That quote from Frost could be a part of When Adults Have Nightmares but that would require editing and reworking the post and that is not in the cards tonight.
So today we’re in the midst of the post vacation reality in which your hero has had enough time to mostly catch up on the 10,983 work emails and some of the 99 items on the personal to-do list.
I am grateful to say I didn’t come back to discover that my air conditioning had died or that my water heater had failed because I have already had both of those things happen.
Though I might add my auto insurance premium took a leap so I am exploring other options to see if there is a better option.
You may be entitled to raise my rates but I am entitled to shop around and see if there is a comparable option for less.
It is something I routinely explore for insurance, cell phone, satellite TV and assorted other bills regardless of whether my rate changes or not.
Doesn’t take that much time to do and it is not unusual to find a promotion that enables me to extend my budget, so why not.
Two of the cars have required service and so I have found myself reviewing the list of items for what is recommended and what is required.
One of those vehicles made its way from Texas to California where it underwent basics service. Most of the feedback was expected but one item wasn’t.
They said one of the headlights wasn’t working. I wasn’t with the car at the service center and was unable to get the tech on the phone to get more details.
I did review the video walk around which showed a car with California plates and figured there was probably a mistake.
Not just because the car isn’t quite three years-old but because none of the cars have California plates anymore.
To be honest it took a minute for me to realize what looked wrong in the video because I only have eight years in Texas as opposed to five or so decades in L.A.
But I figured it out and shook my head, probably an honest mistake but irritating anyway. There can’t have been that many cars with Texas plates at the dealer.
So the conversation about it being under warranty didn’t mollify my irritation because I wasn’t convinced it was accurate. Didn’t take long to confirm that, but it did cause some unnecessary stress.
I’ll take the other car in later this week or perhaps next for basic service. I don’t expect to get any surprises but life is interesting some times so I suppose I’ll have to wait and see.
Given that I didn’t find the Wilner fortune last week it is preferable not to get any of the unexpected surprises that cost big dollars.
And since I am not aware that any Wilner fortune exists I have no real hope of finding one so short of winning the lottery I suppose I ought to continue to settle into post vacation work.
I had another one of those vivid dreams in which you have trouble distinguishing whether it is real or fantasy. It wasn’t a nightmare like the kind I wrote about it in the past.
This was exceptionally enjoyable and something that I think is likely to happen in real life. I am just superstitious enough not to jinx it by sharing specific details here.
Instead I’ll say I know things and this fit something I have had a feeling about for a long time.
It also makes me want to pull Lao Tzu out of his grave to engage in a conversation about there being a balance between letting things flow naturally and doing what you can to positively influence the outcome you wish to see.
You have to be the captain of your own destiny and do what you can to sail your ship towards the shore you wish to reach.
Can’t avoid every storm or all of the reefs and challenges but you can impact how you handle them.