HBO Documentary- Hard Times: Lost on Long Island

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You think the one about dogs is a depressing bummer? Try to make it through 5 minutes of this soul crusher without shoving the barrel of a gun in your mouth.

The film chronicles the growing problems and despair of subjects searching in vain for employment.

http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/hard-times-lost-on-long-island/video/trailer.html
Man oh man... there but for the grace of doG go I. If I hadn't Snake Pliskened when I did 5 years ago, I could easily have been one of the sorry schmoes in that documentary.

The one couple just had the asses torn out of them... He was a "doctor"... not a real one... a pretend doctor... a chiropractor, and his business went down the shitter starting back in 2008. Of course it did... chiroquacktors can barely feed themselves even in a good economy. His wife was a schoolteacher who got laid off.

Here's how the heartwarming tale plays out... they went from making good bucks, living in a nice house, nice cars and making good money. 2008 rolls around... bam... the wife loses her teaching job and "the doctor" is making no money because people don't waste their money on back-cracking voodoo when the economy sours and money gets tight.

She's pregnant with like their second or third kid... on the day she is giving birth, they are served with the foreclosure notice... and she gives birth to a downy... Happy Potato! Another one of God's little practical jokes.

And there definitely is a God, because their story has a happy ending...

"The doctor" was cleaning out the basement of his(the bank's) house, in preparation for their imminent foreclosure/eviction and he contracted hantavirus(a rare and deadly virus spread in mouse droppings)and he died. Dropped. Fucking. Dead. Leaving his wife piss broke, jobless, a widow, and mother to three kids... one of them a cabbage head.

Isn't that special?
 

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Holy crap. You think the film maker told the subjects, "hey you have the worst life I've ever heard of, can I film you for a couple months?"
 

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I'm still in NY and I'm fine.
 

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I'm still in NY and I'm fine.
Well then... I guess all of this economic hardship kerfuffle is just a big fib cooked up by the Wall Street fat cats and served out by the lame stream media.

WOWmagnet is fine in NY. No need to panic, folks. Go about your business in an orderly fashion.
 

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That is sad. Until you realize that all that woman has to do is get a menial job (if she feels like it, it's not absolutely necessary) and apply for the various checks her poverty entitles her to, and her kids will grow under better conditions than about 95% of the world's children. Then, it's no longer sad.
 

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If this happened to me, I would go anywhere to find a job. And on top of that I'd probably work 2 or 3 just to take care of my wife and kid.
 

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You think the one about dogs is a depressing bummer? Try to make it through 5 minutes of this soul crusher without shoving the barrel of a gun in your mouth.



Man oh man... there but for the grace of doG go I. If I hadn't Snake Pliskened when I did 5 years ago, I could easily have been one of the sorry schmoes in that documentary.

The one couple just had the asses torn out of them... He was a "doctor"... not a real one... a pretend doctor... a chiropractor, and his business went down the shitter starting back in 2008. Of course it did... chiroquacktors can barely feed themselves even in a good economy. His wife was a schoolteacher who got laid off.

Here's how the heartwarming tale plays out... they went from making good bucks, living in a nice house, nice cars and making good money. 2008 rolls around... bam... the wife loses her teaching job and "the doctor" is making no money because people don't waste their money on back-cracking voodoo when the economy sours and money gets tight.

She's pregnant with like their second or third kid... on the day she is giving birth, they are served with the foreclosure notice... and she gives birth to a downy... Happy Potato! Another one of God's little practical jokes.

And there definitely is a God, because their story has a happy ending...

"The doctor" was cleaning out the basement of his(the bank's) house, in preparation for their imminent foreclosure/eviction and he contracted hantavirus(a rare and deadly virus spread in mouse droppings)and he died. Dropped. Fucking. Dead. Leaving his wife piss broke, jobless, a widow, and mother to three kids... one of them a cabbage head.

Isn't that special?

About your spoiler, they didnt have any insurance for that? Did it lapse when the times got tough? Just curious since that would help. Also why have another child when times are getting tough? It makes me crazy when people do that and expect someone to feel sorry for them
 

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I just barely keep the pistol out of my maw now, I don't need to be bummed out any further with some other's tale of woe.
 

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About your spoiler, they didnt have any insurance for that? Did it lapse when the times got tough? Just curious since that would help. Also why have another child when times are getting tough? It makes me crazy when people do that and expect someone to feel sorry for them
They didn't mention anything about insurance, but I'd imagine that that paying life insurance premiums is one of things that gets put on hold when you can't even keep up with the mortgage payments to keep a roof over your head. Especially with this guy... he looked young and healthy and I doubt that dropping dead was something he was worried about.

Having a third kid while flat broke and facing foreclosure? Yeah... that's one of those bonehead moves that people make that keeps the barrel of the gun out of my mouth. No matter how said their sob stories are, these idiots always do some dumb, self-destructive shit that tempers my sympathy with disgust.
 

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If the wife and I lose our jobs, scorched Earth policy goes into effect. I won't be one of these schmucks that slowly fritters away his life savings trying to keep the house and the cars. I would clean out my bank account and call the bank and tell them to come get their cars and mail them the keys to the house. I'd take my lumps in bankruptcy in court and pray to Odin for a new job.

I will never understand people that try to keep the lifestyle going for 12-18 months as their life savings slowly dies. You end up fucked anyway, plus now you have no money. Oh, and if you are living high on the hog without putting money away for a rainy day - well consider using your last unemployment check to purchase a gun and one bullet. Nobody likes a mooch and you won't last 2 minutes in the ghetto waiting to cash your welfare check.
 

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If the wife and I lose our jobs, scorched Earth policy goes into effect. I won't be one of these schmucks that slowly fritters away his life savings trying to keep the house and the cars. I would clean out my bank account and call the bank and tell them to come get their cars and mail them the keys to the house. I'd take my lumps in bankruptcy in court and pray to Odin for a new job.

I will never understand people that try to keep the lifestyle going for 12-18 months as their life savings slowly dies. You end up fucked anyway, plus now you have no money. Oh, and if you are living high on the hog without putting money away for a rainy day - well consider using your last unemployment check to purchase a gun and one bullet. Nobody likes a mooch and you won't last 2 minutes in the ghetto waiting to cash your welfare check.

Good idea except it is flawed. You dont turn over anything until they come and get it. So stop paying the bills but keep using the house and cars, that is the better plan. It will take at least a year before you get moved out and longer if you file for bankruptcy and alot longer meaning over 21/2 years if you file individually. I know I use to help a friend in the real estate business try and get depressed houses. One couple was brilliant as they each filed for two separate bankruptcy charges. They lived in their home for almost 3 years before having to move. I would never dwindle my lifes savings if we both lost our jobs to save a house.