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31 May 2005 @ 07:10 pm
Reality sucks  
So we've spent more and more time discussing our financial situation, and it's looking like some things will need to be cut.  Many things, actually.

Here's where the list starts:

Satellite dish and TiVo.  In fact, any television service that isn't free or next-to-free.  We do have TV shows we like to follow, though, so if anybody knows of a PC-compatible, reliable source of episodes for download so we can at least try to keep up, please e-mail me that info privately (so you don't get arrested for it).  Thanks.

Chorus.  There's just too much money that goes into it every year.  The annual dues are around $250, and I have to pay for all convention-related fees, including transportation, hotels, registration, and food.  I may be able to maintain membership in the Society for a greatly reduced price, which will allow me to continue with the quartet, but other than that, it's looking like I have to let the chorus go.

More will follow, but I'm still kinda reeling from those two.
lindasings on June 1st, 2005 08:34 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. Is this effective immediately (in other words, are you going to compete in July?)

I think dropping the chorus is a good decision, not only because of the money, but it's not the best use of your time and energy right now.

As for getting information via e-mail... you don't really think that's all that private, do you? Ditto conveying things on a cordless phone.

Real estate advice -- please talk to a realtor about mobile homes. I'm sure you could buy one in a decent neighborhood for under $100,000. You've got some money from the sale of your house that would make for a large down payment, so monthly wouldn't be too bad. I know mobile homes are not necessarily the greatest, but it's temporary and some of them are really nice.