Animation Monday: 2013 Labor Day Political Cartoons


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Happy Labor Day 2013 everyone!  This day was created in 1894 and celebrates the workers!  It is a celebration of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers.  It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.  More than 80 countries around the globe have a Labor Day every year!  And in the United States and Canada, it’s celebrated on the first Monday of September and is the unofficial close of Summer.

Most people have a job and can celebrate Labor Day, if they are not working on the holiday.  But for the unemployed people like me, Labor Day is a day we don’t like to celebrate.  So for this Animation Monday, I am going to share some of my favorite political cartoons celebrating the unemployed on Labor Day.  Hopefully, I keep saying that this Labor Day will be the last one while jobless, but I have said that for the last three Labor Days.  Being unemployed for 26 months sucks!

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Shape Up! – Week 81


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This is week 81 in my series of Shape Up!  The weekly post on what I did over the last week in my quest to getting healthier.

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Today, I am kind of sleepy.  For the last couple of nights, I have struggled getting some sleep.  On Saturday night, I could not fall asleep.  On Sunday night, I slept for over 12 hours.  And on Monday night, my body felt so cold that I had to put two huge blankets over me to stay warm.  No, the apartment was not too cold and the apartment was at 73 degrees.  During the day, I felt really tired and fatigued.  So what could be causing this you ask?  Just take a look at this on my right leg.

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Yep, that is a nasty sore.  While walking along Greenbrier Dear Rd. last week, I guess a tick somehow got attached and tried to go inside the skin.  I did remove the tick and killed it, but as you can see, my body is not reacting to the tick bite very well.  After doing some research, I found out that this tick bite could have released a disease inside my body.  So here I go, I think I have Lyme Disease.  First symptoms includes joint pains, chills, fever, and fatigue.  Symptoms down the road could include severe fatigue, a stiff, aching neck, and tingling or numbness in the extremities or facial palsy.  If you let symptoms go for too long, you could experience severe headaches, painful arthritis and swelling of joints, cardiac abnormalities and even mental disorders.

Yes, if I was employed and had money, I would have already gone to a doctor to get this checked out.  But when you have been unemployed for 25 months now and hardly have any money, you can’t go see a doctor.  Obviously, if the City of Anniston had sidewalks along Greenbrier Dear Rd. instead of tall grass and trash, I would have probably not gotten this tick bite.  See, walking on the side of the road is very dangerous.  Ticks can bite you, you can step on trash and broken glass, you can step onto fire ant mounds, and some car drivers will serve towards you almost hitting you.  Ahh, the joys of walking!

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So for now, my walking days are over.  My legs are stiff and sore because of this bite.  And I wonder if I will be able to go see a doctor to get the antibiotics I need to treat this bite.  Of course, I still have the cap from my tooth that is still off as well.  With my birthday on August 15th, I wonder if I will end up in the emergency room instead of celebrating my birthday.  Yes, I hate being negative again, but I really don’t have anything positive to talk about right now.  Maybe my 27th year on this Earth will be better for me.

This is what I ate last week:

Tuesday: Chicken Breast, Rice, Sweet Tea.

Wednesday: Hot Dogs, Chips, Sweet Tea.

Thursday: Pork Chops, Rice, Sweet Tea.

Friday: Burgers, Fries, Sweet Tea.

Saturday: Pizza, Sweet Tea.

Sunday: Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Chips, Sweet Tea

Monday: Burger, Fries, Sweet Tea.

Have a great week everyone!

Shape Up! – Week 57


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This is week 57 in my series of Shape Up!  The weekly post on what I did over the last week in my quest to getting healthier.

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All right everyone, I have sat here all day with a very sore right foot.  It started to get sore on Saturday afternoon and this morning it became very sore!  So today I have let my foot get some rest.  I did some extra walking last week so that is probably the reason.  One good thing is I stayed away from the Valentine’s Candy!  Americans spend around $18 billion in Valentine’s stuff each year.  And the average shopper is expected to spend $130.97 this Valentine’s on gifts, candy and cards this year.  I did not spend one cent on Valentine’s this year!  No I did not have a date this year.  When you have been unemployed for 20 months; you don’t have any money to spend!

I also wanted to talk about this story.  A 31-year-old woman from New Zealand died from a heart attack after she drank around two gallons of Coca-Cola a day!  The Coroner said the large amount of Coca-Cola she drank likely led to metabolic imbalances that gave rise to her heart problems, adding that Coke was likely a “substantial factor” in her death.  Now public health officials are calling for health label warnings to be put on soft-drink labels.  Coca-Cola has run a commercial called Coming Together.  This ad talks about the The well-being of families and communities.  And it also says that soft drinks are not the only cause to the obesity epidemic.

In my opinion, I do see a city or state doing something to help people lose weight real soon.  Most of the talk is about a “fat tax” on soft drinks and fatty foods.  I don’t see a “fat tax” happening in Alabama anytime soon.  But I would not be shocked if places like New York City does something like this in the future.  I can see New York City doing something like this, they banned drink sizes over 16 ounces for one.  The problem that needs to be addressed is the costs of food.  If you have a family and earn really low incomes.  You have to be picky on what you can buy.

So if you have food stamps or low-income and have lots of mouths to feed.  What is going to be cheaper; fruits of veggies for around $10, or packs of cookies and chips for around $5?  Alabama also has the issue of charging a sales tax on groceries which hurts the poor even more!  There has to be a way to lower the costs of healthy foods for the low-income people to buy!  I even have trouble buying healthy foods since I have been unemployed for 20 months.  Food stamps does not give you a lot of wiggle room.  So that means I have to buy $1 TV dinners and party pizzas.  I wish I did not have to buy these things; but I don’t have much of a choice.  And yes to save money, I only eat one meal a day.  Someone needs to hire me!

Here is what I ate last week:

Saturday: Party Pizzas, Sweet Tea.

Sunday: Grilled Chicken and Hashbrowns, Sweet Tea.

Monday: Sausage and Biscuits, Sweet Tea.

Tuesday:  Hotpockets, Sweet Tea.

Wednesday: Breakfast Pizza, Sweet Tea.

Thursday: Grilled Chicken and Hashbrowns, Sweet Tea.

Friday: Party Pizzas, Sweet Tea.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Nathan’s Thanksgiving Wishes 2012


I think this is something that would do well during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.  This Thanksgiving I just don’t feel thankful at all.  I have been through multiple tough things in 2012 and this Thanksgiving just feels like a bummer to me.  By the way; Geek Alabama will be transformed into Christmas 2012 over the weekend!

No doubt; 2012 has been a very tough year for me.  I have been unemployed for 16 months!  And I am still on that quest for my 14th job in seven years.  I have tried everything to find work.  I applied to many jobs online.  I went to 14 job fairs so far in Anniston, Gadsden, Birmingham, Boaz, and Roanoke.  I have tried every temp agency in the area with no success.  I have gone to several job events for openings like Publix and several factories.  The only problem is hundreds of people turn out along with me.  I have also chased down any job leads in the newspapers like the Anniston Star.  But nothing has happened there as well.

During the presidential election between Obama and Romney.  I Tweeted out something that got picked up by Headline News and CNN!  I was so happy seeing my Tweet re-sent by many people!  Then I got this reply from this person which hurt me big time!

Yes; there are people out there who believe I am lazy and not looking at all.  I did reply to Douglas Cole and I have not heard from him again.  I also believe the reason I am not working is because of my disability which is Asperger’s Syndrome.  In some of the last 13 jobs I did; I was put in some tough situations where I would screw things up.  Some of the crazy things I did on the job include dropping multiple gas caps in the water, breaking the soda machine, dropping food, breaking plates, causing an accident with the bosses car, etc.  You name it; if it’s a fast-paced job I have a good chance of breaking something.

There’s nothing I can do about being clumsy.  I try to be real careful while working but sometimes I will mess something up.  And this results in costing the company money; and this will mean I am being fired!  So now I am facing my next challenge.  I exhausted all of my unemployment and I have only $100 in the bank.  I will let you know how that goes. :(

Over the last year I have had great success with Geek Alabama.  I have been involved with multiple great events in NE Alabama/NW Georgia.  I have volunteered with several events and with TV 24 Pigskin Roundup.  Many people have come to Geek Alabama to read the posts I have written and I love that!  I was on ABC 33/40 in 2012 and appeared in a Atlanta Journal-Constitution Google Hangout.  And I appeared in a UAB documentary in Birmingham.  Here are the videos!

I feel like Geek Alabama is only going to get bigger and bigger with time.  Sadly this will mean I will make many more state politicians angry at this blog.  I love doing that by the way!  The new mayor in Anniston Vaughn Stewart wants me to be in a committee about streets and roads!  This is a prefect fit for me but mayor first; someone has got to hire me!  Maybe the mayor knows of folks who would accept a disabled person who might mess things up.

I am hoping for a great Christmas season 2012.  I will start it off by donating all the toys I  got from the Activision Family Game Summit.  Enjoy the holidays everyone.  And hopefully I am not living in a car and homeless in Anniston.  I guess getting paid for anything is a pipe-dream for me.  Believe me; starving yourself because of lack of income is not fun!  Also wondering about your future is not fun as well!

P.S.: Sorry folks; I voted for Obama again.

Once Again; Another Useless Job Fair


Over the week I went to attend my 12th job fair since becoming unemployed on July 2011. The Fall Employment Opportunity Fair was held and I hate to say this; it sucked again!  I was there in Fall 2011 and the job fair back then was not good.  And this year; I saw the same employers from the 2011 job fair!  And the employers have already said I don’t have enough experience or I am not qualified.  Here is the flyer they were handing everyone who showed up at the job fair.

The job fair was held on the second floor at The Learning Resource Center at Gadsden State Community College in Anniston.  When I got there I already knew nothing would happen from this job fair.  Look how empty this room is.

Sure; the people representing the employers were nice.  And I even knew a couple of the people there from last year!  So after about 30 minutes I walked out of the building disappointed.   If this is the best Gadsden State can come up with many people are in trouble.  The Anniston area is suffering through many job cutbacks.  And the employer BAE Systems which is right down the street from the college is closing down one of their factories at the end of the year.

So I guess I will keep heading down to the Cheaha Career Center to see if there are any new job listings.  Since they don’t update as often I look on Alabama Joblink and other employer websites often.  So my search for my 14th job in seven years continues on.