Sunday, June 04, 2006
Just When You Think It Can't Get Worse!
I was finally able to get a better apartment in september 2005. We were living in HUD housing previously. The apartments were really nice but the people around us were mostly the dregs of the Earth.
In November of 2005, Social Security cut our payments back because a married couple can only have a combined income of like $800 a month or so. Once we pay the rent and utilities, there is usually only change left. If my son weren't working, we'd all have starved to death. Of course, we haven't been able to give the electric company as much as they want so we are always getting shut off notices. I called to make arrangements last week and the best they could come up with was nearly $200 a month. Now, if I'm barely able to send $100, where do they think I'm going to get a sum like that? I love the way they determine income by gross and not take home. That is so stupid.
Now it gets worse. My son's employer has hired a bunch of new people so everyone is getting shitty hours. He has 20 hours for all of next week. Wonderful. My wife's June SSI check has gone missing for some reason so we are short that at the moment. I get a small payment for doing a weekly editorial cartoon. It's only $100 but that pays for the Internet and cable. Guess what? That didn't show up either. Add to all this that my car insurance policy renewal is this month and I'm going to need brakes all the way around is in the wings.
I'm getting pretty sick of only eating grilled Velveeta cheese sandwiches! To anyone who thinks living on Social Security is a free ride--fuck you! I invite anyone to try this and see how well they cope. We are just living too well. I hear about people with $45,000 in credit card debt and I just shake my head. I'm looking at the possibility of returning to work. My problems are, 1) I will lose medical coverage and 2) I can't figure out what I could do with the condition I'm in. Just walking around a store to pick up our staples (Velveeta, peanut butter, bread, milk and eggs) has me hunched over in pain by the time I'm finished.
Life is sucking really bad.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. My wife still has $300 on a fine she has to pay off by the end of July. Just peachy.