I have a sad story for you today. It's okay - you
don't have to stay. I know you have enough sadness in your life
already. Actually - maybe you should tell me about your sad story
instead. Go ahead - vent away - I am listening .... okay - now
it is my turn.
The other day was the day one only wishes on someone
they are really pissed at. WHY- you ask? I'll tell you.
I had the day beautifully planned. Be in Falcon by 10:00am -
deliver the program I just finished writing - get my oil changed - try
out the new restaurant in the Chalet - then off to Elma to meet
another web client re some changes to his web site - then home for a
cold beer and a movie.
I hit the floor running at 7:30 am. This is a heroic feat for a
free lance computer guy who rarely sees the light before noon. Loaded
everything into the car - had packed the night before. Then, realizing
I needed gas for me and the car, I decided to hit Costco and Timmy's
First piece of coal ... I hit every red light between my
home in the north west and Transcona. Being of cool mind - I wrote it
off as a challenge at keeping my kool.
Second piece of coal ... Got to Costco at 8:00, they did not
open until 9:00. Still kool but a little frustrated.
Third piece of coal ... As I was pulling back onto Regent -
a prairie train came rolling out nowhere and crossed Regent with me on
the wrong side of the tracks. What is a "prairie train" you ask ?
They have a minimum of 150 cars and are not allowed to travel faster
than 3 KM per hour. You can actually graffiti a whole car and only
take about 4 steps in the process. Still kool but getting decidedly
Fourth piece of coal ... by the time the train passed I
totally forgot to stop at Timmy's and grab a coffee.
Fifth piece of coal ... This is unbelievable. I headed out
of Transcona down to Dugald Road and another prairie train appeared
out of nowhere - with me on the wrong side of the tracks again. No
longer kool. I decided I want to kill someone or go back home. But I
knew - if I turned around I would hit a third train and I could not
handle that. So I decided to just take a few years off my life and sit
After that - had a nice drive to Falcon and I installed my program.
Gassed me and the car up at Deacon's Corner.
Sixth piece of coal ... I made a last minute change to
improve a display and in the process buggered the thing up. Went to
fix it and - MY BATTERY DIED - no problem except for the first time in
my life I decided I did not need my charger and left it at home.
Oh well - at least I can get my oil changed.
Seventh piece of coal ... I had the wrong oil filter so no oil
Turns out the Doc was in Falcon so decided to have him check a sore
on my face that would not heal.
Eighth piece of coal ... he thinks I probably have cancer.
Do I lose my kool? No - by now I am glad to still be alive.
So I decided to head to my Elma appointment early since it was 2:00
and I had nothing left to do.
Ninth piece of coal ... got to Elma and there was no one
home. They expected me at 6:00 and they were still out canoeing.
I gave up and went home.
NOW - I told you all of that so I could tell you about the good
stuff that happened. And here I thank Brian Tracy and his Phoenix
Seminar - best gift my ex ever gave me - taught me how to look at the
gift of life.
The first diamond ... I have to go back to see the doctor in
one week so I can rectify all the other stuff that did not happen.
Will definitely not go through Transcona.
The second diamond ... I realized that potentially having
cancer really does not bother me that much. They may be able to cut it
all out right away. If not - I have had a very full and rich life and
I will use the time left as wisely as possible.
The third diamond ... I have realized that It is time to
start getting my affairs in order - and I am looking forward to doing
The fourth diamond ... I am going to do my bucket list and
start working through it. There are so many neat things I want to do
and I have been putting them off for too long.
The fifth diamond ... I now keep lots of cold beer and The
Captain in my fridge.
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SO - what does it all mean ????
9 pieces of coal vs 5 diamonds. Butt - 1 diamond outweighs 3 pieces
of coal so the actual score is 15 to 9 in favour of the diamonds.
NOT A BAD DAY AFTER ALL :))