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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A "Real" Job?

I have to say that I LOVE my little bug, there is nothing like driving someone elses car for a day to make me realize how great my rattly, bone jarring, bouncy little bug is. :)

Yesterday I had to go into town, something I don't do very often. I usually bum a ride with someone when I have to go into town, right now my bug is not street legal, no tags, no inspection so I can't drive it outside the neighborhood (all the roads where I live are private roads so one can drive anything in any condition, legal or not)... I was loaned a truck to go into town.

Now as to why I had to go into town... I actually had a job interview, gasp!. The interview and paperwork were merely a formality, I was hired before I ever got there. One of the ladies who lives nearby is going in for back surgery, she will need someone to come in for a couple of hours a day to do the things that she will not be able to do until she is healed up, She asked me if I wanted to do it, she said I would get paid an hourly wage, I said "sure". All it will entail is cooking meals, dishes, laundry, general straightening up, and any physical help she may need.

She loaned me her truck to drive into town to do the interview and paperwork with the home care agency she uses. She told me that I could do any shopping I needed while in town, so I did. I hit several stores, the dollar store, the grocery store and the hardware store. Stocked up on some essentials and came home. It was dark when I got home so I kept the truck at my house overnight, it's not a good idea to drive around where I live after it gets dark, it's rare to find any of the locals driving around either once the sun goes down. The reason is because of the animals, deer, donkeys and other critters that move around in the dark, if you hit one, it will tear your car up, not to mention if something goes wrong, you break down, it's going to be a long, dark, cold walk home, not something I relish doing.

I just got back from taking the truck back and getting my bug. Again I say, I love my bug, it works so well out here on these mountainous dirt roads, I am sitting much closer to the ground (I used to drive a mid-sized and a full sized truck, so I don't mind sitting up high), plus feeling like I have more control for turning and stopping makes me feel so much more secure while driving.

So after my friend has her surgery, I'll be "employed" for a while, making a real paycheck with taxes being taken out and everything. The taxes coming out will be a good thing, I do claim my "barter" that I get from the Country Store, with the changes in the tax laws, I don't know if I would have to pay in this year, so having taxes coming out night offset that.

I don't know how long I'll be doing this "job", for now it's 21.5 hours a week, so it will not interfere with working at the Country Store. My friend told me that she qualifies for home care now, and would continue to qualify after the surgery, so it seems that I can do this for as long as I want to, so we will play it by ear for now.

Did I mention that I love my bug?

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  1. Hey Wretha, mountain woman. Congrats on the job! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Thanks G, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving too! :)

  3. Hey, gotta go with what works on the roads in your neighborhood!

    As far as the "job", I hope going back into the job thing works out for you...

    I hope you and the DH have a safe and happy turkey day!

  4. Thanks HermitJim, yeah no one drives around here after dark if they can get out of it. :)
    As far as the job goes, it should be a one off thing, probably not something I will continue, the other thing is it's more of a favor for a friend kind of thing, I wouldn't do it for someone I didn't know.

    Have a happy turkey day! :)

  5. I always wanted a bug. My Dad said when I could pay for it "buy it". Back then ONLY $2500 shiny new! Nope, never could afford one.

    A part-time job is not bad. I cut back to 3 days a week in January and love my 4 days off!

    Keep on keeping on MWW!

  6. Sounds like a good job! I had a bug in college and loved it!

    I would like working at the country Store too, although I would probably spend my paycheck there and not bring anything home.

    She sounds like a very nice lady, to lend you her truck. Good luck!

  7. TexasMan, I have had one other bug, a bit older than the one I have now, back in the mid 80s, I remember it wouldn't start, you had to push start it, I lived in a very hilly city at the time, so it was generally not a problem, oh did I mention, I was the one who pushed it? I didn't know how to drive a standard, so my (then) hubby sat in the bug while I pushed, fortunately they don't weigh much, as long as we were on a hill, it was a snap.

    Sheryl, that's funny because I work for barter at the Country Store, I don't get paychecks, so essentially I DO spend my "paycheck" there...

    Yes, my friend is a very nice lady. :)


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