This isn’t a feel sorry for me post. Just a funny how attitude and perspective can change post.
I finally got a chance to slow down this evening and enjoy Christmas. I broke a leaf spring Thursday afternoon on my truck and located parts in okc to pick up yesterday and was told they would be open till 5. I planned on working on it over the weekend and have it running by Monday morning. I showed up at noon to find the gates were locked. I called a friend in Tulsa that works at the same dealer and he made some calls but all he could tell me was Tulsa had no idea okc was closed yesterday. Told him what I needed and headed to Tulsa. I get about 50 miles out and he calls and says they don’t have my spring and he can’t locate one in Tulsa cause everyone is closed. I was furious when I was leaving okc and if I was told they were gonna be closed I would have gone down Thursday evening to get the parts cause they were open till midnight. My wife had her family deal at her brothers yesterday and I was suppose to go with her until I had to make a parts run so I was also mad about wasting time driving to okc then to Tulsa while most people were with family or on their way. As I said I was furious when I headed to Tulsa and it did add to it when he called and said they searched everywhere and couldn’t find my spring but it wasn’t their fault but I kept going cause they had other parts I needed. I called Joplin and they did have the spring and I had time to make it there if I kept pushing but we had my family plans after Christmas Eve service at my grandmas like we’ve done every year as long as I can remember. Joplin would of been hard to make it back home in time and I had to pick up my girls from their moms and they were looking forward to our plans last night.
Make it to Tulsa to get what they had and already planned on waiting till Monday to get the spring. I was visiting and b****ing about everything that happened yesterday with my friend and a few other parts guys and they were just typing in part numbers and checking different things and one of them spotted a spring they did have in stock but it was put on someone’s will call ticket and has been for 2 weeks. They go check and sure enough I had a spring. Since it was on will call it didn’t show to be in stock and it was pulled from the parts room. They ordered him another one and will have it Tuesday while I got to leave with everything I needed.
Feeling a little better about the day but still wasn’t happy with all the work I had ahead of me for Christmas weekend. I was in a bad mood last night and really didn’t get to enjoy it like I should have with everyone visiting. Woke up this morning and got started on the truck. I tore the spring down Thursday so I was ready for the most part on putting it back together. Got it in place and ready to start tightening everything down but knew my girls wanted to hit off if the pitching machine we got them so I messaged my wife to send them out and they got to hit some balls. Fed them a late lunch and took them back to their mom. Got back home and started back on the truck. Suspension is done but I had a couple brakes I needed to tear down. New cam, bushings and a slack adjuster on one wheel and got it done today also. Tomorrow I just need to do one brake and the truck is ready to go. Should have it done and hooked up early tomorrow.
After spending 7 hours in the pickup yesterday and knowing I wasn’t gonna get to have a full day on the truck today I was dreading it. I figured I’d be working well after dark to get everything done on it to have it ready tomorrow evening but I am well ahead of schedule and had time to feed before it got to dark.
Like most of us here I’ve had to work holidays before and I’ve worked for days on little sleep so I’m very aware of what my job can turn out to be and sometimes within a couple minutes plans change and I’m fine with that but this time it felt different. I was more aggravated than I usually get when things go bad. In my younger days I liked the thought of getting stuff done while the rest of the world is sleeping or playing. This time I hated the thought of it but all turned out well. I got to pitch some balls to my girls in the sunshine and made good progress on the truck today so I could slow down and relax this evening. I’m almost a day late but I finally made it to Christmas. Even though nothing worked like I hoped it would yesterday it all worked out today and I’m probably more grateful this evening than I would of been if things worked out better yesterday. Sorry I’m late to the party. Merry Christmas everyone