I forgot my wallet when I left the house this morning. That's not an uncommon thing for me to do. I swear, I'm getting more absent minded by the day. I think I'm getting "old-timers" disease or something, or maybe I'm taking to much ... er ...medicine... these days.
This afternoon, for example I was reading an artical on the internet when my boss's phone rang across the other side of the room. He wasn't there so, on automatic pilot, I reached to my phone and dialed the 5 digit combo that lets me pick up his call (hardly taking my eyes off the screen to do so). I then put the phone to my ear and continued reading my screen, silently. A full 10 seconds must have passed when I tuned back in and realised that I was answering a call, not making one, and it was customary in this situation for me to speak first...
Me: "uh.. hello?"
Di (receptionist): "Ello! Tune out for a second there did we? (laughing)"
Me (laughing): "Um... yeah, not sure what happened there. Must be working to hard... I think I was waiting for it to start ringing, ...or something..."
Di: "Thats alright, I knew you get around to speaking some time. He (the boss) does it all the time."
Me: "Oh, I feel alot better now..."
I'm losing my mind!
Oh, and the wallet? Well its not usually a problem because I have a tab at the school canteen to get lunch and that gets me through the day. Today, however the cars fuel gauge was on empty, and halfway to work the warning light came on, and stayed on. I should have just enough to get home after work, and then 5 minutes back down the road to the only fuel stop near home. Sure enough I made it home (stopping on the way for another buggy session at Wakapuaka, this time in SW winds). I picked up my wallet and drove straight back to the shop, only to see a sign on all three pumps saying "No Fuel". The tank was dry and the truck wasn't expected till tomorrow! I didn't think I'd have enough in the tank to drive the 25km back into town in the morning. Thats when the friendly neighbourhood shop owner went out the back and came back with 5 litres of petrol in a can. She said it was for the lawn mower but she won't be needing it today. Now you wouldn't get that kind of service just anywhere!
Now what was I talking about again...?