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mirror, mirror, won't you give me reflections of another wanna be wanna be

Posted on 2006.26.08 at 01:33
where am I: home at last
How I feel about it all: exhaustedexhausted
Soundtrack: Bernie Taupin - Billy Fury
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Ergh. I was an hour and a half late for work due to some alleged tractor-trailer flipover accident on Interstate 95/Massachusetts State Route 128 South on my way back from songdog's house. (they're the same road--I think it's even U.S. Route 1 North for a bit, which is odd because this is the southbound side of the highway). The evidence is conclusive--the Boston area is silly. Of course, coincidentally, I was without my mobile phone, so I had to get off the highway and find a phone to call work and tell them. I misjudged how late I'd be by over an hour, geez. I figured twenty minutes late, tops. Except the parking lot was miles long. I never saw any accident, so maybe it was a vast multi-car conspiracy to piss me off. Consequently I arrived at work for a 3 pm shift at 4:33.

Also, randomly, in the middle of the traffic jam, my wipers decided to quit their job. Suddenly, in mid-wipe. Of course it was raining. It was the same rain that woke me this morning after just three hours of sleep and reminded me that woah, my car's sunroof is open! All I can say is, good thing for leather seats.

Anyway, so. I could see well enough because it wasn't pouring rain, and also because Mary had used Rain-X on the windshield when she owned the car (I don't like it, I think it scratches the glass, but it came in handy today). I hope it's just a fuse and that the rain didn't fry whatever makes the wipers go.

So I get to work, and of course it's busy. I felt like a glorified cocktail waitress, only with Trazodone instead of tequila.

Tomorrow, I'm working the day shift on the Senior Specialty Unit, which IMO is the most difficult place to work in the hospital. Why did I take my day off and turn it over to work? I mean, I need the money, but eep. Given the choice, I'd pick something simpler, like the children's unit or even better, my OWN unit.

The real reason I'm doing it is that Mary, the nurse who asked me to work for her is just short of a saint herself, and I couldn't, couldn't say no. She's one of those devout Catholic women who practise what they preach. She's very religious, but it's not just lip service like it can be with some (and I'm SO not targeting Catholics, all religions do it; there are some pretty hypocritical Unitarians around.It's just that Mary happens to be Catholic) She goes around doing good for others, even after losing her adult son to a sudden medical event. I won't even swear, not even "hell" or "damn", around Mary. And I can refuse her nothing.

So tomorrow I'll head off to the SSU and crush meds and feed patients and feel good that I'm helping Mary do whatever it is she needs to do. Which probably has something to do with The Good of Mankind, I am not kidding. The world's a better place because of Mary. Alas, there is more than likely not any much sleep tonight. :/ Still, there is Mike's Hard Lemon.

And now, dear flist, a Request! There has to be one of you with the ability to convert other types of files to .mp3s, right? Because I need the song on this page converted. I'm sure I have Tribe somewhere, I remember ordering it. I'll do it again if I can't find it, but until then? Because it has to go on my iPod like yesterday.

So, flist, how about it? Do you have the technology? Because I do not, for all I've tried. And it's Bernie, seen here making even a mullet look pretty. *points to icon*

Yessir, this whole post is little more than a glorified GIP. *points to icon again*


junesrose at 2006-08-26 05:53 (UTC) ()
HOLY CRAP WOMAN! I WAS IN THE SAME TRAFFIC MESS!!! I left Cambridge at 11:00pm and got in the door here in North at 1:10AM!!!!!!

There was this HUGE ass Walmart truck that had landed in the ditch, and the whole front cab was gone!!! They had those giant construction lights on the thing by the time I got to it. And, TREES WERE MISSING!!! ) A whole section of trees were completely shirred (?spelling?) off!! I can't imagine that driver surviving!

And, not for nuthin, but there was another 4 or 5 car accident just before Rt. 140 in Foxboro, on 95!

Man, glad to hear you are safe and sound!

*needs to get St. Christopher medal*
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2006-08-26 05:56 (UTC) ()
So that's why it all slowed down again around Foxborough.

I wish I knew you were there! We could have lined up our cars and sang sea chanties while the rest of 'em looked on in sheer wtf? wonder. *g*
junesrose at 2006-08-26 05:55 (UTC) ()
Ok, i just realized how that 'driver surviving' thing sounded; I certainly hope everyone is ok, and, I didn't see any signs of ambulances, so here's hoping he walked away from this.

try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2006-08-26 05:57 (UTC) ()
It's surprising what people DO walk away from. I hope he was lucky.
february_sea at 2006-08-26 11:43 (UTC) ()
I think it's even U.S. Route 1 North for a bit,

It is. Route 95/128 South, simultaneously Route 93/1 North.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2006-08-26 17:56 (UTC) ()
I knew it was something like that. I've taken the wrong road several times by reading the wrong signs. Of course, given my sense of direction, this is not surprising.
february_sea at 2006-08-26 23:43 (UTC) ()
:)) My sense of direction is practically non-existent. When I see signs that tell me I'm going both north and south at the same time, I generally freak. :P Fortunately, I've learned (from YEARS of travelling said road) which lane to be in when and which exit to take.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2006-08-27 02:38 (UTC) ()
I must say I have great yippee!ness for the results of the Big Dig. I never used to drive through Boston, and now I do when it's not rush hour. The Harbor Tunnel just whisks me right through, when traffic's good. No getting lost, and plenty of signage. Providence should take signage lessons from them.
my life's so common it disappears
songdog at 2006-08-26 12:19 (UTC) ()
There are a bunch of .rar to .mp3 converters out there, in the $20 - $30 range. I downloaded 2 different free trial versions, but they only would do part of the song. I have .wav to .mp3 and .shn to .wav converters if you ever need.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2006-08-27 17:16 (UTC) ()
I'd get a converter if I thought I'd actually use it a lot, but I doubt that I would, except in rare exceptions like this, where I've looked everywhere for the .mp3 and come up with nothing.

I finally found a copy of Tribe on the interwebz (after much angst and gnashing of teeth). It turns out I didn't have it previously, and I don't want to be breaking some kind of religious law or anything by not owning it. And besides, hello, universe, Bernie can sing. And look! I can have a copy of this for a measley $189.99. Or not, as the case may be.

I went off on a ZOMG-Bernie-is-so-underappreciated rant yesterday. i_am_a_hannah was the poor, suffering victim. She nodded and smiled and wisely left the room.

Rebellious Jezebel
maggiesox at 2006-08-26 14:59 (UTC) ()
That is, without a doubt, my favorite part of the drive north with a newbie- I love the part where they inevitably panic that we're GOING THE WRONG WAY and then I blithely kepe driving.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2006-08-26 17:57 (UTC) ()
And it's not just newbies. I grew up in the area and I still can't wrap my brain around the concept of a road that goes north and south at the same time. It's like some kind of warp in the space-time continuum.
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