How I knew yesterday was off to a bad start:
I had to sit perpendicular to how one would usually sit in order to utilize the facilities. This was at the dentist’s office I had to go to out by Charlottesville (a 70 mi drive from Fredericksburg). But the day had only begun.
Luckily, the dentist had a good, steady hand, and administered the novocaine in just the right spot, so I didn’t feel a thing as he did his work. After the work was done and we filed some paperwork, I was off on my jolly way to go back.
The Army had mandated that I get some medical work done on Monday (hence, the dentist), and my next stop was a full eye-exam, minus dilation. Unfortunately, that meant a trip up to DC, and I had already driven 140 mi. for the day. I figured that I would be smart and head up for the appointment early, have some time to spare, get some lunch in the city, and look around a bit. I was dead wrong.
I headed north on I-95 and I was coming up on the interchange with 395 and 495. Directions said to take 495. I was supposed to take 395. Went about an hour out of my way. Sucked. Even with the setback, I still had enough time to make it to the appointment on time, just no time for a snack or anything. I was within about 10 blocks of the location when I got a nosebleed.
But I, unfortunately, did not have any tissues in my car. I stuffed sticky notes up against my nose to try to catch the blood. Didn’t do much.
I found the place finally, and needed to pay for parking. I HAD NO COINS. So I walked into a gas station holding my nose and trying to get change to pay. That was a pain. After I paid, I got to clean up a bit, and take that picture, in the bathroom. Made it to the appointment just in time.
I about died 3 times on the drive home afterward. People can’t drive for shit. I just missed the afternoon craziness that is DC rush hour traffic. How I know I missed it: there was a car wreck that took place about 20 ft behind me just as I was passing mile marker 150. My first sign of luck for the day.
I drove about 350 mi yesterday. You may not count this as repetition. If so, go to hell.