As part of my new-ish job, I have to get a laptop. Haven’t had one in a few years but I guess it’s time. To make this even better, it’s on the company’s dime.
I had found a really awesome deal on Amazon but the seller never shipped it and the money was refunded.
Now I have to run out to Best Buy and pick one out. I hate spending money, even if it’s not mine. Having said that, I need the laptop so I can continue working.
Anyway, I’ll let you all know what I figure out. 🙂
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Sorry…this should have been posted in response to kim’s below post. It makes more sense when taken in the context of that discussion…
Why can’t he get an off the books job? That way, he preserves his sanity by getting out of the house, sets a great example for his kids so they can see daddy’s work ethic and desire to support the family), while not endangering their welfare income. Seems like a win-win.
@Karen_of_five KimGebhardt I understand and agree. I was on unemployment for a while after a layoff and I made more on unemployment than I would have taking an entry level job; not to mention I wasn’t using gas to get to work when I was unemployed. It’s a no-win situation. You need and want to work, but you sometimes have to take a cut in pay in order to do so. I know the welfare system is similarly structured.
That’s the reason I mentioned volunteering somewhere. I really feel that Rob needs something that is just his and makes him happy and makes him feel like he still has his own identity. From some of the posts he makes, it seems as though he’s sometimes being crushed under the weight of being a special needs father and husband. I think he tries to do the best he can for his family, but at what cost to him?
KimGebhardt That’s actually the paradox of social welfare problems. The “system” discourages people from getting back on their own two feet, buy “punishing” them for trying.
The family is probably financially better off by not working, and staying in bed all day. I give Rob big kudos for getting this part-time startup job. Even if he could do better for his family by getting full time work somewhere, at least it shows he’s not looking to be a total sponge on the system.
@kerfinklebob I didn’t know his benefits could be cut, but that makes sense.
If nothing else, maybe he could volunteer somewhere. I really do think he needs to escape from his life a little bit before it drowns him.
Rob has addressed this in the past, ad nauseum.
If he makes top much money, his assistance gets cut. He could make a few extra $$$ by working, and lose far more in terms of the welfare and food stamps he gets.
The paradox is, they’re barely scraping by now. They just lost their car to repossession, and without extra money, I don’t see the situation improving.
Hi Rob, I have a question. I know you can’t get a regular 9-5 job (and I completely understand that), but why not look for something part-time in the mornings or early afternoons, just 2 or 3 days a week? Maybe 4 hours a day? You could still schedule all the boys’ doctors appointments around that and while it likely wouldn’t pay you even close to enough to survive, it would be a tiny bit of extra money, get you out of the house a little and let you feel like a regular guy. It seems now that you define yourself as being the head of your special needs family and it’s really be taking a toll on you. You no longer have an identity of your own.
I hope you know that I’m not trying to give you a hard time and I’m certainly not trying to tell you I know how it feels to be you, but people need ‘me’ time and there’s nothing wrong with that. It doesn’t mean you love your wife and kids any less. You need to take care of you once in a while; like I said in a previous post, if something happens to you, your family will suffer terribly.