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Thoughts on going forward in the fandom

In a way, you could say this is my follow-up post to Fur Squared 2018. All in all, I had a great time at the con and was glad to meet and hang out with a few people I haven’t seen in a while, along with meeting a few new people. To be honest, my main goal for this con was just that.

As much as I would’ve loved to have Sponsored or Super Sponsored this con, things weren’t going great for me, financially, prior to this past weekend. However, after I was hired on to permanent employment status at Emmi Roth (a cheese factory I work at here in town), I gained a better pay rate, benefits, and paid time off; so, in the end, things worked out for me enough that I could at least attend. I believe this makes my second year where I had to register at the door, the first year being…well my very first Fur Squared and furry con back in 2015. Otherwise, I would’ve pre-registered as a Sponsor or Super Sponsor. I feel I’ve been attending this con enough times where I know it’ll be a good con each year, and I want to help it grow. Continue reading

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Tis the season I guess….

Hey guys,

These past few months have been…shitty, to put it bluntly. Ever since being forced to scramble for a place back in September, I’ve been living paycheck to paycheck; I only get paid weekly because I’m working through a temp agency. I also had to withdraw from college; between the stress of moving, struggling with finances, and working a full-time job second shift…yeah, college could wait. However, I should’ve withdrew way early so I could get a refund; even if I did graduate, I still would’ve owed for tuition before I could get my physical degree, so I would’ve been fucked regardless if I graduated or not.

Oh, but it gets better.

Last Friday, I get a 5-day quit or pay rent notice on my door, which I didn’t see until I got home from work that night close to 11pm; this meant I have to pay off what I’m overdue, which is close to a full-month’s rent, or leave the premises by the 23rd…you know, the day before Christmas Eve.

After calling my building manager every day since getting that, writing a letter explaining my situation, and getting nowhere when I called the main office of the company that owns the building, I get a response yesterday and was able to talk to someone in-person that morning. I was told I had to come up with some kind of payment plan to pay off what’s overdue and going forward; I did just that and emailed the proposed plan to the person I talked to (another manager, not mine), left a hard copy in the office, and kept one for myself. Now I have to wait until Thursday due to how shitty office hours are. All in all, I just hope this payment plan is approved and I’m allowed to stay a little bit longer; with getting weekly paychecks rather than bi-weekly paychecks, I can only do so much at a time.

I’m hoping to get hired onto the company I’m working for right now (it’s a cheese factory); I know for sure I’ll get better pay, bi-weekly paychecks, more benefits, PTO, holiday pay, and who knows what else.

But my overall plan is to get out of this hick town and live closer to my mom and grandma, along with other friends and family. I feel so distant from everyone with where I’m at right now, plus I’m starting to see more and more that this town is full of crooked backstabbers, at least when it comes to landlords.

Needless to say, this has put my writing to a screeching halt, and I was really hoping to get caught up on that this past weekend. And now with Christmas coming up this weekend and waiting anxiously on if I have to get out by the 23rd or not, I don’t know when I’ll get a chance to make more progress on commissions and personal projects. Just been feeling like I’m watching a train wreck happening, only to wait and see if there will be another one immediately after….

TTFN,
Ricky

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On the Brink of Homelessness

Hey guys…

I found out yesterday that I cannot stay in the duplex once Ben moves to Utah with his dad. Apparently someone else was interested in renting the place, and his boss basically rented out to them instead of me. He knew that I’ve been there for months and contribute to rent and utilities when I can. He knew that I had no other place to go. And yet, he still cheated me out.

Earlier this week, Ben gave his boss his two-week notice. I was going to wait until Tuesday to let his boss know that I was interested out of respect; I didn’t want to add more stress on him and wanted to give him time to cool off.

Supposedly, the reason he didn’t want to rent out to me was because I smoke (yes, still) and I have long hair; if he did rent out to me, he’d supposedly jack up the rent out of spite. First off, I always step outside if I want a cig; I’ve never smoked inside the duplex. Secondly, I didn’t know I had to look a certain way to rent out a place that, I’ll admit, is falling apart and over half the outlets aren’t grounded. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if he said “No” if he knew I was bisexual. So, after all this, I’m not going to rent out from this asshole at all, nor shop at the Ace Hardware he owns; he’s not having my money, that’s for sure.

So now I need to scramble for a place to live. I do plan on stopping by this place called Southwest C.A.P. (Community Action Program) on Tuesday, since I’d imagine they’ll be closed on Labor Day. Ben went through them before and says they’d pay the first three months’ rent once they help me find an apartment. In the mean time, I’m going to see what options there are in town that are cheap and have one or both utilities included; I’ll have less to worry about and I’d rather pay rent and utilities in one lump sum. I would like a single-bedroom or studio apartment, if I can find one; I’d imagine they’re cheaper and…I like my space and privacy.

Oh, and did I mention I start classes next week? Granted, I’m only taking two and I don’t have any on Tuesday, though I do start my new job that afternoon. Still…I’m so tired of all this; just seems like as soon as things start looking up, I get hit with something else as soon as I feel happy about my life.

Apparently this is the kind of life my mom wanted for me…

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Feb. 10, 2017

Hey guys, I’ve been gone a while, haven’t I? That shouldn’t be new, honestly; I’ve been quite busy and have had a lot on my mind for the past month or so.

One culprit would definitely have to be college. Yep, finally started that up again a couple weeks ago. Already I feel busy with assignments, many of which are long-term, research projects, which would be understandable at this point in my college career. I currently have two research projects I need to think of a topic/get on the ball with doing research ASAP, plus I have a lot of reading to do for two other classes. Not to mention, there’s exams coming up soon and I need to start getting prepared for those. It’s just been so hard getting back into that mindset after being gone for the summer, fall, and beginning of winter. Continue reading

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2017 May Be a Good Year for Me

Yes, you’ve read that right. Yes, it’s not December yet. Yes, I’m calling it early. After last weekend (as of writing this) I realized a new chapter in my life is about to begin, and it’s a big change that’s overall positive. Continue reading

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Nov. 7, 2016

It seems to have been a while since I wrote a general life update; the earliest I could find was back in August. Yes, it’s been over a month, but quite a lot can happen in that time. Well, for me, only a couple things, though both big changes. Continue reading

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Too much going on lately, plus a brief life story

I pretty much copy/pasted this from my journal entries from a few art sites I’m on. I just really needed to get this all out; there’s so much that’s been going on with me lately. Continue reading

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Aug. 13, 2016

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I haven’t had much time to share any life updates on this blog between work and being busy almost every weekend this summer. I’ve also been focusing more on writing and trying to write as often as I can; I would like to try and post more often on my story and poetry blogs and elsewhere. That’s not to say I’ll lower the quality of my writing, however; I always strive to improve in my craft with each piece I write.

Along with that, there hasn’t been much else happening in my life right now. I’m currently unable to go back to Platteville in the Fall, for multiple reasons, but I will be going back in the Spring. I only have one semester left until I graduate; after that, who knows what will happen next. For the time being, I’ll still be working at Milton Propane through the Fall and possibly early Winter.

My boyfriend and I have been together for five months now as of Thursday. We’ve had our ups and downs, sure, but I think it’s safe to say our relationship is still going steady. We’re still trying to figure things out, both as individuals and as a couple; there are still a few kinks (not those kind!) we’re working out too, but all of that will come in time and effort. Regardless, we both still love each other very much and would like to live together some day.

I will also being going to a couple furry conventions in the near future: Furry Migration in Minneapolis, MN, and Midwest FurFest in Rosemont, IL. Of course, I will going with my boyfriend, but a couple of our other friends will be joining us as well; I know both of them will be a blast!

And that’s about it. I wanted to give you guys a quick update with what I’ve been up to and how I’ve been lately.

~Ben

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April 18, 2016

I’ve been meaning to give you guys a life update of sorts, considering the last one was when me and my boyfriend went on our second date. Not a whole lot has been happening on that front, but a lot of other stuff’s happened since then. Continue reading

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It’s that time of the year!

Hope everyone’s been having a good holiday season so far! I know this time of year can be joyful for most, but there are some who don’t always feel that way around this time of year. Whether they simply don’t like the commercialized clusterfuck of the season, they simply don’t celebrate the holidays, or they associate this time of year with a bad memory. To those of you, I hope you are having a good week. Continue reading

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