I touched it

These last 2 days if I touched it then it didn’t work.  I don’t think that I have ever been more frustrated in my life.  Here is how it went down (and I promise not to exaggerate)…I have multiple editing jobs due this week so I  I got a new (to me) computer for home editing.  It just needed a hard drive which I had 3 spare at home.  Well this new box needed a new type of hard drive so none of mine worked.  So onto craigslist I go and find one for $20.  I get it home and realize that the cables are all wrong. I go to the store to buy them.  Then the  connections for the DVD drive are wrong.  So I buy a new drive to suit.  Now I need to burn a copy of Windows to load onto the new hard drive but neither of my DVD drives are working for some reason.  I try to use my brothers computer but he didn’t have a ISO image burner so I switch the new drive to the old computer and burn.  I’m on my way.  But  halfway through the install (and at 4am) I realize the hard drive is corrupt.  Crap.  I fall asleep on the floor watching a progress bar that I know will never reach 100%.  Time is running out on me.

I wake up this morning 45 min late.  While rushing to get Mia’s lunch and breakfast ready I realize that Mia’s birthday/sleep over with 8 of her friends  is tomorrow and I have to clean the house, bake the goods, buy the presents and generally get stuff done.  Ugh.  I have to scrape the car windows.  Two blocks later I have to pull over to scrape them again.  Mia wants to bring bacon to school tomorrow instead of cake.  At 3 slices per student that means 96 slices to cook tonight.  I still need to edit and my computer is down.  Did I mention that we are picking up all 8 of her friends from school?  Did I mention that Rebecca’s explorers starter died yesterday so transportation is looking bad?

After I drop off Mia (late) I ran out of gas.  The best part of this day, I realized, was that I was only 3 blocks from a gas station.  I rush over to Rebecca’s and pull the starter (laying on cold cement in a tee shirt is really cold.  Don’t judge I was running late and forgot to dress accordingly).  I pull the part,  rush to the store and bring back a new one.  The electrical wires were wrong on the new starter.  Come to find Ford no longer makes the old connections so I’m left to rewire the electrical under the car, on my back, in my tee shirt.


Everything I touch just ends up not working out.  Everything I touched was a struggle at every step of the way.


At 230 I decided something.  I was going to touch this bad day.  I was going to touch this bad day and it was going to stop working.


I touched this bad day with the thought of hugging my girlfriend, Teresa.  She knows how to hug me.   I thought of how my friends want me to have a better day and I wasn’t going to let them down.  I touched this bad day by remembering that my baby girl turns 12 tomorrow and she is excited and so shall I be.  It’s 4:30 now and  I fixed the starter.  I fixed my computer.  I’m cleaning the house.  I’m editing in between.  Mia is happily cleaning along side me and I got to see Teresa.


Two negatives make a positive so I touched this bad day and it stopped working.  Take that you big jerk.  I’m happy and you can’t stop me.


11 Responses to “I touched it”

  1. Shannon Morgan Says:

    This is the best blog EVER!!! I love you Mike McLenna!

  2. Likewise, for me. However, I know how to cook some mean bacon. So if you need help, just holla.

  3. I adore you! I learn from you. Thank you.

  4. I am madly, bonkers in love with you. BONKERS.

  5. I’m not in love with you, but I’m glad your bad day stopped working. On the bright side, even when life was a ball of mud, you touched your daughter and she worked fine. After all, there are lots of things that don’t work sometimes, but we always want the most important thing (or person) to work fine.

  6. Glad it all worked out in the end for you.

    I know we barely know each other, but feel free to ask me for help. I like projects.


  7. I think I’m in love with you too!

  8. Scott Nicholson Says:

    You’re a good man, Mike. Don’t ever give up, there’s gonna be days like that, sometimes months like that & you have to push through it. Good for you.

  9. Your positivity is inspirational, Mike. Always be you, buddy. It looks good on you and guarantees your success in life.

  10. Sounds like a hell-day. Makes a few of my crappy days recently seem like cake.

    Thanks for sharing both your pains and your joys friend.

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