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Conservatives thoughts on just being laid off. (I was)
Me ^ | 12/12/08 | Me

Posted on 12/12/2008 7:00:32 PM PST by MrPiper

Conservatives thoughts on just being laid off. (I was)

I was laid off this week.Two weeks before Christmas. Am I scared, No, I have no debt and a savings account.

I have been in my trade for 15 years and have excellent skills.

I took and passed my states contractors license a few months ago and passed. Yea me!

I have about 3 years of living expenses in the bank and no debt.

I'm taking a well deserved few months off before the next year and will start my own business come spring. I'll be hunting and fishing in my spare time. Who needs the damn government! Not this family.


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Dang this is nice. I may decide to only work four days a week next year!
1 posted on 12/12/2008 7:00:32 PM PST by MrPiper
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To: MrPiper

Good luck to you. You have a good attitude (helped no doubt by your advanced planning) and that counts for a lot.


2 posted on 12/12/2008 7:03:48 PM PST by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: MrPiper
Good for you! We all should be as prepared as you are in case it happens to us. I dare say most of us aren't--and many of us probably don't have the ability to prepare ourselves that well.

Enjoy your "vacation".

3 posted on 12/12/2008 7:04:34 PM PST by basil (Support the 2nd Amendment--buy another gun today)
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To: MrPiper

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Good luck.


4 posted on 12/12/2008 7:04:47 PM PST by deannadurbin
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To: MrPiper

You are one smart man! Way to sock away the savings! Enjoy kicking back.


5 posted on 12/12/2008 7:05:23 PM PST by Bommer ( Republican Party - RIP!)
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To: MrPiper; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...
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Freep-mail me to get on or off my pro-life and Catholic List:

Add me / Remove me

Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of interest.

Obama Says A Baby Is A Punishment

Obama: “If they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

6 posted on 12/12/2008 7:06:16 PM PST by narses (http://www.theobamadisaster.com/)
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To: MrPiper

One door closes, another door opens. Taking a break is a great idea, you’ve earned it and this will give you time to find that next door.


7 posted on 12/12/2008 7:06:47 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Bommer

God bless you, only in my dreams.


8 posted on 12/12/2008 7:06:52 PM PST by ChadsDad (never post email.)
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To: MrPiper

I just saw where COBOL programmers can make up to $120 an hour. I can live on that if needed.


9 posted on 12/12/2008 7:06:53 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: MrPiper
I'm taking a well deserved few months off before the next year and will start my own business come spring.

Go for it. Small business is the lifeblood of this country.

10 posted on 12/12/2008 7:06:53 PM PST by Desdemona (Tolerance of grave evil is NOT a Christian virtue (I choose virtue. Values change too often).)
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To: MrPiper

Good for you. You obviously lived within your means and planned ahead.


11 posted on 12/12/2008 7:07:04 PM PST by ChocChipCookie (Homeschool like your kids' lives depend on it.)
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To: MrPiper
Mr. Piper.

With your phenomenal attitude, preparation, and (I'm sure) skills, you will be a long-term success story.

Good on you, sir!

.

12 posted on 12/12/2008 7:07:06 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: MrPiper

Considering you said family, I’d check if you can keep your health insurance through the COBRA option. It will cost you but you’ll get a better group rate and you can keep it for 18 months.

I presume by no debt you also mean no mortgage. That’s good! If push comes to shove, you could take out a mortgage on your home.

While you’re relaxing, I would suggest you read up on additional certifications and attend community meetings where people who need your services will be in attendance. Build your network and you’ll be all set for the spring.


13 posted on 12/12/2008 7:07:41 PM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: MrPiper
Well, good for you, and congratulations on your good fortune and skills.

I was laid off and out of work for about 5 months in 2001, but I had no debt and lived off my savings for that time. There were some upsides to it (made some good consulting contacts that later resulted in work), but it was not sustainable.

Today I'm not in quite so fortunate circumstances, but I have my current job, and hope to pull out of my current, umm, financial predicament within a few years. Haven't ever been in debt before, and it sucks.

Be thankful, you have much to be thankful for. Cheers, and good luck with your business!

14 posted on 12/12/2008 7:08:06 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: MrPiper

Very sorry to hear that.

Why does things like this ALWAYS seem to happen just before Christmas??

Sounds like you are in great shape to rebound and land on your feet somewhere. What sucks, is given the sorry state of affairs right now, there will be less places to land.


15 posted on 12/12/2008 7:08:18 PM PST by KoRn
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To: MrPiper
The Tulsa oil company I worked for went bankrupt and laid of 280 of us August 12th. I got a job doing the same thing with a new company August 28th.
Lesson 1: never burn bridges. You never know who you're going to be working for.
16 posted on 12/12/2008 7:08:30 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: MrPiper

Good for you, MrPiper, to be so well prepared for one of life’s rainy days!

Be careful to keep your expenses to the minimum, so you can live lean and mean. When you start working again, earn just enough to keep body and soul together, and to rebuild that rainy-day account.

No point in earning enough to keep Washington happy!

If we all started to earn just enough to keep food on the table, and the government wolf from the door, could we stop the insanity in D.C.?


17 posted on 12/12/2008 7:08:38 PM PST by jacquej
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To: MrPiper

One word of advice its a hell of a lot harder to save it than to spend it. Keep making headway Good Luck and god Bless you


18 posted on 12/12/2008 7:09:06 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom Mr. Obama, are you aware that Sarah Palin took on her own party’s establishment in Alaska a)
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To: MrPiper

May God continue to bless you.


19 posted on 12/12/2008 7:09:26 PM PST by tioga
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To: MrPiper

I’d say relax a bit, but make money as you can.


20 posted on 12/12/2008 7:11:23 PM PST by ConservativeMind (What's "Price Gouging"? Should government force us to sell to the 15th highest bidder on eBay?)
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To: MrPiper
Are you looking for a job? (#3) [A Nice List]

Tomorrow morning, I will post an updated 'Job" thread. I'll be sure to ping you to it.

21 posted on 12/12/2008 7:12:24 PM PST by B4Ranch ( Veterans: "There is no expiration date on our oath, to protect America from all enemies, ...")
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To: MrPiper

Good luck. If you have a contractor’s license, you might consider doing a bit of odd job work here & there while you plan for your business. People in that field tend to get known by word of mouth, I think.


22 posted on 12/12/2008 7:14:11 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: MrPiper

My daughter just got her pink slip notice. Her company shutting down her work location 12/31/08. She’ll get a severance package. She’s been there 10 years.


23 posted on 12/12/2008 7:14:45 PM PST by umgud (I'm really happy I wasn't aborted)
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To: MrPiper
I was wacked when I was forty. I had a mortgage, car loan, a kid one year away from college and @ $87.00 in the bank.

At fifty I was retired.

You are in much better shape...just be careful and frugal.

24 posted on 12/12/2008 7:15:35 PM PST by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: MrPiper

Don’t wait too long to get back to work. Lost my job in April and thought I would take some time off. Now I don’t want to even look. May just cut our expenses and live off hubby’s retirement.


25 posted on 12/12/2008 7:17:40 PM PST by KYGrandma
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To: MrPiper

I believe you will do fine, with your skills, planning and common-sense. Good profile page too. God bless you and your efforts. Catch some good ‘uns...


26 posted on 12/12/2008 7:19:02 PM PST by brushcop (We remember SSG Harrison Brown, PVT Andrew Simmons B CO 2/69 3ID KIA Iraq OIF IV)
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To: MrPiper

Good luck sir. You’ll find something. There are worse places to be laid off than Alabama. Like Ohio or Michigan.


27 posted on 12/12/2008 7:20:36 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: AppyPappy

Cobol programming is still a marketable commodity? Who knew? One of the first programming languages I learned. ;-)


28 posted on 12/12/2008 7:21:21 PM PST by doc1019
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To: MrPiper

Congratualtions. You planned and you have no debt and saved. That’s exactly what to do.


29 posted on 12/12/2008 7:21:37 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Me

You have blessed me with your post. Prayers for you and yours.


30 posted on 12/12/2008 7:23:08 PM PST by freeagle
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To: MrPiper

Well,

Obvoisly you have some wealth that should have been redistributed.


31 posted on 12/12/2008 7:23:50 PM PST by Red6
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To: AppyPappy
I just saw where COBOL programmers can make up to $120 an hour.

Well, you can, but you have to move to Costa Rican beachfront property, and work with the Nigerian Prime Minister, who has found an unclaimed inheritance of 14,000,000.00 dollars.

32 posted on 12/12/2008 7:24:07 PM PST by Lazamataz (Proud author of abstract semi-religious dogmatic hoooey with a decidedly fringe feel.)
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To: All

Any comment I make will be considered whining by self-righteous FReepers.


33 posted on 12/12/2008 7:24:14 PM PST by Old Sarge (For the first time in my life, I am ashamed to be an American)
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To: MrPiper
Good luck to you. You sound exactly like a striking autoworker I heard on the radio about thirty years ago. Since he wasn't working he decided to take the missus on a holiday cruise for a few weeks. He wasn't relying on the goobermint either--or so he thought.
34 posted on 12/12/2008 7:25:13 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: MrPiper

Yay! Take a well-deserved Sabbatical. It’s a real eye-opener to see how many “things” we can live without. Growing up, we had nothing but each other. No running water, but had a good well, no indoor bathroom, just a house behind the house, no Charmin; used the Sears & Roebuck catalog instead, bathed in a galvanized tub, didn’t think we had to have carry out food every night - didn’t even know what “carry out food” was. - Take care of yourself and your family; the people we love are all we have anyway that are really valuable. Rest up and don’t worry, be happy.


35 posted on 12/12/2008 7:25:36 PM PST by Twinkie (TWO WRONGS DON'T MAKE A RIGHT!!!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Never burn bridges. Always plan ahead and try to save versus spend. My prayers to those who are having a tough time this year.

At least you did not invest with that crook and mega Dem contributor Bernie Maddoff. A lot of people, probably mostly Dems, with a lot of money are going to go from being very wealthy to being broke overnight due to this evil man.


36 posted on 12/12/2008 7:26:21 PM PST by Frantzie
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To: MrPiper

Yay! Take a well-deserved Sabbatical. It’s a real eye-opener to see how many “things” we can live without. Growing up, we had nothing but each other. No running water, but had a good well, no indoor bathroom, just a house behind the house, no Charmin; used the Sears & Roebuck catalog instead, bathed in a galvanized tub, didn’t think we had to have carry out food every night - didn’t even know what “carry out food” was. - Take care of yourself and your family; the people we love are all we have anyway that are really valuable. Rest up and don’t worry, be happy.


37 posted on 12/12/2008 7:26:44 PM PST by Twinkie (TWO WRONGS DON'T MAKE A RIGHT!!!)
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To: MrPiper

Been out since October ... was retired with lot of stock in ... CitiGroup


38 posted on 12/12/2008 7:27:44 PM PST by clamper1797 (BHO ... the 'H" stands for hubris)
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To: MrPiper
I have no debt and a savings account.

Prudence and self promotion pays in the long run, always.

39 posted on 12/12/2008 7:28:01 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: MrPiper

I was laid off in late 1960 and could not find a full time job. In Nov 61 while reading the classified ads I saw an ad small shop for rent and as they say “THE REST IS HISTORY”. Our son owns the business today and employs 15 people while paying me rent. I would have never done that if I had not lost my job.

Manage your money wisely and rely on your own instincts for advice...


40 posted on 12/12/2008 7:29:33 PM PST by tubebender (Retirement...The art and science of Killing time before it Kills you...)
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To: MrPiper
"Was Obama born in Hawaii?

Director of Health for the State of Hawaii: "Fukino!"

41 posted on 12/12/2008 7:30:37 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Wrong thread, so sorry!


42 posted on 12/12/2008 7:31:18 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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To: MrPiper

You obviously planned well. Best of luck to you.


43 posted on 12/12/2008 7:31:34 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (God helps those who help themselves. The government helps those who don't.)
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To: freekitty

My hubby has been out of work for 6 weeks now. Employer lied on him and he did not get his unemployment. We live in st lucie county florida officially highest unemployment in the state of FL at 10.3%. Less than 1000 in the bank, cant pay mortgage this month, no benefits. 2 teenage boys.

This hurts, but not the end of the world. One boy gonna be a priest, attacks are a normal part of our life. Great family support system who will help us through, though we will have to give up our home unless a miracle happens to relocate to Delaware where the family is. Hubby is a HVAC mechanic w/26 years experience. No need for him here now, its freezing by Fl terms.

While we were unable to save for that rainy day (I stayed home to raise my kids on one mechanics salary so I could be with my boys) I don’t regret it for a second :). God is in control and who knows why we have to leave. Only God knows what is coming, and I believe because He knows my needs, but I don’t know the future, I will yield to His plan. Be not afraid all, its only stuff...And good luck to you, sir, with your company!


44 posted on 12/12/2008 7:32:13 PM PST by wombtotomb (since its "above his paygrade", why can't we err on the side of caution about when life begins?)
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To: doc1019

About 6 months ago, we were turning over rocks looking for
a cobal programmer. Old instruments needed to be updated.
Or something like that, I just buy stuff.


45 posted on 12/12/2008 7:32:45 PM PST by jusduat (wondering,questioning,searching)
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To: wtc911
I may be gone in a couple of months. Budget cuts and office politics may be the end of me. I got another very low evaluation today with a list of molehills being turned into mountains. I was also told that some whole departments don't want me around although no names were mentioned.

In my adult working life, I have always gotten good and very good evaluations in different types of jobs. I guess someone higher in the food chain just doesn't like me a whole lot and is having a paper trail generated. Why bother, there are budget cuts, just tell me to leave? I guess someone wants to play a game.

Being one of those lowly paid state employees working any side stuff I can, it still isn't easy to clear much but I try.

I always keep a current resume on the home PC and in a yahoo account in case I see something away from home.

I am ready to say adios to Columbia if it comes down to it. Sad really, Columbia has been very good to me.

Nowadays I appreciate the summer job working on pipelines for my dated heavy equipment experience, 3 years of HS auto mechanics, my military time, and some other secondary skills I have picked up. Supporting PCs has turned into a choice I regret. At least I can do more than just let a PC run my life.

46 posted on 12/12/2008 7:34:44 PM PST by wally_bert (Tactical Is Still Missing A Chair! Star Wreck In The Pirkinning......)
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To: MrPiper

I’ve been canned. One of the better things that ever happened to me. I can’t imagine how cranky I’d be if I were still working in that hell hole.


47 posted on 12/12/2008 7:35:49 PM PST by StACase (Global Warming is CRAP!)
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To: MrPiper

What sort of work were you doing?


48 posted on 12/12/2008 7:37:20 PM PST by Radix (Posting cynical responses ever since...."What time is it anyhow?")
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To: MrPiper

and your own lil Piper to boot ... good on you !!


49 posted on 12/12/2008 7:37:32 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: freeagle
You have blessed me with your post. Prayers for you and yours

Thank you, you made my day :-) Dittos to you and yours!

50 posted on 12/12/2008 7:37:46 PM PST by MrPiper
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