Thursday, August 4, 2011


I had the test done on my car and the news isn't horrible, but isn't great either.  It is a middle of the road repair.  The total cost should range somewhere between $600-$800.  It could have been worse.  So I guess I can be grateful for that.

When I went into work I found out the couple that came and bought three rooms of furniture came back about an hour after I left and cancelled the order.  I guess they found something else at another store.  Or panicked at the money they were spending.  Until it delivers you can never be sure.  So I guess my next pay check will still be something to laugh at.  I understand their point of view, but I sometimes I wonder if people understand what it is like to sell in a commission environment.  If you go in and use up a great deal of their time and not buy anything you are taking money out of their pockets.  This couple was there for three hours on a very steady day.  I am the only one that had a bad sales day.  Everyone else sold very well.  Oh, well that is the life of commission sales.   You win some and you lose some. 

I am still feeling hopeful about the future though.  Things are starting to turn around slowly.  I don't feel as desperate as I did a few months back.  I figure I got through the worst of the summer heat, most nights have a breeze now and I am sleeping better.  I have some cushion with money.  I am doing ok with food.  So given a little more time I will be back on my feet. 

I got a call today about a job interview.  I missed the call, but called back as I got the message and am waiting to hear back from them.  It isn't my dream job, but it will do.  Being picky isn't really much of an option for me at this point in time.  August is not really much of a happening month in this area, but I am hoping I will be the exception to that rule and find something. 

One way or another life will get better, I just have to keep telling myself that and not get stuck in the rut of depression I felt for the first few months I was homeless.  I talked to Aunt Bessie today and that always makes me feel better.  My dear sweet Aunt.  One of the nicest people ever to walk the earth.  She wasn't feeling well for a week or so, but luckily it is only a cold.  At her age you can never be to careful, so I insisted she go to the doctor and she was right, it was nothing to be concerned about.  I am hoping I can get the money together to go and see her for a few days.  One can dream anyway.  It has been a while since I have seen her.  But we talk every other day.  That will have to be enough for now.  As soon as I am settled and have some money saved up I am going to send her a train ticket.  She has only been to see me once here and I keep making excuses on why she can't come again.  I can't exactly have her sleeping in my car. 

There is really nice breeze tonight, so I am hoping for a good night of sleep.  Last night wasn't all that great.  It was raining and somewhat cool, but it rained hard enough that I had to keep the windows closed, so it made it warm in the car.  But I slept much later than I normally do, the cloud cover this morning was the saving grace.  I didn't have the morning sun beating down on my face and getting me all sweaty that wakes me up most mornings by 7.  I didn't wake up until almost 9 this morning.  That felt good.  Tonight will be an open window night so I should be good.  As long as it gets a breeze going at night, I can get myself to sleep.  It is when it is dead humid air that it becomes impossible to sleep.  It is just to hot.  Oh, you fall asleep eventually just because you can't keep you eyes open anymore, but it isn't a good sound sleep. 

My next adventure is going to be getting my laundry done.  Money isn't the issue this time, it is not having a car to drive there.  Getting the dirty clothes there will be easy, it is getting the clean folded ones back that will be difficult on the bus.  I don't have a suitcase with me.  I put that in my storage so I don't know how I will get them back to my car.  Until my car is fixed I can't drive there, it is too far with the current state of disrepair.  It is illegal in this state not to have some sort of laundry facility for renters.  So coin laundromats are not that easy to find.  I only know of one in this area and I found it by mistake about two years ago when I got lost one night.  The other I found on the Internet is even further away.  So, I guess I will have to do small loads at a time and just bring them back and forth on the bus.  I have enough clean clothes for work this week, so that is all that matters really.

Have a good night


  1. I'm not a professional mechanic, but I've been keeping my own, and several other people's cars running for a couple of decades now. Many auto repairs can be done much more cheaply than shop rate, but (without going through your entire posting history) knowing the make, model, and explicitly what's wrong might help.

    I live in Philadelphia, and while DC isn't exactly around the corner, it's not two days away, either.

  2. It is the cooling system. Also now the starter is gone too. It won't even start anymore now.