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Ice Cube. My Mechanic. Being Friendly.

I had such an unbelievable day today. Not unbelievable like I won the lottery or got a call from Ted or anything, but unbelievable in the more subtle, little, everyday-things-that-really-help-me-out-and-make-me-feel-good-about-humankind kinda way. From the minute I woke up, I couldn’t help but get Ice Cube outta my head:

“Just wakin up in the morning gotta thank god, I dunno but today seems kinda odd. No barking from the dog, no smog…”

It’s like shit just fell into place. And that my mojo was in prime optimization territory.
Here’s some of the awesome stuff that happened today:

1) Not only was I able to get my car into a mechanic that was booked solid for two weeks straight, but he fixed my car in two hours, offered to take me to the horse racing track (I know…creepy in theory, but totally un-creepy if you were there), teach me how to drive his ’64 Chevy, and told me three things to look out for with my car to keep me safe (awwwwwww). He was also witty and a total smartass (two of my favorite things). We were both cracking up the whole time.

2) I had a fifteen minute wait at the DMV. FIFTEEN MINUTES PEOPLE!!!! AT THE DMV!!!! Have you ever heard of such a thing?? And the woman that helped me was friendly and giggly and cheerful. I handled a couple things that have been hanging around for months.

3) Zero line at the post office and parking right up front in a lot that NEVER has parking, ever

4) Got spare keys made by this great guy who gave me an extra key because one he previously made didn’t work, then asked me to call him when I got home to make sure the new one worked because he wants to make sure he runs an honest business. I did. He was thankful.

5) Got to joyride around town all day in my bestie’s Beemer.

6) Wrote an article (I’ve been procrastinating on for weeks) for a new relationships blog I write for, and started and finished it in 20 minutes

7) Did laundry

8) Had a STELLAR sales person at the pet store solve the diet problem I’ve been having with my puppy (P.s. I know that came up as a little sunglassed guy but don’t know how to change it…hahah!)

9) Met this amazing woman at the dog park who was STOKED that Coach was there because her puppy likes to play rough and Coach was giving him a run for his money. We became friends.

10) Had a burst of inspiration on a HUGE idea I’m working on with my Coaching friends

11) Had an amazing call with an amazing client

12) And tomorrow, I’m headed out for an adventure (weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee)

Today, people were awesome. I told my mechanic he was my new favorite thing in my life, ever. And he gave me a hug and said he appreciated me too because I got, and laughed at his jokes and didn’t get mad when he made fun of me for trying to pretend like I knew what a “solenoid” was.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Feels so good. And it makes me feel like I’m on the right track. First flowers…then THIS!? And I think the lesson here is to be as friendly as possible as often as possible. When you do that, people make room in their schedule for you. And solve your puppy problems. And give you extra keys. And the Universe listens, because I sure as Hell didn’t want to be at the DMV for two hours (like I anticipated).

I made a couple new friends today. If anyone is having trouble with their crank shafts or keys, let me know. I know a guy.

I leave you with one of my favorite songs from the 90’s. Hope yours is a good day.

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13 Responses to Ice Cube. My Mechanic. Being Friendly.

  1. Paulette says:

    Don’t you love it when you connect instantly with someone like that? I’ve decided that laughter is a real measure of whether I’m connecting with someone and whether they ‘get me’. When they do, when the witty repartee is swirling around, I want to jump up and down and be their new best friend forever! (happened to me last week in SB).

    Days like that? Thank you Universe/God/all of it!!!!!!

    • Sallyhope says:

      YES! Exactly. I always get surprised when someone gets my wit and picks it up and runs with it. When I find people like that I’m like “JACKPOT!!” (And p.s. when I read “repartee” all I could think of was “re-PARTY” hee hee)

  2. Andy says:

    You don’t know what a solenoid is?!?!?! Come on Sally, I designed solenoid actuated relays for 5 years. I’m sure I’ve told you a couple interesting tales of solenoid design…

  3. derek kim says:

    Sally.Im glad a young, beautiful white girl from Camarillo can relate to a Black man living in South Central LA.Its not easy getting people to see that the more time we waste waiting in line for our 8$ cup of coffee is just as dangerous as it is for pimps on the street of Compton.They dodge bullets while I dodge kids trying to sell me chicklets.I aint got small bills and I only chew Stride.Keep it real Sally.”Cuz it aint easy,puttin down the sleazy”.If your wondering who said that I just did.You might have ADD.another problem amongst our peeps.And I really,really hope when say favorite mechanic you mean me.I worked on your familys cars for free.What title do I get?Ill pay you next time I swear.Thats the kinda gangsta I am..Sorry if this doesnt make sense I didnt read the whole thing because Im late for pilates..POL..(peace out late)

    • Sallyhope says:

      Huh? And yeah, totally. You get to be my favorite mechanic too. Although that BMW you told me to buy in 2003 was totally bunk. So thanks for nothin.

      • derek kim says:

        You talked to me in 2003? I told you to buy it? I thought you already owned it.You know how sensitive I am right?I am trying to remember what was wrong with it and feel horrilbe.I dont see it at your moms house and Im always watching..who needs a life coach? I do! just kiddin.Whatever you need let me know.It would be my pleasure to fix a problem for you if I could..

  4. derek kim says:

    And by the way.Solenoid switches are used to switch high power circuits on and off using a much smaller electrical control signal to actuate the switching. This allows extensive logic and decision making circuitry to be performed on inexpensive microchips and small electronic parts, with the actual switching of the high power signals being limited to the very last step. The result is cooler running of less sophisticated equipment. It also enables the high power switching equipment to be limited to a remote location. Solenoid switches are typically used on automotive engine starting systems.

  5. Liz says:

    Sally, have I told you I love you today yet?? Cause I do!!! :) What a full and positive day!!

  6. Kelly says:

    So is the mechanic sweet on ya? :) Sounds like it.

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