On Friday morning I was driving to get breakfast in Boulder and suddenly the Jackmobile started to act oddly. While pulling up to a red light it bucked a couple of times, and then the Check Engine light illuminated and the D (Drive) on the dashboard started flashing. If I’ve learned one thing from Car Talk is that the Check Engine light means business and one should pull over immediate when it illuminates. So I did, and then I called AAA to get the car towed to a garage.
Diagnosis: I need my transmission rebuilt
Cost of Repair: ~$3500
Estimated Repair Date (taking in to account it was Labor Day weekend): late Wednesday
As you read this I am supposed to be headed back to Atlanta. Instead I’ll be working in Colorado for a couple of days and then (hopefully) heading home on a (hopefully) fast and uneventful journey.
I have had my sights focused on this trip for about a year. This trip was supposed to relax me, bring peace back in to my life, provide an escape from my day-to-day life, and help me try to forget about all of my personal shortcomings for a couple of weeks and until Friday morning it was doing just that.
For the optimist, spending a few extra days in Colorado while forking out around $3500 for the joy of getting the one’s transmission rebuilt wouldn’t be too bad. For me however, it’s been devastating. What was supposed to be a joyous weekend at the Colorado InviHash has turned into a stressful affair of figuring out the logistics of getting a rental car (where/when to pick it up, getting one large enough to hold all of the shit I packed for this trip — including my bike, when to return it), and shifting hotels so that I can work in Colorado instead of burning vacation days (so that I can burn those vacation days on what will become a nervous long drive home) — all on Labor Day.
Today I will going out to buy some clothes since one of the work-related tasks in which I’ll be participating involves a meeting with company big wigs, so my casual vacation attire will not suffice.
For me all of the fun of this vacation went away in a matter of seconds. I recognize that things could have been worse, like having the transmission die during the many days I was in the middle of nowhere with no cell service. But what could have been doesn’t outweigh what is.
And, I realized today that because of my bad luck I probably won’t make it back to Atlanta in time to attend the Food Bloggers Forum seminar on Saturday. That seminar, which will be held at a restaurant about a mile from my house, is an all-day event related to food photography followed by an after party.
A Somewhat Fitting End To My Weekend
The hash itself was a blast, though noticeably smaller than the two previous Colorado InviHashes that I’ve attended.
I ran the “Eagle” trail on both days and yesterday’s trail took us up some beautiful, and difficult to navigate, countryside. Post-hash circle yesterday I found myself joining people in the pool, clothed mind you. After swimming (and countless beers) I made it back to my hotel room to clean up for dinner. While showering I whacked my head on a metal handle in the shower while trying to pick up the soap with my eyes closed (don’t tell me you’ve never done this) and cut a small gash over my right eye. I managed to get a band-aid on my eyelid and then must have decided I needed a nap, because the next thing I experienced was waking up at midnight. I briefly thought about going to the hashpitality suite looking for midnight pizza, but I decided I’d already done enough damage to myself and went back to sleep (briefly, because as I write this it’s nearly 3:00am MDT on Sunday).
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – broken
Current Music – listening to a music podcast
Website Of The Day – Channel Flip is yet another good source for online entertainment.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – n/a
Exercise (b)Log – hashing all weekend, about nine miles worth
Morning Weigh-In – couldn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77
Foot Mileage – ~9 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 5
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 250 miles
– Determine the fate of Sharpened Stone, LLC
– Complete at least one iPhone application (seriously, this needs to happen)
– lost five pounds
– eat vegetarian at least one day a week
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds) [update: On July 1 I’ve sadly gained weight; I’m at 203 pounds]
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Sharpened Stone.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online
– Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in
PHP and CSS Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem