Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Bad Day

Of all the messes one could find in a bathroom, this is the better kind.

Yesterday morning I woke up, ate breakfast, and went to the bathroom to brush my teeth. When I opened the cabinet and took my toothbrush out of the ceramic toothbrush holder, all of the contents of the higher shelf began to tumble. In a small panic I reached up with both hands to stop the avalanche. My toothbrush, still in my hand, caught the edge of the ceramic holder and tipped it. In slow motion, I watched it topple out of the cabinet. There was nothing I could do but watch in horror.

The toothbrush holder bounced once off the top of the toilet tank and started spinning wildly. It hit the floor and literally exploded all over the bathroom. I said to myself "Today is going to be a bad day."

And it was. After staying late at work, I rushed home, excited to grab Suz and go shopping for my new utility storage cabinet for the garage. I knew exactly which one I wanted as I had seen it many times at Home Depot. Also, my dad just bought that particular cabinet for his garage a few months ago.

But it was starting to rain, so I had to install my new windshield wipers which I had bought a few days earlier. When I opened the first package I noticed something bad. Some jackass had already opened it, and the screws were missing. The wipers were "Precision Fit" and offered no alternative way to install them.

On our way to Home Depot we made a pit stop at Canadian Tire to return the wipers. The customer service agent told me to grab another set and meet her back at the counter. Suz and I sped over to the automotive section and.... couldn't find the wipers. They were completely sold out of that one specific wiper. Out of the five million wipers they offered, the only wiper sold out was the one I needed.

I returned to the counter and my money was refunded. She looked up the availability of the wipers and told me that every single other Canadian Tire store had between 5 and 10 in stock. Theirs was the only store sold out.

Dumbfounded at the near impossibility of the odds of this happening, I drove to Home Depot to buy the cabinet that would inevitably cheer me up.

However, it was not to be.

My bad day continued when we entered the giant orange store. It was under massive renovations, and the isle where I had seen the cabinet so many times before was replaced with appliances. When I finally found the utility cabinets, the particular one I wanted was nowhere to be found. I asked a store associate and he was of no help, stating that cabinets that sold in low numbers were discontinued.

Angry at the absurdity of the entire day, I left (again with Suz) for Wal-Mart and their furniture dept. I was blown away when I found they no longer had a furniture dept. even though they just underwent a massive renovation which tripled the size of their store. There were a few computer-type desks and such, but it was nothing like they used to have.

So I drove home, half-expecting to see our house burned down, and drowned my sorrows in a king-sized bowl of ice cream which, against all odds, did not explode or vanish right before my eyes.


Blogger Ham said...

At least you have your humour.
And your teeth (I hope).

1:41:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Funny thing about my teeth...

3:33:00 PM

Blogger Vengelyne said...

Your teeth story was so scary. I'm terrified of dental check ups... and your story has just made me ban myself for life for any future dental visits.

I do think you have a jaw of steel, btw. What with the number of broken needles.

Sorry to hear abt your bad day... You know what they say, when you've hit rock bottom, you can't go down further and the only way to go is up... so your days will be better. Definitely.

11:14:00 PM

Blogger SJ said...

Don't lie the ice cream did vanish didn't it? Into you :)

2:40:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Venge - thank you. You're totally right, and things are already looking brighter. No, the sun hasn't just come up - I got my cabinet!

SJ - touché!

5:01:00 PM

Blogger Rainypete said...

I thought you were going to say you broke that topilet seat of yours. We don't need you going through that again now do we?

11:13:00 AM


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