It’s been an interesting week to say the least. It started off with Kim’s van not wanting to start. After doing some basic trouble-shooting, I soon found out that the fuel pump was done for.
Fuel pump prices are outrageous to say the least. $200 for a Ford fuel pump was the best we could do locally. The fun part about the whole project was the 14 gallons of gas still in the tank. Andrew and Austin did a great job in dropping the tank. Once it was out from under the van we siphoned the gas into 3 five gallon cans.
We had a Delphi pump picked up from the local O’Reillys, and the darned thing was cracked. It was returned, and unfortunately it was the only one they carried. So on to another auto parts store. The one we were given did not look right to me, but we prepared to install it, just to find out it didn’t fit at all.
After a drive to Little Rock and another broken fuel pump, we had one ordered. Once the pump finally got here it was a simple task to get it installed, and the tank strapped back to the van.
So all in all, it is a task completed. We have a great running vehicle again.
Well it’s been a little bit since I have posted an update. I meant to come back and finish up my last post with a much better closing, but alas it just didn’t happen.
I have been researching more on my identification problem, or lack of proof of citizenship. To acquire this proof, either a U.S. Passport or another document to prove it. With all the new laws in place, there is only one other document available that I have found and it is called the N-600, and holy crap the thing costs $600 to file. I would love to just get a passport, had I ever known that I would run into this problem, I would have made my parents get one for me when I was younger. Unfortunately, I cannot obtain said passport due to owing child support (which, had I been able to obtain my identification card in 2009 like I wanted I wouldn’t be so far behind), and they were no help in obtaining documents fro me to be able to work.
I just love it, the child support system is willing to put me in jail for failure to pay (this one case is all arrears, all money goes to the state, my child has never seen a dime, she was adopted 1999, but yet I’m still paying what I can), but ask them for help with the situation and be told there’s nothing they can do. I have been having to have someone drive me almost 100 miles, every three months for the last year, to keep Arkansas OCSE from throwing me in jail and making my life even worse. Now my other case is attempting to to the same thing. And this case is Active and the money does go to my child (I hope, though the last time I was sending her child support (before she went to the state) the money I was sending her was paying for her a laptop and her internet.
I have been unemployed since 2009 due to nerve damage in my lumbar region. The surgery that was performed on July 30th, is supposed to help repair the damage, and get me mobile and active on my feet again, and I can not wait, however I am afraid that if OCSE throws me in jail (Debtor’s prison essentially, Unconstitutional btw) I will lose my Medicaid (thank you Obama) and then won’t be able to see my doctors regularly. I can not afford to let my health deteriorate any more than it has already.
I want to just throw in the towel and call it quits, but I am too stubborn and want to see this ride to the bitter end, but spending felony jail time for child support will ruin any chance of me getting back to where I can pay it. With my physical limitations there are not many jobs that I will be able to perform (that will hire a felon).
I thank the lord for the folks that are helping me right now. If it was not for all these fine folks I would either be in jail or dead right now I am sure of it. I know that I cannot and am doing everything to avoid ever being homeless again.
During my recovery my ADD has kicked in full bore, that mixed with depression means I’m not getting very much accomplished. I have however, started to setup my own wiki, mainly to allow me to learn more coding, but also to help get me back on track when my brain clears up (if it ever does).
So this little box asks “what’s on your mind?”. Some days this is a very good question, for the most part I really don’t know what I should put. There are so many things that are constantly on my mind . How do I get out of this deep arse hole that I am in. For five years, I was without identification, and it was a royal pain in the arse to finally get an Arkansas identification card, so that I might attempt to find a job. In April of this year (2014), I finally accomplished this with help from my grandfather and uncle in obtaining the documents necessary to do so. Most people thought I was bull-shitting them when I told them that I kept getting denied for my birth certificate, and that even with the birth certificate I would not be able to get said identification. The issue at hand was that I was born to an American Marine, and a Canadian citizen; apparently being the child of two countries there were certain rules in place that had to be followed. These procedures were not followed, I am assuming that this was due to lack of knowledge of these directives. I was never issued a Certificate of Birth Abroad (CRBA), to prove my American citizenship.
My childhood was traumatic to say the least. I was party of the Canadian court system for at least a year if not more. Honestly I can not recall 90% of my life prior to the age of 7, and even up til I was 17, most of my childhood is a blur. I spent at least 9 years dealing with therapists, and two live-in facilities. For the life of me, I can only recall a few defining moments during all of it.
Okay, so I am not the best writer on the planet, not even close. On July 30th, I had back surgery, as most that even look at this already know. I am currently taking pain medication, muscle relaxers, stomach medicine, and honestly do not like the way they make me feel. My mind is already a jumbled mess without this FDA approved crud, even more so once they kick in, like they have recently done. Blah, I will attempt to come back later and complete this, or just skip it all, because I am sure no one is really interested in what a sob story, my life has been, or become, blah blah blah, you all know the drill.
Blessed be, Peace.
I am as guilty as the next person when it comes to missing the world around us because I am buried into my smartphone, or computer. This gentleman, Gary Turk, has a very good point, and is something I think that we all as humans need to consider. I am not saying to remove technology completely, just to start using it as the tool it was meant to be, not a lifestyle.
I am going to be working very hard at limiting my amount of ‘Social Networking’ and attempt to start “socializing” the old fashioned way. I mean, seriously, we need the human interaction, at least this man does. I have been feeling a bit out of sorts lately, and have been wanting to run (so to speak). I want to return to my past, traveling the country, meeting new people along the way, spending time with groups of people from all walks of life. I will be limiting my posts to twice a week for a while,as my travelling permits.
I know that I have not been the best at maintaining my blogs, and living life in the real world will probably make it harder for me to do, but its something that I feel I need to do.
Enjoy the video.
My prayers go out to all those who were affected by yesterdays tornadoes. Many have lost loved ones, and their homes due to the massive storm system that blew through Arkansas yesterday.
On a personal note, I was finally able to obtain an Arkansas Photo Identification card after being without an ID for over 4 years. This is a god send, I now have the ability to obtain gainful employment.
For many, getting an ID card or driver’s license is no big deal. For me it has been a hassle from day one. Being born in Canada to an American citizen is common, however my parent’s did not file for a Certificate of Birth Abroad. For many this paper is part of their everyday life, I am assuming. I am 40 years old and until 2008 I have never needed nor required this piece of paper. After having my wallet stolen or lost, whichever the case might be, in 2009 life without some form of photo identification is almost unbearable. I have not been able to obtain a job, enter into any establishment for adults, I have also been denied medical assistance due to the lack of photo id.
I was finally able to impress my urgency to rectify this situation, to some wonderfully understanding ladies at Driver License Issuance in Little Rock. God bless these ladies, for they have truly saved my bacon. Now I have the ability to get the newly required N-600 to prove that I am, what I am, and that is an American citizen.
Blessings to all and Blessed be.
Very insightful, and has some very pertinent information. Thank you
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