Saturday, December 02, 2006

Well, That Tears It

I took mom to work this morning, where her boss promptly laid her off. Eight years, no warning, no severance. Nice. Really nice.

Just before Christmas and what little budget I had has become burnt toast. Mom is more than a little depressed and I'm approaching full panic mode. When my dad died, he left my mom a house. Now she has nothing but memories.

It sucks getting old. Being broke doesn't help. What disturbs me is that any change to an elderly person's routine is not helpful. Especially one of the big changes that has an emotional effect to go along with the financial. I hope mom is able to weather this latest setback.


  1. But American workers are lazy and slothful, and that's the reason corps move overseas!

    Is it any wonder most of us have a barely disguised hatred for our employers? They want automatons who will work for bird seed, but they also don't want to hear anything from you if they bend you over.

  2. Deb,
    You have my sympathies. Whether you're old or not, being cast aside like a used Kleenex is despicable.

    I hope you'll be able to weather the storm. I'm pulling for you and will send all my omnipotent juju to you post haste.

  3. Deb...that sucks!

    A startup that I once worked for folded 3 days before Christmas. I knew it was coming but was still depressed about it.

    Hope your Mom is able to get beyond this, get things back on track.

  4. With her cough I just hope she doesn't start smoking more out of boredom.

    Due to the wonders of technology I was able to file her unemployment before the week ended. The funny part is that the period of time they use to calculate her unemployment she worked more hours so she might benefit from this. Who knows, either way it sucks.

  5. Aw, hun, I'm so sorry. I just saw your comment to my Flickr blogging post but hadn't seen this, yet.

    Like I said in my email, I cannot fathom why these things always seem to happen right around Xmas. And only a cold-hearted prick would lay off a 70 y/o woman less than three weeks before Xmas.

    Remember the job glut that we had just before Bush took over? People were offering sign-on bonuses and referral bonuses. We actually had more jobs than people to fill them.

    And then Bush took over...