Last Sunday I was served with a summons to reply to a complaint filed in county court regarding my overdue bill to my roofing contractor. Not even the news of my brother Bill’s death last October hit me harder. He lived in Florida. My roofing contractor lives 20 blocks away. A call to my lawyer/neighbor friend’s office generated some good advice and the news that he’s too under the weather to take on my case. He is SERIOUS serious ill, and my prayers are with him. He advised me to visit the county building Recorder of Deeds and the Circuit Court offices to learn what liens are on my home and what specifically was being asked by the contractor. I did the day after he called with the excellent advice. My initial consuming dismay was tempered by the consolation that I am being directed to respond in writing to the complaint. I don’t have to appear in court as I thought.
Even so, the improvement in my understanding revealed it not to be a commutation; just a delay of what promises to be a “mechanical lien” which will be complicated by the home equity loan I’m paying off. The bank has first dibs on the house if I walk under a black cat tomorrow. More important than the sticky details is the impact of a CLARION CALL for me to find a real employer ASAP. Thursday morning I learned one reality. Today, I visited the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). I was given a brochure and three pages of advice in print, including links to employment agencies and Illinois’ own incredible website. I spent about three hours visiting agencies, getting a job search account with IDES and beginning the sign-up process with Manpower.
I came to a brick wall when I was asked to list my employment history. I knew I’d have to choose my facts carefully and my challenge was compounded by my inability to print a copy of my own resume because my printer at the home office is broken, the printer at AeroKnow Museum is out of ink, and I didn’t feel like sending it to my part-time employer on Dirksen Parkway to print it on his computer because the showroom is a long-haul from home. I sent it to myself at the employer anyway because I’m working there awhile Saturday, and at least I can print a hard copy. I’m also sending a PDF to the printer business next door so I’ll have some hard copies next week.
Not that I suppose it will do me any good. It’s geared to writing and publication production which is what I’ve been doing the most of for 15 years freelance. I’ll also post it in a separate file here at Honey & Quinine.
I spoke with four counselors at IDES, three only briefly. One recognized me from my writing for Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times, another knew me from my aviation collection and the book Arcadia published, another knew me from my photography and the other knew me from my songwriting and guitar playing. I told a correspondent a few hours ago, if I were as well-regarded by one employer as I seem to be regarded by many of my friends, I would have paid for my roof by now.
I was counseled that I should tell my friends about my plight. I’m doing more. I’m telling friends and also strangers reading these words as well.
I’ll keep you posted.
Live long . . . . . . . and proper.