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Well, thanks to the insufferable bureaucracy at the Texas Workforce Commission, it looks like I will be forced to return home to San Antonio only halfway through my road trip in order to complete some completely arbitrary task that not only isn't necessary, but could just as easily be done over the phone if they had their shit together. (I should have seen this coming when I found out that you can have your unemployment benefits sent to direct deposit, but only if you have a certain Social Security number, which I don't have, and which seems to be an utterly meaningless distinction.) I have to head back there as quickly as possible so I can go in for an in-person meeting with one of their people, which is required by an arbitrarily enforced rule so pointless that they might has well have pulled it out of a hat.

This not only sucks because I'm going to miss seeing a lot of people, including ONCE AGAIN not getting to go to New York, a city I am clearly destined to never visit, but also because I have to rearrange an actual job interview, which I will now probably have to get to via plane. I told this to the guy at the TWC, and he responded with the telephonic equivalent of a shrug.

I'm trying to maintain an even-headed demeanor about this. I got to take half my trip, I got to go to two job interviews, I have another job interview back in SATX, I got to see some incredible stuff, and I got to visit half the people I wanted to see. But this still really, really fucking sucks, especially because it doesn't have to happen for any reason other than some bureaucrat is choosing to be a hardcase. I considered making a return to the trip once I get this bullshit taken care of, but that would put me far enough into the calender (and into my pocket) that it might not be worth it, not to mention the fact that I'll have to completely rearrange my freelancing schedule.

GAH.

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doraphilia
May. 22nd, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
oh no :(

is it possible to leave your car where you are right now, and fly in for the meeting, then fly back to where your car is???
ludickid
May. 22nd, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
It's possible, but it would probably be prohibitively expensive -- I'm currently hundreds of miles from the nearest big city, not to mention that getting a flight on no notice would cost a fortune.

Man, Dora, I can't even tell you how annoyed I am at all this. In addition to seeing you and Norman, and all my other people in Chicago, I had visits with friends lined up in NYC, Syracuse, Phila, NC, Alabama, and NOLA. I'm trying to think of a way to fix this, but the trip back is gonna really fuck up my schedule to the point that it may not be worth it.

"Don't ever trust a bureaucracy" would seem to be the lesson here, although "don't make big elaborate plans when you're unemployed" is probably a good ancillary lesson.
vito_excalibur
May. 22nd, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
Fuckers. I mean, when else can you make big elaborate plans? When you're working, there's no time!
ludickid
May. 22nd, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
EXACTLY
doraphilia
May. 22nd, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
I'm so, so so sad for you, I really wonder if it wouldn't be worth the 300 or whatever to just whip on a plane and back.

when unemployed is the best time to make elaborate plans!!!
ludickid
May. 23rd, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
Since I'll already have to reschedule and fly to another interview I had on the East Coast, I'll already be dropping an unexpected pile on air fare. It's just not worth it. BOO.
schtune
May. 24th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
If you can stay on the east coast for a while after the interview, and if it's anywhere near anyone, maybe you could catch up with a few of us then. Between NYC and Philadelphia, I could easily get you from one to the other, and a train might be able to take you to a few other places. I know that loses some of the road trip charm though.
superdaintykate
May. 22nd, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
FUCK THOSE GUYS
ludickid
May. 23rd, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
I KNOW RIGHT
krinndnz
May. 22nd, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
That's a big fucking shit sandwich they just handed you. Wow.
masterninja66
May. 22nd, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Man, it sucks your road trip is getting cut short. I've been enjoying your blog immensely.

Completely unrelated: how did you get this far without a SSN? I've had one since before I knew what numbers were.
ludickid
May. 23rd, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
Oh, I have a social security number -- I just don't have one that will get me direct deposit on my unemployment benefits. With a galling degree of arbritrariness, the TX Workforce Commission has decided you only qualify for direct deposit if the last four numbers of your SSN are 0000-4999. If it's 5000-9999, you're outta luck.
entheos
May. 23rd, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
I mentioned this to ezrael and now we're spending a cheerful evening trying to figure out what the hell ass balls is up with that numeric range.
johnnylemonhead
May. 23rd, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
What a scrotum-squeezer - was very much looking forward to seeing you. Here's to a safe, hassle-free trip back to San Antonio. I hope that the silver linings make themselves apparent sooner rather than later.
blue_straggler
May. 23rd, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
Dammit all.

Well, hope you get one of these jobs then. Sheesh.
uvula_fr_b4
May. 24th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
See, the thing I hate about Texans is that far too many of them take their stupid marketing slogan -- "Don't mess with TEXAS!" -- seriously.

I mean, when's the last time you heard of Pennsylvanians taking "You've got a friend in Pennsylvania!" or Virginians taking "Virginia is for lovers" seriously??
solipsiae
May. 24th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
Wow. What a total load of horseshit. Sorry, dude. :(
roninspoon
May. 26th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
I recommend a rifle and a clock tower.
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