Not a good day to be me  

five_speed 41M
3250 posts
9/8/2005 9:22 am

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Not a good day to be me

I learned about the Bloggers' Convention in early August and started setting aside funds. I was not sure if I would be able to make it or not. You know - finances, travel arrangements, etc. But I definitely wanted to attend, to meet some of you and be "on the ground floor" of something. It definitely sounded like something I did not want to miss, because it's the kind of event that forms bonds and inside jokes. I expect a group that already exists to some extent in blogland will emerge closer, stronger, and more personal a a result of this convention, and the stories will be told and referenced for months to come.

I wanted to come because over the course of my entire life, I have always been on the outside looking in, and I saw this as a chance to have my own seat at the table for once, just once.

But I won't be there. I've been joking for months about how much I hate my job, wishing they'd do me a favor and fire me.

As they say, you should watch what you wish for, because you just might get it.

I knew there was a reason I was holding off and waiting to buy some furniture.

Theflinkychick 105F

9/8/2005 9:49 am

Man, I know how you feel. I'm worried about my job too, it don't look good for our contract and its renewal is the first of October. I've been there long enough to get unemployment, but that check won't go nearly far enough. I'm trying to figure out how I could manage to get there and it's not very far from me at all.

Not all who wander are lost.

rm_DaphneR 58F
7938 posts
9/8/2005 10:23 am

Ugh, comforts hon. A couple years ago I was fired, no notice from a job that I really liked. (new mayor, no job. stay AWAY from government work of all kinds) I had a valid case for wrongful termination but didn't sue, not my style. Over the months as the rest of the people that worked there got dumped I really considered it a blessing in disguise that I was let go when I was. I'm happier now, working at a new job and dealing with a LOT less BS.

As for not getting to go to the convention, I hear you on that one. If I could figure out how to pull it off I'd love to be able to go, but I don't see it happening. Maybe all of us that can't go will have to set up a conference call or something and have our own long distance get together.

Have tongue, will use it. Repeatedly.

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
9/8/2005 11:45 am

Why do you think I have taken on sooo many jobs? Someone said that I should quit one.... and I told them, okay, you choose which one and may it be the right one....

Will it be the one that I have had for over a year at a DV shelter that pays me only $8/hr but guarantees me 38 hrs each week???

Will it be the one that I have merchanising that pays me $12/hr + mileage and the stores that I visit can be fluctuating in accordance with the project (some weeks are extremely busy; others are not)????

Will it be the security that pays me $7/hr but does bring in money for gas and college text book expenses and I can generally pick which posts or specials I want to work and when I want to work????

Yikes... too many choices....

If I chose the wrong one, it could be, I'll keep all of them for now.

I am having the same problem though...saving funds. I so want to go to the convention....but, it may not look possible for THIS year. Maybe, they will figure out a way that we can join them online??? That would really be a cool thing.... I would be up for a conference call online with them....



rm_Network_Minx 47F
542 posts
9/8/2005 12:08 pm

I understand how you feel. I would love to go but I don't have the money nor can I spare the time. I am on medical leave from work so I am not receiving a full paycheck. That doesn't mean that I don't have my regular bills to pay plus extra doctor bills. At least we will get to hear from the bloggers who attend.

rm_sj365 55F
2414 posts
9/8/2005 12:18 pm

five - I'm so very sure you will land on your feet. I'm with Jez on this one, everything has a reason. Roll with it, and if memory serves me correctly (who hasn't lost a job?) ...learn to love Ramen

SJ * who wishes there was real money for good writing ~sigh~*

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
9/8/2005 12:48 pm

hugs hun

I'm a

i'm here to stay

DefiniteTrouble 50F

9/8/2005 7:14 pm

(big ass smooch and hug)

rm_lickmepretty 51F
851 posts
9/8/2005 7:56 pm

Hey 5 Speed, some of the people are sharing rooms at the convention in order to make it more feasabile to people's wallets. The hotel costs are pretty reasonable and some people are carpooling it as well. Several people have offered to share their hotel rooms and if you contact playfulwithyou33 she might be able to hook you up with someone.

Other than that the hotel provides complimentary breakfast, and there will be party platters in the hospitality suite. And the party at the bar on sat nite should be doable as their drink prices are very reasonable.

Anyway, hope you can swing it, at least bother to investigate if you can work it out...would love to meet all of you in person.

five_speed 41M

9/9/2005 1:55 am

thank you for the advice, comfort, and support, my friends. I want you all to know I am reading your comments, and they do help. I reall appreciate your concern. Please forgive me if I don't reply individually right now. I'm feeling some better, but I don't want to dwell on it long enough to answer you all separately. I'll come back to this blog and answer you when I am more certain of my mood.

rm_1hotwahine 63F
21091 posts
9/9/2005 12:08 pm

I'm with Jez and SJ on this one - when one door closes, another opens. Just find enough peace within to be able to see the new doors. And if you did set some $$ aside for convention, furniture, etc - then maybe that $$ was really meant to get you through this.

I hear ya on the convention. I'm pretty new to this, so still feel kind of like an outsider (except for a few buds) so the thought of all these wonderful people being together somewhere that is not practical for me kinda sucks.

And I bet TxRose has a point - we could attend by webcam, if they are able to set it up.

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

ThumbChickStool 33F

9/9/2005 2:04 pm

I'm a single-income mom. My husband makes all the money. Wish I could go to the convention to, but it's totally not feasible. Oh well. Guess I'll read the blogs like everyone else.

many kisses

five_speed 41M

9/9/2005 9:50 pm

you guys and gals really are the best, you know that? You all are wonderful people, and I cherish you. I want you to know that, because it is true.

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