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As some of you know-I'm a freelance writer. It does NOT pay well & I lost my “day job” 2 yrs ago. I'm out of extensions for unemployment. While spending the entire day sending in queries, resumes for jobs, etc-I get an e-mail from 1 of my state senators asking ME to contribute to her campaign! The woman has a job, is a multi-millionaire and has 3 homes w/in CA and another in DC. I know it was a blanket e-mail to every1 in the party-but how dare she? I replied and told her just that. I'm depressed, frustrated and fed up and then a woman w/ plenty of funds dares to ask me for more. Had to vent. grrrr

would you have sent a nasty reply like I did?

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      Denise Richardson wrote Sep 29, 2010
    • In a word yes! Maybe she’ll try to help get you employed again if she is truly for the people knowing your status. Good luck.




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 29, 2010
    • I know who you‘re talking about. She’s not for the people; only her own status as Senator. Carine, I’ve been following California and I think it’s horrible about the unemployment in your (our) state. It breaks my heart to see this. Good, hard working people like you get caught in the crosshairs. I hope that this mid term election brings some fresh ideas and policies to get people working again.




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      Carine Nadel wrote Sep 29, 2010
    • Neicy-that’s what my husband said!

      Cynthia-it just hit me at the worst moment.  I did let out a chuckle first and then the audacity of it really got to me.

      I’m well aware that she never saw my (and I’m sure numerous thousands of others)reply, probably deleted w/o a single person ever seeing it, but it sure felt good to get it off my chest.

      still no job and I’m still frustrated, but it felt great to vent.




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      Tuliplady wrote Sep 29, 2010
    • I not only would have, I have sent a letter like that!

      These people need to get in touch with reality.




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      Hbrose wrote Sep 29, 2010
    • Definitely would have responded similarly!




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      Linni wrote Sep 30, 2010
    • yes!




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      Cathie Beck wrote Sep 30, 2010
    • I have.   It felt good venting and I did get a response, but it was "blah, blah, blah,
      thank you for contacting... blah, blah."  LOL

      Cathie




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      Max0125 wrote Sep 30, 2010
    • Carine,

      It’s so frustrating to deal with the clueless people of the world, isn’t it? I am glad that you can laugh at it now. We have all been there!

      Totally off the subject, but you may be interested. I am taking a two week “How to give worshops” seminar. The instructor is a freelance writer who made a successful living through giving workshops. You are talented in so many ways and have a ton of incredible knowledge to share.  You could teach community workshops on writing, couponing and whipping a meal together in minutes. I honestly think that you would be great at it!

      Take care!

      Mary




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      Kathryn O'Hara wrote Sep 30, 2010
    • Absolutely yes!  She needs to know how the “real people” live and how you feel and what you think.  And I am cynical enough to believe, like you, that your email was deleted, but still...in the interest of serving the people, she needed to know your situation and venting always feels good even if it is non-productive.  Good luck in your efforts, Mary had great advice.




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      Angelcart wrote Sep 30, 2010
    • Guess I’m odd man out here.  I wouldn’t of wasted my time because I doubt seriously she will actually read it.  I’m sure she has her peep’s do it for her and they probably ownly inform her on the people who donate.  Now I did write a letter to the former Gov. Ann Richards of Texas when she was going to do early release for prisoner’s.  I got a form letter back.  I believe all politicians are out of touch with the everyday person.  Afterall, they are wealthy.




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      Carine Nadel wrote Sep 30, 2010
    • Cathie-at least you got a reply, but like angelcart, I don’t expect one and yes-these wealthy people are totally out of touch!

      a form letter would have even been nice.

      Mary-I’d love to do workshops on how to get meals on the table a la Rachel Ray!  I do have a young woman at the local community center, could be a great person to call and see if this would be a possibility for the next catalogue of classes and what it would entail!  only hitch maybe that the center has no “kitchen” that would allow people in to take a class.  I remember her telling me that during the first story I did on one of the teachers there and how the Valentine’s father/daughter dance had to be catered b/c there was no way to do more than keep things warm.

      That means I’d have to haul in a toaster oven, a hot plate and all the food!




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      Kandykahne 5 wrote Sep 30, 2010
    • I would have sent it! Whether she reads it or not it would make me feel better just to send it!happy




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      Max0125 wrote Sep 30, 2010
    • Carine,

      Go for it! Check out technical schools that offer courses in cooking as well since they generally offer community classes. You would be awesome! I also think that a couponing class would be hot right now as well.

      I recently took a class on how to do cooking demos, if you are interested, let me know and I will give you the tips I picked up. In the class, the instructor said that hot plates are fairly inexpensively in a great investment. Keep me posted.

      Mary




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      Carine Nadel wrote Sep 30, 2010
    • Good thought Mary-think I’ll start w/ the local community center. We also have a senior center, maybe 2, that might like to know some new ideas on couponing and cooking-would love to hear what tips you garner from the class.

      my thing w/ the hotplates are that they never seem to get hot enough.  I (LOLOL) remember when my dd was a baby and we went on a vacation w/ her and I was trying to boil the water to sterilize her bottles-never could get the water hot enough!  Hopefully those things have improved in the last 28 years!




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      Anne E wrote Sep 30, 2010
    • Why not?!  What is wrong with these politicians wasting millions of dollars on campaigns?!




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      Kyah wrote Oct 1, 2010
    • I would have answered the letter “one hand washes the other.” You get me a job, I’ll contribute to your campaign.” No doubt nothing from nothing leaves nothing.




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      Cathie Beck wrote Oct 1, 2010
    • Carine, a form letter response is like the form letter sent. LOL  But the venting is fun and most politicians are way out of touch with the public, but not all. I worked as receptionist part time for a local politician while getting my own business put together and got to put in my 2 cents with him and his backers. Interesting job and I appreciated my input being valued.  

      I don’t know how accomplished you are in your cooking career, but teaching healthy diets to school cafeteria workers would be doing a great service. Prepare a presentation for the
      school board to sell yourself and you won’t need to buy equipment.  

      Good Luck and Happy Adventures!  

      Cathie




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      Mztracy wrote Oct 1, 2010
    • Well considering this is what they do when campaigning, I would have just ignored it.
      I’m with Angelcart here. Doubtful she’ll read it and if she does, or her peeps, doubtful she’d care.

      To me, this would be a waste of my time. I delete any and all of these w/o opening them.




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      Mindy Wilson wrote Oct 9, 2010
    • Carine, you can email her with your rates and see if she responds. But, really? Forget about her...and get back to the task at hand. You need work! What types of writing groups are you involved with? Where do you seek employment? I have some decent resources. Let’s talk!

      Mindy Wilson




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