Saturday, April 2, 2011
Good News & Questionable
Yesterday I found out my pottery was accepted to be on display at the local library here in Citrus County in August. A one person show of sorts I guess. This small feather in my cap has spurred me on to gather more feathers for my art cap in the future. The Gautama Buddha statue you see above is made of solid concrete. I won this at a silent auction for charity in California many years ago. I love the serene look and the details in the hair piled high like a headdress.
The glass display cabinets at the library are 45 h x 22 w x 9.76 d and there are four cabinets. The narrow depth of the cabinet is a bit limiting, but I'll have to work around that. Pots cannot have prices on them. Initially I'm thinking about an educational display about the various techniques I use in making my pottery with some descriptions and photos of the process of pinching, coiling, slab building and some accompanying pots in various stages of completion. What do you think?
Gary had an interview day before yesterday and he's fairly certain he has the job, they'll call him next week. But is this news good or questionable? Gary ran into a driver for the same company yesterday and he was telling Gary they don't pay well. The company is 37 miles from here. It will cost him about $80 per week to drive there and back and that doesn't include wear and tear on his pickup truck plus increased insurance costs.
His truck is a 6 cylinder and gets fairly good mileage. He can't carpool because everyone starts work and gets off at a different time depending on the job they're doing. We can't afford to purchase another car which gets better mileage, even a used one, and we can't afford any loan payments. A motorcycle isn't safe in rainy weather and fuel prices are on the rise.
The cost to get to work will be about a quarter of what he'll make per day if they hire him at the lowest wage they pay. Their health insurance is the same cost as what we're paying now, but without the $10,000 deductible. If Gary works full time he'll loose his social security, but he'll be continuing to pay into that fund. Gary's trying to figure out if it's worth it financially to work there. I think the guy told Gary he has been making the same wage ever since he started there. I could have gotten a job at a bait shop but had to lift 35 pound buckets of bait, not a good idea for me.
Gary noticed orange juice stayed the same price, then he noticed it went from 64 ounces to 59 ounces. Food prices are on the rise. I talked to a real estate agent the other day and home prices are continuing to drop. Predictions are they will continue that way for another two years. Of course they said that two years ago too. I'm starting to see the writing on the wall.