Posted by btchakir
(Post has been UPDATED BELOW)
I’m waiting to hear from Brown’s Automotive on what’s wrong with my car. They told me on the phone that it might be a head gasket problem, which John Case informs me might just mean a dead car. It will be pretty expensive to get it running again and, as usual, I don’t know where the money will come from. The car used just about all of my Social Security money last month. My wife says we can’t afford that again… and besides, these little ischemic attacks I have that I’m getting tested for may come to mean that they won’t let me drive anyway. My existence is getting much smaller.
I have to arrange rides and pickups to get through my lighting commitment to Thurber Carnival. That’s not too difficult. Several of the cast members drive near my home when they come in to rehearsal or the show and I can get picked up or dropped off after. I just wish it were over with and I had one less thing on my mind.
It may be getting to be time to end this blog. It’s something I’m thinking seriously about right now. It takes a lot of energy and focus to keep it up… I’ve been doing it for six years, starting when I was actually gainfully employed and feeling pretty good about everything, and operating now in a place where I wasn’t able to get reemployed and had to retire earlier than I wanted to and my health is starting to take a dive. The blog is just one more thing… It doesn’t bring in enough money from font sales to do more than buy a couple of bottles of seltzer every other month and it doesn’t have any effect on changing the depressing politics and middle-class decline in this country. As one of that middle class that has suffered the decline, I don’t see a way out of it (unless a big move to hire carless 64-year-olds pops up somewhere around Shepherdstown, WV, where I am now trapped.)
UPDATE: 11:48 AM
Brown’s has an estimate of at least $1500.00 and maybe up to $2000.00 on my car (they won’t know until they take the engine apart.) I called and left a message on my wife’s office machine with the price, but I’m pretty sure we can’t handle it and it looks like I’m going to be permanently without a car.
If I was depressed before, it is a deep pit now.
- Watching a “Thurber Carnival” Rehearsal… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- My Car will now not be done until noon tomorrow… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Jon Hamm Suffered From Chronic Depression. (perezhilton.com)
- Depression: 10 Traps to Avoid (cbsnews.com)
- Should You Disclose Depression To Your Employer? [Working It Out] (jezebel.com)
About btchakirRetired Theatre Producer, Graphic Designer, Usability Tester and General Troubleshooter with a keen interest in Politics and The Stage. Currently heard on WSHC, 89.7 FM (on line at www.897wshc.org) and occasionally dabbling in Community Theatre.
Posted on September 23, 2010, in Advertising, Arts, blogs, Economics, Family, Finance, Health Care, Job Seeking, Opinion, Word from Bill and tagged Automobile, Energy, Head gasket, John Case, Middle-Class, Politics, Social Security. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.