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10 Mar 2021 07:04 #47346 by John Curtis
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The last 6 months or so have been really hard on the family. First unexpected medical problems and no insurance which wiped out a good portion of savings. Then the Arctic Freeze displaced us from home. It caused our pipes to burst at 2am and flooded our home. I was being shocked walking through the water to get my family out of the home. We got into our vehicle which a rodent decided to shelter in and chewed on the serpentine belt and also the wiring shorting our all sorts of stuff including the fuse to the shift solenoids. Well, I started the vehicle in 7 degree weather after seeing the belt chewed up and the belt snapped and I had no other choice but to drive to a warming shelter (Risking the vehicle overheating due to no serpentine belt) and it did. It was a better option than letting my family freeze. Emergency responders actually said they could not come out to us to get us to safety. When driving a partially functioning vehicle I had about a 5 inch section of window to see through to get us to the warming shelter. Our home went from clean water damage to active toxic mold levels. I lost 3 scan tools that I had updating due to water pouring out of the ceiling right above them. Our bed and furniture are junk due to the mold. We were able to stay with the old lady’s co worker for 2 nights and a family member In another city for two more nights before any hotels had any availability. Now we are in a hotel and our cost of living has shot up astronomically. We have to eat takeout which is not good for the body and not good for the wallet. It’s been a hell of an experience and we likely have another 2 to 3 months before we can go home. Bought a new vehicle because I don’t have time to fix mine at the moment in trying to deal with all the stuff I have to deal with to recover from this. That has also really screwed up my income because I have other things to deal with like insurance and scheduling and trying to keep our living situation covered and a ridiculous amount of time on the phone. Things are starting to normalize a bit and I’m starting to get back out to work but being down to 2 scanners really sucks as I found out yesterday. Being self-employed is even more of a burden to carry during all of this.

Thinking out loud always helps me in the process.

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10 Mar 2021 10:56 #47354 by ScannerDanner
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Damn brother, that is some crazy stuff. Almost a Job like experience.
Praying for you and your family my friend.
I can also offer you some help in the form of a tool grant to shop at AESwave. Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can make that happen for you.

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11 Mar 2021 09:25 - 11 Mar 2021 09:26 #47375 by John Curtis
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ScannerDanner wrote: Damn brother, that is some crazy stuff. Almost a Job like experience.
Praying for you and your family my friend.
I can also offer you some help in the form of a tool grant to shop at AESwave. Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can make that happen for you.


What brought me to this point is that I would ask God to help me figure out direction in life and he answered by giving me an opportunity to come to Texas. I missed his first call and felt it in my gut I was doing the wrong thing. I changed my mind and decided to commit to it but the first opportunity was gone. The next day another opportunity was given to us and we took it. I know this too is a part of his plan whatever that turns out to be. I’ll reach out Paul!

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