Sorry to start the day on a downer, folks, but this Chinese virus [cf. POTUS] is screwing with my life, bigly.
With no travel going on and people working more and more from home, my Uber income has fallen off the cliff. From a seven-hour workday net (after expenses) income of around $20/hour, the past few days have seen it fall to nearly zero. I mean zip, zilch, nada: two hours’ waiting between calls, on a good day, and those trips are all short ones — nurses to and from hospitals, etc.
I’m not the only one, of course. The Son&Heir, who’s the F&B manager at a large restaurant, told me yesterday that their hourly staff (waiters and hosts) are having their hours cut by 80%, and layoffs may follow in about a week’s time — and I have to think that other similar establishments are faring even worse, as his place does significant home- and office delivery sales.
I, of course, don’t have any of that kind of thing to fall back on. New Wife had her residence application finally (!!!!) approved and got her temporary green card; not that it helps, though, because she works in — ta-da!!!! — elementary schools, and guess who’s not hiring at the moment because Chinese virus? At best,she’ll be hired in July for the new school year, but until then…
Frankly, nobody is hiring at the moment, of course, so even if I was able to, I can’t find any kind of full-time work. (I’m kicking myself for not getting my trucker’s license many years ago — supermarkets in the area are experiencing supply bottlenecks because of a driver shortage. That’s why there’s no bogroll in the stores.)
So I’m doing what I swore never to do again, and asking for financial assistance from you, O My Long-Suffering Readers. Without that, our modest savings will be drained and we face financial ruin within two or three months. (Forget indulgences like takeout food or trips to Boomershoot; we’re talking rent, car payments and utilities here.)
I know that everyone is suffering at the moment in one way or another; but if you can see your way to helping us out over the next couple of months until sanity returns to our world, all contributions will be most gratefully received. You can contribute a small amount monthly via Patreon (over on the right-hand side of the page under Links), or with one-time amounts through PayPal or by check to the sooper-seekrit mailing address.
I hate to have to do this, but I have no other alternative.