My boss is on paternity leave. Which means I’m the boss. Which means a shit load of work and emails piling up by the minute. Friday was one of those days. I needed to complete an awards submission, attend a shitload of meetings, and talk to all the people who stopped by to talk and keep me away from doing the things I needed to do. I ended up staying until after 6 p.m. Not so bad until you remember I started work before 7:30 and actually left home at 6:30. (Yes, I know people work 18 hour days, but I am not a work-aholic by nature.).
Since it’s Friday in the summer, I expected a long commute home. (The last 2 Fridays were 2 hours each.) I’d hoped by leaving after 6pm I’d miss most of the traffic, but of course there were the requisite accidents. After the last two weeks, I’ve “learned” not to trust the alternate routing my GPS recommends, so I took a different alternate route. It wasn’t too bad, except that I was really hungry, having missed lunch.
Then, about 7-10 miles from home, I’m driving on the freeway when I see a tree branch hurling through the air towards me. I scan to see where it came from (a trash truck or open-ended pickup truck, for example), but see nothing out of the ordinary. I sort of duck and flinch (apparently shutting my eyes) when I hear glass shatter. I open my eyes and see…
a fucking 2 foot long piece of metal sticking through my windshield! (Actually, the rod has settled. It came in at a ~135 degree angle—not the ~45 degree angle here.)
The car was still drivable, so rather than pulling off to the side of the road (after all, it is Friday night around 7 p.m. and I’m damn hungry!) I just kept driving. And now (Sunday a.m.) having been without wheels all weekend because the car rental place had nothing available for the weekend. And I get to stay home tomorrow because the body shop isn’t open on weekends so the car is still sitting in the driveway (with a couple of plastic bags over the windshield to keep (any possible) rain from coming in.
Here are a few other views:
I think God is telling me it’s time to retire.