After being burned by writing papers on line and independent internet companies designed to fix computer problems, this writer was wary of anyone who called up trying to find me computer work who was not Monster or my VR Counselor.
On Friday morning, a lady from National Services called me to finish helping me fill out paperwork for an on line job. Because of my having been burned twice before. My memories of Academia-Research weren’t exactly good. Like the computer companies, they were out to make a fast buck. Failure in having kept deadlines meant punishment in the inability for future assignments.
This was a different situation. My aim in having her company investigated and of my follow up call did not ruffle her feathers at all. My not having been burned for the third time this summer was a plus too. Being thrown out on the street because of the inability to pay my bills didn’t sit to well with me either.
In order to have had my bills paid next month, there have been some sacrifices made by me. For example: cancelling monthly subscriptions like the digital version of The Times Record News and The Empower Network. and my monthly donation to CBN. By my having given up the Starz Enccore movie pack and reducing my internet turbo speed by half, my cable bill was reduced by at least $20.
This weekend, two things happened, one of my credit card balances went from $688.05 to $248.12. That was more than a $400 drop. The other of the big balances went from $199.99 to not owing anything. Apparently, Speedy PC gave me back my entire charge. If there was no communication with this company on or before October 21 when the case closes, the credit stayed with me instead of being billed to my card again. If the call received by me could’ve been proven as a fraud, the money they charged me would’ve still been mine.
Here’s what the Bible said about financial loss:
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; (ESV)
For thus says the Lord: “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken, and the prey of the tyrant be rescued, for I will contend with those who contend with you, and I will save your children.(ESV)
In addition to everything lost by these computer companies, my VR counselor informed me last week that my case would have had to be closed if they weren’t offering me a service. That meant helping with resume development, interview skills, or budgeting for transportation to and from. The bad news was that most of the ‘in town’ customer service jobs were in places like Plano, Texas or Richland Hills, Texas. Greeting jobs were scarce because of the economy. Those were the first to disappear from places like IHOP and Wal-Mart.
There was good news though. All of the services that were given up or about to have been lost, could’ve been regained once my financial situation improved. The situation with my VR Counselor was included in this should there have been no job offer by September 8. As mentioned in the last article, putting out an application as a columnist for the local paper might have been more along my line of work as my pastor recommended earlier this year. They praised me for last week‘s article.
There was more good news, thanks to my church family. Two people referred me to other local people who might have been able to help with the repair of my computer. One was in town and the other was a high school classmate’s husband who worked on computers. My thanks went out to those two blessings in my life.