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Things had really turned around. My birthday had been a hit, I was looking good, I had a small, but nice, apartment, I was working in a job I liked and was making money. Yes I was still having problems with my car and charging the repairs just as I was charging the dental work being done but I was paying cash for almost everything else which certainly was a change. The only fly in the ointment was the day I was called down to the office and was informed that my rent had gone up over $100 a month and that I owed $999 for November to March! I don't know what I said or did but after talking to Janice, who was in charge of apartment residents at the time, I was able to get that debt down in half plus I told her since my rent is based on what I make I would have to submit my income each month so I don't end up owing so much money at one time. It drove me crazy that the more I worked the more money I made andthemore rent I had to pay. I was paying an extra $100 a month just to work. One thing though that was to my advantage is that after you have lived here for a year you could put your name on a list for a larger 1 bedroom apartment for when it became available. It would take 4 years but I have now lived in the larger apartment for 9 years and paying less rent because I am not working--but more about that later. The good thing is that when a new administrator took over 3-4 years ago that advantage was taken away and people who move into a studio apartment are stuck there no matter what rent they pay. Again, more about that later! In May I had a major car problem which cost me only $398 plus rental car plus I had to get a new transmission. At the end of the month I had to bring it in again and the note in my diary says, "picked up car--only $1022--between this and last week and rental cars it only cost me $1,541.68 but I did pay cash for the rentals!" These 'onlys' were adding up and most was going on credit cards. Still going to theatre--saw Jim Bailey starring as Bette Davis in "Jezebel and Me" which was really bad but then I did go see the movie "Gladiator" which was a winner! Nancy was in town and we, including Gino, went to Catfish Dewey's (still open) for dinner. Idid see a note saying I took a $3000 advance on a credit card to pay off all my other credit cards. I was just working weekends and doing the whole theatre, movies and eating at restaurants thing and began putting a little weight on. I started going to the pool to swim an hour every day which helped. The thing I was going crazy with, as I saw I did it again, was to take cash advances to pay off other credit cards. Jim, Bob, Gino and I went to the China Bowl (open) for dinner and then the White-Willis Theatre that Dorothy opened in Tamarac to see her production of "I'm Not Rappaport". I was still smoking a couple of cartons a week, going to the Indian reservation, and was floored that they had gone up to $10 a carton!

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