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Full Circle

Back in 1974,  I’d moved in with friends, started at a new college, acquired my first firearm, began training and carrying and had no responsibilities save the monthly rent and car payment.
I had a security guard job and a full school schedule.  I paid my way through college.
And I sweated every month’s rent and car payment, because I always seemed to be a little short.  But, always had money for pizza and beer?  Hmmm.
In the subsequent 37 years, I graduated, got married, bought a house, got a decent job, got divorced, acquired many firearms, lost a house, bought another house, lost many firearms, had ‘health issues’, suffered personal losses and became disabled.
Some folks choose to see the compilation of these events as sad.  To be honest, sometimes I do.  But, I don’t always.  And, I’m getting better at not seeing them that way.  Some see a tragic life.  To me, it’s just life.
And, now, it appears I will be filing bankruptcy. 
The irony, of course, is this time it’s not pizza and beer, it’s bills and reduced benefit income.
Some might say at least it’s not youthful indiscretion, as before.  But, the supreme irony for me is I grind my teeth that I’m ‘supported’ by the government!  Had my private insurance not forced me to apply to Social Security, I wouldn’t have done so.  I’m a libertarian, and as such should be able to support myself.  Or find friends or private sources.
And, if I’m not able to save my home, I’ll probably be moving in with a friend.
Full circle.

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


17 thoughts on “Full Circle

  1. Why shouldn't you get SS? You paid into it all your working life. You're entitled to get it back.

    Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011, 9:28 am
  2. Thanks. I appreciate that. It still bugs me, though.

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | September 2, 2011, 9:31 am
  3. I understand why it bugs you, G, but think of it this way: life deals blows to all of us, but you've got a safety net which many have not. You're a blessed man!

    Posted by Rev. Paul | September 2, 2011, 9:47 am
  4. Thanks for the perspective, Rev. Paul. I DO need to be more grateful. guffaw

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | September 2, 2011, 10:56 am
  5. GFA, worse comes to worse, e-mail me at the address on my site. I know a company that goes out of thier way to accomodate persons with diabilities. I work for it, as does my wife. They'll house you with cheap rent, but you'll have a roomie. And you're stil in AZ. Wages are low, but so is the cost of living. Just bring your car, you'll need it.

    Posted by TinCan Assassin | September 2, 2011, 1:22 pm
  6. I look at it this way: I see a definite benefit to our society by havingyou remain in your home, receiving the medical care you need. Society doesNOT benefit by having you ill and on the street.I understand your feelings. I watched my dad struggle with similar feelingsas he worked at a minimum wage job and had to still accept food stamps toput food on his family.Tomi

    Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011, 2:01 pm
  7. @TinCan Assassin – thanks for the info. I'll keep you apprised of the situation.@Tomi – If only you worked for my mortgage co. Who knows? Stranger things have happened.

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | September 2, 2011, 2:08 pm
  8. We can have beliefs that are libertarian in nature – but it's more a direction we'd like society to take, a lifestyle choice, the foundation of a personal belief system.The hard reality is that "libertarian" is NOT the rules of the game.The society in which we live – which has stacked the deck in a certain direction regardless of your own beliefs – runs by a different set of standards. I won't suggest the Nanny claim that you're a victim and entirely innocent of the consequences of your decisions that led to this point – none of us are – but many of those consequences are a result of forcing upon you the rules of the game you must play to be in this place at this time.So if you are forced to now take advantage of the "benefits" of a system you disagree with, don't think any more of it than you do when you are forced to pay the costs of that same system.Go for it. Use the rules for your benefit this time.I once declared bankruptcy. It's traumatic and devastating. And survivable. And can be overcome. You learn, you move on."Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose". You'll be "free" – for a little while. A chance for a new…different start. No, I take that back. It's not a "chance"; it's an unavoidable necessity but one in which you might have the opportunity to influence the new direction.Just don't forget the bankruptcy lawyers want theirs up front first…"I get by with a little help from my friends". Perhaps TCA has presented that unexpected turn for the better.Best of luck to you.Q

    Posted by Quizikle | September 2, 2011, 3:45 pm
  9. GFA- Sorry to hear that, and I'd email Tin-Can… It's not like you've given up or just quit, your medical problems have DRIVEN the situation, and that is NOT your fault. You aren't giving up, if you were you'd be whining, rather than looking at the options and assessing your abilities. Hang in there!

    Posted by Old NFO | September 2, 2011, 4:47 pm
  10. @Old NFO – You are a good man, sir! It hasn't gotten quite to that point yet, but I've advised TCA I'll keep him informed. Who knows?

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | September 2, 2011, 4:53 pm
  11. From one Browncoat to Another – When you can't run you crawl, and when you can't crawl- you find someone to carry you..It ain't much, but you've got mail. *hug*

    Posted by Maura | September 2, 2011, 6:01 pm
  12. @Maura – Thanks very kindly. For both the thought and the mail!

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | September 2, 2011, 6:08 pm
  13. You're not the kind to run a scam or take advantage of people GFA. People recognize that quality in you. Just keep plugging away. There are many, many people out here pulling for you.

    Posted by Tango Juliet | September 2, 2011, 7:00 pm
  14. As TJ said- There are many.

    Posted by Keads | September 2, 2011, 9:13 pm
  15. @Tango Juliet and Keads – Thanks, Gentlemen. That's good to know!

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | September 2, 2011, 9:54 pm
  16. Know that whatever happens, it's happened to others before and they got through it. You can too.

    Posted by Murphy's Law | September 3, 2011, 3:32 am
  17. @Murphy's Law – a wise observation my friend.

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | September 3, 2011, 6:39 am

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