During this whole ordeal of not having rent, I mentioned in a tweet to Chris Hayes that, I too, had dreams and ambitions. The perception, which I feel is woefully undeserved, is that poor people are rudderless, lazy, and don't want to improve their situation.
That just isn't true. I do think many poor people reach a point where being poor for so long has sapped their energy. If you treat someone like a prisoner, they will begin to act like a prisoner. If you treat someone like they are not good enough, then eventually, they will begin to believe it.
Someone on twitter asked me to 'sell myself' to him before he would consider donating. It felt a little demeaning, considering the guy only had about 70 followers and less than 900 tweets to his name. Of course, I was begging for money...
But I do have dreams and ambitions.
Ultimately, I would like a creative career. My strengths are in retaining technical knowledge, coming up with ideas, writing, editing, and saying inappropriate things. Ok... not sure if the last thing is a huge selling point, but I my speech is not muted by fear of ridicule.
My education is in the food industry, operations management, and food science, so I feel I should try to incorporate that into my career. The 2 directions I come up with is R&D and marketing. Both are what I consider creative careers. I like thinking about possibilities, brainstorming... meeting, I love meetings. I like environments where I can display my thoughts on a particular subject.
When I watch shows like All In with Chris Hayes, I imagine myself on the panel, adding my two cents to whatever is going on in the world. Of course, that seems a lot less likely. The point is that I like to think about an issue and offer my analysis or solutions. As far as that goes, I don't have a preference between doing product development or proofreading a weekly grocery ad.
GREAT NEWS!!! I have hit the amount of money I set out to raise - $1,040! That amount is what I need to cover December and January rent. It was a colossal effort that has left me very emotionally drained. I was raised(mostly) on a hog farm, living in an old farm house with a wood burning furnace and no indoor plumbing, so asking for help is not very easy for me.
I honestly don't know how politicians maintain sufficient guile to continually fundraise.
A big thanks to the following for RT'ing my tweets:
Chris Hayes - Being mentioned on his show was huge.
Ed Schultz - Many RT's came from his followers.
Keith Olbermann - Honestly, nobody increased my page views more from a single retweet. That man is a force of nature. MSNBC should regret losing him.
Lawrence O'Donnell - Big fan of his. His RT garnered page hits and much respect.
Ana Marie Cox - Not only did she RT, but she donated as well. Someone get her a show! My cat, Ms. Teschmacher thanks you...
Tracy Clayton a.k.a. @BrokeyMcPoverty
My next step is to call up the building manager, Rick, and see if he'll stop the eviction if I give him all the rent. If not, I'll have to take the money I raised, and scramble to find another apartment.
Last special thanks to my great friend, Shane Chaney. We grew up in the same town and now live 1 street away in the Clifton neighborhood in Cincinnati. He has bought more dinners for me than I can count, and thanks to him simply being there, I have maintained my sanity. He also loaned me the money for November's rent, which I hope to pay back sooner than later.
Shane is an accomplished freelance Audio/Video engineer who can think fast on his feet, direct, and consult on anything from home theater set up to coordinating sound/video for a major convention.
If you need someone that fits that description, please look him up.
Thanks to everyone. I'll update you all with what the building guy says later.