Murphy’s Law – Again

Murphy was a genius. Not only did he write the famous words, “Anything that can go wrong will”, he also wrote – or at least lent his name to – dozens of corollaries. There is Murphy’s first corollary which says “left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse” and the quantized revision which states “everything goes wrong all at once”.

Today my transportation plans fell prey to Murphy’s laws. I seem to have forgotten the corollary that says “if everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something”. I had gotten complacent. I just ‘assumed’ – as in ‘making an ass out of u and me’ – I would get to school and home and then to yoga and home and everything would connect just seamlessly. All fall into place as it were. Like the Erma Bombeck corollary: “anything dropped in the bathroom will fall into the toilet”.

The day started with the van breaking down. We had stopped on a steep hill and I joked the driver should make sure the brake was on. I did not want to roll backwards down the hill.  I am sure Murphy has some sort of rule that says be careful what you ask for, you just might get it. It would apply here in my story. Why? The emergency brake got stuck and so did we!

With waiting for the replacement van, taking other passengers where they needed to be and taking the first driver back to the garage, I was 45 minutes late getting to work. Not exactly an auspicious start to my day.

When I got to work, my usual driver for the ride home was not in her classroom. After the less than stellar start to my day, I wanted to make sure I had a ride. It was practically the end of the day until I found her, in a day long training in the other building. By that time I had asked my backup and my second backup and they were both unavailable. Oh, dear…

Thank goodness my regular driver was able to take me home. Even if we had not discussed travel arrangements for this particular day???? I could have sworn we did. Didn’t we? The only problem was, as a club adviser, she had to stay an hour and a half late at school…

I was amendable. Poor planning on my part does not constitute a crisis on your part.

I called the friend I walk with and cancelled. I was going to cancel out on yoga, but my friend insisted on coming to get me and running me to class. Bless her.

Of course, I get to yoga and my ride home is not there! She did say she was going; right? She always texts if she is not going; right? Jeez.

I was arranging plan B when my yoga ride came in. Got me home. Safe and sound with my nerves only slightly the worse for wear.

OK. I admit it. I have gotten a little too complacent. Things have been working a little too well and I forgot another corollary: “Anything that CAN’T go wrong will.” I guess Murphy just needed to shake me up a bit.

Only, now, Mr. Murphy, will you please just go away?

Next: It’s Dark in Here!

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