Yesterday, just as I was developing the inspiration to write about all the sexcapaids I’ve had in my life, life interjected and shut that down.
Here’s how the conversation went (paraphrasing of course)…
Life: “Here.. read this and get angry” (hands me an email).
Me: 😬😬😬 (deep breath). “No! Not today life. I’m not letting this shit get to me today. I’ve got other plans.”
Life: “Ok then. Let’s just see about that.”
Me: “I’m gonna write a poem instead.”
Life: “Haha. That’s funny.”
Me: “Whatever. Give me my trigger.”
Life: (snickers) “Sure thing boss. Today’s topic is sex. Ha!!”
(Life knows I’d rather poke my own eyes out than write a poem about sex.)
Me: “Challenge accepted!” I start to write about the sex poem but didn’t get very far before Life looked down at his wrist and tapped his watch.
Life: “Times up. You’ve got to go.”
Me: “Fuck. I was just getting started. No matter, I’ll finish later.”
Life: “Fat chance.”
Me: “Shut up. It’s Friday and I have all damn day.”
Life: “That’s what you think.”
Me: “Whatever Life. Go suck it.”
Then I hurried out the door and drove to CB to visit my dad. Stopped at Little King to pick us up some sandwiches. While at my dad’s, we sat at the kitchen table, ate, and I listened to a few new stories. Turns out, by random chance my dad enrolled in college one week before receiving his draft notice, narrowly escaping being thrown into the war. His life could have gone very differently and if it had, I would not be here writing this. I digress.
After that visit, I hurried home continuing to think on the topic of the day. At red lights I would open my phone and read where I left off and tried to think of what would be next. I had soooooo many thoughts. So many directions I could take the topic. But then the light would turn green and I had to go again.
Arriving home it was immediately time to leave again. This time to take my darling daughter to get her second moderna shot. She missed her appointment in Iowa on Saturday because she was sick and so the only opportunity was this “open clinic” set up at a church here in Omaha for people needing the second shot. Open meaning no appointments. Open meaning a line of hundreds of people through the church, out the door, and down the block. And a cluster of parking a situation.
She begged me to wait with her and of course I did. Did I mention this line was outside??!! Did I mention I hadn’t changed from my morning walk or that I wasn’t wearing a coat?! Did I mention it was only 20 degrees outside??! I must really love my daughter to freeze my ass off for 1.5 hours outside and 1 hour inside that church waiting with her.
Every time she took her phone out to look at something I thought maybe I could write standing in line. I took my phone out of my pocket and then she’d look at me and ask “what are you doing? Talk to me.” Ok, fine.
Three grueling and freezing hours later, we were done and headed to pick up my son. Arriving home (after securing some drive through dinner for them) I was frustrated and just wanted to sink into the couch. But not without some food and drink of my own.
Enter stage left, R-Taco and homemade margs. One margarita, two margaritas, three and done.
Somewhere in there I had the wherewithal to post all I had written in the morning… which was not much.
As I pushed the “publish” button I heard a maniacal laugh and looked over my shoulder at Life.
Life: “Told you so.”
Me: “Fine. You win….Today. But I’m doubling down on tomorrow.”
Life: (With a big smile) “Perfect!”
Doubling down for real! Life will NOT best me two days in a row. Nope!!
Today is the second day in a row I’ve spent time inside a church. Today I went to Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Cuz…. If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. I’m talking about donating blood.
Today’s donation was a success as my hemoglobin came through at 13.0 (second finger stick as the first was 12.3 .. booo). I haven’t donated for over a year and it feels good to be able to do it again. Next one will be in April. Guess what else is in April? My next vacation.
I’m in charge of planning this time and it’s gonna be amazing. Don’t know where yet but that don’t matter. Wherever we go will be famous!!
Where was I going with this again?
Oh yeah, doubling down on the day. It’s now past 5pm and I don’t even have a topic and I’ve wasted all my time writing about what happened yesterday.
I went to a virtual workshop this morning which was all about sonnets and at the point where we had to free write is where I got stuck. None of the starters that were offered triggered anything in my brain and I ended up writing a few lines about Princess Diana and a quote of hers I heard once about chasing chicken around a plate.
So rando, I know, but that’s how the brain works sometimes. Alas I could not produce any good lines from that, let alone an entire Sonnet so I’m still at square zero.
Still. The day isn’t over yet.
Life: (Tapping his watch again) “Clock is ticking.”
That guy is really starting to get on my nerves.
Later gaters, 🐊