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Name: Bertha. What else?
Gender: Female
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Home country: home, sweet home
Current location: Fountain Valley, CA
Member since: Wed Oct 15, 2003, 09:30 PM
Number of posts: 21,475

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I would like to say I'm thankful.

Although our immediate needs are met, although we have more than many, I'm anxious and afraid.

My wife has rightfully decided, after suffering a brain injury that has probably ended her career in IT, to retire. There are (is?) a number of financial problems with this, but the fact is that she needs to retire. I told her that if we have a poorer retirement, so be it. So fucking be it: it is her happiness that is important. Her quality of life. Her enjoyment of life. Her sanity. Those are the important things.

We've said for 15 years that we will move home to Southern California after she retires. But we didn't envision her retiring like this.

We're underwater in our house. I've been reading up on short sales. The thought scares me, but I don't know if housing in this area will improve enough in the near future for us to break even. With the huge, enormous growth of new residences of all kinds surrounding us (where used to exist trees with attendant wildlife), I doubt it. And I don't know if a short sale would even be approved. Since I've been unemployed, we've maxed out our credit, so I doubt this, too.

I haven't worked since July '13. I'm studying to be a medical transcription editor. My goal is to finish by March 31, and to secure employment very soon thereafter. But I don't know how much I'll earn; there's really no way for me to tell at this point.

When we move home, we're merging house with one of my sisters and her daughter. My sister retired early, in July '13 (forced to do so by unendurable working conditions), and she has a small retirement income, but not enough. I don't know how she's squeaking by. Surely she will have found work by the time we move home. My niece, due to some emotional problems, has never worked. (She will be 28 on the 6th.)

I'm anxious and I'm afraid. I'm navigating the worlds of real estate, cross-country moves, merging a home of three cats with a home of ten, moving ten cats across the country, and starting a new career - all without a map.

Did I mention that I'm anxious and afraid?

However, we have

deep love, affection, and respect for each other
a roof, affectionate pets, ample food and clean water, and safe personal transportation
people who love us and whom we love - family and chosen family and friends

and I am deeply, deeply grateful.

How can I be anxious and afraid with all of this? But I am.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Thu Nov 26, 2015, 08:42 PM (3 replies)

questions about traffic law

We were in a bad wreck on Tuesday. A tractor-trailer changed lanes right into me and sent me spinning across all lanes, hitting other cars along the way. I wound up parallel to the jersey wall (fortunately out of traffic) and facing the wrong way. By some lucky wrinkle in the universe, we weren't hurt. Battered and bruised, but no blood, no broken bones, and, surprisingly, no airbags. But I'm afraid they might total my Camry.

The trucker claims that I changed lanes into him. Since we blamed each other, the trooper was required to cite both of us. I was cited for "changing lanes when unsafe" and the citation further states that I "contributed to the accident." That's BS, but it's going to be up to a judge to decide, because I did no wrong.

Does anyone know if it would be good to hire a lawyer for this?

Another question: if I'm found to be the one who caused the accident, will I get a point on my license?

Posted by Bertha Venation | Thu Nov 26, 2015, 10:57 AM (12 replies)

grammar tests suck

I have to identify the agreement error in this sentence:

He complains of abdominal, neck, and chest pain as well as the need for urination, though her Foley was in place.

As I see it, there are two: pronoun agreement and verb tense agreement. (Am I right?) I can only choose one answer.

Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Nov 15, 2015, 01:50 PM (30 replies)

testing/math question (not a math test)

I'm trying to figure out whether it's worth it for me to re-take a test.

I've scored 99% on an exam of 47 questions. If I re-take the test and score 100%, what will be my average score?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Mon Nov 9, 2015, 11:35 AM (3 replies)
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