I had planned to be in Dayton -- well, Xenia -- for the Hamvention today. As the date approached, my car was having issues; the air-conditioning isn't working and the last time it was in for service, they told me the water pump might fail soon.
That was Strike One.
Strike Two was the bill for my cardiac tress test. My part of it came to over $2500! I kind of have it, if I make only the minimum credit-card payment, watch my expenses and carry a kind of ugly balance for a few months, but I hadn't planned on it and Hamvention's not much fun if you're broke. Plus, if my car did act up on the trip, that would push my finances right over the edge.
Strike Three: Last year, the drive to and from and/or a minor slip while walking hurt my right knee badly enough that I was using a cane for a long time and had to have a couple of months of physical therapy, which took time and money I would have preferred to apply to other things.
So, no Hamvention this year. Maybe next year.
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