You know how sometimes everything goes out of whack and somebody says, “Oh, it’s because Mercury is in retrograde”?
Well, it’s been one of those weeks. With metaphorical tongue in cheek I was thinking, “Mercury must be in retrograde”… but when I looked it up on the internet, Mercury actually is in retrograde right now, from April 9 to May 3. And apparently Mercury rules communication.
Well, that explains a lot.
A digression: Now I want to name a band “Mercury In Retrograde”. Maybe Tyler Brock’s band “The Ballistic Rutabagas” will dissolve and he’ll start “Mercury In Retrograde” instead. It seems like a suitable match for his musical style (or lack thereof).
Anyhow, back to my original point.
I blamed the following miscommunications on poor cell phone reception, but now I’m beginning to think it was actually Mercury doing its chaotic stuff:
A few days ago I was talking to our project manager about moisture in our crawl space and telling him we’d rented some fans. He couldn’t seem to understand what I was talking about. After I’d repeated “fans” about five times, he finally said in tones of enlightenment, “Oh, sand! Okay… so, um…” The enlightenment faded and a dubious note crept in. “What are you going to do? Soak up the moisture with the sand and then sweep it up…?”
I thought he was kidding. “Smartass,” I said.
Silence on the line. Then, “No, really; what are you going to do with the sand?”
“Fans!” I bellowed. “FANS! ‘F’ as in ‘Frank’!”
“OH! Fans! Yeah, that makes more sense.”
Later in the day I was talking to my step-mom and mentioned I was planning to do my taxes.
Another uncomprehending silence on the line. “What…?”
“Taxes. I’m going to do my taxes!”
“OH! I thought you said cactus.”
Another facepalm. (Also… ‘do my cactus’?!? Owie.)
But Mercury still wasn’t done with me. Hubby and I had to hash out a bunch of small issues regarding the house, and you’d think we were speaking entirely different languages. It was frustrating as hell, but we did finally manage to communicate enough to figure everything out. Then we relaxed with a much-needed beverage and the conversation turned to golf.
Hubby said, “Man, if the long-ball champions could put together any kind of short game they’d be unstoppable. Those guys are easily hitting it over 400 yards.”
And I replied, “Yeah, but a long drive is no good if you’re three fairways over. Those long-ball guys are just whacking off in all directions…”
Much laughter ensued.
So, yeah. My communications are completely out of whack this week, and maybe it’s Mercury. Or maybe the gremlins that live in electronics are whacking off in all directions and that’s what’s causing the problem. After all, it’s spring; and a young man’s fancy turns to…
Eh, never mind. I think that topic was pretty much covered in last week’s post.
…And my cell phone just got into the act again. I had an incoming call; tried to answer; and despite all my poking, tapping, and sliding (on the screen icon – get your mind out of the gutter), it steadfastly refused to pick up the call.
Mercury or frisky gremlins; either way it’s gonna be a lo-o-o-ong retrograde.
Is Mercury messing with you, too?
P.S. Just to add to the chaos, we’re moving again today; for the third time in three weeks. Fingers crossed that it will be the last time before our big move-in to the new house!