Grinding Away

Ever have a dream that you slept through an exam and you wake up feeling a little panicked? I did that Tuesday afternoon.  It took about 30 seconds for the rest of my brain to arrive and tell me to stop and take a breath.

I did okay on Wednesday’s exam.  I blanked on a couple things I should not have blanked on.  It happens, I suppose, but it was a little frustrating.  Oh well.  I am sure I did well in the class.  I will find out for certain next week.

The major issue I have been dreading this week occurred today.  My brakes have been grinding and I put off getting them looked at to make sure I made it to class.  Well, with the start of Winter Break, I have no excuse not to have them looked at.  As I feared, the brake pads and the rotors needed to be replaced in front and the brake cylinders had to be replaced in the back.  The latter were starting to leak brake fluid.  Apparently that was a new problem, since the brake fluid was full when I brought the car in.  I also wanted to get some of the more routine stuff dealt with since it had been a while since any of that was done.  I was looking at a good couple hours of waiting around.  Thus, I figured I would get in some quality people watching.  Second person to wander in? My younger brother.  We both laughed at the coincidence.  He brought his car in to have an issue with the power steering checked out.

While we waited, we wandered over to Fred Meyer to kill some time.  The clerk at the auto shop asked us to pick up a couple strands of Christmas lights for her.  We found one strand that she wanted and brought it back.  My brother realized he forgot his debit card and offered to buy me lunch if I would buy his energy drinks and a small Christmas gift.  Fortunately, when we got back with his card and all, my car was about ready to go.  We went to lunch and came back to find his car ready.  An odd coincidence, but I cannot complain about spending time with my brother.


About emeree

I am an Air Force veteran. I served as a Security Forces troop for nearly seven years and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant before separating in 2008. My tours of duty were in England and Oklahoma. I live in the Seattle area, which is where I grew up. I used my GI Bill and earned a degree from the University of Washington. I currently work in downtown Seattle and experience all the adventure that comes with that.
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