Status Report: Saturday, 8 December 2007

Day stretches out before self, yawning and huge. The good news — which is probably bad news, since California hasn’t had much rain all year — is that it is not raining. The good news is that self was able — after calling Triple-A once again in the afternoon — to get her car to mechanic on Woodside Road, who then changed a battery terminal and was able to get it going. The good news is that self had so much time on her hands yesterday (while waiting for Triple-A tow truck to show up) that she has nearly finished Tahmima Anam’s A Golden Age, which she needs to review for the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review). The good news is that self was able to string lights on the Christmas tree, and she was able to write more Christmas cards: to a cousin in Canada, to the parents of one of son’s high school friends.

The bad news is:

    Self got barely four hours of sleep last night;
    Beloved sister-in-law Ying is in the hospital and must remain there for the foreseeable future.

The bad news is that Ying’s daughter, Anita, is only nine months old. And in the really really bad news, airfare to Hong Kong on United, and not yet including ticket from Hong Kong to Manila, is $2,500.

Will self be able to shoulder stoicially through the day?

Will she be able to nudge her car all the way to Berkeley so that she can attend Jean Vengua’s poetry reading at Eastwind Books? Or will her car break down on the freeway, necessitating further call to Triple-A and much standing around in freezing winds?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

Self Is Hopeful

It rained, rained, rained all night and self kept listening to the wind chimes outside the window. When self finally emerged to drive to her last class of the quarter at xxxx community college, the entire car was pasted over with dark brown leaves. The engine turned over once, flickered briefly, and then died. And self cursed and cursed but no, it did no good. So she switched on her cell phone to call Triple A, and that was when self saw that she had two messages from cousin in Virginia. And self’s vaunted intuition did not kick in at all.

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