Re: I'm taking my marbles and going home...

Subject: Re: I'm taking my marbles and going home...
From: "John Fleming" <johntwrl -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 01:03:00 +0000

On Tue, 13 Aug 2002 11:31:44 -0700, while chained to a desk in the scriptorium, cheek1 -at- sbcglobal -dot- net wrote:

$I wanted to echo John Gilger's comments:
$$20/hr brings in about $2700/month after taxes and cheapest insurance. I
$have worked in Silicon Valley for eleven years. I have a $2000/month
$mortgage for a smallish house with a 60 mile commute (this is normal for
$this area). Since gas and electricity are furnished by PG&E, these run in
$the neighborhood of $200/month. Gas for my commute costs at least
$$100/month, etc. If you own a house in most regions of California where
$there is work, $20/hr will not allow you to keep that house. Sadly, $20 to
$$40/hr is now the going rate for most Tech Writing contracts here. The
$solution, of course, is to be a dual-income family with roughly $1500/month
$in childcare expenses.

Thanks for giving me another handful of reasons to count my blessings.

My modest one-bedroom apartment is setting me back the equivalent of about $400US per month. Water, heat and electricity are included in the rent.

I live a twenty-five minute walk from work.

And as long as I don't really screw up, it looks like I can work where I am for the forseeable future.

Sure, the work isn't exactly technical writing, but the bills are paid, I can put a bit of money aside every month, and since this is the second time I have worked for this unit in this department in this organization, it gives me a wonderful, built-in reference on my resume next time I am hunting for work.

John Fleming
Technical Writer and SAS Programmer
Edmonton, Canada

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