I disappeared for a while. Let’s call it the vortex of 2010. Though there were a few victories in 2010, for the most part it was craptacular and deserves to be forgotten. Luckily, once you’ve hit rock bottom, there’s only one way to go. Oddly, I said this many times during 2010 and I sunk further and further into misery. Mind you, there were some spectacular successes during 2010, but people seem to like the misery better…
I can’t tell you when I knew things were going so terribly wrong. Just that before I realized it, I was stuck in a morass of misery. Some lowlights:
– I was going to Toronto to ask Robert J Sawyer advice on the direction of my writing. Why, that’s a win, isn’t it? That must be a win! And my car, which was on its lasts legs (errr…wheels)…I decided to rent a car instead. “Would you like the optional insurance with that?” (You see where I’m going with this, right?). On the way home from Toronto, a tire exploded in front of me. It wiped out the front of the rental car. Because I didn’t see who did it, I’m responsible. Which means I pay the deductible.
– Coming back from Toronto (different time), I hit two raccoons and a squirrel. It was at night. What is a squirrel doing out at night? Yes, I killed three animals in 186 kilometres. That’s gotta be a record. What have I learned? Toronto is evil.
– Las Vegas…how can anyone lose in Las Vegas? I did. It was so bad, that Brian and I had to play at the El Cortez because the El Cortez is for losers, and that’s what we were. I was playing 25 cent craps and still losing. I did spread some misery, however. When we visited Caesars to see how winners lived, I got a real thrill out of touching tables and watching them crap out. Especially the $100 tables. Spread the love.
There is an upside to this, however. Once I started betting against myself, I came up roses. Even the croupier couldn’t believe my craptastic luck. Almost made all my money back in less than 20 minutes. Did I mention that it rained, in Las Vegas, the entire time we were there? Did I mention that?
– Shingles. Yes, shingles.
– New Years Eve…while preoccupied while talking on the phone, I took my daily dose of vitamins, uppers, lowers, goofballs. I’m out and about when I’m hit by a MASSIVE flu. Like it’s killing me. How the hell did it hit so fast? Then it hit me — the image of the little pink pill falling into my palm and me taking it. Yes, the pink pill. Yes, the sleeping pill. I partied…like I was 2-years old…asleep. Yes, that’s how I spent New Years Eve (though truthfully, I do not have a good record with NYE).
– Car accident. Another one – not said one above.
– Sadly, there are some other more exciting stories…they involve things blowing up on me: career, personal life, family life…but I’ll keep those to myself (for now).