Seems that my job hired too many new people for all the positions that ended up being used. I am a special needs children's aide on school buses and the county directs the hiring for the company I work for, indirectly. They asked the company to hire more aides for routes, because they felt like they needed more of the routes to have "oversight" of the special needs children on their way to and from school. Which, IMO, every route with special needs children needs an aide on the bus. The driver can't handle these kids on their own most of the time. Anyways, so the company hires more over the summer to fill the positions the county directed after last school year. However, come the 2012-13 school year the county only assigned a certain amount of routes, while all these bus aides were left without a route, and now without a job. Including me. Until further notice, they tell me. If any of you recognize where I live, you may know about all the struggles going on out here. Stockton just went bankrupt, the housing market is the worst in the country. The city fire department is hemmoraging money on pensions and union workers. It's a mess, no one knows how to manage the money they get around here it seems. And all the money management and cutbacks have come only when things have gotten the worst and at the expense of jobs, not salaries, or pensions, or BS spending or any of that. It makes me angry. It also pisses me off because the contract company I work for is actually one place that PAYS BACK the county from the transit and coach line buses. I don't know, i'm venting a little, I was without work for 2 years before I found this job, now i'm back where I was again and it's depressing. Now i'll get more time to play bass, yet I won't be able to realize any GAS's anytime soon. Bittersweet I guess.