Fri. Oct. 22, 2021: Tire Woes

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Waning Moon

Neptune, Chiron, Uranus Retrograde

Cloudy and cooler

Yesterday was kind of all over the place. Meditation was good, although Charlotte jumped up and wanted attention from the Zoom room. I managed to get her settle on my lap. At least it wasn’t as bad as last week, when both Charlotte and Tessa were impossible.

Got out my script coverage. Did the soul journey visualizations, and found them quite helpful. One of the exercises is making a talisman. I designed the one I want, and now it’s a case of finding the bits and putting it all together.

Got my script coverages done and out. Attended the live chat for the workshop, which had a good point – one can manifest what one wants, but if one hasn’t built the resources to hold it and understand, one falls back into the same old patterns and loses it. That’s important information.

Wanted to go to the lake in the afternoon, but something came up and I couldn’t. Which was disappointing, but not devastating. Made some notes on a couple of projects. That ghost story really wants to be written.

Got a DM on Twitter scolding me for posting on Instagram, saying there was a big discussion of blocking people who post IG links, because when they click the link, they’ve been hacked. So I shouldn’t post an IG link on Twitter, because I’d be blocked and lose followers.

Like I give a flying fuck.

If people don’t like that I post cat photos or any other type of photo, or that I use Instagram, guess what? They can make the CHOICE to scroll past. They can make the CHOICE not to click a link. They can make the CHOICE to unfollow, mute, or block. But to bully me, pretending it’s “in my best interest” to tell me what I can and can’t have on my own feed?

Fuck right off.

Gave myself some time off to read in the afternoon, just for me. Made a chicken tiki marsala for dinner with the leftover chicken from the roast chicken.

Read four scripts in the evening, which I will write up today. Knowledge Unicorns was fine.

Tessa woke me at 2:15, because she wanted company while she ate her snack. (We’d started leaving food out for her at night, hoping she would snack and not howl. But now she wants company for her snack). I sat with her while she ate, but when I tried to go back to bed, she started howling again. So I got the featherbed and settled on the bed in the guest room with her food, which we call “Tessa’s room.” I must have dozed off; I woke up just before 7, and she was fast asleep on the couch in the living room.

Discovered that the right front tire of the car is flat, so that has to be dealt with today. Good thing I recently rejoined AAA. Or is it good? They were such a nightmare the last time I belonged, and totally useless. We’ll see. I’ll know after I contact them if they’re actually going to give me the services for which I paid, or if, yet again, they lie, cheat, and steal. Guess I’ll find out. I specifically paid for the tier of coverage that offers flat tire assistance and replaces car batteries, because I’m worried the car battery will give out this winter.

I need to get one of the script coverages in this morning, because it’s on deadline, and I don’t want to miss a deadline because I’m dealing with the flat tire.

Then I will go into Tire-land, and see if I can get this sorted. Hopefully, the full-sized spare is still in good enough condition to use (it’s been over ten years since I had a flat), and then I can make it until next week, when I can get to one of the multitude of tire places and get a new tire.

Yet another expense I wasn’t expecting. Let’s hope it’s not too much. I was just starting to get a little bit ahead.

This is what I get for the thought, a day or so ago, that I got through Mercury Retrograde fairly unscathed!

I hope I can get everything sorted out so that I can go to the WordXWord even tomorrow at the Mount. And I hope I can still take Sunday off as a personal day of self-indulgence.

But, whatever happens, I’ll just have to deal, won’t I?

Have a good one, and I’ll catch you on the other side.

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Today’s My Birthday! March 11, 2010

Cape Cod National Seashore, Eastham, MA

Thursday, March 11, 2010
Waning Moon
Sunny and cool

Today’s my birthday! Not a huge one by anyone else’s standards, but I’m older than I ever thought I’d be!

Thanks for all the good wishes and ideas about the amethyst — I’m pretty sure the cats stashed it somewhere — although it’s a big, heavy piece. I’ll respond to the individual comments when I get home — I can’t plug in here at the hotel, there’s no outlet that’s grounded, so I’m on battery power.

Weather’s great, I plan to spend most of the day out on the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Yesterday had a bit of a glitch — although they was very little traffic and we hit the Cape by about 10:30 in the morning. I pull into the parking lot of Staples in Hyannis, and the guy in the next car says, “You have a flat tire.”

Yep — ANOTHER flat, this time in the rear. I never had flat tires and now THREE in just a couple of months? Something is very wrong.

I called VW Roadside Assistance — they were so nice! First question always is, “Are you safe?” which I thought was great. Anyway, they sent out a mechanic, told me where the nearest VW dealer was located (only 1/4 mile away). We were told to expect a mechanic in an hour — it was only 20 minutes. The guy was soo nice — and it turns out that, not only is our spare a full-sized tire, brand new, but we have a whole set of tools tucked into the trunk, too, which we never knew about. It took about 15 minutes. Drove up to the dealer — they checked the tire to make sure it was an actual tire, not just a spare donut — it’s fine. The busted tire is in the back, where the spare is — I’ll get it back to my own guy and decide if we can patch it and use it as a spare, or if I need to buy a new tire and put the spare back as the spare.

We barely lost an hour of our day, which is unheard of.

Thank you, VW and Silver Cloud towing!!!! You rock!!!

Ate at Marathon in Yarmouth – great restaurant, family-run, fantastic food. Then we went to the Cape Cod National Seashore in Eastham to walk the trails. It was terrific.

We found an inexpensive hotel that’s pleasant, clean, and close to everything. Grabbed some lobster rolls at a local shack for dinner. Had a quiet evening.

My guilty pleasure was watching HUMAN TARGET — finally, they had a villain with a developed character! About damn time. They tried to work the Winston/Guerrero scenes as comic relief which almost worked, but for me, just missed because of pacing. The dialogue was there, but the direction was just a shade off. But, overall, it was a good episode, and I hope the show is renewed, because I want to see where some of the threads they’ve started lead.

Today, I plan to spend the day outside, probably on the National Seashore grounds. We’re in for a weekend of heavy rains and possible flooding, so I want to be outside as much as possible.

Yes, I promise to take lots of pictures!

May everyone have a great day on my birthday!


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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sunrise view from our motel on the Cape

Thursday, October 1, 2009
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Cloudy and cool

No Prague diary today, because I have to do some background research for the essay and haven’t had time. But it gives you a chance to catch up on yesterday’s long jaunt, with photos, and you can keep scrolling back for the earlier ones as well.

Instead, I have a more personal-than-usual entry on Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions, setting up my October.

So, yesterday just sucked so badly it was unbelievable. Just after I finished posting yesterday’s entries, I hear chainsaws. And a paper is slipped under the door from the scumbag landlords saying the “beautification process” commences today in the courtyard for 4-6 weeks –which means we can’t go through the courtyard in that time period and how are people like, oh, the mailman, going to come in?

We go out and ask one of the workers what’s going on and he says, “All the trees are going down. Big boss says so.”


They promised not to cut anymore trees. I mean, we suspected they lied, but still . . .my neighbor called City Hall and everywhere else, I sent off a scathing email calling out the landlord as a liar, and we tromped down the stairs.

City Hall had someone here in ten minutes. Although, legally, they can’t do much, because this is private property, the building only has a permit for stonework. In other words, they’re tearing down all the brick walls that were put in to help manage the floodwaters, ripping out all the bushes and flowers. They told the City Hall guy they’re protecting the trees.

I bet you they will create reasons to get the trees out, one by one, during the course of the six weeks.

The trees are gorgeous — you’ve seen some of my Winter Wonderland photos in the snow. Some of them are 50-100 years old — and in perfect health. It’s horrible.

Then, I had to file some more paperwork re: scumbag landlords, to wind up the previous problem.

Then, I checked the car — tire totally flat.

I went to the auto body shop next door to see if they could pop on the spare so I could get it to the dealer. They took off the tire, found a 3” nail embedded in it, and patched it. It should hold until the next check-up in a few weeks. It was also a lot cheaper. But the way they patched it — it concerns me.

I’m enormously grateful we made it back from the Cape,and it didn’t completely blow when we had to rush Iris to the vet the other night.

Went grocery shopping. Planned the meals for this weekend’s gig in CT. Packed my clothes, but not the writing bag.

Got a little work done on the essay, but not enough.

The nasty neighbor did die on Monday. I feel bad because she was my neighbor and, well, you want them to move AWAY, not move ON. I feel it would be hypocritical for me to attend the funeral, but I want to show respect, so I think I may just send a condolence card to the family. I’m not sure how to convey the proper respect and manners for someone I didn’t like, so that I can be a good neighbor (which I tried to be to her, even during vehement disagreements), but not be a hypocrite.

Just wanted to curl into a fetal position. Blinding stress headache all day.

Got a royalty check for the play. It covers Iris’s emergency vet visit exactly. Amazing how fast it goes out, isn’t it?

Europe’s economic recovery is progressing much more quickly than ours. In fact, Germany’s turning around into growth already, according to European News reports. Part of that is that the EU has ethics regulations imposed on the banks (I don’t think they call them that, but I do), so that the banks can’t rape and pillage the customers the way they can in the US, and people can actually put money back into the economy instead of into already over-inflated bank fees that the banks continue to charge, in spite of only surviving because of our TARP money.

The big banks should have been allowed to fail. Instead, they were allowed to get away with financial murder, thanks to Hank Paulson standing on street corners handing out our tax dollars, and continue to reward their top executives for creating the meltdown in order to personally profit. They should have all been kicked to the curb — and prosecuted for crimes against the American people.

I’m off the Greenwich Library EARLY, so I can actually attack this essay and get the bulk of the rewrite done. Because it’s due Monday, and I’m nowhere near ready.


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