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1.) I lost a wheel, then got in a car accident. 

- in January, I was merrily driving along home from work and the right front tire felt the need to declare formal independence from the rest of my car while I was going a good 40 miles an hour around a turn. My Grand Am is, alas, no more, as the damage was absolute...I was lucky I managed to stop without something stopping me first. 

- Right before Valentine's, during a blizzard, some idiot in the opposite lane of traffic was going too fast, slammed on his breaks, spun his car a full circle and gracefully came to a forceful stop against the side of my car. I got annoyed, a crease down the left side of the car, and $1800 from his insurance company. Being that we only paid $1200 for the car in the first place, plus the fact it's still perfectly driveable and didn't need a salvage title, actually sort of worked in our favor.

 2.) Joey got laid off.

- after five weeks of not being paid, everyone at his job finally had enough and walked out. Month and a half of legalish battles later, he finally got his back pay and unemployment besides. We're fiscally sound, sorta...we should make it for the time being without too much issue. He doesn't have a new job yet, but he's working two days a week for a branch of the company he worked for before, except this guy actually pays him.

3.) We got a new car.

- Joey found it on craigslist and I think he would have 'sploded if I didn't sigh and nod when he wanted it. It's a nice car, a 98 Grand Prix...it's pretty much a white-paint version of the black-paint one he gave up to buy the truck and secretly regretted ever since. He's terribly happy over it, and who am I to say no? We used the money from the insurance to get it. Meanwhile I'm driving around a dented car that was so frighteningly gigantic to me (and still is) I immediately vetoed it when it was given to me as a birthday present...but who's counting? ;)

4.) I got an...anti-raise?

- So, my job isn't doing well, apparently. The biz in general, that is. Sooo...right about the time I would have started sniffing for a raise (May, I'll be there a year), they call everyone in and announce pay cuts. Yep, you heard that right. I started here at $14, worked my everloving ass off and put in at least an hour every single day of extra work I never asked to be paid for (in all seriousness and honesty, literally an hour *every day*), got a buck an hour raise four months later, and proceeded to work the holy crap out of myself continually, and here it is six months later and I not only don't get rewarded, I get my pay cut. To add blistering insult to injury, my co-worker (who, while a lovely girl, is of the sort to talk on her cell phone instead of working, while I do my job AND hers to make sure things are in order) only got cut .50 an hour, whereas I took a buck. 

I work harder, I do more, I care more, and I understand and solve more, yet here I am with less money. So, I've pretty much decided I'm leaving. When or how isn't determined yet, but I see the way they treat employees of several years, and it's no better than they treat me. I'm not going to hang around and be a lifer because I'm afraid of the deep end, or worse, let myself get kicked around until they decide it's no fun using me for financial entertainment anymore.

5.) Morale is, in general, fairly poor.

- I'm trying to turn it around, of course. Joey and I bought plants for the garden, which gives me a little happiness, and we've organized and started to sell all the eBay items I've accumulated over the years...no small feat, but decidedly a financially rewarding one. I've tried to reach out and make friends with people, but it hasn't worked so far. I want someone who listens to NPR in the morning and watches jeopardy, but still thinks Dane Cook is funny.  I want a soulmate, only a friend version instead of a romantic one. I have all this tea and all this friendship just sitting here, gathering dust. :-/



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Mar. 27th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
You forget, you do have friends out here. <3
(It's Adam, by the way)

I'm around on the weekends. You should hear some of the sound comm projects I've produced. They're NPR-worthy. n_n
And I have two things of Dane Cook on my DVR, AND two sets of his CD's.

I miss ya, Fox. Call me. <3
Mar. 28th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
hey, i is looking for friends and david listens to npr. and i would watch jeopardy if i had tv.

be my friend? i need people who is cool and crazy and willing to admit that life sucks. i feel very lonely these days.
Mar. 28th, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
Darn! I plainly have to listen to Dane Cook and find out more about Dub-Whups.
Mar. 28th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
Yuck. I mean, that is a huge amount of yuck in one very condensed amount of time and space. And as an aside, I must say that if you aren't watching You Suck At Photoshop then you really should be.
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