You feeling that pressure? Feel like you’re in a vise? That’s this April. That’s this frigging grand cardinal cross and the April 15th total lunar eclipse. Ugh.
All of a sudden, I need new glasses. (My doctor pointed out that I practically put my face into the computer screen, and it’s probably not helping the herniated disks in my neck. Did I mention that most days, my arms are numb from the elbows down? But not in a good way — it kind of hurts and it’s hard to hold onto things. I haven’t played the guitar in a long, long time, which makes me sad.)
This time around, I’m going to buy glasses online. But I’m mildly anxious about telling the optometrist at the local eyeglass place I won’t be giving her my business. Isn’t that insane? I mean, they’re the ones jacking up the prices so high that people can’t afford them. $500 for glasses — I’ve owned cars that were cheaper than that! And the actual costs are much lower.
But the real worry right now is my car’s air conditioner. Oddly enough, this happened last summer. It stopped working on a Saturday (I remember it was a Saturday, because I stopped at a Pep Boys, figuring it just needed more coolant.) The parts manager told me it was the coolant pump and it was $700. No way, I said, and left. It started working again, so I put it out of my mind.
A couple of days ago, it was hot and I went to put the AC on. Uh oh. I called the mechanic who did the head gaskets and he said now that he thought of it, there was no coolant in it when he worked on the engine, and it probably had a slow leak. That night, I remembered what happened last summer. And now I’m really pissed, because the thought of going through a Philadelphia summer without an air conditioner in my car is rather daunting.
There are a lot of things in my life that would be a lot simpler if I had a credit card, but I don’t. I recently considered putting a few hundred bucks aside to get one of those secured cards that rebuilds your credit, but then my catalytic converter went and there went that idea.
How about you guys? Where are you squeezed right now?