Every day this week has felt like April Fools Day. After my bike crash, some really frustrating days at work, and screwing up my taxes, I was hoping for a reprieve. No such luck. On Friday I telecommuted. I needed to pick my daughter up at BWI in the late afternoon and leaving from home would save me loads of time. I was able to keep my leg elevated for most of the day too, but the damn thing stiffened up in the car on the way to the airport. Fortunately, I-95 was jammed up pretty much all the way there so I got to feel pain with each application of the accelerator and the brake.
I woke up with a very sore leg that didn’t want to play nice. We spent the day driving 45 very frustrating miles on I-95 to Fredericksburg to tour the University of Mary Washington. The last time I had a good look at it, it was called Mary Washington College and it was quite small. It’s much bigger now and all the plants on campus were blooming. Very pretty. We took the admissions tour with our daughter. Lots of stairs. Not fun, but by the time it was over my leg was functioning okay.
After a stop at Chez Hardee, we jumped on I-95 for another frustrating brakefest. (Dear DOT, Paving the country just isn’t working. Try something else. How about a train that runs up and down the eastern seaboard and doesn’t cost more than a trip to Latvia?)
Once home I decided to get the lawn mower ready for the new year. I was distracted by the amazing weed garden on the side of the house. Since I can’t kneel, weed pulling is particularly awkward. In any case, I felt like I was accomplishing something since some of the weeds were 2-3 feet high.
After a trip to the hardware store for parts, I decided to drain the gas from the mower. I have the most fuel efficient mower on the planet. I ended up mowing about 2/3rds of my back yard before it conked out. I thought that if the mower wasn’t hot, I would change the oil. I touched the engine housing with my right hand, YEEEOOOWWW!. White hot.
Giving up on the mower, I took my Sequoia into my local bike shop. About 7 weeks ago, I ordered a new rear rim from them and it didn’t come in. So back I went to try again. They ordered another. The new wheel will set me back over $200 partly because they will be overhauling my rear hub in the process.
That sounds like a lot of money. Consider this. During my adventures today, I gassed up the Millennium Falcon (my son’s Mitsubishi Lancer). It cost over $50! This is an economy car? As I pulled away from the pump, a guy pulled in with a humongous SUV. Have fun dude.
So March ends. I am mighty glad to see it fade in my rear view mirror.
I hope April Fools Day is full of pleasant surprises.