Nature abhors a vacuum is a postulate attributed to Aristotle, who theorized a belief that nature contains no vacuums because the denser surrounding material continuum would immediately fill the rarity of an incipient void. “Rarity of an incipient void”. Yep, that’s my life in an indecipherable physics theory. Lack of job and commute should have created about a 60 hour a week void in my activities and commitments. It hasn’t. Where did it go? A fair amount of the theoretical void is well-spent time with my daughter, exploring, walking, and creating. But I did have expectations that I would get more projects done around the house, which hasn’t happened. I whittle away at them; I coerce my daughter a la Tom Sawyer (washing windows is FUN!). But my “to do” list continues to grow. On the bright side, my coloring and painting have improved!
So what do you do when you no longer have an income? Find new ways to save or “create” money. Creating money is a little different than earning money. It’s taking that pile of scrap metal in the garage (I don’t know why) and the old catalytic converter laying by the back door (ditto) to the local metal recycler. $19.. Cha-ching! What can I say, it’s the little things. Saving money is easy; not turning into a pinchpenny is harder. Car insurance… did you know its cheaper if your car is a “pleasure” vehicle? Driving anywhere with a 4 y.o. on the verge of a sugar-low-meltdown is not a “pleasure” (note to self: stock aforementioned pleasure-mobile with snacks) but it still beats a 50 mile round trip commute.
A note on switching costs. Switching barriers or switching costs are terms used in microeconomics, strategic management, and marketing to describe any impediment to a customer’s changing of suppliers. To date, my switching cost has been primarily time to research and implement a change, and the fear of the time it will take to change it again if it doesn’t work out. Switched so far for cost savings: electric supplier, car insurance, health insurance, and cell service. Still to be tackled phone/internet “bundling”… but who has that much free time?!
3AM and wide awake- due in no small part to the delicious celebratory Indian dinner at Thali but also a brain in overdrive. How can the song “I’m a Gummy Bear”, a plan for building a solar chicken coop (probably the subject of a future blog), and a list of Things I Have To Do On My Last Day, all be going on in there at one time?! Throw in further contemplation of a rather deep discussion over dinner as to whether my companions and I had peaked in our careers. We concluded that we probably had. After all, for the last 6 years I have worked on, Contributed To, the development of Yervoy, an immuno-oncology therapy that’s giving melanoma patients the possibility of survival. This is probably a once in a lifetime achievement and I’m pretty proud of it. To my dad, who succumbed to melanoma in 1984, this career was for you.