So the power company told us today that we've got to pay $500+ by tomorrow or…

So the power company told us today that we've got to pay $500+ by tomorrow or they're turning us off.  We don't have $500.  Hell, we don't even have $50 right now.  We probably don't have $5.

So… there may be a mild delay in my replying to anyone trying to reach me as I will not have electricity.

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29 Responses to “So the power company told us today that we've got to pay $500+ by tomorrow or…”

  1. Lisa Davenport April 15, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    that sucks, sorry to hear that :(

  2. Lily Alice April 15, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    Sorry to hear that. I had to take a bad month off from "random helps," truly hope something comes through for you. I've been there.

  3. David Rollins April 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    That sucks! Good luck!

  4. John Lewis April 15, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    What line of work do you normally do?

  5. Jim Hanson April 15, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    Technical support/troubleshooting for a specific series of extremely old and argumentative linux machines inside a large nation-wide closed network.

  6. John Lewis April 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    Do you mind if I solicit support for you on my list?  Send money to you through paypal?

  7. Jim Hanson April 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    Normally my pride would prohibit me from doing such things, but since I spent the last three weeks before this selling off a number of my own personal treasures (silver currency, my Nintendo Virtual Boy, etc) to try to help make ends meet and I'm pretty much out of cool crap to sell at this point… sure.  Hit me.  DrakkenZero@gmail.com

  8. Lin Chambers April 15, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    If you guys need electricity you three are welcome at my house, if you are willing to put up with my being antisocial and not wanting to pass stuff onto you.

  9. Russell Hannula April 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    I'll also see what I can do when I get home. I'm leaving for home early Tuesday morning, and I should arrive back at my house that evening.

  10. Kate Childers April 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    That email address doesn't work for paypal.

  11. Jim Hanson April 15, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    It's been working for everyone else… if you're having problems with it, the website for my TV show also has a paypal donate button tied to the same account - http://www.cftp.us/donate/

  12. Kate Childers April 15, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    That worked – otherwise it told me to use a valid email address.

  13. Jim Hanson April 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    Weird.

  14. Jim Hanson April 15, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    Anyway, thank you!

  15. George Charles April 15, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    Its because when you copypaste it into paypal, it chops the dot for some ungodly reason.

    Type it manually and it'll work. I didn't throw in all that much, but hope it helps keep the lights on!

  16. Kate Childers April 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    You are welcome – life has been good recently, so I'm passing a bit on.

  17. Bliss Morgan April 15, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    It worked for me for paypal

  18. Jim Hanson April 15, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    I really appreciate it, everyone!  You guys rock!

    Someone asked on one of the reshares if there were circuimstances behind my needing of monies – here's what I wrote there (so you know who you're helping some more)

    My wife and I moved to the town we live in because I got a job with lots of promotion opportunities, and we could ill afford the gas for me to drive an hour each way to commute.  About a month after we signed the mortgage, the company that employed 80%+ of the town went out of business.  I have been fortunate enough to keep my own job, but my company has downsized from 300+ employees to around 80, and any promotion opportunities that might once have presented themselves have been replaced by me scrambling to be amongst the ones not laid off.

    She lost her job about three months later because, with all those people out of work, the entire rest of the town's economy tanked.  She has been unemployed since early 2009.  Since the market here was hyper-saturated with the unemployed, she's had no luck finding a new job, and every "entry level" job that opens up that she puts in for declares that she's overqualified since she's got a 4-year degree.

    Our house, which we paid $110k for, is worth only $40k now, and that's after our daughter did $20k of damage to it last summer.  We've had three cars destroyed since then (not through traditional "accidents", but instead through funny things like the guys at the tune up place forgetting to PUT OIL BACK IN THE ENGINE after an oil change), two major illnesses requiring hospitalization  a baby (not counted as an illness), and (as indicated) a baby-induced flood that saw us living out of one room from June to about September.

    So far we've been surviving by me working as much overtime as my work would allow – at one point I was working 60+ hours, but that is no longer an option due to the downsizing – by burning off both our collected live savings – and by selling practically anything we've had worth of value.  Antiques, family heirlooms, rare and expensive books, video games, blood, my 1979 VW Microbus.

    Despite the fact that we're several degrees below the national poverty line, we don't get any help because – technically – we're several degrees ABOVE the local poverty levels.  We don't have any outstanding credit card debt, just a mortgage that 5/3 refuses to let us refinance for a lower rate, lots of student loans, medical bills, insanely high utility bills, and a car payment.

    Feb and March were especially hard, we took in a freezing kitten that we could ill afford to take but my daughter fell in love with, and the short month caused our finely-balanced schedule of payments to get all out-of-sync with the paychecks so we've been getting raped by late fees from everybody.  Traditionally we're rescued by a large tax refund, but with the rules changing this year the entire refund has been eaten by my wife's student loans, so we get… nothing.

    And the power bill is only due because this power company is stopping our service at the end of the month and another one is taking it over, and they want to make sure we're going to pay, so instead of letting us pay a month at a time like we've been (we've been about 2 months behind forever) they want ALL THE MONIES NOW GIVE IT TO ME OM NOM NOM or they're going to shut us down.  Yay.

  19. Lin Chambers April 15, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    Wish we could give you more than we have, but our $3K federal refund being eaten by student loans plus having to pay Middletown taxes since Jeff's previous employer was too lazy to pay them ahead of time.

  20. Barb David April 15, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

    Hang in there. Sent what I could. Heard about this from +Bliss Morgan .

  21. Mike Dellheim April 15, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    I'm putting through with my own finances… and while I don't have much that I can really send out at the moment, I can certainly see what pressure I can take off for Penguicon expenses.

  22. Grizwald Grim April 16, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    I would be assessing the actual survival threat of not paying the student loans and medical bills. 

    So far, they haven't sent anyone to break my knees – and I really don't mind my credit tanking as I never want to be shackled with any sort of debt ever again.

  23. Mike Dellheim April 16, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    Well there's something… if student loans are involved, can you ask for a deferral? I know that mine has the option built in for a certain amount of time you can request for holding off payments.

  24. Marsha Barnes April 16, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    That sucks! Right at tax time, too! I just had to pay the state and the feds about 1k, and I still owe the feds – at least they do payment plans. :(

  25. Lin Chambers April 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    +Mike Dellheim – You can get a deferral, but some companies' policies are very limited.  For instance, my husband's – all they care about is if you have a job.  You could be working as a waitress, have to give up your tips, only 10 hours a week, having to feed a family of 9 with that money…….and they couldn't give a rat's behind.  You have a job, they expect their payment.

  26. Mike Dellheim April 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    +Lin Chambers It's true, the institutions can be quite fickle in their policies…

  27. Melissa Blythe April 16, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    this is not my venue to dump out all my financial problems, I can only say I wish I had a dime to help but I owe everyone and their brother myself, more than I can pay. I am so sorry you're in this situation.

  28. Jim Hanson April 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    +Melissa Blythe I know there are a lot of people in bad places right now, a lot worse than us even.  That's why I wasn't actually asking for help until +John Lewis started poking me with the "you're being stupid" stick.  Moral support, virtual hugs, and some actual hugs the next time I find myself out that way, would be more than enough.

  29. Melissa Blythe April 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    I was in no way trying to say or hint that you aren't entitled to ask for help!  Lord knows you've had more than your fair share of problems.  You've all got all the virtual hugs I can give, though.

    I'll be asking help later today myself, only from my insurance company and various related entities to try to sort out this thing where they say I owe like $1500 in medical expenses they should have covered.

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