Most of the time I get some good comments from people on social media, but sometimes I do get those mean and bad comments from that one bad apple in the bunch. A good example of this is what happened yesterday on Facebook. Someone had to talk bad about me behind my back. Heck, if this person did not highlight my name while typing this post, I would have never known about it.
Seriously, I only make videos about how I can’t find a job? Obviously you have not seen my YouTube channel! As for this person saying I am ignoring him, let me talk about what he has been sending me, which have all ended in dead ends. One job he was suggesting was in Heflin, which is 14 miles from Anniston. And without a car, how do I get there and back everyday? And no, it would not involve me walking along a major US highway with no shoulders.
This person has also sent me the same job fair info. from one local retail store. Well, I have been going there and I have been denied, four times now! You don’t keep going back to the same place over and over again when you know they don’t want you! And the latest job post was about a fast food place. Well, out of the past 13 jobs I have done, almost half of them have involved me getting fired from fast food places. So, I know I can’t do fast food or restaurant jobs, and going back would only mean I would be looking for my 14th, then 15th, then 16th job, and so on.
And every other job offer this person has sent me has been checked into, but nothing has happened. This person has also said that these are “guaranteed jobs.” Um, they have not turned into guaranteed jobs, they have turned into dead ends. I mean, this is not the only person who somehow thinks I am lazy. I have another person who has threatened my at the same apartment complex I live.
And I have had other bad comments left on this site from random people. This is why all comments left on the Geek Alabama site are moderated and I have to approve them before going public. Two examples of bad comments are:
How about getting a real job? No one’s going to just up and offer you one. Get off you’re a** and apply and talk to managers….and actually bring in a real resume not some crappy visual/video one. Life isn’t free, the rest of us work for what we have, do the same and stop asking for handouts.
Well look at your petition that will be going nowhere here in Alabama. Face it Yankee, the majority of people in Alabama could care squat about people needing mental health treatments, especially when the treatments come from the taxpayers. You need to realize something; most people down in the south are tea party supporters and wants most if not all taxes cut, even if that means the people suffer. Why not you go back up north where you came from? And keep that f***ing big government high taxes nonsense up there.
Yeah, I am a very popular person here in Alabama. The person on social media also suggested I get help from other organizations. Well, I have tried that with no luck! Voc rehab in Alabama has been a joke. And when the state has cut back all mental health programs to almost non-existent, and the legislature wants to pretty much kill off all programs for people with intellectual disabilities, where do you turn to next, disability?
And for anyone new to this site, I do have Asperger’s Syndrome / Autism. That really makes it much harder for me to find a job, and be at a job with other people. At my past jobs, I had people push me into the water, sabotage my station, work in an environment with broken equipment, drive for 14-16 hours and break federal law, work prepping food with no instructions, get plenty of rude comments from customers, and many more things.
Us aspies don’t really work well in environments where it’s fast-paced and or working with other people. It’s not because I don’t want to be around other people, it’s because the other people don’t understand the social traits of people with Asperger’s, and we often get taken advantage of. I mean, many people I first meet are very nice and understand my conditions. It’s just those people who will do anything to get ahead in the workplace. It’s like the game Survivor, except we are not on an island, we are in the workplace.
And us aspies don’t do well in fast paced environments. I have broken so much equipment it shut down the business for a short time and I was fired! For example, I broke and shut down the soda machines at one fast food joint. So, this person on social media who claims I am not looking hard enough, let me straight this one out. Oh I am looking, but it has to be a good fit. Just going to another job where I will fail will result in an longer list of job failures, that will not be good.
So, what kind of job I would be good at, well what I am doing right now? Writing! I have helped many people and organizations get more exposure, and along with the writing, I do mean picture taking, video taking, presentation creating, and more. My Twitter bio says this:
So, when I have been looking for something in the media world here in Anniston / Oxford, let’s just say this. The Anniston / Oxford media scene is one of the most corrupt in all of America! You have one radio station who does not want to pay it’s employees, and they have seen over 30 people quit over the past two years. This same radio station is breaking FCC rules by pushing their signal further and against another radio station with the same frequency.
Another radio station is breaking FCC rules by not having a business office location. And another radio station just saw their entire DJ staff quit at the same time last week. I talked to the main DJ who created and built this radio station. He could not say much because of legal stuff, but let’s just say he was screwed. Other than the bad radio stations, you have a newspaper who gets plenty of negative comments and has a skeleton staff. This same newspaper does not like me because I am a competitor, and would rather see me leave town.
And the local TV station is a place who has seen multiple people come and go, because of lack of pay. I even helped out at this TV station, for no pay, and only to be shown the door. So please don’t tell me I am not looking hard enough. The problem is I am already at an dead end because the Anniston / Oxford media scene is very corrupt. And also because the Anniston / Oxford metro is the least performing metro area in America, the few good media outlets can not even afford to hire me or anyone else for that matter.
So this means I have had to get creative! I first created the visual resume which has over 14,000 views!
Then I got more creative and put up my video resume / CV.
Then I created the cover letter.
Then I created the visual resume game board with 4,000 views.
Then I created the visual resume infographic.
Then I created the visual resume storyline.
Then I put up my entire job and education history.
Then I got fed up and just put up my paper resume.
And after all of this, nothing! Some of you might be thinking I am going crazy or something, but I have had some close calls with interviews in person or via Skype. I have been to many job fairs, and I have filled out countless applications. And as of today, I have been rejected 1,600 jobs. I think keeping track of this at home is something to make me think about things.
And for some of you who say I am lazy. Oh, I try to get as much time with an internet connection I can get. Even if that means I am sitting outdoors on the concrete in the early morning hours to use a public wi-fi connection. It’s fun doing this, especially when a Summer thunderstorm comes through and you can see the cloud and ground lighting strike close to you. And man, it makes your butt hurt, but I do it.
So, what happens next? I don’t know. But I can guarantee this, I will continue to get those nasty and bad comments from some people here on the blog or on social media. I do have fans, and it’s too bad the local newspaper won’t even acknowledge me as a news personality. That’s how corrupt the media is in this town. By the way, if you know something e-mail me at: NathanYoung@GeekAlabama.com
Today is Mother’s Day, and well, I am mostly too broke to afford anything for my mom. I mean, when you have been unemployed for nearly four years now, and every opportunity you apply to has been rejected, what you can do? Before I get to my mother’s day thoughts, I wanted to respond to a couple of nice folks who have taken the time to respond to me. First, as you know, I am dealing with plenty of people who are criticizing me here in Alabama, especially on the blog comments and by e-mail. Once in a while, I do get a nice e-mail, here is what this person said.
Hi, I just wanted to let you know how happy I am that I found your blog and how fabulous I think it is. Both as a self professed geek and a progressive, I often feel so alone. I do have a few good like minded friends and belong to a couple of progressive FB groups so all is not bleek but still, your blog was a huge bright spot in my day when i stumbled across it last week. I also wanted to say – Please don’t let the idiots get you down. We need people like you if this state is ever going to be lifted out of the 1950’s.
Ah thank you! I mean, I sometimes write about things that makes those people who are Tea Party supporters explode! Alabama has got to get out of this “Tea Party” and “Cut Everything” mentality if this state is going to comeback. I mean, this state is ranked second to last in job creation, with Alaska being the worst. And with our legislature wanting to cut things so bad that those with disabilities will be given the middle finger, and might even be forced onto the streets, the people who lead this state needs a wake up call!
And if you are new to this site, you need to know that I do have Asperger’s Syndrome and I am on the Autism Spectrum. That sometimes makes me a target to those who thinks I am either “Faking It’ or “I Am Lazy”. Yep, I have a fun time deleting bad e-mails and comments here on the blog. And if you think I am faking it, I wanted to share the diagnosis by another psychologist recently, let me just quiet you down now.
So, with our state on its way to a shutdown or bankruptcy, let’s talk about another person who sent me something nice! The YouTube channel Press Record sent me a very nice comment, and I wanted to answer it here.
So, I was born around the Akron area of Ohio. I still have my brother and my dad’s grandparents living in and around the Akron and Hudson, Ohio areas. As for the jobs I am looking for. Well, I have been rejected over 1,600 times now. What I do good the best is media work, writing, photos, videos, social media, websites, computers, etc. I am going to embed my visual resume (over 14,000 views) and resume below. Thanks for commenting!
I also wanted to share this letter from the YouTube channel NerdishByNature. They sent me a letter written on a typewriter!
So, other than the hate comments and e-mails I get often, I also sometimes get some nice stuff as well! Now, let’s talk about Mother’s Day! It’s a special day today, and I have a mom has been going through a lot as well. I am not the only one unemployed, my mom and half-brother are also unemployed, and that kinds of creates some hardship because I am thankful that she pays my apartment rent. Yep, looking for jobs in the Anniston/Oxford metro, the worst performing metro area in America, is almost impossible.
We will see where things will lead me, I hope something happens soon! So, for this Mother’s Day, I have created a handmade Mother’s Day card. It will be very similar to the 2014 handmade Christmas card. That card made some people not happy at me down here.
So the Mother’s Day card will feature a couple of things I have a hard time dealing with. From the Tea Party supporters slamming me, living in a bad economic metro area, people throwing things at me on the side of the road, helping people out but they don’t pay me like they promised, almost landing a new job/career but it falls apart at the last-minute, having the Alabama Legislature wanting to pull the rug from under me, reporting bad infrastructure but nothing happens, and having my mom support what I do on Geek Alabama, I am living a very weird life right now.
The front of the card simply says “Happy Mother’s Day!”
Well, I love you mom! I hope something happens soon so I can take the financial pressure off of you. Happy Mother’s Day!
This is Geek Alabama’s 4000th post! Yes, I have written 4000 posts on this site since the site was started in April 2012. And to start things off, I wanted to highlight some of the top things I got to cover and do since my 3000th post special about one year ago. For starters, I got to interview Kid President, how cool was that!
I also got to interview a couple of really well known people. For example, I got to interview Tara Strong and Meghan McCarthy from My Little Pony.
I got to cover a major snow event last January that ground Alabama to a halt!
I got to cover a Salvation Army bell-ringer that was inspirational!
And yes, I even made a parody music video!
As for pictures, well I took plenty of good photos over the last year!
And, I also got into the presentation game on SlideShare. Some of my presentations, like the two below, have gone viral, I am very good at this stuff!
So, on the Geek Alabama website, things were good between the 3,000th and 4,000th post. But, everything else has not changed. I continue to be rejected from every job application I fill out or job I apply online. I have held numerous phone calls, Skype chats, Google Hangouts, in person talks, and nothing has happened like usual. I have gotten used to this, since people around here like to discriminate on those who are different. And what the heck, since I continue to not be responded to most of the e-mails and applications I send, I have crossed my 1,400th job rejection, yea! (slow clap)
I also continue to have to defend myself, and others who are different across Alabama. From those who are disabled, homosexual, believes in gun control, or believes in anything else that does not line up with the values many in Alabama holds, I love it when people continues to bash me online, or in person. When I made this sign telling the world that I am autistic, and what to make a difference, it made some people around here not too happy, good for me!
Look, I know some of you are not going to like what I am about to say, but you might have guessed it if you know me really well. As of right now, you can say I am more negative than positive. Guess that what’s happens when you are taken advantage of at employers, or people say bad things about you online, or people ignore me and does not want to work with me, or when people do deliberate things like try to run me over on the side of the road, or even call the cops on me. When you have multiple bad things happen to you, with hardly any good things happening, you are going to be more negative. And this would happen to any person who experiences a lot of bad things happening. It’s a part of human nature.
I have had several people I know say things to me like “think positive and dream big.” And I do love talking about good things happening across Alabama and the southeast! But when you continually have bad things happen to you over and over again, and even have your freedom threatened because some people would love to see me behind bars and off the streets, what can you do? Sing Kumbaya My Lord and hope something changes, like that is ever going to happen. Or do you continue to talk about things that are going wrong inside the community, like I do often!
When AL.com refused to place Geek Alabama on the Alabama bloggers list, even after contacting them over and over again, I continued to march on.
When WordPress.com (my blog provider) has refused to place one of my great articles on their “freshly pressed” section, I continue to march on.
When the local TV station I was helping out for free wanting me gone, and I left, I marched on.
When people see me out sitting out at the laundrymat, so I can work on the internet, I march on.
When Anniston/Oxford was listed by Moody’s as still being in a deep recession, I march on.
When Social Security denied me for disability, and the chances to get on disability or slim to none, I march on.
When some people, even at the same apartment complex, threaten me online, I continue to march on.
When the trolley system does not follow their routes often, and I have to walk back home for over three miles, I continue to march on.
And when some people have had enough, and threaten me because I love animals, I continue to march on.
Look, I still have plenty of people around the state and the country who supports what I do! I just do not like continuing to put pressure on those who still has to support me. Like my mom, who still has to pay my apartment rent. For the ones who knows me the most, they know that I am a caring person who works tirelessly to get the job done! I make sure others have the chance to succeed, and make sure small businesses, other bloggers, and other good people get exposure, this is what I like to do! Even if others do anything possible so I crash into the ground, I will continue to do what I do on Geek Alabama!
To those of you who do not like me, who are several of you, especially here in East Alabama. Keep calling the cops on me, but they will just ignore you. I have had the cops come to check on me several times now because someone called them only because I was walking on the side of the road. The cops have gotten tired of it, and after talking to a few of them, they know there are people out there who are wanting to “get back at me.” Also, continue to leave hateful and discriminatory messages on my social media feeds, e-mails, or blog comments. I even had one lady here lives at the same apartment complex as I do leave a tasteful comment on my site.
To those of you who ignore my e-mails, comments, or my thoughts online. know that I am very influential online, and when I want to talk to you about that job opportunity, or partnership, or review opportunity, know that I am going to say what I see, the good or the bad. And for those of you who likes to do things corrupt or wrong, know this. If I see something that is not right, I am going to talk about. No matter how small or big the bad things are. Corruption and things going wrong are not right! So, when I see problems like the economic problems in East Alabama, I am going to talk about it. And by the way, every other blog and media site has also talked about it!
Like I say, I love it when people continues to call the cops on me or continues to discriminate against me, because of my disability or what I say online. Sometimes, all you can do is smile and laugh. Laugh because no matter what you do to make things better, something always comes around to make things worse. For example, when I made my hand drawn Christmas card for 2014, it made many people not too happy at me. Look, I am a realistic person. And with the way things are going in Alabama, I was very realistic in my Christmas card.
When I talked to several people in the area, and they ask me what I want. I tell them two things. One, a job where I will not be taken advantage of and screwed over, like my last job was. And two, for people to respect me and others who are different! Since I have a light mental disorder, believe in the rights for same-sex couples, believe in the rights of the less fortunate and animals, and believe Alabama’s tax code should change so the rich pay more, many people in the state views me as someone who should be cast in the shadows, and should have the cops called on me because I am doing nothing. I mean, simply walking down the road warrants the cops to be called, only in Anniston.
I guess where I am going is this. You people can not force me to change my views to those most people in Alabama holds, or what some people call “Alabama Values.” Even it means I keep being rejected from every job opportunity, volunteer opportunity, review opportunity, and continue to have some people who leave not so nice comments about me online. I will continue what I do on this website, even if that means I go hungry after Alabama takes away my ability to get groceries, even if that means I stay in pain because my teeth hurt, and there is no appointments to get my teeth checked. And even if that means I will soon be homeless and living in an abandoned building. I hope it does not get to that point.
I will leave you with this video I made, but never featured it on Geek Alabama until now. I made this simple video where I held flash cards and revealed one card at a time. The video is called I Have Asperger’s Syndrome, I Just Want Someone To Give Me A Chance. And it’s simple, I just want someone to give me a chance. Maybe I will have better things to talk about when I get to my 5,000th post?
And, for the upteenth time, if you know of something, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is my visual resume.
Let me just say this, the last two weeks have been mostly filled with bad things and news here in Anniston/Oxford. First off, we had that guy from Anniston who wrote that anti Veteran’s Day letter that went viral. I mean, why would that gentlemen disrespect all people who have served our country? Then, we had six Walter Wellborn Football players get into a fight. Playing the game was not enough, and punches were thrown. Then, we had the owner of Damn Yankees, David Mogil, get arrested again this time for animal cruelty. Seriously, the owner almost killed an innocent animal. Thankfully, the dog was found alive and will make a full recovery.
These three stories from this area, which happened in the last two weeks, and all went viral and national, is just an example of the negativity happening in Anniston/Oxford and Calhoun County. I have lived in the Anniston/Oxford metro area for over five years now. And I have seen more and more cases of people being negative, critical, or wanting to take advantage of others. From the several bus fights on the trolley system, drivers swerving towards me while walking on the side of the road, people calling the police on me for walking down the road, and even some people harassing me on social media like this person did, who lives in the same apartment complex I do. I believe this metro area has way more people who needs to get a life, than people who always helps others and have a happy life.
And this is what this Thanksgiving post will be all about. The reason why many people, I think it’s a 75/25 percent ratio, are negative, have no good outlook on life, and are angry, is because the Anniston/Oxford area has one of the worst economies in the United States. And it’s not me just saying this; I have made a presentation showcasing the studies from websites like Forbes, and ways to fix the problems. View the presentation below!
Many small businesses are struggling here and are closing down. On the Facebook group page that was boycotting Damn Yankees, several people said other restaurants are struggling to fill seats, even during the busy times. And here’s the reason, the economy sucks here. We have lost over 10,000 jobs over the past five years. The metro area has thousands of people, including me, who are unemployed. For the few businesses that have moved here, like Publix and Sam’s Club, thousands of people filled out applications, and many were disappointed that they were not hired.
And for the lucky ones who were hired, many are being paid minimum wage or just above that. This is a recipe for a well underperforming metro area. And this latest study from New Geography paints another bleak picture for Anniston/Oxford. It ranks all of the 380 metro areas in America in the terms of an educated population and the smartest people. According to the study, Anniston/Oxford is the third least smartest metro area in America. Hurray, we are the third most dumbest metro area in America! View the study by clicking here.
So, where I am going with all of this? I think the person who are often angry and negative, are drowning out the few in this metro area who actually wants to make this area a better place to live for everybody. For example, I have volunteered my time for several people and businesses, and while they actually pay others who did something similar to what I do, I just did things without pay. I have also watched other people I know get taken advantage of themselves in this metro area. And since no one will hire me in this metro area, the only ones who want my help will take me on without paying me anything. So, how can I survive without paying my bills?
And the criticism from other people not only takes place while I am on the job search or covering events. For example, when I put together and released my Nathan Young Video Resume. Several people from around the country shared and commented about the video. And many people have given me high praise. Like this person on Twitter.
But, it did not take long for someone here in Anniston / Oxford to send me a negative comment about this video. After that negative comment, I took the weekend off to think and reflect. And it got me thinking, this metro area has way too many people who wants to keep everything the way it is, without making the changes required to grow and make this metro area better.
Who cares about the small business owners struggling or closing down? Who cares about the ones who are unemployed in a city with no one hiring locals? Who cares about the ones who are homeless or starving? And who cares about the ones who are in pain, like having a part of the body hurt, or having some of their teeth hurt? Right now, my teeth hurt on and off because I have a cavity forming, too bad I can’t afford the $25, then the $200 necessary to fix the several cavities forming.
Since I am one of the most influential people on social media in East Alabama, and one of the most influential writers/bloggers in the Southeast, I often get the chance to talk to a lot of people. From the small business owners, bus drivers, librarians, neighbors, MENSA folks, other media officials, and other average people. The consensus is the same. The Anniston/Oxford metro area is in serious trouble, and turning this area into a biking eco-friendly mecca will not save it.
I think this Thanksgiving, and the Christmas season too, should really be spent by taking a good long look at the mirror inside your home. It’s you who is negative and angry. It’s you that re-elects the same people who want to keep this area the same. It’s you who does not put pressure on the leaders to end this good-ole boy system. And it’s you that does not take the time to research what is really going on, and put a stop to it. Some folks who run things in this area blows off those studies from websites like Forbes that ranks this metro area as one of the worst in America. Guess what, those websites are right!
It does not take a genius to figure out that there are multiple, I mean multiple buildings empty and for sale. It does not take a genius to figure out that people are struggling. And, it does not take a genius to figure out that people are moving out of this metro area by the thousands. Many people, including me, knows what is going on in this metro area, at least we talk about it on social media.
As for my situation, since I have been rejected from every potential employer in this metro area, I feel like the only option left will be to say adios to Anniston/Oxford. I am thankful my relatives have been paying my apartment rent. But, if I don’t make a move, my relatives will be also paying for my groceries as well. Since the Alabama Legislature thinks I am too lazy to work, and they want to re-introduce the work requirements to get food stamps. There are going to be a lot of people starving in Anniston/Oxford starting in 2015, things will just get worse here.
Easily 90-95% of the United States economy is doing better than what you see in Anniston/Oxford. I can’t continue to volunteer my time to promote this community, no one can do that. I believe if I was located in a different area, I would have probably been snatched up by now, and not be unemployed for 3 ½ years now. Several people I know have left the East Alabama region for places like Texas and Oklahoma in the past few months, and I will probably be not far behind. Someone I know has said I should stick around because people know me here. Well, the people that knows me can’t get me hired here. And you need an income to survive these days. I don’t think I will be getting on Social Security disability anytime soon as well.
I easily compare myself to the Jacksonville State University Gamecocks football team. Geek Alabama and the JSU football team have their fans. But, the status quo rules supreme in the Anniston/Oxford metro. The JSU football team has to deal with people and businesses, who care more about Alabama and Auburn rather that the Gamecocks. As for me, I have plenty of people and brands who follow me along, but I struggle with leaders in Anniston/Oxford taking me seriously. And why did ESPN pretty much ignore the JSU football team last weekend? As I would say it, welcome to my world! I have proven many people wrong; I hope the Gamecocks prove people wrong too.
The Anniston/Oxford metro needs something big and great to happen, and soon. Having the Jacksonville State football team winning the national championship would bring instant and great morale into this metro area. So, I will be rooting on the Gamecocks during the NCAA playoffs, you should too!