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May 17, 2020


Life is a little odd, isn’t it? I am back in Ventura. I had gone up to San Luis Obispo county and spent a week in Oceano, but had to return to Ventura for one thing.

Did I mention I got laid off? Yeah, me and 36 million others. We’re a big club.

I filed for unemployment benefits online. It took me 10 days to get onto the website – and California is one of the better ones. There were several times when I was able to log on and partly complete the form before the site crashed. Once I completed it, but when I returned, there was no record of it. Eventually I got it done and at the end there was a box to check saying something like: “I would like to conduct all correspondence electronically” so I checked it because of course.

Several days later, after I had headed north, I got an email from the state: “You requested online correspondence only, but we have mailed you a form that needs to be filled out and returned within 10 days.”

Of course you did.

I packed up and came back to Ventura to retrieve my Very Important Form lest I receive a note in my Permanent Record or get thrown in jail or lose my $450 per week.

When I opened the form, I found it is a Very Important Form to confirm what I told them online. It was literally a list of the answers I had given them on the online form. It said if I needed to make changes, I would have to inform them within 7 days and return the form. Otherwise, ignore the form.

BUT I JUST TOLD YOU WHAT I TOLD YOU. I do not need to untell you the thing I just told you.

The upside is that I got to come back to Ventura and found a sweet super-secret place to stay at night in Gladis near a friend’s place. I spend the days in the Ventura Harbor area, enjoying the great weather and beach for the incredible price of free. Could be worse.

What next? Good question. Hit me with your ideas in the comments section. I’m considering either becoming a cowgirl, a charismatic preacher, or making hemp kombucha.



  1. Deanna Romero permalink
    May 17, 2020 09:30

    I’m right there with ya – if you think of some thing that requires a partner I’m open to exploring new things and people and ideas that will contribute to my quality of life.

    • May 25, 2020 09:40

      Thanks, Deanna. May we both land where we can serve with joy.

  2. May 17, 2020 15:45

    There are so many things that need to be done, that you would be so good at, that no one is paying money for. If I think of one that someone *is* reasonably likely to pay money for, I will re-comment.

    • May 25, 2020 09:39

      I am thinking on it. I figure the universe will give me a good hard shove in the direction I am supposed to go.

  3. May 17, 2020 19:52

    Sorry to hear about your job and the challenges, that is so tough!

  4. Bert Adams permalink
    May 21, 2020 12:36

    Well of course the state needs “Paperwork” to feel they have done something. I often wonder if they rate themselves on the tonnage of paper they generate…

    • May 25, 2020 09:38

      Haha. Tonnage. But it keeps paper mills in business.

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