26 September 2008

Fogging Banks

I love the fall. Who is with me? Our area tends to get socked in by fog in the mornings but the effect is beautifully surreal and makes me think of stillness.

Fall weather inspires me to curl up in a chair and read or bundle in hats and sweaters and take long walks. Or drink coffee. Or put on my Freddy Kruger mask, wield a chainsaw while laughing, and scare the crap out of the kids at the school bus stop.

The news has been depressing with bank after bank getting bailed out by bigger banks. Pretty soon only three institutions will be left standing: Taxpayers Bank, Screw You Bank, and Overdrafts R US Bank. The CEOs will be even more filthy, stinking rich while customers like me are service charged to financial death. Three words: Mon. Opo. Ly.

I used to work for the bank that Chase took over yesterday. I loved my bank but I can't stand Chase. Can't stand them. It's in the way they handle their loans and customer service. There is a good reason they are called 'Chase'. A few years ago they carried one of my home loans and with the loss of hubby's job they went from Helpful Bank to Ready To Rob Their Own Grandma Bank. We are extremely thankful we sold that house before the market bottomed out or worse, Grandma's pearls went missing.

My school is a go for winter. I managed to hear from Financial Aid two days after school started for Fall. With financial backing now, the classes I need are full with waiting lists...unless I'm going to branch out into Cat Hair Macrame 101 or Fun With Fungus 025. Weeks ago, I was advised to un-enroll for lack of funding. I was told my Financial Aid wasn't going to be processed in time. I cried, un-enrolled with dashed hopes for Fall, and resolved myself to starting in Winter.

For those just tuning in, I'm going to be a radiologist when I grown up. It's only taken me 18 years after high school to sort that out. I figure medical careers have job security because no matter the state of the economy, people will always a) have babies, b) take a dirt nap, and c) do stupid things like stick foreign objects in their body. It appears to be a career that will keep my type A personality happy, yet appease my dark humor. Real stories from the trenches look promising.  

I have NO idea how that got in there.

Yeah, talk about some awesome blog material.

Lastly, I'm designing like a fiend and baking for the first time in my life. I'm going to give myself another facelift cause I can and last night I made a rhubarb cobbler. It's edible. Not the blog, the cobbler. I'm so proud.

~Bee likes to wear hats while financing the radiation of Chase people curled in the fog of baking.

21 comments:

Millie said...

My kids are so weird. Every cloudy morning we've had lately, they've walked outside and said, "Oh good, it's cloudy." The fun of raising NW kids.

I'm glad you've figured out what you want to be when you grow up... sometimes I think I need to be on that, too. Then I think, "But it's so much fun to be a drain on my husband's wages." ;)

Good for you - you should be proud.

Kimberly said...

The world is a very scary place these days.

Less so because you're in it though. You. Are. Fab.

DFTF said...

I love Fall too! It's my favorite time of year. Nice face lift. I'm planning a little something seasonal for mine soon too.

Heffalump said...

I knew your financial aid would come through! Someday I will go back to school too...

Mrs4444 said...

This was a perfect Friday Fragments post you know...

I keep forgetting to take my camera with me in the morning! Just today, I saw the most amazing fog pic but cursed my lack of a camera. I'm with you...fall rocks.

Mary Alice said...

I'm glad your funding finally went through. You'll do great...the "adult, non-traditional" students always do ;-)

Lynellen said...

Radiology is indeed a fantastic job, if you can handle medical kinds of work.

Me, I get weak and dizzy when looking at bones. Broken ones make me nauseous. So medicine is not for me, and the only part of radiology that I would be interested in is obstetrical sonography.

Foo said...

Trying to find a silver lining in the whole business with the failing banks, my hope is that the current situation will discourage them from building branches on every available corner. It sickens me to see all those new banks going up, when what I really want is a good neighborhood pub.

Foo said...

P.S. - I miss the bankers' pen.

R said...

Yeah, Dear Sir has me all scared. I mean, the Professor.

Well, I am not all scared, REALLY.

Fall is nice. I am just allergic to it. I took sudafed this morning because I was experiencing such large amounts of misery.

You will do great in radiology. I know it.

McBunni said...

I love the IDEA of fall. It was 90 frickin' degrees here yesterday. When's the jacket weather going to kick in and I can turn off my damn swamp cooler?!?!?

I'm jealous of the cool, bundle-inducing foggyness of your neck of the woods!

holly said...

ME!!! I am with you!!! we don't get fog, but i don't care. fall is lovely no matter where you are.

unless it's hawaii, and they have no fall. they have three seasons:
1) summer;
2) it was just summer; and
3) it's about to be summer again.

cat hair macrame 101 could be lucrative if you strike at the right time.

The Doozie said...

Ok, this post makes little or no sense, and thats not because of you, it's because of me. I'm retarded.

Flip Flop Momma said...

i like fall too, but i ike summer best.

i like your freddie idea. exacute it now.

your lucky u got money 4 school, some people cant even get that now..

good luck, you will be great at reading xrays:)

Jo Beaufoix said...

Our bank is in the middle of being taken over but as we have very little money in it we're not worried. ;D
And Holl, do you really not get fog in Cardiff?? We had a foggy morning this week and it was so pretty, then it got hot and then cold. Worrying really, but still pretty. :D I love your pumpkin. (That sounds a bit rude.)

Jaina said...

I'm so excited to hear that you got your financial aid! Hopefully you can get into the classes you need. :)

... Paige said...

"Bee likes to wear hats while financing the radiation of Chase people curled in the fog of baking."
That is so funny. Ok I'm tired now, not dirt nap tired but maybe stick something in my body tired.

Dapoppins said...

Has anyone ever told you that you are really funny?

Missives From Suburbia said...

The timing of the funding is annoying! Maybe it's time to put on the Krueger mask and pay a visit to your student advisor?

Gorgeous photo.

The Doozie said...

text area is too wide...too wide...Please reduce it to where it was yesterday

sarahgrace said...

Ha ha...I had a friend who used to work in radiology, and she had some rather interesting stories herself...

I'd thought about that possible career choice myself...not a bad one...not a bad one...

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