Well when it rains, it certainly pours. Just as John and I are struggling free from our close brush with death, I receive a call from my travel agent, yes the one in NY whom I lavished with praise last time. Well, no more praise. John’s tickets for Friday are cancelled. It’s Tuesday night and just like that, he’s stranded. Wtf? Some bullshit about never receiving my check. Jesus. First, they didn’t accept Visa for travel originating in China. Then, I couldn’t pay their rep in China, because they haven’t set up their Shanghai office. I called my bank to wire money but I have to authorize my account for wire transfers in person. So, as a last resort, I had Bank of America cut a corporate check and mail it. The funds were withdrawn a week ago, and of course, just my luck, the check apparently got lost in the fucking mail. I could curse USPS a billion times over. And the bank doesn’t freakin’ track the checks that ship out??! So here we are, major SOL. Rental car, housing, utilities, everything is lined up and now no freaking ticket.
Tomorrow was going to be my first day back in class. Screw that. I’ll be on the phone all morning, scrambling for last minute tickets. Next thing you know, I’ll become pregnant or Remy will jump off the balcony. Man, I was so pissed at the travel agent. Poor thing. Normally, I would handle such a situation with utmost civility (ha, ha), but come on, I’ve been sweating my brains out for three days. John and I are so desperate, we’re popping pills whose drug information we can’t even read. Yes, I went to the nearby pharmacy this evening and just said, “sick, tummy aches, possible food poisoning, fever, nausea, antibiotics.” They directed me to two drugs. No idea what they are, but at this point, who the hell cares. We need SOMEthing. Screw the sketchy quality control standards. What can you do, man. We’re dying. Just so you know, I did apologize to the agent. I know it wasn’t her fault (she’d been burned before by an asshole customer); it’s just been a bad couple of days. Doesn’t look like it’s gonna get better any time soon either.