Now, on to the story.
Okay, so my supply of pants had been dwindling for a while. I'd wear them out and not replace them. It was never really a problem because I always lived in an apartment with a washer and dryer. So the worst that would happen is that I'd have to wear my work shorts for a few hours while they were being washed.
Well, my work shorts had holes everywhere in them, (side effect of leaning against moving conveyor belts) so when I quit my job I got rid of them.
Also, ever since my grandparents' old house burned down thanks to a malfunctioning drier back in the 60s, they've refused to keep one in the house. So we have to go to a laundromat. Takes longer. We don't know how long it'll be until we can run out to get a load of laundry done, and we don't know when we'll be able to get back to pick it up.
So I bought a couple of new pairs of jeans. Problem solved, right?
Well, lately I've started going ice skating on a regular basis. This area is just dotted with rinks, unlike Orlando. Which has a grand total of 1 ice rink that was ridiculously far away from where I lived and owned by someone who I could not in good conscience give any money too anyway. Back when my brother used to work at an ice rink he got me in often enough that I was getting pretty decent at it. Then he got fired and that rink shut down shortly afterwards. This was about 13 years ago.
So I was basically relearning from scratch when I started skating here. First time I went was on a date with the girl I mentioned in my last post... a few minutes in, I stumbled and almost did a split. I have good enough muscle tone to control such a fall and stop myself.
Unfortunately, even though I stopped myself from doing a split, my pants decided to finish.
So after an embarrassing, but funny date, I'm now down to three pairs of pants. Needless to say I've started wearing the same extra long-sleeved shirt that became my impromptu loincloth as a good luck charm. Because if it hadn't been there... :P
Then my grandpa had a health complication and had to go back in the hospital for a week and a half or so. Right when school started. So things just got CRAZY. No time to drop laundry off, no time to pick it up again. Had to go for days with one pair of pants. Right when I was in school and sitting close to people. Bad combination.
So I just went out and did a major shopping. Bought three pairs of pants. I've been poor so long that I just got used to not ever spending money. Now I've gone out and bought ice skates (an investment, really. 80 bucks for skates vs. 2.75 a week... at least twice a week. After a year, that's almost 300 bucks.), a crapload of school books and supplies, clothes, and I figured since I'm already spending a crapload of money, I might as well get something non-essential too. So I got a cheap little 35 dollar mp3 player. :) I figure it'll come in handy when I'm sitting at school, doing homework between classes. And if they're playing craptastic music when I'm skating. Or if I'm doing any other kind of exercise. Now that I'm a student, I have free access to the gym at MCC. I also just found out that there's an ice rink right behind the school. I'm gonna try to find out what their open skate hours are, and if there's a discount for MCC students. The rink I was going to was sort of attached to University of Rochester, so they had a discount for UofR students.
Anyway, after several months of very little physical activity, it's nice to be able to get off my ass and do stuff. :) Especially since part of that stuff is something that I enjoyed doing, but then couldn't do for 13 years or so.
And its also nice to know that I have enough pants.