Wednesday, December 27, 2006
under a dark cloud
oh my god, the last 20 hours have been hell! i got dropped off at the airport early which was fine. i settled in at my gate in a comfy spot with my book. then the gate changed and i had to hike over to the new one and of course couldn't find a seat. then the flight was delayed. usually, these things don't get to me because i travel so much so i just plow on through. but the problem here was that my flight home was not directly from chicago to tampa. i had an hour and a half flight to washington dc. and then a 55 minute layover and a two and a half hour flight to tampa. since my first flight was delayed, i started stressing that i'd miss the flight to tampa and be stuck in dc for the night and i'd have to miss a day of work.
the flight took off a half our late. i tried to relax and just go with it on the ride over to dc. at least i was the only person in my entire row and i was in the economy plus section so i was comfy and not smushed. when we landed in dc i had to switch terminals. i only had 20 minutes and the plane was already boarding. i can't believe how big the terminals are there! i really wanted one of those little carts that drives around and beeps to whisk me down there, but no luck. they don't stop and ask people if they can give you a ride, they just whisk past you.
made it on my plane to tampa with a few minutes to spare. was smushed into a tiny seat in a full row. couldn't get comfortable and was all wound up. made it to tampa and turned on my phone when i landed. our website at work went down - the entire server went down - and the guy needed instructions to get it back up. this was at around midnight and he called me at 8pm so i figured he got ahold of someone else by then but i was stressing it a bit. i hate when there really is a problem and i don't return calls. it looks bad. i had a problem with my luggage but finally got it all. headed over to the car and headed home. right after i got off the highway onto the main road i take over to my house, i got a flat tire. it was about 1am. i pulled into the gas station but only one old lady was working there an new nothing about changing a spare. i waited for a cop to come by cuz they always hang out at that gas station, but nothing doing.
i decided to brave it and head toward home and stop at the next gas station. i was about 8 miles from my house. i put my hazards on and drove about 15-20 mph. that road never seemed as long as it did last night. a cop pulled up behind me for a while but i couldn't tell it was a cop until he zoomed past me and didn't even bother to look at me and see if i maybe needed help! asshole. the next gas station on the way home was closed. about 10 minutes later another cop zoomed past me. this time i honked at him and waived. he waited for me at the next light. i felt like i was going to be saved. i asked him if he could help me change my tire in the best damsel in distress way i knew how. he told me he had to go to one call first and that i should pull in the 7-11 and call AAA. he also told me i fucked up my car by driving on it and would definately need new rims. i was one long stop light away from home. i asked him if he thought i'd be okay to make it and he said i should be find. no one is on the road and i could go for it. it was about 1:30 in the morning and i didn't want to sit and wait an hour for AAA if i could just make it home and call them from there. so i drudged on.
this turned out to be a mistake. as soon as i got far away from the 7-11 that i could no longer see the lights and the tire started falling apart! i could hear chunks of it flying away. by this point i was on a dark country road and NO cars were going by. i checked my wallet but didn't have my AAA card so no number. i braved it, slowed down to 10 mph and kept going. i felt like such trash pulling into my neighborhood with my hazards on and my car making all sorts of noise. oh well, i made it home. did i mention i really wanted a cigarette but i quit smoking again last week! ugh.
then i got attacked by my dogs because they were so happy to see me. i flopped down on my bed and was talking to a friend and i realized that somehow my bird got off of his cage and must have walked all the way across the house to my bedroom because there was bird poop on my pillows! later i realized he must have then climbed over to the fake orchid plant i have on my bedside table because all the orchids were chewed up on there is a huge pile of bird pool on my nightside table!
this morning i had to call off work so i could deal with my car. meanwhile, i could get online and do some work from home. however i brought my wireless router to chicago so i could use it at my mom's house and i had all sorts of problems hooking it back up this morning. i somehow messed up my cable router and spent all morning on the phone with their customer service reps in india tell me stuff to do that really had nothing to do with the problem. so that was my morning. and i'm still waiting on AAA. and did i mention i'm exhausted?