The things one discovers about one's self are just incredible, aren't they? Not necessarily in a good way, either!
Just a bit ago - and this went on for quite a while, actually - I was trying to get started on this new post and my machine didn't even make that option available to me. I thought, "What the devil?!?"
And so I thought, "I'll give this machine a reboot. Maybe something's just kind of 'stuck' in there." That happens, sometimes, and reboots often clear up whatever it was in the first place that was causing the obstruction. I did that a couple of times. Results the same.
Then, just as the phone rang for the first time at my son-in-law's place - I was going to ask him what I was doing or had done wrong this time, I happened to notice that my e-mail address at the top of my screen was a "gmail" one. I hardly ever use it, wouldn't you know, but had forgotten to sign out of it the last time I checked for messages.
That'll screw you up every time, folks, just in case you didn't know. Problem corrected and here I am again, typing away like mad.
Not really a whole lot new going on in my life. Did I tell you that my garbage disposal decided to up and die on me recently? Well, it did, and the problem has now gotten so bad that I can't even do dishes in the kitchen sink. Nasty stuff!
Anyhoo, ARS is scheduled to come over Monday after 10am to give me a free estimate on replacement. This'll set me back some big buck$, I'm afraid, but I can no longer tolerate being without it.
Speaking of $$, I mentored at the bridge studio again this past Wednesday and my partner and I had a 65% game. For those of you not familiar with duplicate, that's huge! We had some 'gifts' along the way - you have to have really nice things happen in order to have that big a game - but my partner played well, generally, and a couple of things came up that I was able to help her out with (I think!).
Then, after the game, I had a problem when she asked me to play with her more frequently than just once a month. Coward that I am, I guess you could say, I ignored her question.
It's not that I don't have the time. I DO have the time! It's not that I don't enjoy playing with her. I DO enjoy playing with her!
My problem might be that I've been paid for too many years to teach bridge to now just 'give away' my time. In addition to that - and my mentee is not the only one who has asked me to play as a teaching partner - I am expected to not only donate my time and years of experience, but I am expected to pay my own entry!
Folks, I simply won't/can't do it, and I am unable to figure out a nice way to say exactly what I mean. I even have dreams about this type of situation! To say that "I already gave at the office" or "I prefer to play - outside of these mentor/mentee games - with some of my regular partners" I find personally unsatisfactory and only somewhat truthful.
The truth be told, I would LOVE to have some regular mentees as partners - only if they are willing to pay for the entry and my time. I could sure use the money!