Well, today I’m going to do what I’ve been talking about doing for several weeks now. I’m going down to the nearest Social Security office, which is in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh, and apply for early benefits. I’ll be 62 on Saturday; I really don’t want to apply for early benefits, but I’ve been unemployed since I got my MFA in writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006. I don’t have much choice.
Sure, I’ve been in this pay-for-job-search program that’s provided me with great computer skills and placed me temporarily as a Teacher’s Aide in an after-school program for first and second graders and also placed me in UPMC Braddock Hospital as a “Greeter,” both positions giving me some income and job experience; but I’ve maxed out all of my credit cards which was the rest of my income while I nearly hooked a good paying job with the State before the hiring freeze and I’ve had an interview with a local health care insurance company that’s doing a criminal background check on me and finally a local university will call me as soon as a position opens that it thinks I’ll be a good fit for. What it all comes down to is I still don’t have a job and I can’t pay my bills. I need to supplement my income even if I do get a job. So, I’m applying for early Social Security, today.
When I come back from the SS Office I’ll let you know how things went.
The weatherman on the radio said to expect scattered rain and the high will be 49. I’m taking the bus.