The output of these interviews is going to go under an umbrella project, a 501(c)(3) we’re putting together, called “CRPS: Art & Spirit” – but that’s another blog.
I’ve been car-less for a long time, which is tough in this country. After the usual research and footwork, I wound up buying a Toyota Highlander, 2005, less than 80,000 miles on the odometer, a tad over budget. It looked good (and, with deep red coloring, is the perfect visual for this disease), it felt fantastic… But I noticed the engine hadn’t been fully serviced. It’s been in the shop for two days now. It’s supposed to be ready.
What started in a sweet blaze of optimism is going sour as the time comes closer to put my signature on paper. (We closed the deal after hours.) I had to call for an update to find out the car was ready; now it turns out my insurance company is one they don’t like the flavor of; and it turns out, with additional tone of voice, that I’m supposed to make an appointment to do the paperwork.
Excuse me? At a car dealership, I need to make an appointment for paperwork?
This does not bode well. I suspect distraction. I’ve already asked for a copy of the documentation on the work that was done.
… So here’s the thing.
I’m a nice, middle-aged, former RN… with a devastating, incurable and painful disease… with (I’m happy to say) a growing readership… using this vehicle as a tool to work for the greater good.
And documenting the entire process.
Is this a person anybody would really want to deal badly with?
I’m pretty sure the answer is no. But we shall see how this goes. I’ll keep you posted.