As much as I hate to do this I’m once again standing here with my hat out hoping some of you folks have a couple of bucks you can toss in. I am currently employed doing PC refreshes for a chain of banks, but it only pays $13 an hour and will only last through the month of September. Plus the folks who decided on which areas we’d be working in seem to think that Lansing and Royal Oak are local to Ann Arbor. That means that this week I’ve been making 150 mile round trips to Lansing to do my job and even in a Honda Civic that’s about 2 and a half trips on a single $27 tank of gas. Last week I only managed to get 16 hours as I had to take two days off to fight a cold so the paycheck was only about $183 after taxes.
Now this week I’ve managed to get in a full 40 hours and I should be getting a decent amount back on mileage, but I’m also looking at a deficit of close to $400 in bills with next month’s rent due in 11 days. We’ve been juggling bills pretty well lately, but the month of August is always rough. I still need to renew the tags on both my cars as my birthday is next Wednesday and I’m going to be using the $70 in birthday money I got from family so far to help pay for that. Looking ahead to this week’s work schedule it’s not clear that I’ll manage another solid 40 hours. At the moment I’ve got around $126 in the checking account that has to last me until next Friday and I still need to buy more gas for the trips to Lansing this week.
So here I am again asking you guys for your generosity. Times are rough for everyone so if you can’t afford to part with any money I completely understand and I don’t want anyone feeling obligated to donate. But if you’ve got a spare buck or two and feel like I’ve given you some mildly amusing and/or informative reading material then I’d be very grateful if you could lend a hand. Some of you have already donated more than once and I can’t begin to tell you how eternally grateful I am for your assistance. I’m very sorry that I have to ask again.