Tuesday, October 19, 2010

One Bad Day

I've been riding a string of bad luck lately. It started last Saturday morning. Since I calculated that it was the morning after the high school homecoming, I rode my bike over in the pre-dawn twilight hoping to score big for my found-on-the-ground fund. Sometimes quarters are as plentiful as bottle caps after a big game.

But I calculated wrong. No game. And I got yet another flat tire on my bike which meant a long walk home.

Anyway, I talked Wendy into going out for breakfast, a weekend favorite pasttime of mine. No sooner had we taken a seat when my usually sure-handed missus knocked over a "thirst-quencher" sized glass of ice water, almost totally on my side including my seat.


Later, while driving in the car something buzzed through my open driver's side window and hit me in the head. Figuring correctly that it was a bee, I asked Wendy to see if she could knock it back out the window, or at least get it away from me. But my usually sure-handed missus knocked the bee down my backside and I ended up getting stung in the end. Ouch!

Maybe going on a buying spree would make me feel better. If we used a store credit card at our local Meijer's today, we would get 15 percent off our bill according to our latest statement. So we loaded up on paint supplies as we were planning to paint the front room. Then we bought a new phone, a couple books, some cleaning supplies and other stuff to the tune of about $200. That's a $30 discount!

But when the cashier rung it all up, no discount. Come to find out, we were a week early. Arggghhhhh! Oh yes, we took most of it back for a refund. We're not going to pay for somebody else's stupidity. Well, our stupidity actually.

What a Saturday! And my Michigan Wolverines? Don't even go there. My supervisor, an MSU Spartan fan, said to me on Monday that we Wolverines were guaranteed a better result this weekend. Really? Why? "You guys have a bye this week," he said with a smirk.

Of course, my fantasy football team lost in keeping with my string of luck. So maybe Monday would finally be the beginning of a better week. Wendy and I stopped at Lowe's to pick up our paint for the front room. We wanted the color "sand." The paint guy custom-mixed us a gallon and we took it home.

Then we found out that there were actually several shades of "sand." We had wanted something bright, like maybe the color of the Sahara. Our's seemed more like what you might find at the bottom of the Amazon.

So we ended up taking it back to Lowe's to exchange for the lighter color. We weren't going to pay for somebody else's . . . never mind. Just write it up as more bad luck.


Blogger Jan said...

We all have those days. It makes us appreciate the just normal days when nothing bad or especially bad happens.

Go Blue (please)

6:47 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

JAN--Bless you. It seems like all I've been encountering are giddy in-your-face Spartans lately.

Not sure my luck is about to change yet; I just hit some key on this computer and all my print is tiny suddenly. Don't know how to fix it but it's straining my eyes.

4:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you sure it's bad luck and not old age???

7:09 AM  
Anonymous cassie-b said...

With all that bad luck last week, next week should be super good.

Have a nice day!

8:46 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

ANONYMOUS--True. Had I been ten years younger, I could have driven the car with one hand, grabbed the bee with the other and flicked it out the open window. Can't maneuver like I used to.

CASSIE--Hopefully. But this morning we noticed a tire on our mini-van is flat. We JUST had the tire on the opposite side repaired.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Carine said...

oh dave, so sorry about the rather painful and costly week. take it from a person who has also been in the "problem" area of life-it will improve. maybe not right away, but eventually I'm hoping the balance of life takes over and things start looking up. Until then, freeze a teething ring for that run in for the bee-no drips and it lasts about 15 minutes.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Yoga in Mirrormont said...

Stung in the end? What a wonderful metaphor for being a Wolverine just now!

The grass IS greener on the other side, Dave. Find your inner SPARTAN!

7:56 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

CARINE--I hope it gets better soon, but I'm also reminded of one of my custom-created adages, "It's always darkest . . . before the tornado."

YOGA IN MIRRORMONT--Find my inner Spartan? I can't afford an exorcist right now. Just received an e-mail from my old high school chum, also a big-time MSU booster. He writes about the Spartans, "I still think we only have one quality win on the resume so I'm not cackling like my Green and White brethren."

Now I think that's a good metaphor for some Spartan fans I know, particularly in keeping with the season.

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whaa, whaa, whaaaaaaaaa!!!!

5:33 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

ANONYMOUS--Hmmm, is this whaaa as in "what" or wha as in waaaaa, crying? If it's crying, then it's probably my MSU loving nephew.

9:09 AM  
Blogger CAROLDEE said...

GOOD LORD.. I got stung this summer for the first time in ages and that HURTS..I can NOT imagine it where you got it.. UGhhh I think I would have just stayed in bed for several days at least you would be safe there..MAYBE? Bad luck comes in threes but that is ridiculous! :(

9:36 PM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Dave ~~ Well, you have outdone yourself with all that bad luck.
Surely things will get better now.
AND at least you are not a praying
mantis!! And watch out for donkeys!!
Thanks for your comments and my bins are all sorted now. Take great care my friend, Regards, Merle.

6:32 AM  
Blogger Yoga in Mirrormont said...

Back again by the skin of my teeth...yet, victorious! GO SPARTANS!!!

Perhaps being a Wolverine and having a BYE is the only good luck you're going to get just now?

4:26 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

CAROLDEE--Bad luck comes in threes? I never heard that one. I hope mine run is over but I just lost the comments I posted here when my modem crashed. So maybe not.

MERLE--I'm not sure if they have praying mantis's around here but plenty of bees, especially around our favorite apple orchard.

YOGA IN MIRRORMONT--Yeah, speaking of lucky. I'm seeing more Spartan fans come out of the closet and being pretty boisterous with their newly found strength. Even the local Tim Horton's has created a football-shaped donut colored green and white with a Spartan "S".

Now I know what ordinary Germans felt like during the rise of Hitler.

4:08 AM  

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