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Frustrating day, wine coming soon

January 10th, 2015 at 01:37 pm

I got out the door this morning fairly "bright and early" for me, around 9 a.m., in order to attend a 9:30 a.m. Alzheimer's support group. It's been something I've been wanting to do for a long time now, but somehow I come up with reasons not to go. There are plenty of them on weekday nights, when getting me to go out after work is like getting a flea to dance on the head of a pin. This was a rare support group that meets on a Saturday. Or so I thought.

I had a general idea of where it was, across from the hospital, but then I couldn't find it; luckily I had my cell phone with me and their phone number and I finally found it, although the guy who answered the phone there does NOT know his street names.

I walked in, only to learn there was no support group. No one could really tell me anything except that there was no support group that day.

(When I got home later I found the online listing, on the state of CT website, and emailed it to Maplewoods so that somebody might take some initiative to get the wrong listing down. I also discovered by calling another support group that the 2nd group also no longer meets. Gee, does anyone care whether their listings are accurate? I fired off an email to the state of CT as well.)

From there I decided to visit an Asian food market in search of reasonably priced Lycium berries, known as goji berries in higher priced American stores. It was in a part of town I don't usually go into. Although the hours were clearly posted on the door and they should have been open, they were closed. Sigh.

I managed to fill up the gas tank and hit Trader Joe's before the usual Saturday crowd arrived. After that, I saw lots of big prominent signs advertising a pottery sale, so I took a little detour to track that down; the signs led me to a pottery studio. Guess what? They too were closed. So annoying! Does no one care???

I called the studio also when I got home to ask why no one was there and she said "oh, the sale was for the month of December...and the 1st week of January." It almost sounded liked she added "the 1st week of January" so that it wouldn't sound so bad that she left the signs up. There's really no excuse for that. Very inconsiderate if you ask me.

I'm meeting my friend Michael for dinner tonight at a very good restaurant here in town. We've been friends since around 2007, maybe, but rarely see each other because both of us are always working or running around doing other things, and he lives about 40 minutes away. Now his contract job has ended so he has the time. Perhaps not the money, so I may treat him to dinner. And that's where my glass of wine is comes in...

He is a very unfrugal person and in fact, to look at his financial health is very sad to me. Divorced with 3 kids and older than me, he still rents a house in a very expensive town and I notice when he buys himself stuff, it's always top of the line. I don't see how he will ever be able to retire. He helps his grown kids out a lot when he should be taking care of himself.

My dad got mad at me for mailing him a pair of long johns from Macy's after he was telling me how his legs are always cold. He must've told me not to do it again 3 times. They only cost $10 for gosh sakes. Some people just don't understand that it makes you feel good to help other people sometimes.

Am hoping tomorrow will be a more relaxing day. I hope to see "Wild" at a matinee. (I read the book.)

5 Responses to “Frustrating day, wine coming soon”

  1. snafu Says:

    Ah, you remember something called 'customer service.' Now it's 'buyer beware/' I've learned from experience that it's best to phone to verify meetings promotions, hours of operation and any advance prep. needed.

    We're about to travel and I've learned that visa photos for various countries have different size requirements than listed on their site. Thailand changed their visa rules two days before our last visit. I'd bought tickets 3 weeks before departure and followed the rules in effect. Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok is chaos in spite of being newer, bigger, better. 21 international flights land simultaneously and the immigration hall is a mass of non Thai speaking exhausted passengers. Hello...welcome to the land of smiles. We've changed our laws/rules for tourists !

    I hope you'll accept my suggestion to call in advance for meetings or new shopping venues in the positive spirit it's offered.

    Enjoy your dinner, your dinner and pleasant conversation

  2. rob62521 Says:

    What a frustrating day...I hate it when you feel like you are on top of things and discover things aren't as they should be. And Snafu is correct...customer service is basically extinct.

    Hope you enjoy your dinner!

  3. Bluebird Says:

    A nice glass of wine will make you forget about the frustration a bit!

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That does sound like quite the frustrating day. I hope your meal helped you to relax a bit.

  5. starfishy Says:

    bummer and i hope the wine took the edge off! Smile

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