No Fight Back Friday today. It’s been a hectic and stressful week at work, and I had a mini-bout of insomnia in the middle of it (just two nights of fewer hours of sleep than I’d like, thank goodness, but enough to make me drag a little); I just wasn’t inspired to rant about anything.
So I thought I’d tell you how I single-handedly prevented the launch of Podunk’s annual Balloon Festival this morning. Why do we have an annual Balloon Festival? Well, it sort of kicks off a week-long celebration thingy Podunk throws every year – I’m not sure why, because it’s not as if we have a notable sports Hall of Fame with yearly induction ceremonies or anything.
Anyhoo. After a good night’s sleep (huzzah!), I woke up around 5:30 a.m. and decided I’d just head on into the office after showering and feeding the dog. Maybe leave early, it being Friday and all. I hopped in the car and got about halfway to work (a whole mile!!) when I realized – oh, heck! The balloon launch! So I turned around, ran into the house and grabbed my camera. Five minutes later I was parked right next to the field where three (boring) balloons were already inflating. I hopped out of the car, positioned myself for a good shot, pressed the shutter button and…nothing.
Because I’d forgotten to put a memory card in it.
Well, shit. I walked back to my car and was about to get in, when a sweet young woman who was watching the proceedings with her husband and two small children invited me to join them if I needed to in order to get a nice picture. I told her thanks, but I had to go home because I forgot my silly memory card.
“Well, Walmart is just around the corner, you know,” she said. And, by golly, she was right. I jumped in my car and zipped over to Wally World where, thank goodness, they had plenty of memory cards to fit my camera. (It should be noted here that I completely forgot about my laptop, secure in the trunk of my car, which held one of my existing memory cards.) Five minutes later, I was back in the same spot and after shouting a cheery, “Thanks so much!” to the kind young woman, positioned myself, turned on my camera and took this:
The three (boring) balloons were all suddenly deflating.
Sympathetic to the cries of disappointment coming from the small crowd out early enough to watch the preliminaries, the owner of the balloon in the photo said, “Sorry folks – there’s thunderstorms in the area.” And indeed there were; after I packed my stuff up and drove towards the office of our CPA to pick up some papers that required my attention, it began to rain.
You do realize, of course, that had I decided this morning to simply go into the office and forget the balloon launch the weather would have cleared right up and it all would have gone exactly as planned, with over sixty balloons sailing into a flawless blue sky.
The official Festival kicks off this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. and goes to 11:00 p.m., but the weather forecast isn’t promising. Of course, I may just decide to go home and play Animal Crossing while I have a glass of wine. We wouldn’t want to disappoint all those people.