Life has lost some of its savour now that I am expecting no further packages from Amazon as my Retirement Lucky Bag is now complete and the contents are in my hot little hands.
The camera stubbornly refuses to do what it should be doing – apart from taking rather good pictures that is. But the extras that it should be doing; connected to GPS and Internet are not forthcoming. Yet.
I have not yet succumbed to asking Toni for his help, as that is one admission of technological failure too far. Yet.
In a Great Change from previous years the scumbag de nos jours are no longer the obnoxious neighbours but Dutch people: loud, inconsiderate and dirty, they have become the new hate figures in our local society.
A society which has just become more expensive to join as our landlords have decided, in the face of universally falling prices as a result of the chaos of the economic situation in Spain, to increase our rent. An incentive, if ever there was one, to look around at alternatives to where we are living at present.
If any move is even contemplated then there has to be a “rationalization” of what we own and have in the house. Basically the logistics come down to books and how many I am determined I am to take with me to the next stage of our life here in Catalonia.
A first swift look around at what is on offer to rent in this area seems to indicate that prices are not reflecting the fact that the vast majority of people in work are taking hit after hit to their salaries so that after a period of stasis as far as payment for work is concerned we are now well into a series of pay cuts. And our landlord raises the rent! As Toni said, this is how the rich become richer!
I have, at long last, had the courage to unpack the bags in the boot of the car which contain the detritus of my clearing out my cupboards in school. My two mugs have been placed in the dishwasher and I have thrown away those things which I know will not stand the test of time.
There is yet another collection of books which have been disgorged from the bags which have absolutely no chance of being put away with the degree of respect that their content demands. My books are double and sometimes triple stacked as it is and I cannot.
Something has to give.