Apparently I was having far too much fun that night to notice until the next morning.
My heart sunk into my grumbling stomach. How could I have possibly gotten charged that much for a freaking cab ride?! I could have stayed at the Marriott around the corner for half that price. I probably could have chartered my own plane to pick me up from the bar and fly me home for that much money.
I figured it had to be a mistake. I called the cab company and explained the situation. The decimal point is just in the wrong spot, right? You can't seriously be charging me $350 for a cab ride.
Oh, but they were. I had been notified that there was going to be a "surcharge" due to the high demand for cabs that evening. Unfortunately I was supposed to interpret "surcharge" as "we're going to gouge the bejeezus out of you, cool?"
No, sir. Not cool.
After a long interaction with the cab company when I may have thrown around words like "rat fink", they decided to reimburse me for half of the cab fare. Something's better than nothing right?
I would like to use this story as a metaphor for how I would sum up my 2012.
2012 wasn't my best year. I was paying out the nose, stressing myself out, and only getting a lousy cab ride that smelled like bad cologne in return.
Then I took matters into my own hands, and 2012 gave me a 50% reimbursement with a job in a place where I feel at home.
I saw my grandma back in August at the beach and again over Christmas break. I wasn't doing too hot in August, having just gone through a breakup and really not knowing where to turn next. And no, I wasn't hiding it very well. But then I saw her just a couple weeks ago after having been in Florida for a couple months and she said, "Kate, you seem like a different person."
I couldn't agree more. I feel like a different person.
|Sad outcome to this game, but still a very happy day.|
Now I'll meet up with friends after work on a Wednesday for drinks, eat lunch with a coworker instead of alone at my desk in the basement, or go to the beach on a Sunday and take a nap in the sun.
|January 13, indeed.|
Despite how much I may have wanted to, I can't write off 2012 completely. I figured out what makes me happy (catchy rap tunes), I figured out what drives me bonkers (finding parking in busy places). I learned how to be an efficient business traveler and I learned that I prefer having a short commute and sleeping in the same bed every night.
Right around the time I was packing up and moving to Florida I realized that I didn't manage to achieve most of the goals I set for myself for 2012, and that I likely wasn't going to. But looking back at them I think I nailed the most important one - Take life as it comes, when it comes.
Oh, and that headstand. What up!
This post isn't an apology or an explanation. It's basically just a way for me to wipe the slate clean. 2012 kicked my butt. However, I didn't pay a dime to get home this New Year's, so I think the odds are in my favor for 2013.