Music: Vermillion Lies- “Circus Fish”
Location: Mall Food Court
I spent a few minutes this morning getting my Goodreads and this year’s reading list back in sync after I made a few small adjustments. Nothing big but I did change the arrangement a bit. I also noticed that I didn’t have a 2020 reading list set up yet, unlike previous years. Just one more thing to add to the to-do list I suppose. I’ll probably leave that task until later in the year, as it’s at the very bottom of my priorities.
I went to the mall for lunch and scribbled another page worth of the Devil Tree story. I can already see that I need to go back and add some description in places, but that’s no surprise. My drafts are often barebones like that. As Joe Friday once said, “Just the facts, Ma’am.” Come to think of it, he never actually said that phrase, did he? I think it was more “All we want are the facts, Ma’am.” Anyway, I haven’t typed up the story so far. I need to do that.
I didn’t get to the mall until a little after 1pm. The parking lot was normal, but the food court was empty compared to most days. I wonder why? Did the lunch rush happen earlier? Or are people out on vacation due to the upcoming Easter holiday? I probably should have stopped in at the Microsoft store or the Apple store to look at replacement computers, but alas, I needed to get back to work.
About a month ago, Ms. Oak, the large oak tree next to my driveway, dropped a nice limb (more like a log) on the hood of my car as a result of some heavy storms that blew through. It put several nice dents in the hood, one very noticeable that also scratched the paint. Since my car was still so new, I called my insurance copy and filed a claim. That itself has been fun, as the original checks issued by them never arrived. So, after they reissued the money, we contacted the dealership where I bought my car and typically got it serviced at to have the repairs done. They tell us to drop it off, and they’d get to it. My insurance company, on the other hand, said not to drop it off until they ordered the parts, because they wouldn’t issue me a rental car until the parts were ordered. Fantastic. Also, this place is a good 45 minutes out of my way, so I don’t want to waste a trip driving up there for nothing.
After trying to reach the repair center a few times and them not returning my call, I finally called another place today. They too said just to drop it off because they already had the parts in stock. Seriously? I called my insurance company back and relayed the tale as well as what the new center told me all the while wondering what they’d say. They promptly called that same repair center and worked out the details for me. And the car rental place on-premise? Yeah, it’s only for Geico customers. What the heck? Anyway, my insurance got it all worked out, and I get to drop off my car on Monday. They think it should only take a few days. Why was this process so difficult?