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A Series of Minor Inconveniences

Updated: Nov 13

//\\ A Series of Minor Inconveniences \\//


It's not a lie: I've spent 6 or 7 solid hours since October 19th trying to secure a purchase for a phone upgrade to the Google Pixel 6 Pro. I've just spent the entirety of my Halloween afternoon at the local Verizon store to no avail (apparently the roadblock to processing my upgrade is an anomaly to them and the remote services center personnel they've contacted on my behalf). Even before today, in bullheadedly clicking to complete multiple attempts of online checkouts through the Google web store, I've sunken sizeable costs of time and energy into the pursuit of this flashy new toy (or is a smartphone considered to be more of companion these days?).


[as I'm writing this I did receive at least some positive news which may finally resolve the barrier to completing my hyper-consumer-driven quest for the hot techno-gadget of the season]


[deep breaths]


Oh, and it was some point around 2.5 weeks ago that I was called upon to completely change the course of my plans for the weekend to fulfill a multi-day commitment that not one, but two family members were suddenly unable to attend to for serious health reasons (one being a broken shoulder and the other being COVID). Mind you, I have a very small family as well.


But wait! There was also that time just last week, when planning what should have been a week-long trip over to the other side of the state (a 4.5 hour drive I've made wayyyy too many times in the past 5 months), that my car battery suddenly gave out THE DAY BEFORE my trip. At that point, I had to arrange for the purchase and pick-up of a new battery without any means of transportation for myself.


[Yes, I'm fucking venting today]


And of course, that week-long trip was cut short for a multitude of reasons that probably have less to do with inconvenience and more to do with my own Soul Shaping evolution.

I think one recent inconvenience may have just saved my life though: when determinedly escaping my immediate predicament by attempting to drive home in the early hours of Friday morning, having barely attained an hour or two of sleep, my new car battery failed me 1/4 mile from the apartment I was originally planning on staying at (and thus retreating from). I say this could have saved my life because the visibility outside was very low, I was experiencing a high degree of mental/emotional stress, and had an ongoing string of sleep-deprived nights to my name.


I shouldn't have been driving anywhere in that condition. It was foolish. I wouldn't have let anyone else in the condition I was in to drive at that time of night (especially given that a high, rainy mountain pass that would have been traversed in the dark).


I still don't understand exactly what was wrong with my battery to have caused the fault, but it was mitigated by adjusting the position of the battery in it's carrying slot so that there was less pull on the various wires connecting to the terminal (yes, the replacement battery I received was SMALLER than the original, so there remains to be a sizable gap along the left and ride sides of the battery, which is another inconvenience I'll need to fix).


Oh, and I should probably also mention that while I was installing the battery before my drive, I dropped the one and only bolt that secures the negative terminal to the battery post somewhere into the void of my engine compartment. Missing that bolt turned out not the be the root cause to my ignition failure experienced early Friday morning.


I do believe in Divine Intervention.


I do fucking hate being thwarted in my will to attain what I want, when I want it.




Bedroom desk at Francis house in Walla Walla.

Sunday afternoon.

Cold and hazy gray overcast.


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