Walking on Broken Glass

Posted October 6th, 2010 (1:07 pm) || 2 Comments

So yesterday we had some “scattered thunderstorms” around the valley. By “thunderstorms” I mean there were a few storms, and they were accompanied by some thunder. By “scattered” I mean everything that wasn’t nailed down was scattered about randomly by wind and hail.

The sky fell yesterday. No really, I have pictures: http://twitpic.com/2uzm1h. Well, one picture. Whatever really happened yesterday, it smacked neighborhoods throughout the Phoenix area as if God was playing Whack-a-Mole. The first storm to hit my apartment slammed down around noon and tossed hail stones around 1/2 inch to 1 inch in diameter. The property lost seven trees, including the tall one near the street which fortunately didn’t hit anything but the sidewalk. The power was out for around 30 minutes, which really added to the ambiance of a furious storm.

I found out after the storm the sort of damage it caused around the immediate neighborhood. Trees went to a stroll in the streets, a few street signs decided to take flight and see the world, and the sign to the Jack-in-the-Box on the corner went for a Jumbo Jack by using the drive thru. I suppose the strangest thing was the news reporter from channel 3 was outside reporting in it without so much as an umbrella. On reflection though, I’ll simply assume he had an umbrella, but immediately before filming it hooked up with a road sign and flew to Vegas.

The next storm wasn’t until around 5 pm. This time there wasn’t much to knock down, so instead stuff just kinda rolled around on the ground and got battered falling ice. Instead of the power going out, the cable and internet did, although part of it came back on after the storm ended. The rest of it came back this morning.

Our local Bookman’s called it a “snow day.”

The worst of it, from my point of view at least, didn’t even happen at home. A storm so horrendous I can only imagine that the experience would be reminiscent of one of the plagues of Egypt struck Scottsdale shortly after 3 pm. By the oddest coincidence of this was when she was scheduled to be there, DeAnna was on her way to work. Now there are dozens of tiny little dents in my car, many spidery cracks throughout my windshield, and the sunroof is nothing but tiny bits of tinted glass scattered over several miles of Cactus Road.

I spent this morning cleaning up, making sure the car was drivable (duct tape fixes everything!) and keeping in touch with the utility and insurance companies to make sure what I can’t fix myself still gets fixed.

I’m not sure about today’s forecast, but last I looked we’re supposed to have “isolated thunderstorms.” I’m expecting giant cages to fall from the sky to keep us from visiting other neighborhoods.

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Two Lanes

Posted March 2nd, 2010 (8:40 am) || Comments Off

Isn’t it nice how when you need to make a left turn into a parking lot, but traffic is backed up so far it blocks entry except for that one car that stays put to allow you in? I love those people. It’s rare acts of kindness and courtesy like this the world is missing out on. Unless, of course, this courteously minded driver is dreadfully oblivious to the fact there is another lane of on coming traffic filled with drivers with nothing but “fuck him” on their mind as they pass. The courteous driver is then left wondering why I’m looking at them like they’ve suddenly turned into a purple giraffe who thought the road would make a nice place to take a nap. They usually figure it out when someone further back, with a fully justified “fuck him” attitude, honks their horn once or twice.

So remember folks, even if for some reason you do own the whole damn road, unless you also have access to a rather sturdy mind control laser to catch the guys in the other lanes, don’t be a purple giraffe. Just say “fuck him” and get to where you’re going. The sooner you are off the road the better it is for everyone.

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Posted February 1st, 2010 (8:41 am) || 1 Comment

My car was repossessed on Saturday.

Turns out I was further behind than I thought. Also turns out that when you try to work things out with my finance company, they don’t do what they say they are going to do.

I’ve been out of work for most of the past year. The charity of friends and family and the few short lived jobs I’ve managed to get have help us squeak by, especially since DeAnna lost her job at the school last year. Good fortune befell us when DeAnna got a new, full time job that will easily cover the bills. Well, to make sure the car would not vanish, I made a deal with the finance company to defer a few months of payments until she started receiving paychecks. They told me this would be done, and I would make a payment the beginning of February. All seemed good.

Then my car vanished.

Upon calling the finance company, they never did do the deferment, which put me three months behind on payments even though I’ve been giving them money. Now I need to come up with the full three months back due, plus a huge “repossession fee” which it turns out does not include any “storage fees” for hiding my car from me.

Fortunately, family is the most wonderful thing in the world to have. Although we now have a lot more debt to pay back, we’re getting the car back today.

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On the Road Again!

Posted March 31st, 2007 (11:30 pm) || Comments Off

Yes! I’ve finally done it! I’ve got myself a car. And not just any car… MY car! Ever since Saturn came out with the Ion I’ve wanted one, and now I finally have one. A 2003 Saturn Ion 3. And it’s even in my color! I love it! And the best part is that I can actually afford the damn thing. Since my mother got her disability money in she can contribute to rent, which means I have a lot of money I didn’t have previously. After putting most of the back rent (and some advance rent) as a down payment, the rest was just a simple matter of paperwork and now I’m on the road in my own car. The only downside is that I can’t park in the handy-capped spots anymore…

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