This is probably not what you want to hear right now, but, maybe there will be some positive unintended consequence. Its possible you may find more/higher paying work elsewhere. Here's an idea, post on craigslist or angie'slist whatever skills you have. Maybe even start your own business where you visit people's homes/work and wash/perform maintenance on their vehicles. You could even go door to door (remember to pick the right neighborhoods) offering your services, with a background story of what exactly happened to you. Remember there are still many people on the government dole who have cash, and are willing to drop $20, $40, or even $100's of dollars for a car wash/detailing. Best of luck, I'm sure you will be fine, you are one of us!
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