The SEB Spring Fundraiser has begun.

I am currently between jobs as my contract with Big Dot.Com came to an end on April 23rd. I had been led to believe that I had a new job lined up to start the following Monday. As it turns out there have been a number of delays in my start date and the last message I got from my potential employer yesterday is that they have decided to hold off on hiring me for the time being with no word on when, or even if, they will eventually require my services. I didn’t apply for unemployment benefits until the middle of last week because I had expected to be working. The first check isn’t due for another week at least and it’ll only be about half of what I was earning at the previous job. The bills are quickly piling up and I’m running out of options.

All of that combined is forcing me into some difficult decisions including potentially breaking the lease on our apartment here in Ann Arbor. It has also moved me to come to you with my hat out once more asking if you can spare a buck or two. Long time readers know that I don’t like to ask for donations and I’m not really comfortable doing it again. The donation links will only be up until I can get back on my feet again. I realize the economy is tough right now and that makes donating that much more difficult so please don’t feel obligated to participate, but if you’ve got a few bucks you can spare and feel like helping a struggling blogger out then I and my family would be most appreciative. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

In the meantime, I will try to be more active in posting as I’ve been slow as of late in part because I’ve been recovering from my knee surgery and actively trying to find a new job. Oh, and if you’re in the South Eastern Michigan area and are looking for a good Desktop Support Technician please drop me a line and I’ll send you my resume.

8 thoughts on “The SEB Spring Fundraiser has begun.

  1. Hey Les,

    I shot 20 stupid evil dollars your way. I hope you get back on your feet soon. Been there done that with the unemployment thing, and it is no fun. None at all.

    Take care,

  2. Damn…I know the feeling, Les. Luckily, it’s been six years since I had to move.

    If I may share a bit…
    I’m coming to my annual summer slow-down in business where I work. Every late May through June we have a slow period, and I go from full-time to roughly 2/3-3/4 of full time for several weeks. Given that my unambitious customer-service ass only makes $10/hour (plus overtime in season), the cut always hurts a bit…sometimes more than a bit. In the past, I’ve had a couple of reliable part-time jobs that I take for the summer to pick up the slack, but one of the businesses has been sold, one is fully staffed for once, so both have pretty much dried up this year. Along with the continuing econonomic issues and the fact that I live in an area that makes a lot of its money on tourism, the pickings have been slim to none. I’ve been employed full-time and then some my entire adult life, and this year I can’t even get the goddamned
    local Chevron station to call me back.

    I still have applications and resumes out, but it looks like I’m going to be doing a combination of street music (never very lucrative, but fun) and possibly a commission-only sales gig (which, being fairly unambitious, I usually try to avoid.) I’m not in immediate threat of having to move(low-rent, tiny old-ass apartment, and no kids, loans or huge debts), but I’m stretched to the limit as it is. Because of a generally slow year with less work than usual, current lack of a second job, and some minor significant-other health issues, we’re starting our “slow season” with even less income than usual and, unfortunately, a few hundred dollars in the hole.

    At least I know the weather will be great!

    Sorry to go on…I know how hard it is to swallow the pride and put the hat in hand…
    If I get anything going, I pledge to send a few bucks. Along with Pharyngula, Decrepit Old Fool, and the recently defunct UTI (Damn it, Brent!) your dedicated blogging is a great help in maintaining my sanity in this tea-baggeriffic nuthouse of ours that we call America, and I often wish that there was more reward in it for you, or that I could return the favor. Now that there is a way, I’m as broke as you. I know how much moving sucks, especially with knee issues. I really hope that it doesn’t come to that.

    At the very least, let me encourage other readers. I know times are hard, but if you have a few extra bucks, send Les a little love. Again, I pledge to do so myself, as soon as I figure out what the hell I’m going to do for my own summer situation. I’m hurting a bit right now, but I don’t have dependents, I’m not facing a pain-in-the-ass move, and I don’t run a great blog like SEB. He contributes a much needed dose of sanity to the internet, and does so entertainingly as well, for free. If I can make a pocketful of beer money strumming 60’s cover tunes for tourists and passers-by, surely Les deserves more than that for his much greater efforts.

    Best of luck, Les!

  3. I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to send along a donation so far. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and every little bit helps.

    Neil, don’t sweat sending anything along if you’re struggling yourself. I don’t want my troubles to exacerbate someone else’s troubles. I feel bad enough about asking for help to begin with. It’s a point of pride with me that I’ve run this blog for almost 10 years largely at my own expense. As soon as I’m back on my feet I will be taking the donation link back down.

    Until then I am grateful for the help so many are offering.

  4. No worries, SEB! You’re not exacerbating anything. I almost didn’t post a comment, because I didn’t want to come off as one of those folks who is full of commiseration but short on anything useful…I didn’t want to seem full of it or cheesy, or condescending or…well, I can’t quite decribe the feeling…

    But I’ve been in similar situations before, even though I”ve never lacked the willingness to work hard. I know the feeling of still having to ask for something even after having done my best. I think your pride and your humility are both signs of character.

    Like I said before, my creative hobbies are a pittance compared to this blog, but I’m still willing to use my mediocre skills to harrass tourists for pocket money if i need to, just to make life more comfortable!
    I have little pride and even less humility. You have plenty of reason for pride here, and no need of embarrassment or bad feelings or hesitancy in this matter, as far as I can see.

    I think I’m starting to sound like a bit of an ass-kisser at this point, so once again, Best of luck!

  5. Honestly, if I had any musical ability at all I would be more than willing to do a little street performing for my supper. Ann Arbor has enough weekend events that I could probably make a few bucks if I had any talent at all. Sadly, the market for standing on the street corner ranting is pretty well locked up by the crazy preacher contingent.

  6. Sadly, the market for standing on the street corner ranting is pretty well locked up by the crazy preacher contingent.

    Thanks for running a very entertaining blog instead of street corner ranting.


  7. Hey Les!

    Sorry, as I’m a bit late to the SEB spring blogathon – I’ve been out of town a while. I’d like to send a few bucks your way. Hell, I give money to my local public TV station to support the great programming I enjoy, so why shouldn’t I support a great blog I enjoy? Could you email me an address I can mail it to?

    BTW, I have done contract jobs for the past 6 years. I know the up/down of that and can relate. Hang in there. Good things will come to you.

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