That was supposed to be a question, actually. The answer: My transportation situation has improved. I ditched the malfunctioning 1997 SUV. It ditched me, if the truth is to be told. This happened a couple of months ago -- right after I went to court and paid a fine for expired tag. I poured a lot of money into the Ford, trying to get the Check Engine light to go out so I could pass inspection. Not four days later, the radiator and the engine both blew. The repairs would have run me about $1100 and I decided right then and there that it was not worth it, and I was going to have a newer and more fuel-efficient car, no matter what it took.
Next project to tackle: A part-time evening/weekend job. I've applied at a number of retailers, but they always want you to apply online...and then your application appears to disappear down a black hole. What's the remedy?