I have been wanting for a long time to make more time for study and personal development but since I was (am?) addicted to the internet, it hadn’t been happening. 

In other words, I lack discipline. 

BUT, I guess God wanted to help me out so he allowed me to accidentally crack the screen on my laptop so unless I replace it, the laptop is useless to me now. 

This is a good thing even though sometimes I feel like I’m going to DIE if I can’t while away and almost endless amount of hours on the internet.  I can now read books that will help me become an expert in my chosen field.

Now in the interest of full disclosure I still have a phone that has internet access so I’m not completely out of touch.  Still, it’s harder to read on the phone so it cuts down the time wasting considerably. 

That’s the biggest news in my life right now.

I DID go to a party with some wonderful people last night so that was good.

I also applied for and got food stamps which actually come on a card now and I also applied for and got General Relief which is actually a LOAN rather than a handout.  You have to pay it back.  You can collect for three months out of the year only….as far as I can tell and they let you do community service (for mininum wage) like someone on probabtion, in order to pay it back. 

I’m going to do it.  Doing community service like a prisoner should have the effect of motivating me to push myself to make more money doing my real business, I HOPE. 

Going to the county office to get this help was interesting.  Did you know that using the term INTERESTING… is the modern way of saying…not really interesting at all, sounds kind of yucky actually…can we change the subject?

Going to the county office for help puts me into contact with “people” I would never otherwise associate with, many of whom I would describe as ghetto.  I avoid ghettos like the plague.  Oh well.  I chose this life.

So for these benefits I have to go to a class or something or other once a month or so and I have to fill out paperwork.

I am terrible at “compliance” with these types of things.  My brain accidentally blockS out things I find unpleasant.  I even lost out on my unemployment benefits a few years ago because of this problem.  I’m going to try to do better this time though. 

Finally, I should mention that what I am told by other (non-ghetto) benefit recipients is that if you want to get an amount of money that actually HELPS you, you have to pretend to have ZERO cash, in the bank or anywhere and ZERO money coming in. 

Now I would never lie about such a thing, I might get caught.  I just find it interesting that the most honest people won’t get enough to help them and it seems to me that they are the most DESERVING people.  What kind of country promotes LYING through your teeth to survive?  What kind of message does that send?  And doesn’t a country that promotes such a thing worry that eventually ALL the standard that hold a society together will break down?

PS.  Oh and you have to block out a lot of time, when you apply for benefits.  I could rant on the details of the experience the other day at the county office (and I will if requested) but for now suffice it to say it appears that the county thinks that jobless people have no responsibilities at all (no family members to take care of, no doctors appointment, no need to eat etc. ) so they don’t have a problem with sitting in county offices for hours on end.

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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2 Responses to Welfare

  1. Ryu says:

    Ha ha! You’re too honest. This is America, everything is allowed. You’ll feel alot better when you hear the change jingling in your pocket. You should take them for all they’re worth, then tell us how to do it.

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