To my readers - Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
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This was a day I wish I had chosen to go out as Mario. Not only would I have NOT lost an earring, but I would have been saved some embarrassment when I had to call AAA for help.
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This morning, I had ti pick Lili up at 9:30, so that she could be at her surgeon's in NYC at 11:30 for stitch removal. We got there with time to spare. Lili was complaining about how bad her head hurt with all the bandages on. And when they were removed, she was not happy with the results. But this is only 2 days after surgery, and once the swelling goes down, she will see a more realistic image of what she will look like when she goes to Vietnam with her son and daughter in law.
On the way back to the car, the nurse told her a few things about what not to do, and walked us to the street corner. I bailed my car out of the Met's parking garage, and tried to make my way to the East River Drive. Well, the traffic was so bad, that my NYC style of driving (mildly aggressive in getting positioned to make turns at busy intersections) was bothering Lili a little. We eventually made it to the Willis Avenue bridge and decided to stop at a White Castle to get some burgers.
Lili ordered way too much to eat, and we stopped in the parking lot to enjoy what we ordered. This was a big mistake. I should say, that if I had known I was going to leave the lights on from the parking garage, I made a big mistake by not turning off the lights before stopping for a few minutes to eat. By the time I was ready to get moving, I didn't have enough juice in the battery to get the car moving again. Lili kept looking for someone with jumper cables, but no one had them. She didn't realize how many people (like me) don't carry them anymore.
This was a time where I was glad to have AAA membership. But I was very unhappy that I would have to show Mario's identification to someone while presenting as Marian. This could get me in big trouble if I had done this in the wrong area of the country. And after 90 minutes of waiting, the tow truck did arrive, my car's battery was jumped, and I was on the road in less than 5 minutes.
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Eventually, I was able to drop Lili off at her house (albeit 2 hours later than expected) and drove home. Arriving home, I cleaned some crap out of my car and went inside. Sadly, when I started to strip off Marian's identity so that I could go to a wake as Mario, I found that one of my favorite earrings had gone missing. Could it have gone missing at the surgeon's? (I'll ask Lili to make a call tomorrow.) Could it have gone missing at the Met's parking lot? (I'll have to writ it off if so.) Could it have gone missing at White Castle? (I may be able to drive there tomorrow to look in the parking lot.) And could it have gone missing in my car? (I will do a last check to find the earring there.) I think it's lost for good. And if so, I got my money's worth from it.