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May. 16th, 2008

12:01 am - The trip from hell

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I thought all the problems I was having the last couple of days were just anomalies, just bumps in the road, and I'd feel better and start to really have fun when I got to Columbus today. But now I realize: this is the Trip From Hell.

For starters, the CD player in my car is not just dumb or whatever. It's not simply a matter of being able to play some discs and not others. The damn thing is broken, it's worn out, it's malfunctioning. Some CDs I've put in it, it starts to play them, and maybe it plays one or two tracks all the way through. Then, halfway through another track, it starts glitching and spitting out tiny snatches of sound, as if the disc were very badly scratched. (It's not. All my CDs are in very good condition.) It was so nerve-wracking I had to stop trying to play CDs at all. Which meant I had to drive all the way to Columbus without music. And no, I didn't listen to the radio. I HATE radio these days. The music's not worth listening to and the commercials are annoying and repetitive. So I drove to Columbus in silence. When I turn the car in on Tuesday, I am going to complain very strongly about the CD player.

Oh, and halfway to Columbus, as I was approaching Indianapolis on I-65 south, I ran into a horrible traffic jam. We spent miles just creeping along. Finally I decided to take a detour, so I got off at the next exit, which was Route 32 in Lebanon, IN, and drove east on it to US-421 south to I-465 east and rejoined my planned route.

Finally I reached Columbus, and the Holiday Inn in Worthington that used to be a Radisson but still hosts Morphicon. I checked in, and Babs called, and we went out to dinner. Oh, but it started raining.

Oh, and when we got back to the hotel, I seemed to be getting a sore throat.

If I believed in God I would kick him in the nuts because he is clearly trying to ruin my entire trip. Or maybe it's Simon Krandis again, I dunno.

Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Current Music: none

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From:orv
Date:May 16th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
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Between your problems, and bluerain's missed flight, maybe this year it's just plain cursed. ;)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:May 16th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
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I heard about that. Hoo boy.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:May 16th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
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That explain's today's dA drawing. :(
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From:angelbear_oh
Date:May 16th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
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Good thing you don't believe in God! His nuts would break your toes!
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From:penh
Date:May 16th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
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That might work in your favor, though. I mean, if someone kicked me in the nuts and it broke his toes, I'd be much less inclined to immediately smite him.
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From:palabrajot
Date:May 16th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
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You had no way of knowing that was Ironballs Jehovah!
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From:discopanda
Date:May 16th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
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Yeah, car CD players do have this habit of dying I've noticed. Luckily, the one in my brother's car is a CD/cassette, so all you need is a portable player and a tape adapter. :-P
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:May 16th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)
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Our old car just had a tape deck, which means that we used one of those tape adapters too (didn't think of buying an MP3 adapter, the tape adapter was a free gift from my sis anyways). However, on a recent long trip the adapter wasn't working either (and the CD player wouldn't hold a charge) so as I mention in my blog we were just at the mercy of local radio. Our new car has a CD player, that was one of the things I was wanting to make sure of when we went shopping for it.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:May 16th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)
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Then, halfway through another track, it starts glitching and spitting out tiny snatches of sound, as if the disc were very badly scratched. (It's not. All my CDs are in very good condition.)


"I will not buy this tobacconist, it is scratched!"

Or maybe it's Simon Krandis again, I dunno.


Or Simon Cowell. He likes to ruin everyone's day. (And, as people pointed out, it's easier to kick him in the nuts than God.)
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From:linnaeus
Date:May 16th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)
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Aw, rats. Sorry if I had anything to do with the sore throat. If it's any consolation, mine seems to have mostly subsided. I hope the trip starts looking up. By the way, if you find yourself stuck in traffic or otherwise at loose ends while passing through the west side of Indy on the way back, you could do worse than to check out this place. Anyway, take care and have a great con!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:May 17th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
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I'm not driving back through Indiana, I'm dropping the car off and flying home from here in Columbus. (Which turns out to be very expensive, as I found out after the fact.)
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