Yesterday in shower I decided to think about things I’d like to have happen. I settled on dreaming of having a cat: a black and white cat; playing with it, petting it, holding it, feeding it, cleaning up.
This vision has positive ramifications: it implies I have my own apartment, and that implies I have a decent job. My own place, my own food, my own clothes: as far as material things are concerned, I want no more than that out of life.
Continue reading I will not be disappointed.
I’m grateful for the support expressed in comments on the previous post.
As of today, however, I’m cutting off contact with those who were pretending to be Swistak.
Continue reading Announcement: I’m not working after all.
Beginning 2014-11-21, I’ve taken on work as a “texts corrector” for Swistak.pl, a Polish online marketer, editing their communications addressed to U.S. customers and employees.
They e-mail me the texts, and I brush ’em up and send ’em back.
Since this takes a chunk out of my Net access daily — the whole thing is done online — I am likely not to publish on this blog as often henceforth.
Originally posted 2014-11-26.
The practice has done me a ton of damage, and no good.
So now I take a different approach. Continue reading I am exhausted from grieving race.
I was very nearly turned away tonight.
I arrived at 15:45, and the gate was closed. I’ll explain why that did not disturb me. As I’m a “regular,” they’re supposed to hold my bunk for me until 16:00. Leo, another “regular,” arrived minutes later.
A closed gate at this hour as often as not means they’re doing a “count,” a comparison of the checkin logs (plural) to pin down exactly how many beds are left. Depending on who’s at the desk, this can take ten minutes — or 45.
Continue reading Injustice at the shelter
APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED IN OCTOBER ’14:
Secretary II — The Salvation Army
Litigation Secretary — Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann
• They want a typing speed of 90-100 wpm.
• This would be a case of wanting the job for the paycheck.
Data Entry — Randstad
Administrative Coordinator — JHU Div. of General Internal Medicine
Legal Records Clerk — Wilson Elser
Administrative Assistant (Float) — Kennedy Krieger Institute
Data and Content Night – Supervisor — OrderUp
From my diary for 2014-10-17: I noted in latest search engine results “many listings for interesting positions outside-the-box. Night/Weekend Content Supervisor for OrderUp: OrderUp is an online site where people can order from any of a jillion local restaurants and have it delivered. This person manages updates to their online menus. Sounds right up my alley. Located 3500 Boston Street.”
Full-Time Center Associate — The UPS Store
Another “outside-the-box” position.
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Tom works at Royal Farms. He wears his work shirt all the time. I used to resent this. I realized Thursday night 2014-10-30 that I resented it because I assumed that if he had a job, he ought not be staying at the shelter. He’s got a real job, all right. But he still can’t afford his own place.
He works full time and is homeless.
(Originally posted 2014-11-03.)