...Tired of running as fast as I can just to not lose ground too quickly. The bank that holds my home loan keeps pressing me to swap my 30-year, fixed-rate loan for a 15-year one, same payments, fixed and lower interest, but they want $2.5K up front and it all sounds too good to be true. What's in it for them? Then there's the little problem of just having bought a car and therefore not having a couple grand to sling around.
Found a network of deep cracks in the driver's-side front tire of that car, along the sidewall near the rim. Not sure what that is but it doesn't look promising. May need new tires before winter is over.
I need a new mattress. The one I have now was old when I moved to this house, seven years ago, and it's hurting my back to sleep on it. (I don't use box springs, that's way too soft. I'd sleep on a 3" slab of foam like an RV mattress but it's too much trouble finding the stuff and it's unfriendly to fitted sheets when you do). Well, there's $500 or more and that's not happening soon.
There are still funky things with the plumbing and some of the natural gas piping seems iffy to me in terms of support and routing; I've got a plumber coming in to have a look and give me estimates. I'll do some water plumbing myself but we're short on shutoffs and some of the things I want redone had been plumbed with field-crimped PEX, fine if you're a plumber and use the tools all day every day but impractical for doing one's own work. Yeah, more expense.
Meanwhile, my peers and I went without raises from 2008 until, h'mm, a year and a half ago, and that was 1%, with more of the same to follow. Not complaining, either: at least a half-dozen of the other technical-type people have been laid off. Meanwhile the grocer, the mechanic, the utilities and skilled trades all want more. At least gasoline prices are down.
But it's tiring. At the end of it, if I am very lucky, I'll have a house paid for and enough coming in to pay utilities and eat. And that's if I work until I'm 72. 50 is the new 30, right?
UPDATE: So, the plumber just added some hangers for the line; he used the good bubbles and found no leaks. But the "Check Engine" light came on on my way home from work. Oh, and have I mentioned we haven't had any dial tone since Friday? Internet service is int rmitt nt, too, which makes Tam exercise her vocabulary in interesting ways. I just ran the phone tree with AT&T twice; asking for high-speed Internet repair got me to "Your call did not go through." Asking for phone line repair got me deep enough into the automated process that they sent a big old slightly-hot jolt of ringing voltage down the line, which did make my phone ring (weak ramping to normal) and lo, we now have dial tone -- and the robot proudly told me, "The problem does not appear to be in AT&T's equipment." This is incorrect: there's a water leak at the neighborhood terminal box (or whatever you call it, honkin' big transition from glass or a fat copper digital multipair cable or wigwaggy-flaggy to the old-fashioned UTP) and it's messed up our phone service before and been "repaired," I suspect with a wad of chewing gum which has now dried out.
T. R. MCELROY'S STREAMLINED TELEGRAPH KEYS
7 months ago