I’m changing trains this little town let me down

by davebarclay1954

Today is 18/08/2018, 15 months until I qualify for my state pension so this is a f**king awful time for me to be out of work. I have been applying for lots of jobs of all kinds, customer service (no sales), IT support and support for systems, servers, and mobile phones/internet as well as jobs in hotels and kitchens. So far everyone who has got back to me has said “Thank you for applying but we won’t be interviewing you as you’re too old” or else they just don’t get back to me at all.

I won’t rant as I’m enjoying the freedom not having a job is affording me at the moment. I cashed in a pension pot so I will have enough to pay the bills for the next few months anyway and then I can ask for a tax rebate since the tax I paid on the pot was at 45% and with no job and no prospects the bulk of it should have only been paid at 25%. I will be asking HMRC to refund the overpayment in April, just in case someone who hasn’t got back to me yet offers me employment before then.

Of course having money in the bank means I don’t claim benefits so no-one is forcing me to do anything, I am not getting into the same rut I did in 2010 and this time around I am keeping the house clean and the meds are helping me to keep focused on what I should be doing every day to keep body and soul together. I am still in a fair amount of pain because of the car knocking me down but that is being helped by pain meds which I have cut down on but am refusing to take less to leave me in excruciating pain. I will keep trying from time to time to lose one a day but will take it again if the pain gets too bad. Having been on pain meds before the accident helped as I could wait until the swelling went down before going to see my GP. That is one reason I’m glad I live in the UK as medical treatment is free or I wouldn’t be able to go. Because there is no provision for dentist’s to provide free treatment I still don’t go there and my teeth are rotten and breaking up all the time, but when you’re poor you do what you can afford to do.

There were 2 birthdays in my family last week, I wished my brother a happy birthday on Wednesday when he turned 61, unfortunately, my daughter still wants nothing to do with me so I was unable to wish her a happy 44th last Sunday. It’s a shame how many of us lose contact with family over something stupid we did (or in my case didn’t) do. It’s been more than 20 years since I last saw her and everytime I have tried to apologise I was told not to contact her again. I still think of her a lot, not as much as my mum and it would have been her 90th this month as well, but at least my daughter is still alive as far as I know.

Anyway, enough of the maudlin tales. I was reminded today of an interview with Sarah Millican from 2011 on Graham Norton’s show where she was flanked by Vince Vaughn and Diddy and the Americans seemed to struggle with her accent although she did have fun with them both. Sarah has really come on since her divorce knocked her for 6 all those years ago. I would love to see more of her but it’s been so difficult getting tickets as they went on sale when I was working before pay day so I didn’t have the money to buy them. When I had the money she hadn’t sold out here for every date but there are only single seats left in the stalls ūüė¶ which is where I would want to see her from. If she adds any more dates then I will get in early and book two seats for me and my wife as we both love her delivery and style of comedy.

Anyway, enough for today and the music this time around is from David Bowie and is linked from YouTube so the copyright isn’t owned by me but please enjoy it.