Tuesday, August 12, 2008
This is a shot from the top of Jockey's Ridge in Nags Head, North Carolina. (This has nothing to do with Mathews, of course, other than we do have some sand and water.) It's one of the largest sand dunes east of the Mississippi....or west of the Blue Ridge Mountains...or south of the Mason-Dixon line? Let's just say these are some very tall sand dunes. I like how basic the elements are: sand, water, sky.
Why can't life be as simple as this picture? I'll give a free boat to anyone who can answer that question for me.
In the past 12 hours, the following has occurred:
1. My mother informs me that I no longer receive local channels on my Direct TV. I wouldn't know this because I gave up television for internet months ago. Nevertheless, if anyone has ever tried calling Direct TV, you know that it requires the patience of Job and about 5 hours to get through to them.
2. My boss called me this morning at home to say that yesterday the telephone operators (who work 24 hours a day) discovered some stuff they think is mine, such as my insurance cards, bills, etc. Yep, that's my stuff. Of course the one and only day I don't put my personal stuff, which of course I do at work, in a bag because I couldn't find an empty tote bag due to vacationing last week, I dump it all over the parking lot for the world to see.
3. I came home from work to discover no telephone service, which of course means no internet. I have a severe internet addiction that was made worse during a one-week absence from a keyboard last week. This is a 911 emergency, and I nearly had a stroke.
4. My son this morning says, "Mom, Uh-oh, we've got another one." In a panic, and not able to imagine what "another one" could be besides an insect infestation or a sinking boat, I race to him to discover he has brought an injured butterfly into the house. As I was blaming the killer cats outside, he corrects me and says he found it in the garage jumbled up with some camping gear. So indeed we DO have an infestation, this time of dying butterflies. I instruct Son to make its last moments peaceful, and he is now preparing a lovely box with green leaves and grass and flowers.
5. No internet service since yesterday morning.
6. No internet service since yesterday morning.
7. Dog barking all night long. No sleep, plus no internet service.
8. When I go to brush my teeth this morning, the light bulbs in the bathroom pop and sizzle. I have no replacement bulbs.
9. I have no cat food, and I have six hungry cats threatening to attack me if I set foot outside with no food.
That's enough. I am exhausted, although I could certainly add more to this list.
OK. Let's change our perspective and make this a good day. On the brighter side, as long as these are my biggest problems, life should be good, no?
Of course, I DO actually have bigger problems, but as long a I am in denial about them, life is still good.
Yep, life is good. That's my story and I'm stickin' with it.