My son got a job!
Did I mention … my son got a job!
The long eight month nightmare of him going back to college with certain understandings in place about his responsibilities and ours and him making a halfhearted effort to fulfill his, while making sure he had plenty of time for the fun part of being away at college … it is finally over.
My son got a job!
And, in other news, in the last few days I have submitted a short story for publication and also submitted the first part of Northville Five and Dime (which could be a stand alone novella or the first in a three-parter) to another contest — the winner of which gets a publishing contract.
Some of the blogger/writers I follow talk about submitting. There is a Facebook page I follow that has regular posts about writing contests and journals looking for submissions. And all of that finally hit a crescendo. I decided it was time to get back out there and see if something can happen.
And in other, other news …
Did I mention, my son got a job! I have to say this. His “effort” over the last eight months came very close to ending our relationship. I just hope he can keep the damn thing.
Back to the other news. After leasing a Nissan Leaf for three years and loving the lack of any trips to a gas station and hating the limited range (no more than an 80 mile round trip without charging), I got a new car this weekend. The next best thing. A Chevy Volt. Which really is a better thing for me. It has an electric drive train with a batter that produces about 50 miles of range between charges — more than enough for me to get to and from work every day. So, my daily commute will still be entirely electric. But, it also has a gas-powered engine that will extend the range another 350 miles. This gives me the flexibility to go places on the weekend without inconveniencing my wife, who still drives a regular old gas-powered dinosaur. 😉
I realized something over the past few weeks as I looked forward to making the car change. The limits the Leaf placed on me was having a negative impact on me. I couldn’t get out to the places I really wanted to get to on weekends, so I didn’t go anywhere. That’s all going to change now.
And … hey, did I mention that my son got a job!!!!!!!!!!! You cannot believe how happy this makes me. Although I’m still incredibly frustrated at what he has done, not just over the past eight months, but the last few years. There’s some serious repair that needs to happen there — from both of us.