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Fuel prices

When I'm reading one of the LJ communities, I often see complaints about the price of gas. A few years ago it was over $3 a gallon in some places.

I have to say, buh? I don't understand what the complaints are about. Our petrol prices here are around about $2.50 a litre at the moment. Convert that to gallons, and you're paying about $10 a gallon.

I realise there are a lot of other factors, like minimum wage in the US being about half of ours (we're at $16.50 an hour) in some states but your sales tax is usually around 7 or 8 percent, whereas our GST is 15 percent. On everything. I think there are exceptions to the sales tax in some states.

Our PM is right. NZ customers are being fleeced, but when she takes a look at the books, she really needs to remember that a huge part of the cost is taxes. So the government is one of the ones doing the fleecing.

Yeesh. It's no wonder I can't afford to buy my own food when everything else is so damned expensive.

It's been a while

It's been nearly two months since I posted anything. I just wanted to let you guys know everything's ok. Read more...Collapse )


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Does this make me an awful person?

My mum is seriously ill in hospital with complications from emphysema and COPD. I have been thinking the past couple of days that I should mentally prepare myself but also thinking that if she wants to go, I should let her go. As painful as it is and as hard as it would be to lose her, I hate seeing her in pain. My brother, I think, may not be ready to face it.

We lost our dad 20 years ago to cancer (20 in September) and that was tough enough.

My stepdad is a mess. He tries to pretend he’s fine but I know he’s not coping. He will never be able to cope without her.

So so am I a horrible person for thinking I should let her go? 

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Interview

 
I was interviewed on Access Radio, a community radio station. On a show called Cityscope about my story. Look for the session dated 22 June. 

https://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx…#

If you want to hear it but can't access it, try access radio manawatu, shows, then cityscope. Or this link: 
http://www.accessmanawatu.co.nz/Shows/Show-Details.aspx?PID=e9961396-2922-4f3b-af03-85cafacede52

Crowdfunding

 I have already asked a few people and I am asking again. I really need help with the book project.

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As a preview - Pathways Out of Depression

A couple of people have seen this already but I thought I would show you what I intend to have in my book. I am not going to post more excerpts. If you are interested, I am willing to show you what I have written, but not everything. I still have a lot of research to do, so please bear that in mind.

I posted the introduction to my writing blog: Introduction
Hi guys,

I know it's a lot to ask, but I am hoping you guys would be able to help me out with donations to my book project. Money raised will help with costs of gathering stories and promoting the book.

I think this book is so important, not just for New Zealanders, but for everyone who is going through depression, or who supports someone with depression.

The donations go through a crowdfunding platform called Boosted. The link is here: Boosted - Pathways Out of Depression.

I'm not sure if you will be able to get access if you're overseas, but it's worth a shot.

Writing Tally

I haven't done one of these in ages.

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My birthday present

I think I mentioned in a previous post I would say something about this.

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Rant about glasses

Sorry for the two posts in one day, but this is bugging me.
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