Saturday, January 15, 2011

Help Needed

I find myself in deep financial trouble. My hours have been cut once again, which means I'm done, ruined, forked, at least for the short term while I try to find another source of income. It appears, given the current job market and my age, that the other source will have to be early Social Security.

I thought, even before my job situation became more tenuous, things were going to be tight, so I cut back my expenses to the bone. I've even canceled my health insurance, praying that I wouldn't have any untoward accident or condition arise that would cost me more than $1,400 a month (my premium). So far I've been lucky in that respect, and I qualify for Medicare on August 1.

The short term, however, is disastrous. Last night I received my 3-day notice from the landlord. I will be out of cash and homeless very shortly if I don't come up with enough cash to show my landlord that I'm not a total flake. I need to raise $2,000 by Monday/Tuesday.

Please help if you can by clicking on the "Donate" button. If you don't like using PayPal, please email me at cabearie@earthlink.net and I'll give you other options. If you can't help right now with a donation to the care and feeding of a harmless old woman and her two cats, but you know someone who can, please alert them to my dilemma.

Thanks.

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48 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll try and do what I can, dearest Diane. I, myself, just found out this week that my "long-term" temp job was terminated. So I'm resorting to a rent party next weekend.

Good luck, Dear Mom, and let's hope for the best for everyone!

-AndyG

7:35 AM  
Anonymous rachael said...

Done. I hope it helps a little. { hugs }

7:40 AM  
Anonymous MasterD, damn yankee said...

Done. Hope it helps you and the kitties. Good luck!

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sent a quatloo for the cause.

Don't worry, Diane. We'll get you squared away.

Snarkworth

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Diane.

I understand you are an attorney but Landlord/Tenant law may still be unknown to you. Am I to understand you have received a Three day notice?
This is upsetting, but not yet a cause for concern. I do not know the situation where you live but contact your landlord and/or management company immediately. Try to make some arrangements with respect to paying the back rent. Evictions can be costly, (and you have not been evicted yet, as no Unlawful Detainer has been filed). Good tenants are difficult to find and your landlord may be willing to work with you. Here's a link you may find useful. And I'm sure your Atriot friends will rise to the task. Contact your landlord, tell him or her you are raising the funds. They'd rather that than proceed with a UD, I'm wagering. You are still perhaps a month or so away from the filing of a UD, and after that it does go quickly. It is a summary process.

http://www2.courtinfo.ca.gov/protem/pubs/bg31.pdf

Quirk

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Billy B said...

Good luck dear one.

wob is me.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous sharl said...

I seem to recall that PayPal will (or at least once did) temporarily 'lock' an account, if a contribution above such an amount is deposited - the incident, IIRC, involved a contribution from an atriot to Jeffraham a couple years ago or so, which froze JP's access to his own Paypal account temporarily.

Do you know anything about that, as in whether it is true, and if so, what the dollar level is that triggers that Paypal response?

11:49 AM  
Blogger peachkfc said...

I don't know you but you're a friend of Atrios and that's good enough for me. Besides, I'm only a couple of paychecks away from being in your position. I've already lost my health insurance because I can't afford it (no employer insurance for me anymore) and I can't get Medicare for, well, I'm not quite sure, I'm 57 now, so it's awhile. Anyway, best of luck, Diane. P.S. I'm also a lawyer.

11:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Diane, so sorry to hear of your turn of bad finance. So interesting to link over hear from memeorandum front-paged. I hope you get lots of turkey and some luck with sustainable employment soon.

3:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was me above, by the way, miss you guys at Eschaton in the AM.

Nancy Willing

3:46 AM  
Blogger fred c said...

Nice to meet you. Maybe we've met in one of the courthouses around town. I'm semi-retired now, doing the Lord Jim thing, teaching law in Thailand. Good luck navigating the instant straights.

6:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hope n change

7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pull yourself up by your boot straps! Lazy people looking for a hand out! Stop asking for welfare you socialist. This is a capitalist country for a reason!

8:56 AM  
Blogger Seven Crows said...

Don't know you but saw the notice on Atrios. Hope my donation helps. Good luck!

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't PayPal require you to wait 30 days to get your money? If that's the case, I don't see how this will help.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My god what a sad sack... "I'm a Lawyer and need a hand out"? Only a Lib could be this much of an idiot...

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pull yourself up by your boot straps! Lazy people looking for a hand out! Stop asking for welfare you socialist. This is a capitalist country for a reason!

Why are you calling her a socialist? I didn't see a rant that demanded the government help her out. If people want to give her money from their own free will, then good for them. Charity is also part of a capitalist society.

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bwahhaha a lawyer who may have to eat out of a dumpster? Cry me a river, lolol. If any class of people deserve to suffer in this downward spiraling country it is the lawyers who have created it. Enjoy the fruits of your labor.

10:18 AM  
Blogger VforVirginia said...

Ah, I see we have some of Jesus' disciples among us! Charming.

People like that are the reason I'm so glad we all have each other.

Love you, D!

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

V,

You're the only person who's mentioned Jesus here, so that makes you...a bigot! Good job, douche.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Diane,

Maybe you shouldn't have called for Hillary to drop out of the race back in 08. She was fighting for the very people who are in your position now. But you couldn't help your hateful attacks and irrational pro Obama love fest. It was truly sickening. I used to read you until you started those nasty tactics. You should apologize to Hillary and acknowledge that Obama is nothing more than a corporatist conservative in sheep's clothing.

Karma is a bitch. And she's wearing a pantsuit.

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You voted for Obama whose very policies are screwing you now, you got what you deserve. Next time use your brain!!!

Hillary 2012!

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Kate in Watertown said...

Sometimes I have to console myself by thinking about how these neanderthal right wingtards are going to explain comments like I'm seeing here at the Last Judgment. I sure hope there is one, because I want a front row seat when they start their Last Hummina Humminas.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People, if this woman who has been a lawyer needs help... you are next. What is happening to Diane is only the start. Obama's catfood comission and tax cuts for the wealthy is going to hurt us. And with this new GOP house, we are seriously on Bush's 3rd term.

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kate, considering that you're almost certainly a pro-abort, I don't think you're in any position to judge how conservatives will fare before the Almighty. You people have the blood of tens of millions of babies on your hands. Think about that. Thank God you libtards are losing so badly. You are just awful, awful people. Seriously. And trying to profit politically off the horrific death of an 9-year-old girl with your "Wellstone II: Together We Thrive Massacre 2011" Obama campaign event. Sickening.

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Kate in Watertown said...

Oddly enough, "Anonymous," I'm not pro-abortion at all. When others might well have had one, I chose not to because I've never liked it, and have raised my son to be a healthy and wonderful human being.

But I also don't like having overweight cigar-smoking lunkheads in leisure suits sitting at metal desks in obscure, poorly lit offices determine for me whether or not I carry a fetus to term.

6:35 PM  
Blogger dave™© said...

Dear Anonymous,

Go fuck yourself.

Very truly yours...

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kate,

Best wishes to you and hope your troubles are resolved by establishing a new, more solid, personal budget and spending plan.

Save for that rainy day. It is now raining on all of us.

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Kate in Watertown said...

I'm Kate, and I'm not the one with money problems -- at least not at the moment. But we all live on the edge anymore. Except for the lucky few who don't.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heh, well said Dave.

One thing about getting front-paged at memeorandum is the shitload of whackfucks reading over there too who couldn't resist dropping their anonymess on Diane.

You're as likely to get links to teh incredibly stupid wingnuttery as you are to Glenn, Ezra or Matt.

Nancy

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luck has very little to do with placing one's self in a situation of not having to live on the edge.

Hard work, common sense, not living beyond one's means and planning for the future, to include personal constraint in spending, lead to what you would refer to luck.

Granted, there are some people who just are in social-economic situations who will never get out of them, and that is why we pay taxes to help them.

Has this person with the J.D. gone to social services to get assistance? They are there to help and have many of programs to assist in rent and food assistance.

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Kate in Watertown said...

People often say that until they find, after living responsible lives, that they're in a very different situation largely out of their control: through extended job loss, their or a loved one's sickness, other tragedies or traumas. Then they know, if they didn't already, that sometimes life pulls the rug out from under people very often through no fault of their own. And they learn what empathy means, too late.

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does this person have a car, any art, books, appliances that they can sell to make ends meet?

Can this person down size to a smaller rental to make ends meet?

I really don't mind helping. I just want to know that this person is not taking the money we donate to pay off a flat screen TV, like those people after Katrina.

7:53 PM  
OpenID WillsCrumpet said...

Helped out with a wee sum. Hope it's some help to you. I have "been there" more than once!

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave was right.

4:03 AM  
Anonymous ms f said...

Kindness is all it takes.

Respect
Kindness
Love

As soon as I can manage, Diane, I will gladly help out.

xo

5:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Good tenants are difficult to find..."

Having been a landlord, we call those "ones who pay their damn rent".

5:35 AM  
Anonymous Kate in Watertown said...

I'm with Dave.

5:48 AM  
Anonymous vermindust said...

Anonymous commenters are too lazy to type; if you're stopping by just to boot her in the head at least declare a name.

That said, it sounds foolish to go through life obsessing about health insurance.



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5:54 AM  
Blogger Gary Farber said...

What I can do at the moment.

And.

When you can, I know you'll pass it forward.

We must all remember to be kind.

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Followed the link from Thers. Gave just a bit but I hope it helps. Take care. daize

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Rachael said...

Diane How are you doing this morning?

Posted another donation ... hope you made it.

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