Saturday, February 5, 2022

Your Assistance Is Needed. - GoFundMe Letter. 02.05.2022



Happy Birthday to Me - Not So Much.

Bad luck seems to be attracted to me these days. My 2002 Ford Van chose to blow an engine on my birthday. I turned 73 on January 22, 2022. I have been told by the shop at a dealership that a new motor and installation plus incidental is far too cost-prohibitive for my limited resources. So. I am planning to junk the van. All I want help for is to pay off the almost $5,000 debt that a blown engine has left me with. When I buy a car, especially a used car, I have always made sure to have a few bucks held back because I can expect some kind of breakdown within the first few months. So, does it make a lick of sense to put $10,000+ into a 20-year old van? I think not. Since my retirement, I have always been worried that my next Social Security check would not come.


I am a veteran. I have been on a fixed (Social Security) income since my retirement from a 35-year career as an over-the-road trucker. I retired in November of 2009. This was due to ill health caused by exhaustion after a quadruple bypass heart surgery in November 2002. Also, I receive a 10% disability pension from the Veterans Administration for hearing loss which may account for my inability to know a problem was developing with my van. And, as of January 22, 2022 (my 73rd birthday), my streak of bad luck seems to be doing its best to turn me into a financially broke and homeless person. Thus, my plea for help.

Did I Do The Right Thing?

For two years while living in Nevada I had been photographing the parks, preserves, trails, memorials, monuments, and museums in and near the Las Vegas Valley. At the same time, I was shooting street photography and events in the area along with some travel photography. A shortlist of my websites is at the end of this document. And, yes, I know I did the right thing when I returned to Oklahoma from the Las Vegas Valley to take care of an ailing sister. Sadly, she passed away in October of last year. And, since then, things have gone from bad to worse for me.

But, What Is Next?

Once I have gotten rid of my van I estimate that I could possibly be without my own form of transportation for about three years, which is why I hope to soon relocate to Boulder City, Nevada. I have been on a waiting list for an apartment in Boulder City, Nevada. This apartment is in a retirement complex for seniors and disabled people. I was on the list for this apartment before I returned to Oklahoma to care for my sister that passed away in October 2021. This complex called me not long after I had returned to Oklahoma to care for her. I chose to stay to help my sister, but called and got back on another list after she passed away. I now expect this complex to call me soon with another chance for an apartment there.

After my sister passed away I spent the next four months saving my money to move back to Nevada to work on and finish my photography project and continue my work in photography and music. I left Oklahoma the last week of February 2021 and was in the Las Vegas Valley until April looking for a temporary place to live. I did not find one and returned to Oklahoma. By this time I was sick and had lost 38 pounds. Once again, I stayed with my older sister until I borrowed enough money in to make another failed trip to the Las Vegas Valley to try once again to find a temporary home. Three weeks later I was back in Oklahoma at my older sister's house.

First Things First

At 73-years of age, I think my first priority should be my health. I am a recent recipient of an eye surgery that I am still hoping will save my eyesight. I was told last week that the oil bubble that was put in my eye on November 19, 2021 will be there until at least March 31, 2022 Living in Boulder City, Nevada would put me one block from a local hospital, about 40 miles from the Las Vegas Veterans Hospital, and only 8 miles from a VA clinic. The apartment complex where I hope to live has access to transportation to any medical facility I need. And, if a time comes that I need an assisted living center there is a veteran's assisted living center just over 3 miles from this complex.

This should be the last rewrite of my story for my GoFundMe site. It is the result of much research and painful acceptance of my situation. I hope and pray daily that I can find another way to do this, but asking for your help seems to be my only resort. Please take this letter as seriously as you can. I need your help. 

My Primary Websites:

Website: https://www.bwmedia702.com/

Adobe Stock: https://stock.adobe.com/contributor/200825070/Keith%20Birmingham

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