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Established A.D. 2000, March 19.  Now in our third calendar year!
   Number 123 (Vol. 3, No. 31). This edition is for the week of July 29--August 4, 2002.

Changes in the Wind.

"Your position has been eliminated"
Funny how I was just talking about the nation's sagging economy last week---mere hours after posting it, the television news seemed to be breaking wind that the reverse was happening: the economy was recovering and we had nothing to worry about. I heaved a sigh of relief; that meant I still had no worries about remaining gainfully employed. That was then...this is now.

Earlier this week--and for the third time in my life--I was called into my current place of employment's office and informed I had been laid off/fired/let go from a position I'd held for many years because of, basically, cutbacks. There was little rhyme or reason to it, nothing having to do with job performance, no misconduct accusations. The senior management had simply chosen a different plan that would save costs. Boom. End of story. The personal plans I had worked especially hard on to recuperate financially this year, and which were working out, all came tumbling down in less than a minute. There would be no severance pay here. They were, however, merciful enough to give me two week's notice.

What I do/did for a living is irrelevant (you could call it a "Joe 6-pack" kind of job), and I wan't even going to write about this...too depressing...but a couple of friends reminded me of the "online diary" part of Nolan's Pop Culture Review. And that many people are unemployed right now and could relate. Point taken.

I have never in my life filed for Unemployment Compensation, I just went on to the next job. These are different times, however, and I feared re-employment could take a while. An online search for Unemployment Compensation benefits information was extremely disappointing: the payout is roughly only half-to-60% of your wages. The first check, which arrives about 3 weeks after you file is only for one week's worth of benefits (required by law). The next check, which arrives 2 weeks later is the first you receive that's the "full amount", i.e., only half of what you made fulltime. For someone like myself who lives alone, I don't see how that's workable. If you're living with family or you're married, well, yeah that can help. But with no outside help, that's simply not enough to cover the most basic expenses while trying to look for work. The system is monitored very closely to the point of seemingly making you jump thru hoops to even get that much. And yet, if I get no leads quickly, I may be forced to file for it anyway, out of desperation.

To be fair, as of this writing, it is still early in the game, and I have gotten a few leads on mostly part-time positions, and at hours I prefer (graveyard). It may be feasible to string several of those together quickly. And I'll be grateful to have them. Now, I understand my problems are not your problems. I only post these thoughts as a reminder that this can happen to anyone anytime, anyplace. Even to your favorite online fanzine editor (hyuk hyuk).

PCR Publishing schedule likely to change.
I never spoke about this before because it really wasn't necessary, but the PCR publishing schedule was directly related to my days off from my former job--Monday or Tuesday. In the likely event my days off change with my new job/s, the PCR publishing schedule will change with them. There would simply not be any other time in the week to do it. I appreciate your patience, and hopefully all my loyal readers will bear with me in the difficult times ahead.

Oh, one last thing in the my-life's-a-bucket-of-ironies-dept. I've heard that security jobs are super red-hot right now following the mood of post 9/11 America. That's real ironic since the job I just got laid off from was as a security guard at an apartment complex.


La Floridiana This week's issue
La Floridiana by William Moriaty
Local and National Music Personalities and Bands from the Tampa Bay Area-- 1960's to 1980's
In addition to abundant sunshine and warm temperatures, the Tampa Bay area has been blessed with an abundance of incredible musical talent. This is not a total compilation of all of the wonderful acts to have strutted their stuff in the Bay area over a three-decade period, but hopeful most major acts and acts of local interest will be included... ...................................Click here for more.

Movie ReviewMovie Review
This Week's Movie Review:
"Austin Powers in GOLDMEMBER"
Review by Mike Smith
What can I say about a film that manages to find cameos for nearly a dozen major Hollywood names.......in the first five minutes? How about it's funny as hell! There are many other surprise stars in this third installment in the saga of England's best dentally-challenged spy......
Review by Nolan Canova
To tell you the truth, although I finally gave this Austin Powers entry 3 stars, it was only after it finally picked up and went somewhere halfway into the movie! Up till then it was a limp 2-star affair......
........................................................Click here for more.

The Digital Divide This week's issue
Music News and CD Reviews
by Terence Nuzum:
CD reviews of the latest by The Pixies, The Vines, and Oasis!
PLUS, the latest music news! ...................PLUS:  A TRIBUTE TO ALAN LOMAX ...........................................Click here for more.

Matt's Rail This week's issue
Matt's Rail by Matt Drinnenberg
SECURITY SCHMERITY. I find it beyond moronic that a company would contemplate replacing live, thinking, walking, talking Security Enforcers with a truck with a flashing light.... FORRY REPRIEVE. As reported in last week's PCR, Forry Ackerman is selling off his amazing collection of sci-fi and horror memorabilia. It may, however rise from the ashes....... THE REALITY OF AGE. Mike has been very good at reminding us all that we're getting old before our eyes...with references to important events such as birthdays and the like. Well, now it's my turn........ ...............................Click here for more.

Mike's Rant This week's issue
Mike's Rant by Michael A. Smith
TOUGH TIMES........HAPPY BIRTHDAY........THANKS, WILL........I AM MICKEY MANTLE'S HEIR ........ANOTHER LIST........PASSING ON........WHAT THE F&#K?.. ..........................Click here for more.


Letters to the EditorWe welcome your feedback.
Nolan,
Speaking of Forrest  (Re: "Forrest J Ackerman sells his collection" from "Matt's Rail", primarily, last issue.---N) .........You guys might want to check out my pal Gary Wray's flick that he just made: http://wrayfilmprod.com/main.html

Gary used to be a cartoonist and is known as the winner of Weirdo Magazine's Ugly Monster contest way back in the early 1980s.

See ya, from beautiful Washington DC, sincerely,
Mr. Bebe Williams -- Xeric Award Winner (comic/art projects)
http://www.artcomic.com/

   Bebe, my friend, you honor me again with your email and the head's up. Thanks.
   OK, everybody, do as the man said and check out Gary Wray's flick!
----------Nolan


To send an email to Letters to the Editor write to: Crazedfanboy1@aol.com.  Any emails sent to this address will be assumed intended for publication unless you specifically instruct me not to. I can and do respond privately, if that is your preference. Frequently, it's both ways.---Nolan


"Mike's Rant" is ©2002 by Michael A. Smith    "Matt's Rail" is ©2002 by Matt Drinnenberg    "La Floridiana" is ©2002 by William Moriaty    The movie reviews of "Austin Powers in GOLDMEMBER" are ©2002 by Michael A. Smith and Nolan B. Canova for their respective reviews    "The Digital Divide" is ©2002 by Terence Nuzum    Add'l thanks to Mr. Bebe Williams for his input in "Letters"       All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2002 by Nolan B. Canova

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