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Things were tight for the last couple of days. I knew I was getting a partnership distribution, direct deposit, today, and my paycheck, direct deposit, tomorrow. But I did stupid things anyway.

My sister sent an e-check to paypal for a portable printer for my laptop, but it had not cleared last weekend and yet I wanted that printer. I looked in my paypal account and decided I could buy it ahead of getting the check but would have very little left. So I did. Then Mary and I went in together for a birthday gift for Elaine and discovered that we did not have the option of paying it off in three installments, which I was able to do when I bought the same thing myself. We had to pay it all up front. I looked in my bank account and figured I could get it from there, so I did, after transferring Mary's portion of the gift from paypal to the bank.

I ended up with almost zero in both accounts and actually managed to pay an overdraft charge, which this time I am not disputing even though I may have a case.

So this morning. I needed gas. I did not want to discover just how far my car will go before running out. I went to my reserve of last resort, a ceramic box of change that sits on a living room table. I dumped the money into a plastic bag and went to the gas station.

Fortunately, the pump took my paypal debit card, so that left the bag 'o money for coffee at the convenience store attached. I went in there with my travel cup, filled it with decaf, got to the counter. When I started to pull out three quarters from the bag I discovered that I had brought in my bag o' lunch rather than my bag o' money.

You'd think I make no money, but that isn't so. Yet I have days like this.


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Mar. 10th, 2004 02:57 pm (UTC)
ALAS - A Familiar Feeling Washes Over Me
"I ended up with almost zero in both accounts"

It seems we share an impatient streak.
Mar. 11th, 2004 08:58 am (UTC)
Re: ALAS - A Familiar Feeling Washes Over Me
yes. At times I can keep it under control. But...ah well.
Mar. 11th, 2004 10:08 am (UTC)
Re: ALAS - A Familiar Feeling Washes Over Me
It ISonly Money.
Mar. 11th, 2004 10:25 am (UTC)
Re: ALAS - A Familiar Feeling Washes Over Me
yes! That is one of my mantras.
Mar. 11th, 2004 10:32 am (UTC)
Re: ALAS - A Familiar Feeling Washes Over Me
HEHEHE ~ We don't share a star sign though...:-0
Mar. 11th, 2004 03:23 pm (UTC)
Jon K and I - We're Close - I could perhaps ask him for a loan...
Re: ALAS - A Familiar Feeling Washes Over Me

Dear Elizabeth,

Yesterday, Howard Dean joined me to discuss how we move forward in our fight to change America. As we walked into campaign headquarters and together were greeted enthusiastically by so many of our hardworking staff and volunteers, I felt more certain than ever that we will win this fight.

During the primary campaign much was made of the differences between Howard and I, but here's the truth: we have plenty in common, and it begins with a vision to change this country.

We're determined to put people ahead of special interests, provide healthcare to every American, protect our environment, and use energy wisely. We share a strong commitment to make America safe and secure. And we will put the millions of Americans who lost their jobs during George W. Bush's presidency back to work.

Howard Dean has provided an unprecedented contribution to our party by bringing so many into the political process, and by reminding America of the power of grassroots politics. For that I thank him, and ask Howard's supporters to focus that same energy on the task at hand.

Winning this election will be a challenge like no other. If the past few weeks are any indication, the Republican attack machine will pull out every trick in the book to distract from the issues at stake.

The future of our country depends now on unity between all those determined to create change. Working together, I know we will turn our country around.

I look forward to engaging in a conversation with many of you in the next many months as I travel from state to state to share my vision of a better America.

Thank you always for your incredible support and determination to put America back on track.

Warm regards,

Dear JK

Great to hear from you again. I almost feel like an American, something I haven't felt since the days of Elvis Presley and Little Richard.

I never doubted that you and Howie were very much of one mind on all the important things, ok so there's friction but out of friction fly the sparks of inspiration and power to win the fight.

Y'know what I really dig about you is your determination to give back to the people the fundamental rights, Healthcare, clean air, metred electricity; all those things whcih in GB have been thrown away, sold off or allowed to die. At the time we were following America but if we go on doing that we may even get some of it back. That's why I keep trying to be an American, tough, frontier spirited, capitalist to the teeth - but they won't even let me visit for a weekend. Times running out for me to register John - pull some strings can't you, Democratic Ambassador? Is the Job extant ? Is it going Free. I'd love to take it. You know if you were over here we'd vote you in - now there's a thought. Most Americans seem starstruck by Bleagh - couldn't we work out a cultural exchange?

But now I have to ask a favour - but maybe I am doing you one. I have a friend in you neck of the woods (globally speaking) who is a bit 'strapped for cash'. Now she is a person, a damn fine person. Like you and Howie we have our ups anddowns but on fundamental issues we are united. Give her a look up could you and maybe a loan or something $100 would help and would make no difference to her voting. (we don't want accusations of Political Payola.

Well, Gotta go. Say Hi to Howie for me and tell him I've shipped the Little Richard Record by Fedex so it should be with him soon. (Having a little difficulty tracing an original of The Basement Tapes but give me time - I've been speaking to some people ...

Keep on Keeping on and thanks for keeping in touch

As ever


PS Still chuckling over that Joke about Bushy and the porcupine. Ouch! hehehe
Mar. 11th, 2004 05:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Jon K and I - We're Close - I could perhaps ask him for a loan...
Now that's so thoughtful of you, answering Johnboy's letter like that. I have been getting letters from him for forever, it seems, although most have actually been from MaryBeth Cahill. I didn't think to ask him if he might tide me over, though.

NO you can't send Blair over here. I don't care WHO you take in return. Well, maybe if you took Bush...

As for my financial ruin, it was exaggerated. All the deposits are now in and I'm eyeing the shelves, figuring out what my next purchase might be.

Mar. 12th, 2004 12:59 am (UTC)
Re: Jon K and I - We're Close - I could perhaps ask him for a loan...
Laughter. Bush No No No. I'm a bit close to the edge myself financially but I swear I do it for the thrill. Its one of the few options left after dabbling in drugs gender and madness. :- ). JK hasn't replied yet but I DID get a visit from some strange men wearing Dark Glasses. Very odd as its quite mild and even sunny now and then.


Mar. 10th, 2004 03:39 pm (UTC)
...bag O lunch instead of...
That made me laugh.
I know the feeling of running low because of folly.
Mar. 11th, 2004 08:59 am (UTC)
That's comforting! Silly but true that we feel better when we share some undesirable traits.
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