Sunday, October 19, 2008

Get Out The Red Light

'cause I'm gonna need it.

To quote our 'homeowner's warranty' representative, we have 'ruts' in our mainline pipe, which of course are not covered by our warranty. 'Ruts' is right, as in, we are in a financial hemorrhage rut.

Would you like to know how much this is going to cost? I'll bet you would.

Let me preface it by saying that somewhere down the block, someone is having a party where the guests are singing truly terrible country-western karaoke at full volume. It's so loud that we have to talk louder than usual when standing outside in order to hear. There is nothing like getting financial news to the screeching tunes of your local neighbor yodeling out the latest and greatest in the dead country-singer's collection.

The quote is for $3,650. Plus the $75 for today, which was covered by the warranty since it was a diagnostic thing.

Can I tell you how depressed I am right now? We have been trying SO HARD to fight our way out of debt, only to fall deeper and deeper every time we start to make progress. We took out a loan against DH's 401k last year to try and pay off a bunch of stuff, only to find out that we had to move and pay fees, etc on a new mortgage. We found a less-expensive house, only to have the car break and now replace a pipe. If the root situation is actually further away than they think it is (although it shouldn't be, since the only tree near the house is a small one within six feet), it will be even more expensive. It's like I shouldn't even bother to try, because doing so just brings us more misfortune. Maybe if I were a greedy, careless, spendy person, karma would smile on me. As it is, I feel like I have a constant chant in my head saying, 'it's not enough, it's not enough, it will never be enough'.

So, the only thing I can think of is to hang out the red light and stir up some business during the days. At least I would be contributing.


AndreAnna said...

I work and we're still in the same boat. We dig out, we get shit on.

Tis the nature of middle class America right now.

Really effing sucks.

I feel for you. I really really do.

LoriD said...

You know, I feel exactly the same way... like we are destined to always be *just* making it. My husband just got a pretty sweet raise and we both commented that it would likely mean that the roof is about to cave in.

Hang in there.

Rebecca said...

Oh no! I am so sorry! I hope things look up soon!

Cherish said...

That really sucks! Hang in there, things have to eventually come around.

Kelsey said...

Ugh! That really sucks. Every time something like that happens to us, my mom says something obnoxious about the joys of home ownership. So I'm NOT saying that to you. Aren't there days you'd just like to chuck it all and get a condo?

We'd really like to update our bathroom (it's a mess/gross/developing a mold problem) but I'm scared to do it because as soon as we put the money in something major is bound to go wrong in another area!

clueless but hopeful mama said...

Oh girl. I'm so sorry. Is it possible to get another estimate that might be cheaper?? I know when we had to have work done on our gate and one place gave us a staggering estimate, we used Angie's List to find someone reputable who's estimate was half the first guy's.

clueless but hopeful mama said...

I have to correct that last sentence. It should be "whose" not "who's" which I ALWAYS stumble on.


Kristin.... said...

Is the town responsible for maintenance of the line? You may want to contact them to see if the trouble is OFF your property and then the responsibility of the town to take care of.

Middle class America is getting screwed. We're all mostly college educated people and we can't get ahead. So much for a better America. Poop on that.

I'm really sorry.

Swistle said...

I'm sorry. It seems to me that every inflow has an outflow: every time we get any kind of good money (tax refund, raise, etc.), there is immediately a need for it (car breaks down, house needs work, etc.).

Sherendipity said...

I feel your pain. I'd cross my fingers for you, and try to send you good vibes for better luck, but I'm a horrible jinx and would likely just make things worse!!