and ably represents.

OK, Rusty, since I don't believe in doing things behind people's backs, here's what I'll do: I'm serving you notice right now that from here on in, you're banned from commenting here ever again. As with the late, lamented Mr. Mooser, whom I'd had kicked off his ISP, I won't even have to read your comments before I decide to delete them. in doing so, I'll be denying you the satisfaction of assuming that your spittle-punctuated comments and various and sundry trollage will be read at least by me. The only reason I'd posted your last two comments was to show my real readers what a jealous, vindictive, hind leg-chewing, verminous, right wing troll you truly are.

You're banned. Fuck off, eat shit and die and God have mercy on your ossified, withered soul. Now go back to FreeperLand or Red State or Stormfront or where ever you came from so I can do whatever I need to do to keep body and soul together. And throw some money in the kittie on the way out just in case there's something to that shriving thingie the RCC is so fond of.

 
At July 3, 2012 at 3:19 PM, OpenID Kiterea said...

Hey, found you at B@B and love your scathing spiels. Are your books available for the Nook or thru Barnes and Noble?

 
At July 3, 2012 at 3:39 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

The Nook is through Barnes and Noble. If you were thinking of Amazon's Kindle, here are the product pages:

http://www.amazon.com/American-Zen-ebook/dp/B004D9FUZ4
http://www.amazon.com/The-Toy-Cop-ebook/dp/B004M18NR0

 
At July 5, 2012 at 8:17 PM, Anonymous CC said...

For Christ's sake, Rusty? Methinks that JC himself would rather stand with JP on that corner than tolerate the likes of you using his name to dump on the less fortunate.

 
At July 6, 2012 at 8:10 AM, Anonymous Rusty fan said...

That mofo's screen name should be "Rusty Trombone" instead.

 

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