Dashing Knight, although recovering from a wretched illness, nobly and dutifully withdrew all the coins given unto him from his regular laboring (1100 coins) and also his stipends mentoring a squire (300) and gave them to Merry Maid to deposit in their joint account. Dashing Knight is nervous in doing so, but trusts Merry Maid with all his heart.
Merry Maid is very tempted to send these coins to the moneylenders immediately in order to reduce interest. But for the nonce, these coins are acting as a supplement to their existing 1500-coin emergency fund because the magical air cooling device in their rental keep is over 30 years old. Also, the repairman estimated a minimum of 5,000 coins would need to be spent to replace the: they-don't-make-ACs-like-that-anymore (it's in the ceiling) magical cooling device.
So for now, Merry Maid will not waver from the path and on the 1st of next month, her secretary, AutomaticBillPay, will pay all of the bills and will send what's leftover to the moneylenders.
June 19th, 2007 at 10:32 pm
June 20th, 2007 at 01:30 am 1182303042
If your abode is a rental keep, why is not the Evil Landowner handing over the coin to repair the magical unit?
June 20th, 2007 at 01:39 am 1182303550
June 20th, 2007 at 02:11 am 1182305510
Futhermore (ist?), why don't you purchase 2 window units much cheaper from Home Depot and use them and take them with you when you move??
June 20th, 2007 at 03:28 am 1182310127
June 20th, 2007 at 06:16 pm 1182363411
Might thou tryest ye olde Craigslist? Forsooth, thou mayest not find an AC to fit in the ceiling, but if there be windows in your abode, thou mayest find some units that will suffice. Either that, or Home Depot.
July 8th, 2007 at 10:18 pm 1183933108
Sorry, Everyone, I've been away and haven't responded earlier. I've worked well over 100 hours per week since I published this chapter. The first week I worked in Houston and at least published another chapter that I had already written. But then I went to Dallas where, until Dashing Knight came up last night, I couldn't log on to the internet in the hotel. He fixed my computer for me a couple of hours ago. (Aren't fiancees great??)
I own a condo free and clear in Houston and I rented it out when I moved to SC to take my new job. When I got transferred back to Houston, my renters were in the middle of their lease. They're paying way above market level and don't want to move. As we'll be moving away from Houston (hopefully) in May, it didn't make sense to kick them out (even if I could have, since they're in the middle of their lease). So that's why I have rented an apartment -- and yes, the evil landlords are Evil! Forsooth! The stories we could tell!
Not that you wanted to know all that.
I had the AC checked out by someone I trust. It's over 30 years old. It's just a matter of time before it needs serious work. I hate the thought of tapping into the line of credit that I have. If it weren't for the threat of the AC going out, I would get rid of the line of credit, just like Dave Ramsey suggests! But I have a responsibility to the tenants, and this may sound stupid, but keeping the line of credit open just feels like the right thing to do. I have a sense of rightness about, even though I agree 100% with Dave Ramsey about cutting up the credit cards. I'm not brave enough yet to close the line of credit! I can't wait for that day.
Annab, what a great idea! I've never used Craigslist. It never occurred to me to try it for something like an AC unit. Thank you for the suggestion!