Driver Insanity, Cabinets
and Typhoid Mary --
I GUESS THAT TODAY was one of those days when you
find there are many things that set you off. You know
how you get in a certain crabby mood because somebody
or something sets a tone for the rest of your day,
and then everything else seems to get in line to take
a shot at ruining your day? Today was one of those
days for me.
It started when I was coming home about 1:00pm, and
it started raining. Now I'm on the freeway mind you,
and we were taught in DRIVER'S ED to keep a safe distance
between ourselves and the car ahead of us, right? Well,
Mr. Nissan Maxima behind me was riding my rear bumper.
He couldn't stand it because there was some daylight
between me and the car in front of me. Never mind that
we are already traveling at 80 MPH. So what does he
do? He zooms past me, then squeezes in between me and
the car in front of me.
This makes me crazy! I suddenly find myself fantasizing
about having a huge nerf bar on the front of my truck
where I can ram the guy in the rear and send his car
down the embankment of the freeway, through the woods
until it comes to rest in the creek below (he, he, heh!).
Serves the miserable (insert your favorite expletive
Yet something else that drives me crazy is small business
CONTRACTORS. Are they all loonies? I need a small cabinet
enclosure built for the addition of a dishwasher in
my kitchen. Can I find someone reliable to do it? No
- The first guy I call comes over and takes all the
measurements, etc. and says he will be back within
10 days to do the work. Never hear from him again
and he does not return phone calls.
- So, I find another cabinet maker and he gives me
his card and says, "Call me, I'd love to do the
work!". So I call him and his phone number on
his card is no longer a working number.
- So, now I go to cabinet maker number three. I call
him and he says, "I'd love to do the work but,
it won't be anytime soon. I can't talk to you right
now as it is lightning outside and I'm on my cell
phone. Please call back another time because I've
already been struck by lightning once!" "Big
Deal" I'm thinking. You've only been struck by
lightning once but I been burned by cabinet makers
three times now. Besides, I thought the lightning
danger from phones only pertains to corded land lines.
And besides that, as I have mentioned before; This
is Tampa the unofficial lightning capitol of the U.S.
If you are that worried about lightning
Oh well, at least he has some sort of excuse for his
Last but not least on my mind today is the fact that
I suddenly have a small but annoying cold. Thanks to
(I'm sure) my little 3 ½ year granddaughter (Bless
her cute little heart) who has to kiss EVERYBODY goodnight
EVERY night. Now, I only get a cold about once a year,
and only if I am very unlucky.
So, now that she has started going to this giant petrie
dish they call "preschool", she has become
the modern day version of Typhoid Mary and goes about
with reckless abandon spreading germs around like a
flower girl spreads petals at a million-dollar wedding.
I've offered to disinfect her by dipping her in 5%
strength chlorine bleach every night before she comes
into the house, but the idea wasn't well received.
It's all going to be okay. After all, tomorrow is another