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Friday kind of sucked.

At work, I discovered that about two dozen files (of actual books with actual approaching deadlines) we created on Wednesday and Thursday disappeared. I submitted a help desk request to have them found, but I don't know if they were since I had to leave early ...

... to go to the dentist, who was to work on the tooth that has been causing me all the problems. She poked at the tooth enough to find out that there wouldn't be enough to save with a crown, so she referred me to an oral surgeon who'll extract this molar and the last wisdom tooth (which is growing at a rather bizarre angle and, well, it's a wisdom tooth, who needs it anyway?). She did put a temporary patch on the tooth so that it maybe won't hurt so much.

And then—AND THEN—I went out last night (since my face didn't hurt anywhere near as much as I expected it to), only to have my car die in the parking lot of DelTaco. I had to call AAA, and the tow-truck driver was able to get the car started. I don't think it's the battery, because when I was driving home the electrical system was doing weird things that lead me to think it's possibly the alternator or something else. Anyway, Friday night is a terrible time for something to go wrong with a car; the dealer won't look at it till Monday, and the tow-truck driver said his shop was swamped.

I hate when the car's broken down. It's not that I don't have food in the house or things to do. I still start feeling trapped, with cabin fever something fierce. I know it's nutty, but that's how I am. Plus there is a Michael Smith concert at Mama's Coffeehouse tonight that I was going to go to. Augh!

Maybe I'll record a whole album or something.


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Mar. 15th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
You reminded me of my last day living in Metro Detroit in 1991! I was going through the Chrysler/Reuther interchange when my car died and wouldn't start again. It was a Friday afternoon, middle of rush hour, on my way to a last stop before driving here to Chicago to meet my movers at the new place the next morning...the only thing that saved me was an auto repair shop at the top of the embankment. They managed to tow the car, and I fortunately was able to find a friend who took me to a car rental *just* before they closed for the night. And I didn't have AAA.

I made a trip back a week later to drop off the rental car and pick up my own car...which promptly died AGAIN in the middle of the Chicago Skyway on what was supposed to be my first trip back to Michigan--for Mother's Day. Eventually, a month later, I wound up coasting the damned car into a parking spot at a Jeep dealership, where it was traded in there and then for a very basic Wrangler. That lasted for 12 years....

All that to say, I sympathize with you, my friend! I know it's impossible to live in Metro Detroit without having a working vehicle.
Mar. 15th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
Gawd, what a horror story. Cars are great until they break down, and then they're almost the worst things possible.

I know it's possible to get around metro Detroit without a car, but it sure isn't easy. I'm a couple of blocks off one of the suburban bus routes, but I'd have to time it well because it only runs once an hour. And then it wouldn't really take me anyplace useful, like work— that would be a 1 1/2 hour trip with a transfer, one way.

Thanks for the sympathies. I know I can make it through the weekend without a car; it's just that it'll drive me a little crazy, is all.
Mar. 15th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
Regretfully, I can't offer you a ride to Mama's, since I'm trying to get rid of a thoroughly nasty cold. I hope you're able to find other transportation. (Mr. Smith does like being in Detroit around St. Pat's, doesn't he..?)

Hope the rest of your weekend is better!
Mar. 16th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
Thanks ... I'm staying home tonight, mostly because I didn't know anyone who (1) was going and (2) I had a phone number for. I might end up digging out all his CDs and making my own "concert."

Meanwhile, get rid of that cold, and fast -- you have a birthday to celebrate!
Mar. 16th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
Bad things happen to good people, good things happen to bad people, and nothing happens to nobody. Okay, the last part I just made up and it's all nonsense anyway. Geeze, I'm sorry to hear all this!

Classical CDs. I was out of commission last week after foot surgery -- on demerol for six days, reclined in the Lazy Boy for 22hours a day straight. Listened to my entire classical CD collection over and over, which included new additions (no, not of the Kenny Rogers variety) such as Adolphus Hailstork, Ned Rorem, and Ferde Grofe. Imagine discovering, while "stoned," that much of the music to the Christmas Story movie comes from Grofe!(Grand Canyon Suite). Imagine listening to the New World Symphony two or three times straight each night, followed by Holst's The Planets (and then confusing which is which).

Eck. I'm glad I'm over it. Got back to making and uploading some new videos to YouTube.

Maybe we can now jam -- me on the computer, you in front of the computer. Heck, make some videos of that so you can upload to your account!

Ott Lake Rambler
Mar. 16th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
... and I know you the editor have already caught "additions" which of course was correct except that Kenny was never with any addition(s) but just interpret my take on it as a double drambuie or whatever you folks want call it.
Mar. 16th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
I just thought it was a clever pun.
And I'll have a double drambuie, even thought I just had breakfast.
Mar. 16th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
I think I remember something about you needing foot surgery... ouch! I'm glad that's over with. And I'm glad they gave you the good stuff (Demerol) (a little envious too...). Zonked out in a chair listening to music is a good way to handle it.

You had an interesting selection of classical CDs. I had to look up Hailstork... way cool. There's so much music out there in any one genre, it's impossible to keep up. But that's why it never gets boring, to me at least.

I've been trying (not constantly, but on and off) to figure out the video thing. I have a couple of DVDs of shows I've done, but I can't figure out how to rip clips from them. I've also tried to shoot something new with my Canon camera, but it's really just a still camera; it can take video but it's not really designed for that. There's still a lot I have to learn about the video thing.

I did notice you had some new videos... I'll have to go look.
Mar. 16th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
Hope the home made concert went well.
Mar. 16th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
I didn't really do that, at least, not much... I was listening to some Michael Smith songs in my iTunes library, but along with others. I also tried working on some new music of my own.

I'm getting along, but all in all, I'd rather have my car working.
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