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Hard Times

March 18th, 2013 at 05:35 pm

I just saw a documentary on HBO called Hard Times. It followed a group of people out on Long Island, all of whom are unemployed. The execution was just ok, but the message was sobering. So many middle-aged, college educated people who did all of the "right things" and find themselves in this position. The documentary touched on age discrimination (I believe it), the fact that the longer you're unemployed the harder it is to get a job (I believe that too), and the tangential effects of unemployment: mortgage crisis, depression, other medical issues, reliance on social services, relationship issues. Absolutely tragic. It was an eye opener.

It was also inspiring. I'm as energized as ever to get the HELOC paid off, followed by the mortgage, and be debt free.

I added $12 to the 52-week Yahtzee challenge, bringing me to $90.

3 Responses to “Hard Times”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    You go girl!!

  2. NJDebbie Says:

    I have to admit that stories like the ones you mentioned inspire me to be debt free and I get a second wind when I feel like slowing down.

  3. patientsaver.com Says:

    I'm going to see if i can get it on Netflix. I'm always fascinated by what others do in my situation.

    I agree about the age discrimination. That's why i consider myself very lucky that as a writer, it's easy to freelance. So I have something to put on my resume with no blank spaces. Very important. I don't think I'm perceived as unemployed or possibly even underemployed unless i tell them.

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