I haven’t laughed as much in a long time as I did when my Dad was telling me the story of his drive home from work last night. It was a beauty of a story and just highlighted something for me…
Dad was driving along a busy section of dual carriage way that rather swiftly, after a set of traffic lights, changes to a single lane. The inside lane disappears, so most sensible drivers stick themselves in the outside lane on the approach to lights. But not the rather fancy, suited and Rayban’d up driver of a brand new BMW 5 series…no, not at all…he decided to drive rather swiftly up the inside lane to beat the traffic.
In the process of doing so, he pulled alongside my Dad and proceeded to try and force him into the oncoming traffic as BMW man refused to give way. Hmmm…not something that my Dad appreciated, so he beeped his horn only to have the suited and Rayban’d up eejit give him the ‘V’ sign and the wanker gesture. So my Dad had to give in, or face oncoming traffic, but his blood was now boiling and he vowed to himself to have words with this chap at some point further along in the journey.
Now, my Dad has a bit of a thing about idiot drivers. He used to drive cars for a living – working as a test-driver – and has done all sorts of driver training – advanced, skid-pan, ice driving etc. An occupational hazard of this work was accidents, being both in them and being witness to them…so he has seen some pretty horrific accidents and hates people who drive like arseholes basically. My Dad also happens to look like a Mitchell brother, and so him getting out of his car to have words with another driver regarding their irresponsible driving can be quite a sight to behold!
Anyway, I digress. Dad continued to drive along behind this BMW guy for a short while before the slip road – with a give-way sign to get onto a rather fast stretch of road – appeared. It seemed that they were both heading in the same direction and so were keeping an eye on the traffic approaching from the right in order to get onto this road. However, the BMW driver seemed to be wearing the wrong Raybans as he put his foot down after spotting a gap in the traffic and drove smack bang into the back of a huge old Shogun that was in front of him, waiting at the give-way line!
The joy in Dad’s heart was immense and his previous rage left him immediately apparently. He couldn’t resist driving alongside the BMW, beeping his horn, giving the ‘V’ sign accompanied with the wanker gesture and laughing hysterically. Apparently the BMW driver was lost for words! The lady in the car behind my Dad was also in hysterics as she had followed the journey and seen the guy almost forcing my Dad off the road. No damage to the Shogun at all thank goodness – it was a big chunky old 4×4 with a tow bar…but the BMW was a write-off.
If that isn’t Karma then I don’t know what is!
Karma – this chain of cause and effect leading to an appropriate result – is an interesting concept and one which I have often thought about. When I feel slighted by somebody – my old boss for example, although ‘slighted’ is a bit too modest a word…and yes, I’ll get over her one day! – I often think about what I would like to say or do. Inevitably, I rarely get around to doing anything though…I just let things be. I am beginning to wonder if this is partly down to maturity, or just down to the fact that I don’t really want the conflict.
There is a saying, ‘Karma is a bitch’, and I have a feeling that people will one day get what they should…and to be honest I have decided that some battles just aren’t worth the fight. Why waste time and energy fighting people who don’t want to look at things outside of their own narrow-minded world, or people who want to drive flash cars like eejits, or people who want to belittle others because they are unhappy with their own lives? I would rather spend that time and energy fighting to get my life back on track…and showing them how it should be done!
What better to way to show those who have caused you harm – mentally or physically – that you can go on and lead a successful life despite all that they have done? That for me is true Karma…but seeing an eejit smash up a car is up there too! 😉
So then, today’s usuals…
I was in a deep sleep when the alarm went off again – so it was not the most energetic of starts. I did manage to get on the treadmill though once I was downstairs and got started. Some neighbours are moving away today so I have been keeping a close eye on Freddie as some big lorries have been squeezing down the cul-de-sac today. I will be sorry to see them go actually as they added a bit of fun to the street – a lovely bunch of noisy Italians…she did say to me this morning that she told the neighbour that the new people are much quieter than them! After a bit of work and even more exercise, we headed off to see the horses and to Asda. It was then home for lunch and then the shuffling of wardrobes began in anticipation of my cousin coming to live with us for a while. I have no idea what 14 year old girls are into, so it will be an experience. What will also be an experience is my other half and I being in this new bedroom…the window is closer to the main road and I am not looking forward to the noise…I might have to invest in earplugs! It is still very quiet at home as we are Sky-less…so some reading and maybe a bit of TV on the iPad will happen later I think.
Breakfast: Banana and a Benefit bar and an Alpen light bar (1 x HEB).
Breakfast and lunch was pretty much the same as yesterday – and tasted great. Dinner was delicious – Quorn meatballs which I bake in the oven, with aubergine, courgette, onions, mushrooms, pepper, tomatoes, garlic, herbs and tomato purée mixed with wholewheat pasta and topped with my HEA and extra cheese…yummy!
Exercise: 4 x 15 minute treadmill sessions, 1 x 20 minute BodyPump and Swiss ball session.
I used my Swiss Ball to sit on whilst I did some of my weights and it felt harder…more tired after the session! I think it’s because even just sitting on a Swiss Ball works your core muscles as they tweak your position due to the unstable surface you are sitting on. I will keep doing this and am also in need of a kick up the bum to attempt some push ups on it…maybe tomorrow…I just have visions of the ball flying from under me and me knocking my teeth out! 😉
Thank you for reading my lovelies,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx
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