Living Large on the Cheap

Life is a contradiction.  Or maybe it’s just a balance of where to allocate resources of time and money.  On the one hand my life is by some standards, impoverished.  On the other, I feel so privileged I’m almost embarrassed.

My car is for sale again on ebay.  http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160654562870&ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:MOTORS:1123

If I succeed in selling it, I’ll be riding my bike or the bus or bumming rides.  I love this car but I’m excited about no longer having a car to worry about.  I have gotten out of the habit of needing it and it deserves someone who will look after it the way I used to.  It’s a converted vegoil.

And then, yesterday, I got a pedicure.  Yup, I know, girly.  I had tried painting my own toenails while I floated down the sloughs (multi tasking driving and grooming) but I forgot they were still wet and was steering with my foot when I realized I’d gotten toenail polish all over my tiller.  At that point the polish was, let’s say, textured.  Not what you want in a toenail polish.  Plus I had just painted over the dirt on my frequently bare toes.  So I let the professionals take care of me in “Rio.”

     This is how they sent me    home.  I wasn’t allowed to put my shoes on.  Good thing I wasn’t driving!

 

 

 

 

 

Now I look like a grown up
with cute toes instead of a feral Delta Rat.  I may eat canned ravioli, but my toes are awesome.

All frivolity aside, seems to me that I heard a story on NPR about a tent city of people who had been visited by disaster and were refugees.  The women set up a beauty salon and traded whatever they had to get their hair and nails done.  It may sound like a strange priority, but the pampering made them feel cared for, and it reminded them of better, more secure times.  It gave them courage.  That’s worth something.

3 Responses

  1. I think it is great that you have parked the car so to speak. I think you are on a great path and really enjoy your blog.

  2. Hey, lady! I just found your blog, but I’ve read your comic for months. I am always so excited to read about other young women who live aboard.

    And ps? You’re auctioning off my dream car. Good thing you don’t live in Baltimore, or I might have had to snap that car up!

    • Hey LiveAboard, aaargh, and pass the rum, and all that.
      I should really link the blog and the cartoon, huh? My tech savvy has it’s limits. I’ve bookmarked your site and look forward to exploring it. Thanks for the shout out.
      Cynthia

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