Tomorrow I will move, leaving the room in Crystal City where I have stayed for most of December for a location TBD; then I will move again on Tuesday. I will begin 2013 in a room of my own in a townhouse in Burke, which is a collection of subdivisions and shopping centers in Fairfax County about twenty minutes from here. The room has kitchen and laundry privileges, and utilities including the Internet are included in my monthly rent, so it suits my minimal needs.
Most of what I own - books, CDs, wargames, excess clothing, bookcases, the remains of my dog - are in storage in Newington. Right now all I have to move are a small box of bandages and tape, a backpack of prescription meds and various electronic gear, a small bag of groceries, a hamper holding a bag of laundry, my desktop and its peripherals, my laptop case with enclosed pistol, and a suitcase full of clothes. Oh, and another box of linens, pillows, and towels. A couple of trips down the elevator, no more.
Tax season will start soon. In the meantime, the government has decided that I deserve to start collecting Social Security early on account of the holes in my legs.
I'm better off than I was, I guess.