Aphelion Editorial 106
by Dan L. Hollifield
The Usual Rant from the Aphelion Senior Editor
Start planning for ApheliCon 3 in May of 2007!
Having a cold is no fun, but I guess that if that's all I've got
to complain about then I must be doing pretty well, all things
considered. I've been under the weather for a couple of weeks now, but
I'm starting to feel much better. I hope that by the time the
Thanksgiving holidays are over and I go back to work that I'll be 100%
again. I've managed to battle the germ back to just general aches and a
stuffy nose. I can cope with that.
Those of you who know me well will have spotted the anomaly in
the previous paragraph. I can just hear the wheels spinning now...
"Wait a minute - He works rotating shifts... He doesn't *get* holidays
off. What gives?" Well, it seems that there's this slump in the housing
industry here in the US. People were building new houses like madmen
all year. Then in September, they slowed down for the coming Winter
months. The company that I work for is somewhat overstocked with
insulation at the moment. They're cutting back a little on making new
insulation in order to try and get the present inventory cleared out of
the warehouses. So the company has shut down all of its factories
during the Thanksgiving holidays, and will do so again during the
Christmas holidays. What does that mean? It means that I - and several
thousands of co-workers - will be getting two extra vacation weeks this
year. All expenses un-paid, of course.
So if you've been putting off buying new fiberglass insulation
to add to what's already in your attics and floors, now is a good time
to rush out and buy some! You'll be making your homes more energy
efficient, and putting me back to work at the same time. Both are good
things, in the long run. Your heating bills will be lower this winter,
and your cooling bills lower next summer. Plus you'll be making sure
that I can afford all the little extras in life, like electricity,
running water, house payments, and- Oh, things like internet access...
OK, now that we've all had a good laugh, you can stop worrying.
Aphelion is not going to vanish because I miss two paychecks between
now and New Years. I was only kidding about that. Nor am I about to get
tossed out of Casa Vila. The November house payment was made weeks ago.
The December house payment is already in the bank waiting to be paid
out. And the January house payment will get built up over the next
seven weeks. I'm in no financial danger yet, nor will I be unless the
housing market falls into a bottomless pit. And if nothing bad happens
between now and Income Tax time, Lyn and I will have an additional
safety belt in the form of a hefty IRS return on my 2006 taxes.
So what am I going to do with my time off? Well, Lyn has been
after me to work on another story for Aphelion, and to finish the
manuscript for the novel I started last year. With her to inspire me to
greater efforts than I'd have made by myself, maybe I can even sell
this one. It's a brave new world out there. I'm going to see if I can
carve myself a slice of it!
I now return you to your regularly scheduled reading...
© 2006 Dan L. Hollifield
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