So here I am with time on my hands. I'm waiting for my iPad battery to recharge so I can get back to the latest "Jack Reacher" novel I'm reading, Without Fail. It's great to order e-books. They're cheaper and delivery is immediate. The downside is you're at the mercy of your iPad battery.
So my choices to fill the time - or as I like to call it: displacement activity - were either solitaire on my laptop or write a post. I'm tired of solitaire - which I keep losing - so the blog wins out.
I was up with the birds this morning, taking my car to the dealership to install the winter tires, do an oil change, check the brake fluid level and look at the muffler which was getting kind of noisy.
So I'm sitting in the waiting room, reading my iPad book and BAM - or BLING, I guess - the power went out. So looking at my car took longer than I expected due to the lack of power. And, of course, I used up more of my iPad battery which I'd brought along to pass the time.
Finally, about 3 hours later - as opposed to an hour to hour-and-a-half - the car is ready. And there's good news and bad news.
Isn't there always?
The good news is the bill for changing the tires, the oil change and the brake fluid was all of $95. Well, gee, sitting through that power outage was actually worth it.
Ah, not so fast dufus. The bad news is the muffler needs replacing. I don't speak garageese, you see. As the problem was explained to me I kinda heard a voice like that of how the adults sound on the animated Peanuts TV show:
...mwah mwah mwah mwah mwah mwah
at least $500 mwah mwah mwah…
Great. I get to go back next week where the only displacement activity will take place in my wallet.