Stress: Money
Same photo-shoot occasion, judging by the clothes and the grins.
…that this was also the first year in which we had to deal with real financial stress. Our contemporary if Spartan accommodations cost us $300 a month out of our fellowship stipend of $400. What with automobile expenses and a local culture that could make a guy feel like an outsider for spending too little, we felt a lot more broke here than in Boston.
As one of the few Escondidan households without children (at first), Valerie did supplement our finances by babysitting, including some even after Rick arrived. For me, though, there were no East Compost Desk or SAT-prep part-timeries to take the pressure off our budget. No time, either, for anything of the sort.
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