Confessions of a Laid-off Lawyer

Just Your Average Joe Blogging Away His Debt—In One Year or Less

Blogging From the Bathtub

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Total Black: $1,029.83
Total Red: $231,341.81

Yes.  I am blogging from the bathtub.  With a bit of ingenuity, I can post via my iPhone.  The last time I had to do this, in Miracles of Modern Technology, my internet service had been suspended.  This time it’s nothing so frustrating. In fact, pay came through today, allowing me to pay my cell phone bill, which restored my service.  Without that, I might have had another day without a post.  Or not.  In New York City there are still some places where you can buy internet access. 

Yes, I am in New York. No, I didn’t cut short my trip to Scranton.  I remembered as the bus was departing Newark, New Jersey on Thanksgiving morning that I had forgotten to pack the Pennsylvania bar admission paperwork.  I need a Pennsylvania judge to sign it and I had made arrangements for a judge in Scranton I interned for to sign for me.  It’s due in four days.  So I figured I’d have to hop a local day-trip bus back to the city to get the paperwork and then take it back to Scranton.  But today New World Stages emailed to ask if I could cover a shift.  After thinking it over, I said I’d do it.  So I borrowed my mother’s car, stopped at the store and bought groceries—much cheaper than in Manhattan—and drove back to my apartment.  I figured if I have to go back to Manhattan anyway why not make a little money there while I’m at it.  So now I’m relaxing in the tub after a long day.  I spent the morning and afternoon scrubbing my mother’s kitchen and bathroom floors.  She’s become a Swiffer mom lately, so I don’t want to think of when the floors last saw water.  And as she’s still recovering from surgery, I thought I’d help out.  I’ll be heading back to Scranton tomorrow afternoon.

Already today I sent another fifty dollars to each of my five credit accounts.  I also sent fifty dollars to the credit card my mother let me use to pay the New York state tax lien.  I also had to pay nearly five hundred dollars to SallieMae.  I was 110 days behind! I didn’t know it had been that long.  Not sure how they calculate such matters, however, since I sent two fifty dollar payments and a one hundred dollar payment all within the last month.  Plus my mother made a payment in October.  I’ll have to call them on that one.

For now, I’m off to soak in the tub.

Written by Laid-off Lawyer

November 27, 2009 at 23:24

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