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Bad Day at Black Rock

8 November 2011

It’s an old question: “You ever have one of those days?”

I’m having one today. Probably my own fault, as I started off the day in a mood. I had some dreams that really got under my skin (and still are), so the day — dreary, overcast, and occasionally spitting a weak, cold rain — wasn’t off to a great start. But I knew what would get the day kicked off right — an energy drink. I don’t drink them as much as I used to, but I can still put down a Rockstar and get an instant adrenaline hit.

So, after walking the little dog, I walked the big dog, then loaded her into the car. Which would not start.

So I put the big dog in the house and decided to walk to a little convenience store about 3/4 of a mile away. It was spitting a bit of rain, but it wasn’t too bad, and I figured the walk would do me good. I’m old, after all.

The store was closed, though it should have opened about 10 minutes before I got there. I waited around for a couple of minutes, then walked the 3/4 of a mile back home, then another 1/4 mile or so to another convenience store… which was also closed. I hadn’t wanted an energy drink in a while by that point, but my OCD (see yesterday’s post) wouldn’t let the thought out of my head — now I needed one. Not even to drink — I just needed to buy one. So I walked another 1/2 mile or so, found an open store, bought a Rockstar, and walked back home. That was two hours ago, and I haven’t even opened the thing yet.

In the intervening hours, AAA has come by and replaced my battery (thanks, Chase), so at least the car is working today. Of course, with my OCD raging as it seems to be, I’ll probably go start the car another 7 to 13 times in the next couple of hours just to make sure it’s still fixed.

Most times, when I have a day like this, it makes me realize how fortunate I am, how good I have it. So far, that hasn’t happened. I think people just need to be in a bad mood sometimes, and I’m in one now. Thing is, I hate being in a bad mood, which puts me in a worse mood. It’s a vicious spiral.

So, some good things. Author interview coming up this week, so stay tuned for that. The little dog is either trying to warm my feet or steal warmth from my feet, so that’s something.

What about you, folks? What’s your surefire exit from a bad mood?

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