The Abscissa and Ordinate of Everyday Life

Disclaimer: I am not a mathematician. Somehow I remembered those technical terms. Please do not be too harsh at my mistakes. I think you can get the idea, that I am trying to lay out an orderly view of everyday complications in order to simplify and meet my responsibilities. When she died, the budget task fell to me. Is my conception of it sound?

The “ordinate”, the vertical, or y-coordinate, of my life contains the continuing material concerns of life and daily living in a two-dimensional system of concerns. The “abscissa” is
the X-axis, the horizontal plane of points of time of life in days, weeks, and months over a year. The square where “x” and “y” converge contains the $ amount. A summation of total costs for each time period is entered at the bottom. At every intersection point of x and y (time by item by dollars), I pay a price, a toll, to the troll under that bridge, in legal tender of my admission to more time on the bridge to my future life.

I am daily putting my resources on the line, actually on the convergence of the two dimensions of material requirements and the toll. In some places it is called a “budget”. x by y.

These are the material demands of living, on the y-coordinate:

  1. Home Energy (Gas, Electric).
  2. Transportation Energy (Gas).
  3. Water.
  4. Garbage.
  5. Entertainment (Television, Movies, Theater, Rentals, etc.).
  6. Computer and Printer and materials.
  7. Recreation.
  8. Shelter.
  9. Food. (Groceries. Restaurants.)
  10. Community Government Taxes and Assessments.
  11. Local Government Taxes and Assessments.
  12. State Government Taxes.
  13. Federal Government Taxes (Social Security, Medicare).
  14. Transportation (Autos, Fuel, Insurance, Maintenance).
  15. Travel.
  16. Information (Newspapers, Books, Magazines, Radios.)
  17. Insurance (Home, Life, Other).
  18. Health, Medical.
  19. Fitness, Hardware.
  20. Gifts.
  21. Charity.
  22. Implements and Tools.
  23. Grooming Landscape.
  24. Grooming Self.
  25. Clothing (Purchase. Cleaning.)
  26. Repairs.
  27. Savings (Retirement).
  28. Investments.
  29. Pets.
  30. Communication (Phones, Cel, Land line.).
  31. Burial.
  32. Legal Advice and Legacy.

Or, why don’t I just go out and buy a household budget program!

Hmmm! 32 items. My lined sheet has only 30 lines. And only 24 columns across. Ah, me. Now what?

I may come back to this and make more comments on each item, as ideas occur to me. The list is essentially an outline of the near whole of material life and living. But where would my beliefs fall? What costs are there for such intangibles as beliefs, political stances, and so forth? Is there such a thing as a moral and ethical assay that can be made so tangible as household expenses?

Published in: on March 10, 2013 at 1:21 pm  Comments (4)  

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