Yesterday I said, regarding my "Next post" was "what ever shows up!" I wrote that in a zen like way expecting some serene tidbit to show itself and some on topic post would come spilling out. That is how I do it every day, ok occasionally I plan a post or two ahead but it really is a pretty organic process. As you probably know by now, I abide by the Earl Nightingale adage, "you become what you think about," and if nothing else, each week I think about the virtue at hand. If I am having trouble finding inspiration I usually look to my Bliss Initiatives and realize I haven't really taken anything on and doing so nets me a post.
Today would have been no different, I am behind on my initiatives this week, but having had a comical and remarkable couple of hours I feel like telling you all about it! Perhaps when it is done we can all find the serenity in it together!
My Sweetie is out of town today so The Girl and I were free to find what ever diversions we wanted so when I heard my friend Jaye (I've mentioned her here and here in this blog) was doing a Quilting Exhibition ("Stunt Quilting" as she put it!) at the De Young Museum I thought it was a great idea. We live about an hour away so to avoid the rush hour traffic we headed out early and stopped for supper at one of my favorite kid friendly, San Francisco Eateries - Q. As I told our waiter, I order fish tacos at restaurants because of Q's fish tacos and I am always disappointed. Their's are out of this world and the tater tots (yes you read that right) are taken to gourmet status... they have other great food and when I lived in San Francisco I ate it, Now with infrequent trips I am solely loyal to those fish tacos. They did not disappoint!
J and I head back to the car after the sumptuous meal and I see a dim head light. "Oh no! this can not be happening. AND FOR THE SECOND TIME IN ONE DAY?!! You see I had already asked my neighbor to help jumpstart my car this morning. Little J likes to "drive" and I must have forgotten to check that all lights were off before going in the house so we woke to dead battery (and no Sweetie to help!)
AND here it has happened again!! I rewind our departure from the car in my head. While we were searching the car for the last quarter the parking meter required The Girl WAS very near the front console of the car. Stupid mommy... will she never learn?? When I said "I can't believe I did it twice in one day!" meaning not checking to see that the lights were out. J soothingly (or was that gloatingly?) said, "You didn't do it, I did it!"
At some point during the day I had told Jaye that it looked like a 70% chance of us making it to her show and suddenly, as I repeatedly turned the key over to no effect, I felt those odds dropping fast. I considered calling Triple A but we were parked on a busy street. Surely it would be faster if I flagged someone down. Besides someone was bound to want our parking spot!
I was right. In seconds someone stopped. When I explained that I would need a jump start in order to relinquish my spot a well manicured woman in an SUV told me she "didn't have time to help" because she was in a hurry and had an appointment, pointing to the salon across the street, and she drove on.
I stood by my car as a few other cars drove past and I realized that it wasn't clear what I needed. I imagine my forlorn look was possibly frightening as I stood almost approaching the oncoming traffic when I thought it looked like they were looking for a parking space. I decided to put my hood up and hold the jumper cables in my hands.
This worked like a charm. Immediately a woman pulls over. She says. "I'm so late... I'm sorry... no wait... I'll help." She looked worried. I told her I could wait for the next person but she said she wanted to help. Then she couldn't figure out how to open her hood. Ten minutes pass. Still no idea. She is clearly embarrassed by this but drives away saying she must get her husband to show her.
Seconds later another women pulls up in a cute mercedes sports car. She wants my spot so she is willing to help. "I don't know how to do it." she tells me. I assure her that if she can open her hood I could do the rest. Once again she has no idea how to do it. I am about to offer to help, not that I am any great car genius but I thought I might have a chance if I looked myself, when the woman in the car in front of me is about to pull out. My good samaritan enlists her help. Takes the freed up parking space and leaves.
My new roadside assistant is happy to help but is driving a rental car which she doesn't know much better then the previous two. Turns out it is a hybrid and since it wasn't hers, she wasn't willing to find out if it would work. She drives off. I'm beginning to think calling AAA would have been the better choice when yet another motorist offers assistance.
This time it is a guy but immediately he also says "I never open my hood... I don't know how to do it." Once again I say "If you can get the hood open I can do it." It takes a couple of minutes (Really?! Three people can't open their hood!) but finally the hood is popped. We both look in. Where is the battery? Nothing looks like a battery. I am stymied. Suddenly a flash of inspiration... could it be in the trunk? A minute or two of rummaging around back there and EURIKA it is found. The car is pulled up a bit and the guy says, "It is all yours, do what you need to do." He stands back looking as if I have the power to explode his car on the spot.
Everything works fine and in less then a minute my car is purring again. I thank him and his less then patient looking girlfriend for the assistance and pull out to give them my spot. As I pull away the first woman, who "didn't have time to help," was circling the block still looking for parking. I'm not particularly proud of how giddy that made me feel but giddy I certainly was!
[Not sure you know how to jumpstart a car? Head over to this amusing and informative tutorial at The Art of Manliness. LOL love the title of this website!]
Next post: A book review and the serenity week wrap up.
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