Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Thin Mints?

My car was towed.

I pulled my brand new umbrella out of it's box, knowing as I walked to the impound yard that it would rain. It did. I wasn't feeling so great about myself (completely spacing out, as I did. Road construction had started where my car was parked!) As it started to sprinkle I went to open my new umbrella which had just come from Amazon, and as I pushed up on the handle, it broke in my hand. I now held a tiny 4 inch handle next to my face as I walked in the rain to the impound yard 10 blocks away.

I was actually wearing gym clothes and this is shocking, frankly. Why? Because I was going to go to the gym for the first time in ... years. What was the universe trying to say? On top of it, I had two sopping wet parking tickets stuck to my windshield. Hmm.

Sometimes you have to just go with the flow, and keep things in perspective. (After a mini melt down, of course!) But alas, in the grand scheme of things these obviously are not the biggest problems and nothing that a night of great music and thin mints won't cure. I still have a car that drives, Amazon takes returns and Girl Scout Thin Mints haven't changed in 30 years.

Mmmm ... Thin Mints.
Were you a Girl Scout?

That night I listened to my friend Malaika's dad,
play jazz guitar at Vitello's.
... and it was awesome.

John Pisano and Barry Zweig

"Weather the storms.
Let them pass
Keep your balance, as best you're able.
Remember to be flexible and sway with the winds
like the tall trees in the forest.
Trust the flukes, too,
those moments when it snows on the desert.
Let destiny have it's way with you."

~Melody Beattie
Journey to the Heart


Diana Strinati Baur said...

oh. Now that was a tough day. I sometimes feel Italy takes me, chews me up, and spits me out in a lump - but you know, any place will do that to you, on a specific day at a specific moment (especially, LA, I am afraid to say). That you slid into the evening of music is practicing the art of balance and the sense of perspective in your prose is well taken.

Here's to better road signage. And more well made umbrellas ( I actually went "aww, no" when i read that part).

From Diana, who has always firmly believed that there is no cookie like a Thin Mint.

jane said...

i haven´t had thin mints in years!!! i bet they taste the same...

ArtSparker said...

I'm in this exclusive club as well...Glad you got your car back. Curling up with a beloved book or video not bad either, we all need a little escape now and then.

erin said...

i was a girl scout one year, long ago...but i eventually found something better to the cookies!

red ticking said...

amazing post... one day when i lived in boston i went to ash wednesday service. i came out racing to get to work and i could not find my car. finally, seeing the sign... whatever it said... my car was in "roxbury". yes, one of those places you hope you never have to go to. so i hailed a cab, and went on my way... i did get the car, paid the guy, and paid the fine... and learned my lesson from then on...ALWAYS read the signs... it was such a horrible experience... and i am so sorry you had to go thru this... and i agree... thin mints are the best... esp in the freezer... sleep well... xx pam

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