Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Trailer Tenants

I'll just lay it on the line, up front, all out:  If I could keep these people here forever, I would.

If I could pay them a salary for the work that is done around here, I would.

If I could not charge them anything, at the very least, I would do that, too.

Call me selfish, call me whatever you want, but these people are jewels in human form. 

Excellent cooks.  Clean.  Moved from doing things outside to doing things inside - well both is what I'm saying.

If I could get a nice travel trailer for them, yup, I would do it.

If I could put them in one of the rooms without feeling the punch of the loss of income, yup, I would do that, too.

I can only say that what they are living in is far better than a tin shed in the back of someone's house with a bunch of pot smokers inside. 

Onto other things.  I was back at Fry's Electronics again today.  I'm nudging myself to make the "investment".  Investment - in a computer?  Well, yes, I would call it an investment.  Not that I could get the money back out of the thing I want to build that I am going to dump into it, no. 

But making money off of it isn't even in the equation.  Nope.  It's mostly enterainment.  News, Cafe World, Ebay, Craigslist, my blogs, all kinds of stuff.  The investment is in my entertainment.  I rarely go to movies, I rarely - do much of anything anymore.  Not that I don't want to, but, I'm watching the pennies. 

My bonus money went to more fixes on the old Buick and trying to get caught up on bills.  The insurance payoff?  That's what I'm using here plus some on top of that. 

They had the 1 Terabyte harddrive in stock that they didn't have they other day.  I got that while it was on sale.  The minimum you get nowadays for a new computer setup - at least IMO - is a 1 TB.  I bought nothing else.  I was very tempted, but, I keep putting on the stops.  I can't say for sure why, just this thing - been there done that.  In, spending money on something and then some "thing" comes up and you are left scrambling.  But, I imagine that by this weekend, I will dive into it, buy all the components and get this done.  I do reserve the right to not buy a new monitor.  People are selling those things on Craigslist all the time for cheap. 

I was questioning yet another salesman - what is this slot for, what is the purpose of that.  I didn't understand the 2 slots for PCI Express, so I kept asking until I got it.  While that was happening, ANOTHER older gentleman, just like the other day at Fry's, stepped in.  In fact, he cut us off to ask a question because he was intrigued by our conversation.  I can't say why I didn't find his intrusion offensive, so I can't explain it, but I just stood silent and listened to another conversation unfold.  I have a lot to learn about computers, that's all I can say about it.

I got the paperwork to get my new harddrive and headed to the line.  That gentleman was, by chance, in front of me.  He profusely apologized for interrupting our conversation but he had found it so intriguing that he was compelled to get in on it.  I told him he was a jerkoff, shove it up his @$$ - that's what most of the world around me does.  I did no such thing, actually.  Instead, it was no problem, have a great day.

So, how does my spending money on a new computer and these trailer tenants equate to what I started this entry with?  I can't tell you that I'm going to end my life and keep a hold on doing ANYTHING in order to help other people out.  I have given consideration to giving them next month's rent free.  After the extreme amount of water money shelled out a few days ago and the fact that electric usage is WAY down now, I can probably afford it.  But I am not telling them that.  I won't make that decision until we're there.

I would love to build a garage with loft on top of it.  If it were built the way I wanted it, I would move out of this house, they could have my master bedroom and I would move up there.  I have seen layouts - a totally open design - that are awesome.  It's sort of a giant kitchenette - but MUCH nicer.  One can always dream : )

I was also thinking that, if I found a way to afford it, to take their monthly payment and dump it into a savings account.  For a couple thousand bucks, I could buy a much nicer travel trailer than that thing out there. 

They told me the other day that my ponds are my "pondering" place.  Lol, isn't that true?  I ponder these things and much more while watching all of these fish go crazy when I throw the Koi pellets in.  Well, that and that flakes - the smaller fish have to have ground up flakes or they ain't eating, at least not the pellets. 

Hmmm, I have lots of pondering to do.  A great lack in my life rears it's ugly head here and there. 

Ain't going into that here.




Anonymous said...


I went to bed last night at 7:08.
Unusual even for me to go to bed THAT early. Fortunately, I slept better than the 2 nights preceding it and I think I got at least 7 hours of sleep out of it.

I don't have a lot this morning. I mean, politics is something that has captured my attention as we wind down to voting day. Reid is looking worse and worse, I'm guessing he's losing his "job" and if he does, good riddance to him. Pelosi as well. Too bad it isn't a presidential vote, I seriously doubt Obama will get a second chance at the White House, but, who knows what will happen in the 2 years that he has left to - attempt to wreck our economy even further.

More on my mind is the computer situation. In 6 days, the Army reservist has promised to pay up an entire month's rent in advance. I'm sorta juggling whether to wait and see if that actually comes to pass or not. I'm not screwed if it doesn't happen and she pays as she normally does, I just have less padding if she doesn't and I do go ahead with this computer purchase. I've already committed myself to it in buying the 1 TB hard drive yesterday. It was on sale and it was going off sale in a few days, I figured I wouldn't be as happy with a 500 Gig hard drive as I would be with a hard drive that has twice that capacity.

Halloween. I usually do nothing on Halloween, it doesn't really excite me. I have no plans on this one, either. I don't even give out candy. The lights are darkened and I just stay home. I figure I do enough for people and spending $50 on stuff to make kids even fatter than they already are doesn't really make a lot of sense to me. Plus, I'm not a big fan of witches, witchcraft, sorcery and the like. No, Christmas is the holiday I look forward to.

Anyway, work day approaches, there is nothing to do in the truck routing system, I sincerely hope that something comes up to do before work day's end.


Fijufic said...

Glad yo have those nice folks in your trailer. I am sure they are grateful as well...

BenB said...

Bobby, I don't know what happened to my reply to you yesterday, but if you want to be friends on Facebook - I dunno how to do that without putting out my full name here. Really do not want to do that.
Yes, they are nice folks and is certainly something I don't regret in getting into.

Apparently a simple apology goes a long way.  I don't necessarily believe I owed her one, but I did it anyway. She did not, however, apo...