This week, I'm celebrating: Money!
1) In 1993, I moved to Egypt and started working at resorts. At the time, the dollar to Egyptian pound ratio was about 1 to 3. So one dollar would exchange to 3 pounds.
2) Over the years, I decided to keep a chunk of my money in dollars. Due to the dollar steadily strengthening against the pound, as of about 3 years ago, the ratio was 1 to 10. It gave me a pretty nice nest egg for my retirement.
3) And then came the IMF and its demand for Egypt to allow its pound to "free float" in world exchange. Egypt (desperate for the IMF loan) did it. The ratio is now 1 to 16. My nest egg became a chubby chick!
But it's not all fun & games as government subsidies (on things like food, utilities, and medicine) are going down and inflation is soaring. Still, any income I make from writing will buy a lot more here than it would in the US. So I keep fingers crossed that the ratio continues to widen.
Are you the type who watches interest rates, stocks, and 401k balances? Or do you just cross your fingers and hope for the best?
Patricia Lynne has a new release!
Savannah Janowitz’s perfect life was destroyed the night she and her boyfriend vanished without a trace. When she reappears a year later––alone––she’s a shell of her former self. Robbed of her popularity and her boyfriend, she has no memory of what happened to her. Savannah struggles to move forward as strange, new abilities manifest.
Evan Sullivan never gave extra-terrestrials much thought until the night he and Savannah were abducted. While Savannah’s memory was wiped clean, he remembers every horrific detail. Constantly reminded of the experiments that made him less than human, Evan hides in the shadows and watches Savannah rebuild her life without him. But neither can let the other go.
When their paths cross, Savannah and Evan finally see a glimmer of their old lives return. As they face what happened to them, they soon discover they aren’t safe. There’s more to fear than what’s hiding in the stars.
Available for $.99 at Amazon
Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn't regretted a moment. She writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.
Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow, and an obsession with Doctor Who.
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