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Less Than Efficient
Wow, my brain is totally disconnected today. I took a decongestant this morning, and have had two units of caffeine in addition. Normally, this doesn't affect me much... today appears to be different. I'm totally jittery and distracted, much more so than usual. Witness the following train of thought/action:

I decide to make an appointment to get my car's brakes fixed.
I check my calendar to figure out a good day.
I get distracted by my work task for awhile.
I surf the web a bit.
I look up a list of Chevy dealerships' websites.
I notice my hands are shaking.
I decide maybe eating lunch will settle me down.
I pull out a bowl of dry soup and put hot water into it.
Looking at the clock, it is 12:28. Instructions say to let it sit for 10 minutes.
I set it next to my keyboard, and make a mental note to wait until 12:38.
I look at my computer, see code on my screen, and return to my current work task.
I mentally reminisce about my weekend trip.
I think about my car.
Oh yes, the brakes!
The dealership's website is still up on my screen behind the code.
I mull over which dealership to go to.
I wonder which day I'd decided was best.
I realize that I'm not working, so I go back to my work task.
Gosh, I'm hungry. Maybe I go should get a snack or something.
I reach for my water bottle without looking, and feel something unexpectedly warm.
What's that? I look -- oh hey, soup! How wonderful.
It's 12:45 or so, I guess I can eat it now.
Yay, yum, this is the best soup ever!
I look at my friends page for awhile.
I notice the dealership's site, still open.
I remember that I'm supposed to be working, and do that for awhile.
I eat my soup.
I am surprised to notice the dealership website.
I wonder which dealership to go to.
I put a bit more effort into my work task.
I decide to write an LJ post.
Yum, soup is finished.
Post is finished.
Except that I still haven't made my brake appointment.
Hopefully my car doesn't stop stopping before I get it done!
Back to work....

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thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: July 24th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Laugh! I'm greatly amused that part of your obvious distraction includes typing that entire post.

Let me guess... You came back to writing the post several times before it was finished, didn't you? < grin >
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 24th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, you are completely right. In fact I managed to forget all about the post at least once.... (:
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: July 24th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I take it you don't go back to the dealer you bought it from?

Its good to develop a relationship with the service staff.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 24th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I have in the past, but I was thinking of going to a place nearer to my office this time.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: July 24th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
That makes sense, but generally the dealer is the most expensive of all choices. Sure, you'll (in theory) get good service, but you're always going to pay top-dollar.

Yes, there's loopholes in that statement/argument, but it's often the case.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: July 24th, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes I agree it really depends on what you need to get fixed and how good dependents can do that.
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