Trying to extend unemployment? Prepare to bang your head against the bureaucracy

Our story so far … May 2020: The local newspaper discards with your friendly neighborhood paragraph stacker in a round of layoffs amidst the pandemic. August 2020: After months of fruitless job searching, Finney begins graduate school at Drake University to finish his master’s degree and become a schoolteacher. December 2020: Finney takes a jobContinue reading “Trying to extend unemployment? Prepare to bang your head against the bureaucracy”

Huzzah! Identity theft debacle with Iowa Workforce Development solved … Why I feel queasy about it

Great news. I’m me again. I wasn’t me for about three weeks, but now, I’m officially me again. Someone stole my identity. Most of the time, I would let that kind of thing go. I’m not doing a great job with this identity. Maybe someone else should have a go. My levity in the faceContinue reading “Huzzah! Identity theft debacle with Iowa Workforce Development solved … Why I feel queasy about it”

I am having an series of unfortunate events that are draining the life out of me

Sunday. Woke up at 7:30. Filed for unemployment. Well, I tried to file for unemployment. I forgot my pin. The stress of fighting identity theft for the past few weeks jarred four numbers from my head. I tried too many combinations. The system locked me out. This is going to be trouble. The only wayContinue reading “I am having an series of unfortunate events that are draining the life out of me”