Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Planets Are Against Me...And You

Why art thou in retrograde?

Makes me feel better.

Technical difficulties, try as they might to keep us apart, are being put to bed one (1) at a time; let us continue our dialog... Some of you know this, but prior to being a coffee magnate I was a humble biomedical technician, repairing medical devices. While playing that role in San Francisco as a young man, working as a scab contractor for the company formally known as Hewlett Packard (oh yes, they manufacture medical equipment and your computer's printer) I seemed to be periodically overwhelmed with technical difficulties. After one (1) particularly harried day I vented to my Buffalo Natural Foods grocer, James (and no there are no regular grocery stores in San Francisco) about the plethora of technical mayhem, when he tendered the greatest reasoning I have ever heard, or will ever hear. He explained that Mercury was in retrograde, that an alignment of planets placing Mercury into retrograde renders the machines on our planet prone to failure. Wow!

That, of course, is just a copious explanation and round about way of saying; the truck's brake light switch failed, the alarm clock failed, the plumbing is leaking in the kitchen, the plumbing is leaking in the bathroom, and my head is barely above the waterline.

Despite these difficulties, I managed to squeak out victory in the second (2nd) Mojito Cup Skeet Challenge Monday night. The competition was better than usual with the addition of two (2) Alldredge Academy sharp shooters (thanks for bringing the M1 carbine, good fun!), but I was undaunted from my task and blasted my way to victory! Thanks to Rob (of Hellbender fame) for procuring the pigeon launcher, a great addition to Gun Club. Also thanks to Jeremy and Ben (of Highland Prospects fame) for bringing the prize for winning the Mojito Cup (not just another Mojito, although that would be enough, what with Mojito's smooth lime flavor and effervescent finish...Mojito by Bacardi, a winner's choice!) no, the boys brought a real by God 'merican honoring t-shirt overflowing with "hell yeah!" named Stars and Stripes. Take that Osama!

Did your car not start? The computer crash? The refrigerator on the the blink? I have given you the explanation, just try and relax, have some coffee, tell me about it, and together we'll wait this alignment problem out and put in place the proper repairs. What else can we do?

"Good Times. Any time you meet a payment.
Good Times. Any time you need a friend.
Good Times. Any time you're out from under.
Not getting hastled, not getting hustled.
Keepin' your head above water,
Making a wave when you can.
Temporary lay offs.
Good Times.
Easy credit rip offs.
Good Times.
Scratchin' and surviving.
Good Times. Hangin in a chow line
Good Times. Ain't we lucky we got 'em Good Times."
No truer words were ever song.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thursday, September 25

If you are feeling somewhat ill-at-ease and don't know exactly why, chalk it up to yesterday's Mercury reversal and the fact that this planet is still virtually motionless. The main problem is not necessarily lost luggage, misplaced papers, communication snafus and delayed meetings, but rather an inability to leap ahead in an assertive manner. Therefore, wisdom dictates a more reflective and contemplative approach to life. Pull in the reins somewhat and don't be afraid of some important soul-searching for a change of pace.