March 7, 2016
One of the films I loved most and I could watch several times was Steve Martin’s “Parenthood”. At the end of the film, the grandmother, representative of the oldest generation in the film, said that she never liked to ride in the Merry Go Round because it was just boring. She always preferred the roller coaster because of the thrills and of the ride going up and down. She made an interesting parallel between the roller coaster and life in general.
That’s actually life: up and down, with unpredictable turns, with thrills and fears.
My day today reminded me of that specific affirmation.
First thing in the morning, I was down, really down, running on almost four hours of sleep.
I hardly made my coffee, as usual, actually, putting sugar in the sink instead in the cup. Now, I took up of putting the cup directly in the sink so that I don’t have to clean so early in the morning.
Then, I took my usual morning walk with the dog, outside in the ravine. The weather turned mild and I had the surprise of seeing ducks at the creek. A definite up moment that made me begin enjoying my day.
We met the little dog I mentioned before – the one determined to play with Rex even if he’s antisocial and mean. Of course, she was determined to play again. As a matter of fact she led her master in a run to meet Rex, which wasn’t quite pleasant for the poor man, who is a bit over seventy.
And then I had to go to work. I was happy that the bus came fast – an up point in my day, and moreover, I even found a seat, which was a real blessing considering that I had my laptop to carry.
Downside: the bus was crawling instead of running. I am sure I could have walked beside the bus and got to my destination exactly the same time.
I hoped it was for a stop only, and then for two or three, but when I got to Leslie and the guy was still driving like a ninety-year woman with thick glasses and shaking hands, I decided to go and ask what was going on. He told me he had a schedule to respect and he was too fast earlier so now he had to stop at each stop and drive very slowly.
For a moment there, I didn’t know what to do. Sitting in that bus meant clearly to be late for work, however, getting off and waiting for another didn’t mean that another bus was behind. The driver told me that an express should be behind him and that helped me made my mind. It was a very smart decision. The express came in only one minute and I got to the subway in time. So, an up point for the day.
I got to work in time with time to spare and therefore I went to buy myself a coffee from Tim. Definitely not a smart move: the line was long and moving slowly. In the end, I got to work almost in time if not with two or three minutes late: down for the day.
There, I was welcomed by a few colleagues who haven’t seen me in a while – I had been sick for a few weeks, actually, and they all had read my books and wanted them signed. It felt good: upside point in my day.
Then, one of the ladies asked me why there was no sex scene in the book. Embarrassing question for me but I had to explain to her that my mother reads my books and I cannot have my fantasies for her to read. She disagreed with me but advised me to write a book and keep it from my mother. Huh! That’s a bit impossible!
Anyway, a down moment came almost immediately: I got a raise – a whooping 1.1% increase in my pay, so now, probably, with the taxes and passing over the threshold, my paycheck would be lower than it was up to now. After having had my account hacked last month, this is like the cherry on top. Definitely, a down point for my day!
I got an interesting job offer today – up point for me. However, the pay was similar to what I have, the work double – down point for me. I said no.
The trip back home was a definite down point. The subway was packed and stopped every time after leaving the station. Actually, the first wagon would go into the tunnel and the train would stop. We could see the platform and wait for the train to move again. My one-hour trip turned into an hour and a half. That’s why I love TTC dearly.
Getting home, I found a note stuck in my door: they will shut the water off tomorrow for repairs. Definitely not an up point for me! The roller coaster is going down and down and down.
I had my evening conversation with my daughter and found out that one of her colleagues went to a party on Saturday and was drugged. She ended at the emergency room in the hospital as she had lost consciousness. They kept her there till morning, however, no doctor checked on her.
I shouldn’t wonder. I had a friend who got to emergency room with a knee fracture and after four hours they didn’t do anything for her. In the end, they gave her some painkillers and sent her home setting an appointment with the doctor for after a week. Only then, they established she had a fracture. So, the medical system is a down point for the life roller coaster here. That’s clear.
However, I have a good book waiting for me, even if it is half past twelve and that’s an up point for me.
See you tomorrow!
Born sometime in the past century, living in the 21st century.
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