12.03.2005 ||> Today I holiday shopped for me
All I wanted in footwear this fall/winter was a pair of warm, knee high boots with a low heel. Easier said than done. But the compromise was pretty good too. The furry boots are fabulous. You know, if "fabulous" could be bought at Payless Shoe Source for $10.
When I opened my paycheck last week, a brilliant light flashed before my eyes and I heard an infinite number of angels doing a musical number on the head of a pin. No more commissions, and my paycheck is still over a hundred dollars more than my highest commissioned paycheck at my old job.
Then I got all my bills in, and suddenly there was a massacre on the head of that pin where the angelic singing turned into the gurgling of a bloodbath. My electric and cable bills doubled. My transport expenses doubled. And I need to get more cold-weather clothing.
Soon I will be paying for my health insurance and my 401k, which will make my paycheck smaller (but still not as small as at my old job). I can't decide whether I feel despair at having to still reign in my expenses or overwhelming relief that my pay got higher at the luckiest time.
"Guns have little or nothing to do with juvenile violence. The causes of youth violence are working parents who put their kids into daycare, the teaching of evolution in the schools, and working mothers who take birth control pills."How simple life is! My parents, Darwin, and the makers of Ortho-Tri-Cyclen are directly to blame for those shootings. Thanks again Tom, for reminding me why I will never live in Texas. Or be a Republican.
- Tom DeLay, 1999, after the Columbine High School shootings