Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Great Unknowns

There are a few unknowns in my life right now and they are impacting my life.

One is the gas price. It keeps on fluctuating, which makes it difficult for me to calculate whether I should rent a car for my drive to work 1x a week or just take my car. I drive a small SUV so with over 100 miles each way, it is sometimes worth it to rent a compact car for the day.

Second is the internet. I need internet for my work to telecommute. I thought we were outfitted with wireless cards but, nope, just the network cards. For some reason, I live in THE only building in the apartment complex that is under the graces of Comcast. Not only is Comcast ridiculously priced ($59.99 a month? really?!?), I hate their customer service. I do have free internet thanks to a neighbor with a wifi network, but it does drop quite often. I must put a price on my patience and see if it is worth it to have a reliable connection for $59.99 a month. I do have 3 weeks or so before the scheduled installation date (ridiculous, right?) so I have some time to decide. Since I want to keep my utility costs under $50, I am leaning towards testing my patience.

Third is my health. I came down with a really bad case of kidney infection last weekend and I am still in the process of recovering from it. Although the medications have been fairly cheap so far, I am sure the school insurance will fight tooth-and-nail to say that it should not be covered because I went to a local clinic instead. This is ridiculous because although the walk-in clinics are open 24/7, no doctor was available over the weekend and even the nurses said they couldn't really help me. That should be a fun fight.

Fourth is my computer. I do not trust anything Microsoft and Vista on my Parallels filed, which doesn't make me a happy camper. I have decided to just suck it up and purchase Mac:Office, which is a hefty $340.

K, enough ranting. I will write more soon on happier topics.

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