scared straight

February 5, 2008 erinstine

I have had one hell of a day.  It actually started last night, with the dog pacing, pacing, pacing, from about 1-2 am because of the thunderstorm.  So I woke up late (I don’t even remember if I set the alarm) but still managed to get out of the house on time and set off on the highway to get to work, which I knew would be busy because we’ve got both the elections and tax preparations going on this morning.  Unfortunately, as I puttered down the highway under more rain, my windshield wipers stopped, mid-wipe.  I should say that this happened before, last month or the month before, maybe, but it wasn’t so much raining then as it was just a dirty windshield, so I didn’t exactly deal with it like I should have.  But, now that it is actually raining, I didn’t have a lot of choice.  I got off the highway and went to call work to tell them I’d be late, only to realize that my phone had been shut off sometime in the last 24 hours because they need my money.   SO, there I am, in a part of town that I’m not totally familiar with, wipers paralyzed and no way to call anybody to tell them anything.  I can’t even just pay the bill over the phone because my account is jenky for some reason and the automated system won’t take my money.

So I get back to an area I know and for some reason my wipers start working again.  But the forecast says rain on and off all day, and I sure as hell don’t want to be driving back from work, in the dark and in the rain, and suddenly they stop again, so I go to a place I’ve taken my car before.  They tell me they don’t have the schematics for my car and suggest I go to a dealership.  The guy was nice, though, and let me use the phone to call my work.  THEN I went to the dealership way far south and sat there for about 3 hours, after being warned that a) if they were currently working they might not be able to figure out what’s wrong, and b) the diagnostic test is bare minimum 100 dollars.  After the 3 hours it turned out they figured out and fixed the problem and charged me the 100 dollars, no more, no less.  It was so frustrating though, sitting there, not able to call my dad for reassurance that I was doing the right thing, so I had to deal with this phone situation, another thing I’ve been pushing to the side.  So now I have a new contract, a new phone, and a new number and hopefully I won’t have to deal with the phone issues for awhile.

By the way, I did not get the job that I was wishing for.  Which is sad.  Apparently I was practically a shoe-in until they interviewed this mysterious outside person who shocked and awed them.  I really just wish that one of the interviewers hadn’t been going around telling people (like my boss’ boss) that she was 98% sure I’d be the one – it got my hopes up way too high.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ShaneB  |  February 6, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Ugh, sounds like a lot of bad news and frustration. I hope things get better for you, darlin. And I hope we can see you guys soon. Please come out to DC! It’s fun!

  • 2. Erin  |  February 6, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    yeah, it’s been a, shall I say, trying couple of weeks here. i miss you guys! maybe benj and i can work on a plan to come out there this summer.

  • 3. Sonya  |  February 8, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Awwww, shoot. Oh well, at least you have an academic paper to throw yourself into, right?

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