Welcome to real life..

Well, what a fun week so far.. I woke on Monday with a sore toe, which I think is caused by gout. This is just a guess, but it seems to fit the symptoms, as I am in the perfect age range (40-50), size (fat) and gender. It also came after a night of red meat and wine which are typical triggers. It would be funny in some ways, if my toe wasn’t so excruciatingly painful. It is hard to believe that something so small and apparently unimportant can hurt so much.
To add insult to injury the landrover transmission failed on the way home from school late on Monday night. Thankfully, being a 4×4 vehicle, sticking it in full 4×4 mode meant that the surviving half of the transmission could carry us home. It looks like the problem is not as disastrous as I thought it might be, but it will still cost plenty.
Finally today we had a staff meeting to keep us up to date with our companies and Iceland’s financial status, and basically neither look good. We should be paid this month, and possibly next, if there is some improvement in the banking system here. Right now as a company we can neither pay overseas suppliers, or move overseas income back to Iceland to keep us afloat. The banks (well, now there is only really one national bank) are not extending or issuing new loans, so bridging over this expanding financial crevasse is not possible either. Being branded as terrorists is not helping things much …

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