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204. The Ghost of The Mind



When one finds themselves with too much time on their hands, old memories seep into ones consiciousness more and more. I understand these things first hand and I fear others will soon experience these same memories of better times with the  increase in unemployment and the number of foreclosed homes and displaced families.


It is not uncommon for me to reflect back upon my life, the woulda, shoulda, coulda’s of life in the past. Continue reading ‘204. The Ghost of The Mind’


199. How I find jobs for survival or It is OK to lie!


Dear Friends:

Two years ago I lost my my income, home, most of my golfing buddies and all material goods due to the obliteration of the housing and mortgage industry in todays financial tail spins. I was an early casualty, as well as a well paid six-figure a year former company executive. My reputation was good enough during the 1990’s and 2000’s that if I wanted to change positions all I had to do was make a phone call and never miss a beat.

In the fall of 2007 that all changed. I was faced with many bills and zero income after a job loss and lost everything.  I was not the only one though. I called everyone I knew for positions, the industry was and is a terrible mess. I emailed hundreds of resumes to all sorts of companies. Unfortunately, unless you were entry level they did not want to talk to you. Being in my very early 40’s  and a former upper mid level management I was considered too skilled and had earned too much for them to want to take a risk on. I heard more “we cannot pay you what you were making”, “we feel you will get bored here”, “you have a lot of experience”, and basically “we are not currently looking for some who is so obviously over qualified”.

Upon realizing that many were applying for fewer positions and that I was no longer in the employment target market I tried elsewhere and really lowered my sights. Continue reading ‘199. How I find jobs for survival or It is OK to lie!’


198. Mr. Obama’s Faulty Logic

The All Seeing Eye

The All Seeing Eye

Dear Friends:

The other day I was watching President Obama in a press conference where he stated that he and his administration has created or saved over 150,000 jobs.  I said to myself, Damn that man cannot add or subtract. The next day Chrysler announced they were cutting between 8,500 to 11,ooo jobs in the next few days as well as letting go 13,ooo workers over the next three years. Mr. Obama has a problem with math as you will see…

That is just great since in his first 100 days in office his administration had lost over 2.7 million jobs and had a steady increase of foreclosed homes and increases in homelessness so far under his watch.

From The Bureau of Labor Statistics:

In March (2009), the number of unemployed persons increased by 694,000 to 13.2 million, and the unemployment rate rose to 8.5 percent.  Over the past 12 months, the number of unemployed persons has grown by about 5.3 million, and the unemployment rate has risen by 3.4 percentage points. Half of the increase in both the number of unemployed and the unemployment rate occurred in the last 4 months.

Continue reading ‘198. Mr. Obama’s Faulty Logic’


185.Wal Mart & The Wanderingvet:A Tale of Woe


What a lousy day my friends!

I was hired by Wal Mart for a job in their hardware department. I had to take a drug test the next day by 12:30 PM  to get the job. I screwed up after their interview and decided that it was a good offer and canceled another interview ,selling furniture on commission . I already have a commission sales job and it is not working out too well.

I am new to San Antonio, Texas. I have been trying to get out of homelessness for over a year now. I admit , I was very excited about the low paying  job Wal Mart offered me..I set off 4 hours early for the appointment armed with a guide of the route for walking, the bus guide for the Via Transit with the pertinent bus routes, two bottles of chilled water in my backpack and my last two dollars in exact change for the bus transfers (I needed to walk some since I was unsure of the financial calculations required of the route via bus).

Continue reading ‘185.Wal Mart & The Wanderingvet:A Tale of Woe’


171. A Deeper Insight

Dear Friends:

Sometimes I receive emails that I feel compelled to share. The following letter is one that I received from a person that has been in contact with me before he fell into homelessness. Though he is not a Veteran, I felt compelled to show his letter since it does show insight into homelessness. He gave me permission to reprint his letter to what his life is like in what is considered one of the most proactive areas fighting homelessness. I decided to post this letter in trying to find some help for him. He is in the San Francisco Bay area. If anyone believes they can assist him, email subject: SF Bay Man to Continue reading ‘171. A Deeper Insight’


170.The Perils of Summer,Part 2: Creepy Crawlers

With the onset of warmer weather comes  increased activity in nature.  Living out in the open increases the liklihood of perilous summer encounters with  a creepy crawler~venomous insect,spiders & snakes.  Encounters with each of these varies widely depending on geographic location in the US, although with the current urban sprawl wildlife often is found with increasing frequency among otherwise heavily populated areas.


Snakes become  active with the onset of warmer temperatures. They can be found in both suburban areas and with greater frequency in the southern,rural areas of the US.  For those in areas with known snake populations it’s important to take some precautions to avoid bites: Continue reading ‘170.The Perils of Summer,Part 2: Creepy Crawlers’


167. Stigmatas

Dear Friends:

The other day while traveling, I entered a rustic diner in a small mining town, very high up in the Rockies. As I was standing at the counter ordering a coffee, I overheard a conversation between a woman who I think was the diner’s owner and a disheveled looking man.

“You are going to have to help out around here some”

I was given my coffee mug and proceeded to fill it with some much needed coffee and went and sat down at a table. The worn down looking man then went and sat in the booth across from my table. He had a plastic shopping bag as one gets from a grocery store and opened it and took out a few pages torn from a book.

I was very familiar with the pages that he was looking at. It was dealing with various snare and deadfall trap types. I mentioned to him I knew a little bit about snaring and we discussed various methods. Continue reading ‘167. Stigmatas’

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