If you’re one of the seven people in the world who hasn’t read Richard Adam’s Watership Down, you probably should stop reading my blog and go check it out of your local library.
Unfortunately, I can’t lend it to you, as I can’t find my copy, which is too bad, since I wanted to start this entry out with a quote from the book that goes something like this:
Humans have a saying, “It never rains but it pours.” This is not true, as it frequently rains without pouring, although… something something something….
Rabbits, on the other hand, say “One cloud feels lonely.”
It’s a nice quote, and it sort of sums up the last few days nicely.
I swear, though, I can never, ever get any money into savings…
Every time I put money into savings, something happens. Last year, it was a $700 car inspection on top of $400 for Kevin to get crowns for his teeth, on top of the TV releasing all its magic smoke…
This year, we got almost $2700 back in taxes (your government at work, interest-free savings account… not that I should complain, if we put that $2700 into a savings account, we might have gotten a whole $.80 back in interest for the year…) so Kevin decided it was time to get himself a new computer.
His friend at one of the vendors he works with cut him a really nice deal; he got like $1700 worth of system for just a little over $1k.
Yesterday, I took my antibiotics and prepared to go into the dentist to get a post and fill for my most recent root canal (3 down, one to go). About the same time, Kevin’s new computer arrives. I go out to the car. Key in the ignition. Clickclickclick.
I called and canceled my dentist appointment, but it does mean (having already taken my antibiotics) that I’ll have a yeast infection later this week and will not have actually gotten any damn dental work done…
Fortunately, we have a nice mobile phone roadside service plan ($2.99 a month, and we get up to 8 assistances per year for ‘free’) and I called them. The tow truck came out, gave us a jump and we were good. We went to the Autozone, got a new battery (and while there had a conversation with the Autozone employee, Brian, and one of his other customers, Clarence, about root canals and the expense of dental work, and I wonder what it says that four adults, all 25-35 years old, were standing around outside the Autozone, all having had root canal work in the last year, and three of us in the last 2 months…) and thought we were good.
Ha. Ha, I say. Ha.
After we got home, maintenance came over to the apartment and repainted the bathroom ceiling. It looks great, except they didn’t put their tarps down very well, and there’s paint all over my sink and everything around my sink (including my toothbrush. paint! on my toothbrush!). In any case, we went to go out to the store to get a cable for Kevin’s new computer (his old speakers aren’t working right with the new sound card) and some new toothbrushes, and guess what.
Not even a click.
We could hear this weird ticking noise inside the glove compartment and opened it up to find the light in there wasn’t turning off, and was flashing oddly. Kevin yanked the bulb out, but the clicking didn’t stop.
So I called the roadside assistance people again (have I said how nice they are? Very professional and courteous, and no stupid ‘push 1 to enter your name via alpha numeric code’ menus.) and they sent out the exact same towtruck guy as yesterday… (if he comes over again, Jess is going to start thinking he’s a friend.)
He put the key in the ignition to roll the car back for the tow. And of course, it starts. What is it with my car??? Jesus crispy christ.
Anyway, not wanting to get stuck with an unreliable car, I had the damn thing towed down to the Firestone anyway….
Not much after that, I was eating some lunch (a tuna sandwich, ok? we’re not talking about rock candy or anything…) and my temporary filling fell out. You know? The one they were going to be replacing YESTERDAY if I’d been able to get to the goddamn dentist.
Fortunately, the car problems turned out to be just a corroded battery cable, so hopefully (knocks on wood, sacrifices a goat, and burns some incense) that’s all over with.
But I swear, if anything else goes wrong this week, I’m going to hurt someone.