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Drew, debt, and done
The guy in the background of this shot:
had his last day at Drew after many great years of service. I'd worked with him in a few different positions around campus, but his last role was in the Registrar's office. This was useful, as my abusive history with my employer prevented me from registering in the normal fashion. I brought my last registration form to his farewell gathering, and it was the simultaneous end of two eras.

For those new to the story, financial background, they insist on suing me, I petition the faculty after the lawsuit, they let me take classes again, I have issues registering.

Years ago, when I started taking classes again, I thought I would be paid off and graduating at the same time, last May. Got my math wrong, pulled a runstaverun, and instead I'll be done with all of my requirements after this fall semester - assuming I pass French. Done with classes in December, walking in May 2008, only twelve years after I first enrolled. Better late than never, eh?

That's the academic side of things. Financially? I had pulled another runstaverun, and hadn't gotten a form or two in. The past couple months I'd been paying them for a debt that didn't really exist, once the forms went through. So instead of me owing my employer money, as I have for almost a decade now through court and arguments and asshattery, they owe me over a grand. I think I might need "the protection of the court."

Yeah, that means I'm debt-free. From homeless, carless, jobless, and getting my ass sued off to being cleared of debt and about to graduate. I guess, well, I can start my life now.

My credit's still shot to utter shit. I can't even get a credit card to contribute to shmivejournal's experiment. No house, no new car, no condo or apartment that's doing a serious credit check. But I'm going to have even more money rolling in, and a giant monkey off my back.

Maybe I'll rent a parking spot in the garage catty-corner from where I live.

Current Location: Drew University, Madison, NJ
Feeling: good good
Listening to: KMFDM, Material Girl

Chorus of 15 demons || Preach it
Comments
noone7212 From: noone7212 Date: August 15th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Where's "the guy in the background" going to go now?
kingfox From: kingfox Date: August 15th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
He's going to get his BFA from a nearby university. We'll miss him, but I'm sure he won't be a complete stranger.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 16th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
any chance you might have contact details you could shoot me? i was actually thinking JUST TODAY i wanted to get in touch with said person.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: August 16th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Why sure, anonymous person, I'll just email you at unknown@anonymous.shh!
kikibird From: kikibird Date: August 15th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Awesome! rock rock!
kingfox From: kingfox Date: August 15th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Entirely agreed! Free at last, free at last, thank Bob almighty I am free at last!
doughnutman From: doughnutman Date: August 15th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
congrats! Are you going to throw a huge party to celebrate your new found freedom?
kingfox From: kingfox Date: August 15th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
There was talk of that, but at this point we're getting close to the start of the semester. Ideally, I get a time machine, fill out my forms on time, and have the party after the last bit was paid. Eh.

Either way, I'm having a huge party for my graduation.
daylami From: daylami Date: August 16th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC) (Hard link)

congratulations, dude!

You are my new hero.

I have crappy credit too, though it's supposed to be getting better... it sucks to know that my coworkers deliver my mail see all the junk mail I get from predatory lenders and whatnot ("HEY! WE HEARD YOU HAVE BAD CREDIT!" splashed across the envelope) thanks to a combination of Sallie Mae and me being stupid (which itself involves Sallie Mae) and the concurrent fire + wrath of the Dept. of Education. Your good debt-free vibes give me further inspiration to have that crap paid off in three years. 8)
kingfox From: kingfox Date: August 16th, 2007 06:13 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Thanks!

Heh, people aggressively paying down their own debt deserve far more credit and respect than I do. While I tried to pay down my debt the proper way, it ended up being a court-ordered mandatory wage garnishment that got my debt down so fast. Those who hold off on nice dinners/toys/whatever for a month or three to batter down their balance faster are the real heroes. Or something.

I don't even get bad credit mailings. I think even those companies laugh at me.
idunn From: idunn Date: August 16th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC) (Hard link)
So, the obligatory congratulatory cries of "whoooo debt-free!" aside ...

But hey, credit woes aside, life is grand! I'm going to teach you French and you're going to borrow my BSG DVDs. Though I'm still lost as to how that arrangement is fair.

Buy me a pony.
idunn From: idunn Date: August 16th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Please to be noting also that after midnight, I turn back into a pumpkingo slightly retarded due to sleep deprivation, hence my comments aren't always the most coherent.

But seriously, for the French I'll still gladly take the pony.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: August 16th, 2007 06:09 am (UTC) (Hard link)
It's perfectly fair! You'll be able to take pleasure in enriching my life with regards to the joy of BSG, all for helping me through the misery and torture of the French language. Makes sense, right? I mean, why would a seven foot tall wookie live on a planet full of ewoks?

You can ask mystedraveneyes, she'll confirm that warlocks know ponies.
idunn From: idunn Date: August 16th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC) (Hard link)
You mean the inherent grace and sexiness of the French language.

I mean, once you speak it. Getting to proficiency does involve lots of misery and torture. But hey, look on the bright side, you have me and not Hess. Anyway, drop me a line when I'm back from Canada and we'll do fun stuff and it will be awesome.

Pony, dammit.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: August 16th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I do like French. I like the concept of French, and appreciate the culture of most French-speaking countries and their shared linguistic heritage. I just haven't been good at foreign languages. Took French through middle school, high school, and my first time at Drew. Every time I got mediocre grades, even while acing everything else. It's what held me back from honor roll every year I took it in high school, and I was on the honor roll for the rest of my time there.

I've got _yggdrasil and Placet-Kouassi. And, really, all I need to do is pass. Getting a good grade would be nice, but passing means graduation.

I'll call you when you're back. Have a great time in Toronto.

Hmmm, maybe dating a Québécois is the answer to my academic worries, though the accent would be all wrong.
Chorus of 15 demons || Preach it