It’s Monday here in Sydney and day one of my week off. For those of you who don’t already know, I was meant to be walking around New York as I write this, checking out cool museums and the like. Of course, my wife and I had to cancel our 3 week holiday in America because our little “baby to be” decided to spice up our lives with some complications that prevented us flying. Is this a taste of things to come? Is this little treasure going to send me to the Funny Farm For Stressed Out Fathers Of Teenage Girls?
The weekend has already had its tribulations however. Having driven all over Sydney searching for an appropriate gift for the baby shower of a friend of my wife, “A”, i then proceeded to drive her there. On the way home I had some old guy beep his horn at me and abuse me through his wound down window because I had the hide to slow down at a Give Way sign. What can I say? Sometimes a Give Way sign should be respected. Anyway, things got a whole lot more interesting when we were coming home from me picking A up. You see, while driving in Neutral Bay, in traffic, my brakes failed.
Yep, there are a few moments in life where your concentration narrows and you can hear individual atoms vibrating at their specific frequencies and one of those times is when the car in front of you is looming in your windscreen and your right foot is almost through the firewall into the engine. On with the handbrake, into neutral and scanning the other side of the road (not an option in this case). That beautiful car stopped in time but I was still stuck in traffic. What the hell do I do now?
I put my hazard lights on and drove about 40 km/h until I made it to a side road and called the NRMA road services. By that stage, my brakes had returned about 10% but were still unsafe so the world’s best mobile mechanic escorted me while I delicately brought the car and A home. And here I am ‘enjoying’ my first day of my break counting the dollars it will cost to get my car fixed while still waiting for a travel insurance refund for my failed trip to the USA. Perspective check: Wife, unborn child and I are safe, warm, fed and housed so I should shut up now.
Anyway, the sun is shining outside, there are books to be read, movies to be caught up on and I need to keep up my study of Japanese. My to do list for this week is:
Learn how to embed photos into my blog posts
Finish Eric Van Lustbader’s “The Ninja” ( I emailed him and got a reply. How good is that?)
See “Lincoln”, “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Argo”, “Zero Dark Thirty” (Ambitious, I know!)
Get car fixed and pursue my travel insurance refund (Looking forward to that)
Write some more blog posts
I will let you know how I go with these at the end of the week.