"The Beat Goes On--The Beat Goes On!" --Sonny and Cher

27-Aug-2010, 09:00hrs.

On the bus to Oceanside and the Family Resource Center. I'm hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst--that's why I'm going. I will be applying for General Relief and Food Stamps (I already have Medi-Cal).

09:30 hrs. On the Westbound Sprinter to FRC. The stop that I will be getting off at is Crouch Street--then a good twenty minute walk to Union Court Plaza. Oh, well, getting in some exercise never hurt anyone, except that there is no sidewalk here--only ankle-twisting dirt and rock.

09:51hrs. Arrive outside FRC. Bit of a line to get in. Estimate about fifteen-twenty minutes. Good thing I brought some iced tea (homemade) with me. I pull out a liter, twist off the cap, and down 1/3rd of the bottle. Cap goes back on--bottle returned to my backpack. Line moves up.

10:20hrs. Finally inside. Get the paperwork that I need, find a bench, and fill it out.

10:55 hrs. Paperwork complete. Back in line to turn it in and set up a time for intake/orientation.

11:23 hrs. Report next week at 14:15 hrs on 2-Sep for Intake/Orientation. Leave the building, head back to bus bench.

11:43 hrs. Back at Crouch Street Sprinter Station. Heading for Oceanside for lunch at Mary's Kitchen on Coast Highway. (Got my UI check on Thursday).

12:45 hrs. Lunch finished (Chicken Fried Steak with mashed potatoes and gravy). Back to Oceanside Transit Sprinter Station and my trip back to Vista.

13:30 hrs On the Eastbound Sprinter back to Vista. Check cell-phone for messages. Kwamoto called (had called earlier about a status update in regard to my case). Paperwork was recieved, more on the way. Case moved to "expedited" status, plus I will be recieving six months "provisional" Social Security benefits. Make note to call back and set up an appointment.

13:56 hrs. Back at Vista Transit Center. Bus waiting to take me back to my apartment complex.

Upshot-- Looks like the folks at the field office in Oceanside agree with me and my dad that I was shafted. So, I will be getting six months of "provisional" benefits while this is being hashed out (SSDI/Medicare A, B, & D). Sounds nice, but until I see the paperwork....

My father picked up the tab for my rent for next month and this month. Have to pay him back when this is settled--worth it!

I can always call off the GR/EBT bennies if needed, but it's good to have a back-up plan. Also picked up a "COMPASS Card," which is the NCTD/MTS' new smart card for using the transit system. Reload it every month.

Looks like the darkness just turned to nautical twilight!

--LPR

Comments

Founder Aug. 28, 2010 @ 8:03 p.m.

I for one trust that the "nautical twilight" will very soon become the "Party Light" and we all should then email his Boss and also the SSA and give rave reviews/kudos to "Mr. Kwamoto"...

In this day of Government foot dragging, we all should celebrate every instance where an Gov't. employee took the initiative and promoted for the "RIGHT" thing...

ALOHA

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