Chapter 5. Running to Stand Still

Was I actually seriously considering working part-time fast food hours to save enough money for Christmas gifts, simply because it was September and I had less money than I had at the start of the year? For someone making just shy of $50,000 a year, was this really going to help make ends meet, or was it to continue to fund a lifestyle that exceeded what I brought in? I thought about it. Then I lifted my pen and started to fill out the application.

September 2004

I wound up not taking that nonsensical fast food job. I simply didn’t go to the interview. But the point is still obvious. I was running in place. I didn’t have enough money.

How could this possibly happen? I held a college degree and had a full-time ...

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