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FML.
And you people wonder why I'm so miserable all the time.

Took mom's truck in for brake work b/c I heard grinding, and they want $1400 for a caliper, new rotor, brake pads, etc.

My truck is already parked because the plates expired in March, someone broke a window to steal my battery charger, and thanks to the jerk who hit it while parked, a brake light doesn't work.

The place I moved mom to has one bus route that only runs once in the morning, once at night, and never on weekends. So no car is not an option.

Thanks to the bankruptcy to avoid losing her truck, I can't take out any loans for things like this until its complete in 3-5 years.

To top it off, her truck expires this month, so if I was fool enough to keep using it, I still have to park it soon.

Even if I could get my truck fixed for less, I can't drive it anywhere to get repairs because of the expired plates.

I just can't win.
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Naw not at all.  It's super easy.  It's all plug and play, you can't really mess it up.  Just look at the youtubes and they'll walk you through it.  Check out a few forums for any special gotchas with your specific model, but trucks tends to be super easy.
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" The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman."

More proof that one of the best things we can do to change attitudes towards queerness is to simply be out.
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Just learned about bone char in sugar. 😖
I'd switched to "raw" sugar anyway because I like it, but I think I have some of the other stuff in the cabinet.
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Yeah, it's gross
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What are you craving tonight?

30 Chocolate Cake Recipes: http://trib.al/6shdGG8
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I posted that story about the single mother explaining why poor people make the decisions we do, but people still don't get it. We don't always know better, and by the time we do, it's too late. And we get in deeper because life is so hard that you can't deny yourself the little happiness of buying something nice or eating out.

People think you can just live "within your means" like that will get you anywhere. If I didn't have internet at home and nice clothes and a cell phone, I would not have this job; trust me. I posted an article about that, too. People don't listen to sense when they hear it.

There are these microloan websites where you can get a sum of money and sign a contract to the people who lent it to you to repay in certain terms, without dealing with a bank, but my credit is too low even for that. I wasn't even allowed to apply.

Like I told my attorney, high interest installment loans were my only option, and that just made everything worse. When you get down low you need someone to not stick it to you when giving you a hand up, but this far down, that's all there is. Then you end up doing something like bankruptcy because it's your only option left, and your name is mud even after it's "fallen off". So you just get down again because no one lets you start over, or you slip up somewhere and slide all the way down to the bottom again.

It's almost like addiction, but it's not even about something you shouldn't have dipped into and can't control once you've started. The whole setup is rigged from the beginning and you don't know how to play the game until you're too far behind to catch up. (Maybe addiction is like that too. I'm lucky to not know.)
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I've been on boths sides of this point of view...

I grew up in rural Alabama, I attended college but never finished, I declared bankruptcy when I was 21, and I lived on food stamps when I was 23.  I've Pawned things to eat, and taken out payday loans to cover rent. I'm now 47, and I've made a six figure salary since I was 31, which has given me a wonderful home, a substantial retirement account, and no debt. It would be all too easy for me to summarize my life as a rags-to-riches story, and fulfillment of the American dream, and in the naivety of my 30s I did just that!

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I've since come to understand just how much "the System" was there for me.  For every "welfare queen" there are thousands of people, like me, that use the help they receive to improve their life.  I also grew up in a middle-class family, which gave my parents the ability to expose me to the world through travel and education.  It's that exposure, bundled with my intelligence, that enabled me to always see beyond the bad times.  Without that base, my Story would have been very different!

Unfortunately, as a country, we have allowed our founding principles of egalitarianism to be skewed by racism, culturalism, and classism.  As a country, our early mistakes, like Slavery, Suffrage, and Moralism, may be irreparable.  As the gulf between the haves and the have-nots becomes ever wider, can we ever go back to a sense of Unity? Unfortunately, history tells us no.  Two things that history has shown us is that people either need an entirely new place to start a new society, or one system of society must collapse before a new form can be reborn.  But it will be reborn, I have no doubt of that.  Our history is bloody and messy, but as a species we have always managed to save or reconstruct enough of the good; be that wisdom or tools[technology].  It's just so damned sad how much suffering the process entails.
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