Top Ten Reasons This Day Wants a Do Over!


1) I was late for the deep water aerobics class and all the little old ladies and men get there a half hour early and sign up so I was afraid the class would be full;

2) A grandma smashed into my car in the parking lot. Okay, so maybe grandma shouldn't be driving a van as she can't see over the steering wheel and like grandmas the world over doesn't believe in the shoulder check;

3) Spent time examining the car, no visible sign of damage. While discussing possible internal car damage I heared the story of how she's taking care of her grandchild and just dropped by the pool to pick him up - thought I would have missed the class for sure;

4) There was one last spot in the class, had a friendly chat with the pool guy about how much I needed the stress release because some grandma just smashed my car in the lot;

5) In the deep water pool splashing around watching the kids in the large pool splashing around when the whistle blows and every one is told to get out of the water and evacuate the building;

6) Grabbed my towel, locker key and evacuated the building. Smoke now very evident and very smelly, and hard to breathe;

7) parts of the ceiling began to fall into the pool;

8) Went across the street to the hockey arena and watched Hazard Materials (haz mat), fire crews and EMS show up. Turns out they were putting tar on the roof and it caught on fire;

9) Stood around in a soggy bathing suit covered by a towel for an hour waiting to get back in the pool to get my purse, house and car keys so I could get home;

10) They called two city buses and we waited in the warm buses wrapped in blankets for another hour until we got the all clear to go in the building and get out stuff out. It begins to rain.

The upside - there's always and upside - was that luckily there's an old guy, I like to call Merv Griffin, because he thinks he's funny and flirts with all the instructors, he kept us midly amused. And all my clothes smell like burnt tar - eau de burnt tar - next big fragrance.

Note to self: don't go to aerobics Monday nights and keep some granola bars in the glove compartment of my car!      

What kind of everyday stress can you put your characters through?   


Comments

Angie said…
I'd say you definitely need a do over, but hey it makes good story fodder, right?
Jan Markley said…
That's right Angie, life is just material for a future blog post!
LTM said…
omg, Jan! That was hilarious! Sorry about the car, though... uh, and glad you weren't injured by falling ceiling tiles. But good stuff~ :D
Jan Markley said…
Thanks Leigh! What I learned from that incident was always wear your flip flops to the pool, you never know when you'll be outside for a couple of hours waiting for the building to stop smoldering!
Wow, so how come I didn't hear about the burning building? I must have missed the evening news that day.

I seriously don't think the day could have gotten much worse than that. (I hope!) Hopefully this week is mubh better!
What are the poor people in your water aerobics class being subjected to? Or is that a random photo? Oh, I give my characters stress. Some of them die, only to come back to life in a worse situation. Some of them are mutants. And some of them are me. Wait. I sound like a schizo...
Lola Sharp said…
OMG! When you have a bad day, and Murphy has his wicked way with you, you really go the distance. Sheesh.
I'm glad you survived the day, and still have a sense of humor. :)
Katie Anderson said…
That's the kind of story that you'd think was too far fetched if you read it in a book!

Hope you've recovered....

(Hi, I'm a new follower!)
Jan Markley said…
Stina: It happened a while ago, I've been saving it for the right blog moment!
Samantha, yes, that was a random pic. Dead mutants ... hmmmm interesting! Lola, yeah, it's funny, when it rains it really does pour. And Katie, you're right, if you read it in a book, you'd think it was too far fetched. That's the beauty of real life. Welcome to the blog!
Lynda Young said…
Oh my goodness, what a day! maybe you should have bought a lottery ticket since everything out of the ordinary seemed to be happening that day ;)
Jan Markley said…
Good idea Lynda! Next time I have a day like that I'll go straight to buy a lottery ticket!
Jan Markley said…
Sherrie - it's one I don't want to repeat again!
Wow, I'd avoid Mondays for a while...You deserve to miss a few after this one!
Jan Markley said…
Yes, Sharon - I should have clued it to the fact that it was a Monday and abandoned all activity!
Dawn said…
Ok, so I know I "shouldn't" laugh but when you take a situation like that and add your mad comedic writing skillz I can't help but giggle. Glad you're ok...but gladder still you were alive to write this.
Jan Markley said…
Laugh away Dawn. It was one of those 'wasn't funny at the time ...' incidents! Only slightly funnier now!
Ishta Mercurio said…
That's the kind of thing you just can't make up. And you can get a lot of mileage out of it for your books!
Jan Markley said…
Thanks Ishta and welcome to the blog!
The Wicked Lady said…
OMG, I've been out of the country for 3 weeks, and am just catching up on blog-reading now. That is truly a "what more can go wrong?" day. I don't think I could be mean enough to put one of my characters through that: on the run from the law for a murder she may or may not have committed is one thing, but standing around for hours in a damp towel is just too cruel!

See you in Surrey...
Jan Markley said…
LOL Wicked Lady. Yes, after having been in the wet towel for hours, being wrongfully accused doesn't look too bad! See you in Surrey!

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