well, i finally got a car today! on August 1 i brought my car in for service as was called less than two hours later by my very rude service consultant who told me to take my car and bring it back to the body shop, because it was broken from the accident that i had in 9/04. since this person does not speak English very well, i couldn't really understand what he was talking about, and as he started to scream incoherently at me i told him that i would have to go get my foot-thick file on said accident and get back to him. now, three weeks later, after major fighting between Bay Ridge Toyota, GEICO, and Hann Auto Financing, they all decided to fix my car and to have GEICO pay for it. I got a rental car today after trolling the NYC rapid transit system for three weeks.
although the gas prices are over $2.60/gallon, and it is very eco-friendly and politically correct to sit on the bus, i must admit that i was ecstatic that i got a car (though not my car) back. not because it cuts my commute time from 1.5 hours to 20 minutes, not because it is less tiring on my poor diseased middle-aged body, not because i don't have to order my groceries on-line because i don't have the strength to schlep them home, but because I LIKE TO DRIVE...FAST, if the traffic allows it.
so i started thinking of the un-girly things that i really like to do. i started thinking of them more when i visited my parents and was encouraging my dad to respond to my mom's repeated requests that he speak to her loudly after every swallow of his pureed bananas by saying 'go f*** yourself' (he smiled, she scolded me for being unladylike, saying, 'you never heard me curse while you were growing up')
12. some of the un-girly things that i like to do are:
1. drive cars, preferably very fast;
2. yell unprintable epithets out the window while i'm driving at motorists that drive like they purchased their license at Wal-Mart. since the incidents of people getting killed in road rage incidents have slowly risen over the years, i have modified this in recent years by yelling these unprintable epithets silently in my head. someday i'll tell you all about the time i almost had to run somebody over as he was approaching my car to beat me up because i yelled...i was 20 at the time, and wanted to live to 21;
3. when being present at social gatherings where groups are divided up by gender, gathering with the male group to talk politics and sports. i would rather be buried alive than spend the evening talking about children and recipes. sometimes, when faced with a group of women talking incessantly about their children, i start talking about my cats with the same attention to detail. that usually changes the conversation;
4. do everything within my earthly and other planetary powers to avoid cooking. when i was single, i used my oven for storage, my stove for counter space (it's a smoothtop electric stove), and cooked in my microwave. i can follow a recipe and cook, and a cook very well-i just choose not to;
5. be one with my computer. my current husband is still miffed that after using a Mac system since 1986, after six months with his PC i could work it and fix it better than he could. (i still use my Mac for my business). when his old PC blew up (not enough virus protection/firewall), he could not put together our new Media Center, but i could, without reading the instructions;
6. run a business (solo private psychiatric practice) for 19 years, without any employees, and still have an excellent credit rating;
7. do plumbing and other household projects when i want to, do them better than either of my husbands, and pay to have them done when i see they are too complicated or i don't feel like/have the time to do them;
8. be assertive and competent;
9. refuse to hide my light under a rock.
13. some of the girly things i like to do are:
1. wear pink, red, and orange, including orange sneakers and red flip-flops;
2. put Hello Kitty stickers on my cellphone. since my husband started mistaking his cellphone for mine and taking it to work, and my cellphone doubles as my emergency number for my practice, this was a necessity;
3. have a Hello Kitty stuffed doll which i adorned with multiple body piercings and tattoos, tore her clothes,...hey, does this belong in #12 (un-girly things?);
4. have every fashion magazine that i can reasonably afford (they are a tax write-off since they go in my office...oh, no, s this another item that belongs in #12?);
5. make sure that my shoes ALWAYS match my clothes;
6. have to have a pedicure year-round;
7. spend $125 on my hair every two months to have it properly bleached & cut, as well as at least $50 /month on hair care products;
8. wear more jewelry than most small rural towns in the USA;
9. only use Sungirl sunblock. it's SPF 30, it smells like cotton candy, and it's the only SPF 30 sunblock that has glitter, and lots of it.
i believe that there has to be a balance of girly and un-girly in my life. i think that i have achieved this.