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The road, it goes on.

Published January 4, 2019 by Lynda Christine Rodriguez

I’m not even going to pretend I know what that title means.  Creating a title has always been my weakest skill as a writer. (I know, you would think it’s parentheticals and run on sentences. Who knew?)

So here we are on the fourth day of the New Year. I’m a little out of it because I’ve had the last two weeks off of work and I kind of don’t really know what’s going on.  I haven’t been as vigilant with the news as I usually am. Seriously, I start every morning with a quick glance at CNN so I know what shoes to put on mainly because I am responsible for the safety of 11 children and if armegeddon is nigh, I definitely want to be ready. ( To be fair, I am almost always ready. )

I am planning to go have lunch with The Mom. She warned me that a sinkhole has opened up near the restaurant where we are planning to have lunch.  Now I think that is a pretty specific sign that maybe we should go somewhere else.

I’m a little amazed that I had no idea that this was happening. An actual sinkhole, on one of the most traveled paths in my city.  It’s insane.

Speaking of insane, this government shutdown is still going on. I have had several people tell me that this really doesn’t affect me and and that I should calm down already.  ( I get that a lot.)

My father was a govenment employee and I know that any pause in our finances would have been difficult. We wouldn’t have had a complete collapse, but it would have been challenging.

There are many people who are on a very tenuous hold, financially and they can’t, just can’t afford to miss a planned cash flow.  Here’s how this affects me:

I am not in close contact with someone dependent on government paychecks.  But if one person runs out of money, it affects all of us. Even beyond money, a tantrum thrown by a grown man is causing the loss of hope and money to people who have chosen to work for our country. This has got to be soul scarring.

What is going to happen when/ if this tantrum ends?  We are going to have a group of angry, psychologically dented broke workers.

And that affects all of us.



Published October 3, 2013 by Lynda Christine Rodriguez

I try to censor myself, I really do, but sometimes I just can’t help it. Fortunately for me, I spend a lot of time at home. (Not in a sad-someone-help-me-I’m-turning-into-a-hermit-please-intervene-so- I don’t-fuse-myself-to –the –couch-with-my-sadness kind of way, but in a work from home and I’m kind of broke right now because my husband’s affair has had a trickle-down effect on my personal economy and I can’t afford to do much kind of way.)

All of that means that I don’t have to censor myself a lot of the time so I just curse at will. This is coming in handy because current events certainly warrant streams, nay floods of profanity. I’m starting to run out of quality verbage. My favorite, “Bitch-cat, son of a whore!” is best used for a direct personal hit.

I am lucky that I have not personally been hit by the latest national cataclysmic catastrophe. I have limited amounts of cash-flow right now, but my mortgage is paid and there is food in my house. Today my biggest problem is that I stepped in cat barf with my bare foot.  (The cat looked at me as if to say, “hey, I didn’t yak on the carpet, what do you want from me?”)

There’s a lot of grim right now. Yesterday I went to a Substitute teacher hiring cattle call. This was to process the paperwork for a large number of applicants at a time.  I was shocked and amazed by the number of adults who can’t follow simple directions. Okay, not really amazed, but shocked that these people are going to be a direct link between education and student.   Later in the day, I had a job interview. This job will involve me working with autistic students one on one.  Both of these jobs address what I call (Actually Dr. Bailey on Grey’s Anatomy said it first.) The Right Now Plan. That means I will have the opportunity to have an immediate impact on a student’s life that day.   I really hope I get the non-substitute job.

The Right Now Plan resonates with me today as I scan the news hopefully, wanting to see that the government is no longer shut down and that someone has waved a magic wand and resolved the new problems and is now working on the old ones.

No such luck.

Today the news feeds have stories of people who are impacted Right Now by this shutdown.

Military families are facing a cost of living increase because the Military Base Commissaries are shut down. This may not seem like a big deal, but some furloughed workers are now having to face increased food costs while they try to handle life without a paycheck.

Food banks are faced with an increase in clients as more families will be relying on donations to try and feed everyone.

Right Now, there is no end in sight.

I can’t think of anything bad enough to say about that.