Hit The Tip Jar
Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/11/07
As Dana Pico mentioned, my personal and professional time have expanded greatly to eat up my overall time. I will not go into detail as undisclosed reasons make very clear (hey, pollutico can use undisclosed sources for undisclosed allegations of undisclosed activities and undisclosed words and undisclosed gestures of a certain disclosed Presidential candidate and still maintain the facade of a serious, honorable site among the unwashed masses).
Let’s start with HEY, EVERYONE, I GOT A JOB!!!
I have a temp-to-hire job where I make barely above minimum wage for the next 3 months, and then a full dollar-per-hour raise. And longer term, a substantial opportunity for advancement.
But here’s my problem:
I currently have a very substantial support structure which will vanish within a very few short months. When I moved to Texas, I had 2-year Ohio tags on my car, which expire exceedingly soon. Ohio doesn’t have inspection but Texas does, and my car would never, in the time I owned it, passed the current Texas inspection. I have never had high beams. The switch doesn’t “click”. Not only are high beams part of the Texas inspection, the indicator light for those high-beams are part of the inspection. My windshield wipers work when they want to and don’t work when they don’t want to. And I have an exhaust leak. Those are three fails that I know of.
To add insult to injury, Saturday night, one of my 10-year-old tires decided to shred its sidewall, so now I have to replace it immediately and my car requires tires that run over 100 apiece (my only vehicle is a 1994 Camaro Z28 I bought in 2001). And all 4 tires should be replaced due to their age and the Texas environment. And now the donut needs replaced because I’m using it for my 80-mile round-trip for work.
On top of that, my new income from my new job is too low for decent housing, let alone in a place where crime is a four-letter word. But shortly, I should be able to afford just that. But tomorrow isn’t here and will never get here. I have to deal with today.
Rather than deal with the government stealing money from the top half of the population to give freebies to the bottom half of the population, I am depending on folks to give to a needy cause because it’s the right thing to do.
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