It's been a long, cold, winter Mikey. Glad I stocked up on Jamesons before Christmas. I ran out of wood pellets for my pellet stove,....in January,...so it's kind of been my alternate, alternate, fuel source since then. If ya know what I mean.
Anyway,...looks like the weather is finally beginning to break out my way.
Suppose to get up to 60 today possibly.
I don't think I remember what 60 feels like. I'm still using my "long johns" everyday.( Which reminds me,....being a Mormon must really get annoying sometimes.) Glad to hear you and Lucy have survived the Winter from Hell. You guys got a good start on us with that 70" + the end of October.
I'm travelling less and less these days. By choice. Still get out now and then. Gonna try and hang in there till 66, which is 5 more years. Ugh! Hey,...could be worse. I see a lot of very smart young people struggling to make ends meet. Especially the ones with kids. You can only stretch a dollar so far,... and everything seems like it's getting so expensive. A decent one bedroom apt in our area is 800-900 per month. Utilities average 250 per month, Car payment-300/month, Car Ins- 175/month, Cell phone- 100/month. Medical coverage through employer-200/month- Gas-200/month, Food-600/month- that means you'd have to net $2725.00/month just to cover the essentials. So,...an 18-20 year old would have to have a job starting at 20.00/hour X 40 hours=$800.00/week
x 4.3 weeks per month= $3440.00 gross per/month. Less 20% Federal, SS, State Tax($688.00)= $2752.00 take home. A 20 dollar an hour job, based on a 40 hour work week, is only 41,600/per year, and should be the absolute minimum wage as far as I'm concerned. I applaud Seattle for passing their minimum $15.00 /hour wage increase,...but frankly,..it's not enough. We've gone from the land of plenty, to the land of not many where jobs are concerned. A Republic,...not an Empire! Lets stop with all the globalist, corporate agendas, and concentrate once again within our own borders,..... on what made this country great to begin with. The people. We've been duped for far too long by the slick media campaigns, false representations, and outright thievery of our government. Based on the presumed candidates for both parties so far,...I don't see much changing too soon either. It's happening right before our eyes Mike,....yet very few see it. Either that or we choose not to see it, and that's even more scar