LinkedIn can be really, really helpful on the jobhunt! Aside from that, I'd recommend a high school kid create a profile on there for SEO purposes, as LinkedIn profiles tend to rank pretty high when searching for someone. (Which is a nice way to bump down anything you don't want future employers/significant others to see right away.)
@Madeline Shoes You might be able to elicit some sympathy. "They took ALL of my money! Both dollars!"
I have a feeling that if someone tried to steal my identity, they'd regret it almost immediately. Not out of "that wasn't the kind of person you should mess with" regret, but "that $6.73 in checking was not worth hacking into her accounts" regret.
@WayDownSouth I find myself following very similar patterns to Logan. A lot of it is a willful ignorance - I don't want to check my account balance because it will make me sad. It's definitely a "don't look down" thing. I'm afraid if that if I do, the ground will no longer be beneath my feet and I'll fall, Wile E. Coyote style.
@acid burn I've been told I like hearing about how much I like hearing about myself.
Ahhh I was sorta kinda with him until the end! It was almost cute and charming to see him struggle, but the whole "Good luck with our bridges and infrastructure" bit really soured it for me.
I've definitely been on both ends of this, and it isn't the WORST, but it's pretty close. As someone who was broke as a joke, a friend inviting me over to help clear out her kitchen/liquor cabinets ("The food will go bad otherwise!") and watch bad TV was just wonderful. No cost, and I didn't have to think about how different our situations were while we hung out. As someone who currently has some struggling friends, I've learned to only OCCASIONALLY (once a month?) send them some type of job postings or bring up how they're doing on that front. It's a sensitive issue that only gets worse as time goes on, and resentment can blossom easily.
@travelmugs Seconding this! That book was a delight to read.
I am 100% in the same situation right now, and find myself in it about twice a year. I've called up the credit card companies and asked about raising the credit limit and telling them my honest situation, which sometimes has helped. Sometimes it doesn't, though, and that sucks. The last time it didn't help, I called my bank, lied, and said I was moving so I needed a "temporary" credit increase. It wasn't temporary, but it did score an extra $1000 on my limit. Sometimes asking for a manager when it comes to requesting an increase helps if you were denied before.
I've actually had good luck going to a nearby hotel and slipping into an unused ballroom or even a quiet lobby if they have one. You probably don't need to do this, but I usually tell the conceirge that "I'm meeting someone down here in 15 minutes, but I have to do this phone call. Is there somewhere quiet around here where I won't bother anyone?"