Pat's response - and solution - to your situation was wonderful and refreshing. Refreshing in that it gave a brief glimpse of the "Ol' Yankee Ingenuity" we were once known for. Too many today seek "quick fix" answers and solutions - usually from government sources - rather than apply the common sense and ingenuity that prevailed before the "experts", lawyers and politicians (a synonym for "lawyers") were allowed to take over. Hang in there and "non carborundum illigitimi".
By the way, who was your family's four-star marine general?