Life's been kicking me in the nads once more. And even more unfortunately, it's also aiming at my very fragile finances.
Long story made short, I was heading towards a Salvation Army store yesterday to pick up a small computer stand so I can set up my mother's computer as an auxiliary station, both to use it as an extra memory storage and a backup workstation in the event I have to take my main computer in for work. Unfortunately, I got caught in a traffic slowdown. And in the second or so I had been looking to see if I could change lanes, the person in front of me had stopped suddenly. And despite the fact that I slammed on the brakes as fast as I could, there simply wasn't enough room...and I bumped into her.
Both the car ahead of me and it's driver came out just fine. I couldn't see any damage to her bumper or her. Unfortunately, the front end of my van was crumpled in, the hood is slightly folded, and I got a major chewing out from the driver about how mad she was at me, that I was a jerk and so on. And while I can't blame her for being upset about that, the only saving grace here was that she decided not to bother with getting my insurance and took off in a huff.
Unfortunately, that still leaves the fact that my van, which was already in terrible shape, is now in even worse shape. I can still drive it at the moment, but I can't get the hood up, and the front is pressed in against the engine. So I feel it's safe to say that it won't be long before I have to get something to replace it.
Now, I've done some preliminary checking around, and I've spotted decent-sized vehicles priced at less than $1000, and in my situation, less is more. But I haven't had much time or success in finding work, and to be honest, with all the time I had spent over the years tending to my mother, I'm beginning to feel like I don't even really know how to find work. It may seem crazy, but I look at these job search engines and assist programs, and I feel like I'm navigating a maze. I've tried job searches, and I got for my trouble was several colleges that I wasn't interested in haranguing me and telemarketers calling me at all hours of the day. And with my failures at the local job fairs...sigh.
Let's just say that I need this the same way I need another hole in my head.
I'm well on the way to wrapping my current batch of commissions, but needless to say, I'm going to be looking for more as soon as possible, and will be posting more to Patreon. Because...well, I haven't come up with anything else that would help at the moment. Which really and truly does suck.