Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Annoying Things That Have Happened to Me Lately

To start with, I ran out of checks. I thought I had two boxes of checks, but, no, the second box was actually full of old check ledgers and not new checks at all, and I did not realize this until after I'd used the last check from the first box. So now I have no checks until the new ones come, which makes it kind of hard to pay my bills. I fear I'm gonna have to go down to the real estate agent's office and pay my rent in cash this month.

Then this morning I got into a fender-bender on the way home from work. Actually, there weren't even any bent fenders, really. Just a nice scrape of red paint left on my car. I was driving down the street, minding my own business, when this red pickup in front of me pulled over onto the shoulder. So I started going around it, you know... And then it turned right into me. Turns out the driver was looking to make a left, and for some reason thought her medium-sized pickup must have the turning radius of the Titanic or something. And then the guy who owned the truck spent 15 minutes pulling out all his papers from the glovebox, peering at them, and deciding they were the wrong papers, while I stood there in the bitter cold. Eventually he gave me some completely inadequate insurance information which I just took and left because I wanted to get the hell home and get to bed.

The driver insisted the whole thing was my fault. She might or might not be right. I'll leave that up to the insurance folks to determine. I don't think it's a huge big deal one way or another, since there was very little damage, but it'll be really annoying if my rates go up. And, damn it, why does stuff like this always happen when I'm on night shift? It makes it really difficult to deal with insurance agents and people, because they always want to get in touch with me during my sleep hours.

And, oh, yeah, when I finally got home, most of my pipes were frozen. Although they seem to have thawed out OK while I was asleep, so at least that's something. After all, it's not like I could write a check to pay a plumber...

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