Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Priorities Change

I felt old before. Sometimes I think I had a mid-life crisis at 22. But now I'm really old.

On Sept 18th I became a dad.

(Excuse me while *I* have to reread that last sentence.)

I'm an engineer. Sometimes, when faced with a nearly incomprehensible statement like that one, I have to put some numbers on it to cope. Unfortunately not all numbers help. Here are a few that have passed through my head lately

  • She'll be in the high school class of 2027.

  • I'll be 56 at her graduation.

  • In-state college will be about $32,000/year. Private school will be twice that.(Inflation adjusted)

  • If I save $365/month starting now I might be able to cover 4 years of an in-state school.

  • My dad, when he was my age, had a 13-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son.

  • The ratio of eggs-to-baskets just went from 1:1 to 3:1. (Was two people supported by two paychecks. Now three people on one paycheck.)

  • When she gets her license The Triumph will be 51 years old. (Luckily, by then, there won't be any gas and all the cars will be DeLoreans powered by "Mr Fusion" so I won't have to worry about her wanting to borrow it.)

This isn't helping.

So, what does this mean for the garage? I'm not sure yet. Certainly it will mean less funds to play with. The track season next year will be shorter (if it exists at all). I might have to give up the Seahawks season tickets. And, if you know anyone in the market for a Mallard TR6, please let me know.