Ever make a decision you wish you could take back?
Charli and I did today.
Actually, our bad decision started weeks ago when we signed up for an opportunity to help finance Roseanna's marching band fees and trip costs. We were told that one way to offset these expenses was to work as a "volunteer" at the Metrodome in one of their many concession stands. All you had to do was sell some hot dogs and nachos and every person in your group would get paid $60 toward your child's account.
We did some quick math and determined that if we went down there as a family of 4 (me, Charli, Brandon and Austin) we could easily earn $240 toward this season's expenses. It would be like a family event and everyone could contribute! Even better... we'd only have to do this 4 times and we could work off the entire balance. Gee whiz... we'd be like the Cleavers - all pitching in for the greater good of the family!!!
However... little did we realize there would be some serious flaws in our logic. For all of this to unfold the way we had fantasized, it would first require that our boys:
a. give a crap about their sister
b. give a crap about how much it costs us
c. get out of bed
And before we knew it, our dream of working together as a caring family unit quickly fell to pieces leaving only Charli and I to fulfill the commitment we signed up for 6 weeks ago (ironically, Roseanna is too young to participate in this program).
So, with all that as the lead in... here is how today played out:
At 8:00 this morning we drove one hour to Minneapolis to work a Twins game at the Metrodome. I quickly found a "free" parking spot just a few blocks away because they don't enforce the meters on weekends. The sign that read "Meters enforced Mon-Fri only" on the sidewalk even said so.
After working from 10 - 5 we finally finish the job. Let's see, $60 divided by 7 hours = $8.50/hr - each. Oh well, it's still $120 combined. But wait... suppose you walk out to your car and there's a $46 ticket on the windshield because somewhere else on that block the city had added additional yellow "override" signs that read "parking rules enforced daily" (which is apparently meant to imply weekends as well?) rather than just replace the old signs that read "Meters enforced Mon-Fri only."
Ok, so now we have $120 (wages) - $46 (ticket) - $20 (gas round trip) = $54. Suddenly our combined 14 hours have now been whittled down to $3.85/hr. Oh what the hell, let's include the other 2 hours we spent driving to and fro. That makes our wages $3.37/hr!
But believe it or not I actually am thankful for one thing. A few weeks ago Austin's friends parked in a restricted spot during a concert down there and came out to find their car had been towed. $275 later they had it back.
So if you don't mind, I'm going to cling to that.