October 25, 2013 by esarsea
…and here’s why.
Category: Business, General BS, Rants, WTF
| Tags: Bishop Fox, Intro, LinkedIn, Privacy, Security
I never bothered with Linkedin…….never saw a need for it. I sure have received a lot of e-mail requests from various friends to join. Just what does it do anyway?
It’s a networking site for professionals…I never used it much.
Wow! It’s been over one month since this thread was started. Seems that this blog may be fading into the sunset?
It has taken a back seat lately. Been a rough year-plus. The company I worked for for the last 16 years went out of business a little over a year ago. I hooked up with a new company and then they closed their WA office. Mary-Anne’s mom passed this Summer, and a week later Mary-Anne was diagnosed with breast cancer. Meanwhile…
So sorry to hear of Mary-Anne’s cancer. Did she catch it in it’s early stages?
We’re not sure how long it’s been growing – see my related comment here: http://thebsblog.net/2011/05/18/pink-whistles-and-call-to-action-request/#comment-5314
Since that post, be got the BRCA test back (which was negative) and she’s gone through a double masectomy. The cancerous area was 11 cm across, but thankfully there was no lymph node involvement, and we did get negative margins in the masectomy so it’s not in the chest wall muscle either. It was originally determined to be stage 1 but they changed that to stage 2 due to the cancer being greater than 5 cm across. The Drs are pushing for radiation but at this point she’s of the mind to deal with it if or when it comes back, and not do radiation. The more I’ve learned about radiation and the problems associated with it, the more I tend to agree with her.
Like I mentioned in the comment linked above, we thought we possessed adequate ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’ but the reality is that 1 in 10 cases isn’t detectable by mammogram, and does not create palpable masses. That was news to both of us…
Jesus, Stu, I had no idea, so sorry.
I thought I was the only one having a f*cked 2013. Janet ran off in April after 10 years, my household finances went up in smoke w/half gone suddenly, I’ve been qualifying for a mortgage loan to buy her out, ended up hiring lawyers to communicate through and of course, that turned into an $8,000-$9,000, 60-day waste we just settled. And then she got laid off in early November after 7 years with her company, lives with a sister and is hurting.
I got an IRS payment plan in place mid-summer, had to sell my ’59 Les Paul to a store in Chicago for half what I thought it was worth, I needed emergency cash to stay alive by August, right when our payroll person made the blunder of the century and screwed me on 4 consecutive pay checks before I could turn her in to Campus Payroll to make her stop.
I may make it until spring, I just withdrew half my 401k to live on in a Hardship Withdrawal. The money supposed to come tomorrow or next-and I may give some of it to Janet now, to get through the holidays- I owe her a pay out at closing on the new mortgage loan in January anyway, but I know she’ll really need some of it now.
But as a heart patient and survivor, I can attest that Mary Anne’s health crisis trumps all this stuff, nothing matters if you don’t have your health and especially, like my situation and hers, if it’s potentially terminal. That will shrink your 1st world problems down to a grain of sand, quite suddenly.
Please take care, Stu, I’m sorry about the second trucking company closing up on you.
Thanks for the note. Sounds like we’ve both had our plates full. Really sorry to hear about the ’59. Isn’t that like the Holy Grail year for LP’s?
It was a LP Junior double cutaway I’ve had since 1972, when we were both 13 years old. Well, I was 22, but…
I hope 2014 is a better year for everyone! fwiw I never did linkdin either, not necessary for my work really.
thanks again for this post Stu. I had heard about this before I read it here, but I just wanted to let someone know about it so it was quite convenient to look it up here.
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