Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Those Capricious Fates

The Fates, or Moirae, were the goddesses who controlled the destiny of everyone from the time they were born to the time they died… The Fates were often depicted as ugly hags, cold and unmerciful. ~ Encyclopedia Mythica

Calliope, the Muse of eloquence, has inspired me to pen an expressive satirical blog post on the parallels between the present U.S. administration in Washington and the mythic gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus. Unfortunately, those capacious Fates intervened today and, alas, the post has not been written. I’ll not go into detail regarding the ups and downs the Moirae have bestowed upon me today; such a recitation would carry the sound of whimpering.

Which reminds me: the Social Security Administration is as capricious as The Fates. Last Friday I received a letter from them stating that the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) checks I have received since May I should not have received because my pension made me ineligible. Therefore, I am to return the SSI to the Social Security Administration. If I were the worrying kind, I would have spent the entire weekend in a state of unease.

Then, on Monday, I received a second letter from the Social Security Administration stating that, in their omnipotent wisdom, they have determined that, since May 1, 2003, I have been too disabled to have gainful employment. Therefore, beginning in September, I shall received Social Security Disability income in an amount three time the SSI that I was mistakenly paid during the past three months.

I wonder what the next capricious letter from the Social Security Administration will say?

By the way, I do not consider myself "disabled." My mind is in fine shape, even if my body has its problems. Therefore, I continue to seek gainful employment.


  1. Yes, my son, the Fates are capacious. Next question?

  2. Oh man, leave it to bureaucracy. I think I would hold out. They will be writing you checks for tens of thousands of dollars soon, just you watch. It sure seems to me that they are incompetency at its best.

  3. Barman's right. Your next check will probably be for $958,000, or roughly the same amount the Pentagon was paying to ship washers to Iraq.

  4. ` I have SSI and I'm not even disabled anymore.

    ` OOOP! Did I say that?

  5. Sounds like the system over there is just as incompetent as the one over here.

  6. Sounds like the system over there is just as incompetent as the one over here.

  7. And then you wonder why some people take extreme action against Government Departments? It's enough to drive you spare, however I'm glad they're going to give you more money.

    Don't quibble, Nick, just take it!

  8. Hi Nick ~~ Glad you will eventually get more money, but they sure do mess around with things don't they?
    Glad you enjoyed the Natural Highs
    and I am happy for you to copy anything you like or to post it
    yourself as we have different readers
    Hope you are surviving the heat and are over your fall. Take care, Best
    wishes, Merle.