I was furloughed March 23 the day before my 56 birthday for 60 days because SVP Sewing Brands claimed they did not have enough sales to pay me and the driver but kept on the head jerk who ‘s pay would have covered mine and the drivers pay. This even though I have been there 20+ years and longer than any of the others combined,
I don’t miss work at all, I do miss being paid and that is as far as it goes. If I could make a better living doing something else I will. We have not had a cost of living raise since Viking White became SVP . I am paid far below the nominal pay of someone my age. Last year they cut all or overtime, in the last two years I have gone from $43,000 to $36,000. 10-15 years ago it was good money but everything has gone up because the government is inflating the dollar to finance their over spending. Now I barely get by on what I make.
We have mostly been staying home other than to go out for food when we can not have it delivered. Both of us are at risk, she is 5 years older than I. I have allergies which cause issues with my breathing and lungs. I had pneumonia when I was 5 and if I work out and stress my lungs I cough. My allergies make me cough and sneeze, if it grows I am probably allergic to it. I know I’m really allergic to Palo verde pollen which are every where in Phoenix. If I get a cold or flue a cough can hold on for months so getting Covad would be a very bad thing for me.
I have been updating my web skills taking classes from www.udemy.com I earned my HTML5 certification taking a Web Authoring class and started another that would certify me in HTML, CSS and Java Script. I am not near as happy with it. The class is so out of date that the HTML lessons are using font tags! Font has been discontinued since HTML 4.3. CSS styles have replaced font since then and now with HTML5 has taken over the positioning and placement of elements. Responsive web design for sites to display in mobile devices is all about CSS
I put up a page Scott’s Sewing Machine Repair, posted about it on Neighborhood link, facebook and even spent $50 on running Facebook add in the local area. for that I got two people who said they would bring repairs but never showed up. I have had one person bring me a repair from Neighborhood Link from the local area. She rang the door bell and then talked to me from the side walk in front of the house 20 feet away. Even cleaned the machine and case with alcohol wipes before bringing it to me. I appreciate that even though I think it is way over kill. There is no evidence that anyone has got covad 19 from touching a surface.
I can not make a living on 2 repairs a month.. I had another who brought me an old machine referred by a store to me which has been since closed. Or run more adds that were seen by over 10,000 people and only two contacted me and then did not follow through.
I applied for unemployment but in Arizona they only pay $240 a week. We buy food with my significant other’s disability. We can not get married because she would then loose her insurance and then we would be starving to death as my income barely was paying the mortgage which was nearly all of one check, Then my other biweekly check went to paying electricity, water, gas, my cell phone, internet and keeping my truck running. I contacted the mortgage company (Rocket mortage/Quicken Loans) and they have deferred my payments until July. But I have heard I might have to catch up the back payments when I start again which there is no way I can do that. If I am barely paying each month and have no income how am I to catch up in July? I will have to check on that to see if it is true we have to make up back payments.
So how are you, how has the Covad pandemic affected your life?