I tried and tried to go ahead and pay for my apartment ahead of time. They said no. Today was the day. Well, they haven't started getting it ready. They said tomorrow. I'm going to be gone tomorrow on the MWR trip. So, as a compromise, at 6 pm I am to move. We'll see. I understand Honduran time. I tried to give them enough notice to still move when I was ready. No luck. So, I wait. I'm trying to decide if I want to run out to post to the PX or into town. Both involve a cab ride.
I got paid for the first time here. I made a budget, which consisted of basically adding up my bills. It feels good to have enough to actually pay bills instead of just figuring out which ones would go on the credit card. I made my first lump sum payment to my smallest card. If I'm really lucky, and my budget is right, I may be able to pay it off next month. It is a lot smaller than the other 3, but it's a start.
In my quest to pay off debt I still feel an obligation to give something to those less fortunate. I have found Kiva (kiva.org) to be my personal avenue. They make micro-loans to individuals in poor countries. The money comes back, and I'll have the option to lend it out again or take it back. You can make loans in increments of $25. I have 4 loans out now, and I'm concentrating my loans in Honduras. Not only is it one of the poorest of the countries, but I have a front seat view of the poverty. I would like to encourage each of you who can spare $25/mo to go to Kiva.org and set up a portfolio. It's at least a start.
I took a picture of my stuff piled up ready to be moved. I was going to take another picture this morning of my new place. I'll try for that tonight. My stuff is closer. An optimistic guess was that it will be here Wednesday. A pragmatic guess was 2 weeks.