From the past

You know how old people are. They live in the past. And so from the past, a day in the life of me, the curmudgeon.


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My daughter has me use the family van as I don’t have a car. Well it’s part of a deal we made but that’s not here nor there.

The Van is nice and I have been driving it for a few years now. But every once in a while her husband takes it for what ever reason, mainly to stuff all his cycling equipment in and that it drives nice. When that happens I have to use Chris’s car, a Ford Focus.
To say I don’t like her car is being very nice. Well I had to take it today to go to the museum. I was running late and thought I would take my tea and drink it along the way when i remembered I was taking her car.
Sitting inside her car is like sitting in her purse. She has cutesy  garbage cans, little bags here and there and tons of Kleenex boxes for the nose, disinfectants and hand wipes.
I used to drive an RX7 and it had more room then her car. I groaned as I realized I was going to be driving my daughters home away from home.
I stuffed my carry all that has the things I need for tours at the museum and my purse in the small space in the backseat. I put my lap top in the trunk and then got in and put my tea in the holder.
As I backed out, her country music station was on. Half way down the street I tried to read her radio that has pictures flashing, lines jumping up and down and little, tiny, microscopic buttons to push on the radio. None of which change the station. I pulled over and for 5 minutes tried to figure out how to find NPR. I could only find the damned classical station that so infuriates me that I often think of withdrawing my contribution to NPR as they play so much classical and jazz that… wait I digress. So I can’t find anything as the station won’t change and I decide to listen to the classical instead of the fuzzy sounds.
At the stop light I take a drink of my tea and the light changes and I go to put my tea back into the holder which is set into a cave like receptacle as it is so dark under the dashboard I can’t see. So I put the car in first and am blindly poking around with the cup to find the holder and there is no holder. I quickly put the cup in my left hand and try to feel around on the bottom.
I feel some kind of lump where the holder was supposed to be. I pull it out while I am trying to keep up with traffic in first gear and barely able to steer the car. I put it in second as I enter the freeway but I have to get this cup out of my hand as I can’t steer and there is no place to set the cup down. I reach down with my right hand pull the lump out of the holder toss it to the passenger side and deftly put the cup inside.
At last. In the back of my mind though, I’m thinking is that cup safe or is it going to fall out?  I reach down and it is sitting quite still. I’m driving for 20 minutes doing OK then I reach the museum go around the curve to get to it and my tea-cup falls out of the holder, on to my clothes and the floor and I am soaking wet. Now i can’t go to the museum.
I pull into a parking lot to assess the damages. Nope I have to go home. Ugh. I have to drive another 20 minutes listening to that music. I put on my glasses and try to figure out the station while I’m in the lot. Now, I’ve lost the music and I am listening to loud static as the knob to turn the music down does not work. I’m totally enraged by now and have called the car every name I can think of, I’m cursing Alika for his stupid radio and I am mad because my whole day has just been shot. I punch and punch the buttons hoping one will turn a station on but no luck.
I back out of the lot and give one last stab at the radio to shut it off and lo and behold it shuts off. I pull out of the lot trying to console myself with the fact that it’s OK to listen to silence and that I don’t need to be taking in the state of the world all of the time and that I can listen to my thoughts every once in a while. I turn the curve to get on to the freeway and the radio flies out of the dashboard and on to the floor of the car. Serious thoughts of ramming the car into the wall on the freeway pass through my mind all the way home.
When I arrive home I see what had happened. Her cup holder has another one inside of it that comes out. When I took my tea out to drink it, It stuck to the cup, fell back in and turned upside down and hence I could not figure out where the cup holder went.
I will not drive that car again. I will stay home and rot before I do. As I sit here writing this, there is one very happy being in this
room though and he is laying at my feet. Max. Thank god for him. I’m now calming down.

8 comments on “From the past

  1. Wegian says:

    Until this post, you haven’t written for a while. I thought I would stop by and see what was new. I hope you don’t mind, but I laughed out loud! I think we’ve all been there at one time or another – you know, mad enough to drive our car into a wall. Afterwards it is funny. Welcome back. Your posts were missed.


    • Well thank you so much for such kind words. I must admit I took a break because I did not think that anyone would notice. Don’t feel bad about laughing as I was hoping that people would because I sure did.

      Today I had another run in with the car when I went to put A CD in the tuner ,or what ever it is, to play a book on tape. Once again I was headed into the museum.Lately there has been so much traffic I couldn’t face it without something to distract me from going rogue on the road.

      As it happens I pushed the CD into any and every opening there was on the radio to no avail. Being that my son in law likes the newest of gadgets I wasn’t sure that the player wasn’t hidden in some special spot. After sitting in my parking at home for five minutes I gave up and called my daughter to ask if she remembered where it was hidden. She couldn’t remember. So I put the CD away, once again grumbled to myself, and put on my IPhone to listen to.

      When I got home I asked my son in law where the CD player was on the radio set. He said, it was in my daughters other car. It had not been in the car I was using for over 4 years! Talk about observant. Oh well. Thank goodness for ITunes


  2. MaryAnn says:

    I hope you made another cup of tea for yourself and enjoyed the rest of your day.

    I often say Sometimes ya win & sometimes ya don’t …..😘


    • Ah, Tea. What would the world be without it. But on the other hand if I didn’t have it I would have been fine. Yup, sometimes you win and sometimes you should just stay in bed. Thanks for posting. I appreciate it.


  3. Velta says:

    This made me laugh! Some days are like that. Nothing you can do about them, but laugh or go crazy. Love you Honey. Hope today is better.Hugs,
    Aunt Velta


  4. Dan Brown says:

    Karen, you have my sympathy and my admiration for trying to cope. And whether you meant to or not, that was one funny story! You’ve often informed and educated us; this time you entertained me and made me laugh out loud. Thank you.


    • Thank you so much Dan. When I looked back on this post it made me laugh too.

      It was so crazy especially when I thought I had turned off the radio and it popped out on to the floor. I was furious.

      But it was just too funny not to share and I’m happy it made you laugh. Thank you for the feed back I appreciate that the most.

      Karen in Honolulu


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