On the bright side, I may have an interview lined up for a less stressful job that pays more money and offers better benefits. Benefits weren't all that much of a concern in the past as my children and I are generally in good health so health insurance is relatively cheap. My wife, however, is uninsurable. Presently she's on Medicare which has decent coverage (but getting worse) but she's making noises about maybe wanting to look for a job. If she gets a job, she'll lose her Medicare. This means (a) she's restricted to jobs that offer a group medical policy and (b) she has to commit for the long term. But if I could land a job with a group policy that covered the whole family, the twelve to eighteen months that it takes to get back on the Medicare wagon wouldn't be a factor as she'd have health coverage. She could try a job out and if she didn't like it, could quit without worrying whether or not a medical catastrophe was waiting in the winds.
On the financial side of things, we (as in my immediate family) do appear to be on the brink of sodomization. In hindsight, I suppose we couldn't really afford the vacation we took last month. On the other hand, I think the whole family really needed a vacation. And if the new tenants up at the Headache House keep paying rent, well have the vacation payed off before the end of the year. But what we don't have is cash on hand should we need another major card repair or means to pay tuition for fall quarter if I want to continue Greek studies. In fact, most of our newly acquired debt comes from tuition from last year's Greek classes. Well, either that or property taxes on Ye Olde House of Doome. We could have swung either/or. We ended up having to swing both.
Speaking of car repairs, it's a bit amusing to me how far cars have come quality wise. Our Eurovan hit 100k over our vacation. When I first started driving, it was a minor miracle that a car with 100k on it was still on the road. Today, I don't see any reason why we can't keep it going for another 100k.
This is all. For now.
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