I was fairly sure that it was up for me - no job, no unemployment (contractors aren't eligible for unemployment even through we pay into it, what bullshit) and no food money.
Bleak is not the word.
So, my plan was to go rob a bank, get thrown in jail for 8-10 years, and when I get out I'm eligible for retirement, so.. retire.. and write novels until I died. 3 hots and a cot, free medical, free dental, free vision, given I'm handicapped likely a minimum-security prison.. not a FUN way to live BUT! no living under a bridge with no food, water, bathroom, medical.. never going to go there.
And indeed, committing a Federal crime does NOT invalidate your Social Security retirement! Now, for disability, if you become disabled in the commission of a crime, well, that won't count towards getting disability insurance and so try not to shoot off a hand/foot during a crime because you won't get credit for it (lol)!
However - my dear landlady/friend Anne is letting me stay rent-free for now, partially in exchange for dealing with various financial matters and generally being the Big Mean Man(tm) taking care of the two ladies living in the house with me. Between that and selling off hundreds of dollars worth of music software I won't use again, I have a place to live and food/phone money.
For a few months, anyway.
Given that my situation can't be that unique, I'm going to blog all the way until I pack up and head for the bank. Maybe my experiences will help someone out, or at least act as a cautionary tale. LEARN FROM MY FAIL.
So, today: I sold enough that I was able to get Paypal to send me two checks for $48.50 (it's a $1.50 for Paypal to cut you physical check), one came in yesterday so today I'm off to cash it for fresh food.
For food, I've been spending right out of Paypal to Walmart.. I can get a large quantity of non-perishable foods (and you'd be amazed at what Walmart carries) to fill in around the fresh stuff. $30 will get me a few weeks of beans, canned meat, sardines, crackers, and soups.
It won't be all gourmet cooking, but combine ramen, water chestnuts, straw mushrooms, and sesame oil and you have a good meal for dirt cheap.
Watch this space to see how this freaking stupid drama finally ends.