Knowing something is going to happen doesn’t mean you’re ready when it does. It comes down to cost determing the size of the hammer. The rules to get relief or help forces the suspension of a work ethic. The hole gets deeper. Yes some climb out. College becomes cheaper. Resources for that ease of access gets harder. The class needed to move forward doesn’t match the bus schedule. the dependance on another student to get somewhere. In an urban environment this is not the barrier rural students face. Access. For me it’s more basic. Friday the shutoff notice for my utilities arrived. For Monday. I’ve heard it typical for people in financial situations to stop opening the mail. I opened it. Just made it worse. The constant stress of watching the odometer because your gas gauge doesn’t work. Deciding what are the necessary trips adds to the commutative stress. America built it’s infrastructure around cars. Unless you happen to live in a city or town designed with walking in mind, the distance between work, home and school demands a car. The cost of having a car, insurance, gas and maintenance, exposes the class divide. People who have no need for the bus fight to keep a bus line from coming through their neighborhood. NIMBY.
It’s not a race issue. It’ a values issue. Housing value, better schools and perceived safety cluster those at graduated levels of resources. What can we afford. The battle for any extension of public transportation always centers on fear. A single act of stupidity over rides any other data showing it’s false assumption. An emotional response will always override reason. There are only two groups of people that own multiple cars, the very rich and the poor. For different reasons. This what I hear at gas stations near my neighborhood, $5 on 2. Or any any variation of that number. Those that can fill up use pay at the pump. Pre pay or Card. The basic assumption of trust has been eroded by stark need. Trust has shrunken to basic tribal levels. What’s the answer?
Mine is to accept that simplifying is my only option. It’s an easy step to make. Years of not having certain things has put me outside of current culture. No cable or satellite. Dealing with slow internet from a WiFi hotspot. An older laptop. Never owning any type of game console. A bare bones prepaid smart phone. Compare that with the bombardment of what is expected according to advertising in the media. When others are choosing this way of living, it has been mine for years. Soccer is my main passion. All the European or domestic leagues are all add on packages to basic cable. That explains my irrational attitude for the lower levels of the game. It’s something I can experience in person. At a lower cost. And being in the crowd not just hearing through a surround sound system. Priceless.
There’s a chance of employment from a job fair which took the last of my gas. I ponder this finishing up cold coffee. Another skill learned. Savoring every sip. Try it. See how long it takes to finish. Now it’s time for a Boy Scouts with my son.