Kage Baker was a firm believer in the axiom that God answers all prayers. However, she also subscribed just as firmly to the addendum that the answer is usually No.
Nonetheless, she felt, one should always be prepared to react either way. Be patient and resourceful in the face of the predominant negative; make Plans B, C, etc. to save yourself when the divine fruit machine comes up lemons. But be equally prepared to sing praises and gratitude when you actually get the good thing for which you have prayed.
I interrupt these pleasant musings on Santa Catalina, the Island of Romance and Weird Happenings, to announce that my Social Security disability claim has been approved. My first notice of it was when I made my usual daily check of my bank account, and found a HUGE deposit had been made. My first suspicion was that it was an accounting error. Second choice was a Nigerian scam of some sort – in either event, I expected it to be reversed and snatched away from me.
But before I either despaired or went on a bender in the book store, I checked the source of the money. I made some phone calls to Official Government Numbers. And so I discovered that I have been moved to the head of the Fairy Godmother line. It has been officially admitted that I am neither dead, nor capable of pursuing my previous line of work. And that I am, yes, a fully eligible member of the system into which I have paid payroll taxes for the last 40 years.
I strongly suspect that my claim went through because I managed to pass some secret number of months of processing, and failed to die. Which is fine with me on a number of levels.
On another government screw up front, my unhappy nephew Michael has been battling – with thousands of other horrified young people – with the travails of the California State University system for the last two days. The CSU schools have managed to seriously overbook on admissions, and their draconian solution has been to simply cancel classes everywhere. No new students are being accepted, and only graduating seniors are guaranteed full-time status. This not only wreaks havoc on students’ educational schedules, in most cases the change to part-time (or even non) student has rendered their tuition loans and grants null.
Mike is an upperclassman, and has maintained a B average for the last 3 years. He’s in a 5-year teaching certificate program (in the History department – he is my nephew), and has built a good relationship with his dean and several teachers. For the last several days he has been laboriously working his way through the narrow official channel that will provide the ONLY chance a student has to reach full-time status … and it’s just succeeded. He has managed to add two classes, bringing his status up from part-time to full time. His scholarship will kick back in. He’s still on track to graduate.
It’s a damned good day around here. I am inclined to wonder if my beloved dead are pulling strings from somewhere behind the scenery. Kage always did think invisibility was the best fashion choice … And so right now, I am going to go start shopping for the Empire red washer/dryer set Kage and I always wanted: singing Hallelujah Thank You all the way!
Tomorrow: Island Musings will resume.