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Deeker's Message of the Week

December 19, 2004

A "Bah Humbug" of a Christmas

I don't mean to spoil anyone's holiday spirit, but if you don't want your festive Christmas cheer to be ruined, then do not read this week's MOTW. If you do, just keep in mind that you were warned.

Simply put, this holiday season has not exactly been jolly or bright. On December 1 I found out that I would be out of a job on December 10, due to "budget cuts". Whatever the reason is, I'm out of a job now and I will have to squeak by on unemployment until I am hired on at one of the many companies I have contacted. I won't go into the sordid details behind my former employer's laying people off, but the writing on the wall had been there for awhile and I knew this would be coming sooner or later. Thanks to this, I am unable to buy gifts for family and friends.

Just to smear more salt into the wounds, I have had to deal with problems with things that I cannot afford to fix, but at the same time cannot do without. Last week the power supply to my computer went out. I picked up a new one for $45. That may not seem like a lot, but when one is unemployed, every penny counts. You might wonder why I consider the computer to be essential. As it is my primary tool for job hunting, I need to have access to the Internet and would rather not rely on using someone else's system.

That, however, is minor compared to what I have had to go through this weekend. My car's starter went out on me, which left me stranded for two hours Friday afternoon and made it so that I could not help my grandpa with some things he needed me to help him with on Saturday. Fortunately I have a friend who works on cars, so I called on him to help me out. The only time he could help me, though, was on Sunday morning, which is why the update for today is so late. I was not about to explain to him why Sunday morning is not a good time, but I had no choice. We went to the auto parts store and picked up a new starter. A couple hours later he had the new starter in and I was good to go. I know I saved a lot on labor, so that's some consolation, at least. I know most of you out there will be understanding of this, and I appreciate your concerns, as indicated by the several emails I have received. I hope that by next week's MOTW I can report better news on the job. For now I am happy to say that at least I have a car that will start again.

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Have a good week, everyone, and hopefully a Merry Christmas.

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