Saturday, March 17, 2007

A Response

As you may know, I generally ignore ANONYMOUS comments. However, I am going to respond to this one:

"If you are so broke, how can you afford DSL at home, cigarettes, a cell phone, a therapist, etc, etc??? I am sorry things are so bad for you but sometimes we all have to do without luxuries to pay for the most important things. I am an ex-smoker so I do know what it is like to quit. The only reason you might have to provide a copy of your divorce decree is if your ex-wife is going to receive part of your pension. Is that the case?
Anyway, good luck to you and God Bless "

I cannot afford DSL or the cell phone. I expect Bellsouth to discontinue those services along with this dial-up alternative and my home phone at any moment. I get cigarettes as I can, sometimes going through garbage cans to find them. I had not seen a therapist in more than two years years, since my health insurance was canceled. I've seen this therapist for 2 sessions. She's a Roman Catholic nun and is charging me nothing. Yes, my ex-wife gets half of my pension, which is why I will receive less than $200.00 per month and why, at the urging of my friends and relatives, I have applied for SSI and Social Security disabilities to see me through to next February when I am eligible for regular Social Security.


  1. THE USA what a great country.
    Looking down its nose at socialist welfare policies in european countries whilst its citizens struggle to survive.

  2. Oh Nick... I'm so sorry this has gotten so bad for you... I've had people who don't understand comment as well. In Canada DSL is actually pretty cheap thank God. As for cigarettes? $10 for a 25 pack so ugh! Our medicare will cover therapy if its through a government service but only if a doctor says its absolutely necessary. I'm on disability and I know how tight it can be. Stay strong dear and try not to let those who don't understand hurt your heart. Gods bless your soul sir. Even though we call God a different name - I'm still praying for you and you are in my thoughts.

  3. Don't listen to jerks like that, he's an asshole...and not a very brave one at that.

  4. There's a lot of angry people out there. There's always going to be somebody pointing and shouting, "Well what about this, huh? What about that?"

    Personally, I don't find your opulent lifestyle offensive at all. ;o)

    Your friends are saying things like "I'm glad you're back!" Those are the only voices worth listening to.

  5. I've been thinking about you so much lately Nick. I wish there was something I could do to help. You are in my thoughts and prayers every day and night.


  6. ((((Nick))))

    I wish I could do more to help than I can.. right now I'm struggling thru as well though.. /sigh

    Sending hugs, light and love your way.. it'll all work out, trust me... it can only get better..

    All will be well, and all manner of things will be well....

  7. That kind of comment is not called for. I'm so sorry that things are so rough for you. I hope money starts coming your way soon.

  8. Good Lord! I need to send you a dozen cartons of cigs! What do you smoke?

  9. Rev. Saint, when I remember the tens of thousands of dollars you have loaned and given to people in need over the past several years, it rips at my heart to see you in this financial shape!

    Please consider coming to Arizona. We have a place for you and your ministries here in the desert.

  10. I find it interesting that people feel the need to voice their opinions, but are only willing to do it anonmously. I think that if you are going to judge others and be citical, then do it in the open (or alternatively, try and get to know the person before you judge them). Give others the opportunity to say their bit, to offer a rebuttal. Don't be so spineless.

    Sorry Nick... clearly that rant wasn't directed at you. I really do hope that everything works out. I'm sure that it will...


  11. I hope things get better for you. Just ignore the negative people....

  12. Really? That can't be a real comment.

  13. Ignorance is always a bully pulpit...

  14. What an uncalled for comment ... if the person who was "anonymous" didn't have the guts to sign his name, then he shouldn't comment. How rude.
    Sorry you are doing things so tough, Nick. Hope things look up for you soon.
    Thinking of you, sending best wishes ... Meow

  15. I don't see why anyone has the right to ask anything like that to any person.

    Either you know someone that well that you don't have to ask, or you don't know them that well, in which case its rude to ask.

  16. Good luck with the SSI/SSA. It took us 2 years of wrangling and appeals to clear Ray as permanently disabled.

    It should have been obvious to anyone who looked at him.

    End of rant (unless you want to see what I said on Is America Burning about health care in this country).

    My computer, cable internet, and an occasional caramel macchiato at the cafe where my son works are just about my only "luxuries" (except for the cigarettes I took up again after quitting twice).

    If you ever decide to check out the "golden state", I have a living room couch.

    Thinking about you and wishing I could help. Ignore the anonymous trolls.