Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Ouch, March - 3.10 #sol21 Story Challenge

"April is the cruelest month," wrote T.S. Eliot in "The Wasteland. When I think about it, though, March is even farther from unicorns and rainbows. During past years' Slice of Life Story Challenges, I've written about miseries and obstacles during this third month (here, here, and here, among others), and this year seems no different.

Is my psychology's inclination to negative bias or my brain's pattern-seeking behavior to blame? Or do I just glean perverse enjoyment from defensively pessimistic accounting? Regardless of the motivation, here's the latest run-down threatening to run me down:

  • A cell phone that decided spending the rest of its life on the boot screen would be its preferred mode of operation
  • Car with flat tire
  • Remarkably uneven riser installation on the stairs leading to my apartment
  • An impending blizzard this weekend, perhaps necessitating a snow day at the vaccine clinic where I'm due for dose #2
As this list reveals, I truthfully have much to appreciate (communication, transportation, shelter, health care), even when these systems are, for a time, on the fritz.


  1. Bad things come in clusters. I hope the blizzard holds off. My first shot was postponed due to an snow & ice storm. I am due for shot #2 tomorrow.

  2. I think you've got it! March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. However my dad who lived in Michigan always said that state was a month off. April came in like a lion, so maybe TS Elliot knew what he was talking about.

  3. I'm sitting here in Ohio with my window open on an uncharacteristically warm not, yet Spring day. I'm scared to ask where you live because I don't want your blizzard coming my way. On a note about your defensive pessimism (from a fellow defensive pessimist), I have to often remind myself of Susan David's quote from her TEDTalk that "emotions are data. NOT directives." I am working on noting my emotions, but not letting them take me to that defensively pessimistic world that my brain, at times, craves.

  4. I've long felt that March is the cruelest month; I believe I wrote about that in last year's SOL, as per T.S. Eliot. I had to trudge to my second-dose vaccine the morning after a blizzard. Most sites had cancelled for two days, but my site in a medical center was open. I was certainly thrilled to get it despite the snow. Rainbows will come, Brian. Hang in there.

  5. Oh man....that all does sound stinky. I hope you can get dose #2 in time and hoping the blizzard stays away. First world problems.... but still... problems,