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Friday, Jan. 14, 2005
Indiana Dreamin

I won't rant, despite more than adequate reason. Nope, in spite of some negatives, I am jazzed because when I asked the college district president if I could use her as a job reference, she said yes, that she'd give me a glowing report - but she added a question: did I have to move across the country?

Mind you, while I respect and admire this woman, I wouldn't call us bosom buddies or anything like that, so her response really was a surprise. She suggested I check into working for the radio station in Payson, which I'll probably do, but I know their news director has been there forever and I'm not really into the idea of ousting him. (The college district offices are in Payson and it's a dramatically nicer area than where I live now.)

I amDreamin hoping to get all my stuff together so I can take it on the road, and soon. Despite the very nice comment from the college prez, Indy is looking better all the time. I checked into housing, looked at real estate in the town of Anderson, and found my dream home - for about $65K. I kid you not. Red brick, over 3000 sf. Picture at right. Yeah, that one. Fairy tale cottage in the woods stuff. (Mighty big cottage, though. I don't realistically want or need that much space!)

Apparently podunk Arizona isn't the only place where housing prices are low. There were a couple of other places I glanced at in that area that were nearer $25K, and there were junkers available for under $10K. You can't even get a junk place here for that kind of money.

Of course there's no telling what the neighborhoods are like and no telling from online photos if they're legitimately decent, though since virtually ALL of the listings in that community were under $100K, and the average home price in the range of $44K, I'm guessing they're probably not bad. One of the places I am genuinely looking into is in an area around a country club, which is generally a fairly good indication. 1st ChoiceIt's this one. Not sure but looks like that's brick, too - 2br, about 1800 sf. Price? Under $25,000.

Obviously none of these are new homes, but if they're not falling down, I am probably going to check into buying. It's ludicrous not to go for it, if I can get something for that price.

A friend of mine suggested that on my last day of work, I schedule a full day with only one song - Johnny Paycheck's Take This Job And Shove It. As tempting as that is (and yes it is absolutely possible)I won't do it. Nor will I screw up Boss's computer system. I will leave that to him, knowing full well he'll have it toasted in short order after I leave.

I was considering putting off leaving for a few weeks if this job doesn't come through, because Boss was supposed to have surgery any day now. That reasoning doesn't cut it any more, either.

Boss has been to NINE doctors now and every one of them is telling him he has GOT to have his thyroid removed. It's so bad that one specialist wouldn't even touch it, referred him to someone higher in the surgeons' hierarchy. Yet Boss actually made the comment today (well, yesterday technically) that he's not going to rush the surgery. He wants a second opinion. The word of nine doctors isn't enough to convince him.

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )