Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

Four years ago today, I was told I was being laid off. (211.0)

I was one of 13 CIT staffers getting that news that day, with a couple dozen more in other waves. Since then, I've been unemployed, then underemployed, and then for the last three years and a bit, working with a great group of people in a new place.

The (no longer so) new gig is for much less money, about as much less as my mortgage payment. Between that and New York's refusal to pay me unemployment while I was actually unemployed, it's been tough to catch up, never mind get ahead.

One particularly poor decision I'd made before I was laid off was to trust a former friend with a loan. It eventually became clear that he had no intention of ever paying the loan back, even when I urgently needed it, and that's one of the things that's made it hard for me to accept the generous help some friends have offered. I never want to be in the position of disappointing someone that way.

There's a light at the end of the tunnel this fall -- and it's not an oncoming freight train! I've been really lucky to have the support of lots of good friends along the way. Thanks to all of you!

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