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If it Weren't for Bad Luck . . . .

Posted Monday, July 12, 2010, at 1:34 PM

Gloom, despair, and agony on me. If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. Gloom, despair, and agony on me.

Those of us old enough to remember "Hee Haw" on television, will never be able to forget two of their most famous songs; "Pickin' and Grinnin'" and "Gloom, Despair, and Agony on me."

In the past month, I have had the most incredible run of bad luck. In the past 12 years, I have personally experienced nothing like it.

My wife and I decided to drive separately to a social gathering at a friends' home. As I am about to turn onto their street, my cellphone rings. "Honey, the car suddenly stopped running and I can't get it to start. Can you come get me?"

Fortunately, she was able to coast into a parking lot so we left the car there until after the event. Having raised three boys, I had wisely invested in a car dolly. I attached the dolly to our truck to rescue the stranded car and discovered that the truck's break pedal went to the floor. Further examination showed that the master cylinder was blown and every press of the break pedal pumped hydriodic fluid onto the ground.

How lucky we were to have another car. It would be a little inconvenient, but we could use it until we got the other car and truck fixed. Another friend with a truck got those vehicles to their respective repair shops. Then the water pump on the last car "grenaded." We were now basically stranded.

While auto repair work isn't quite as expensive as legal fees, it is a very good thing that I have been friends with most of the local mechanics. Between a borrowed car, and the extension of a little credit, we were back up and going.

Want to know when the worst time is to break a tooth? How about 6 p.m., on the Friday before the 4th of July holiday. I broke this particular molar on Chex Mix deep enough that the chunk wouldn't come out; it was still attached to the ligament. Happily, I was able to get the beading to stop in about 15-20 minutes or so. I am now sporting a new temporary crown. I also learned that dental work is MUCH more expensive than legal fees.

I have also been having computer problems, which delayed the submission of this piece. When it rains, it monsoons.

Finally, the piece de resistance. I have lived in this community for about 12 years now without getting into any trouble (other than occasionally kicking over the bee hive to see what flies out). In the past month, I have been sued, had my integrity attacked by indirect means, and received innuendoes of bad things to come. It doesn't appear that any of it will amount to much, but they are time consuming and frustrating. According to a friend with deep family ties to this community, there is more of the same to come. Oh well.

My beloved wife reminds me that I don't have leukemia or some other form of cancer. That frankly, there are plenty of other people who have it much worse. She's right.

Well, I guess what ever doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. Heaven knows that I am in need of more strength, fortitude, wisdom, patients, . . . . .

Hummmm. Perhaps that is why things sometimes happen.

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KARMA gets everyone eventually!!!

-- Posted by camaro queen on Mon, Jul 12, 2010, at 3:16 PM

Indeed, Alexis, karma does get everyone eventually.

-- Posted by Charles Hear on Tue, Jul 13, 2010, at 8:29 AM

Charles, are you SURE that the brakes on your truck just broke on their own? :) Bad things are only supposed to come in threes. Yours appear to come in sixs (or maybe it's simply two sets of three). Anyway, that was a rough go of things. Hopefully you're on the positive side of luck now!

-- Posted by brazilian on Tue, Jul 13, 2010, at 8:36 AM

Charles, the rain falls on the just and the unjust. We might not understand the specifics, but sometimes life just deals you lemons on a consistent basis. The other adage is a favorite quote from an old hippie buddy of mine, "Karen, life is like a stellar acid trip girl. Each time you go into the mellow, you know the rush is on its way." Lol. Looking deeper into that, you realize that his "wisdom" is simple and pure. Life does have its ups and downs. Find the good in them both because its not going to change as long as the good Lord gives you breath.

Hope the valley clears for you soon and that wild rush begins!

-- Posted by karenmeister on Tue, Jul 13, 2010, at 11:19 AM

Hey Charles, I find it funny that "KARMA" will catch up with you, and not a deadbeat that drives across several states drunk and pill drunk with a five year old in the back seat with no seat belt on running other cars off the road. Oh wait. That's right. Karma gets everyone eventually, right? Man sure would suck to be that horrible drain on society.

-- Posted by sandman442 on Mon, Jul 26, 2010, at 3:17 PM

Welcome to my world!

-- Posted by riconeal on Mon, Aug 9, 2010, at 12:53 PM

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