Well, it’s Tuesday morning now, and I’m writing this while already at the office, because I didn’t leave last night. I should have gone to the house on my new bicycle and ridden it to the train this morning, but unfortunately, there were snags.
First of all, the bicycle was delivered after our normal business hours. Amazon allows us to put time constraints into the delivery instructions, and we have done so, so it would be nice if they attended to them and made sure to get things to their destinations during delivery hours, especially when they are expensive items. I waited around after work for it arrive. Then, unboxing it, I saw that it wasn’t technically the color I had ordered, but it wasn’t too far off, so that didn’t bother me all that much.
Then, after reading all the way through the instructions once before beginning, I then began to reread and do the necessary assembly. However, the bike seat post clamp, or whatever it’s called, turned out not to be the kind actually described in the instructions, and as I was realizing that there was no slot in mine for an Allen key, I fumbled about and the seat post slipped and fell down into the frame of the bike.
It fell deep down. And though it slid in quite easily, somehow, it does not slide out nearly as readily. Indeed, it doesn’t seem to want to slide out at all, not even a millimeter. The company’s website just recommends turning the thing upside down and using a rubber mallet or something similar to hammer at the base until the post falls out. It hasn’t budged so far.
This is a problem that has been occurring frequently for some time, apparently—there are complaints or inquiries on their site going back three years and more—yet there has been no such simple preventative fix as to, for instance, put some kind of barrier in the structure so the post can’t slip past its top into the frame.
Of course, if I had put the seat on the post first, this wouldn’t have happened, but the instructions tell you to put the post in first. I’m not sure why. I’m not sure if there is a reason. This does, apparently, occur often enough that people in YouTube videos advise putting the seats on first.
It’s maddening. Anyway, I was working on the stupid thing, trying to figure out how to dislodge it, until far too late to catch the last train back toward the house. So, I “slept” on the floor in the office again. I just wanted to have the bike to ride home; it was the first thing to which I’ve looked forward in I don’t know how long. My coworker said it’s literally the first time in 2023 I’ve said there was something I was anticipating positively. He’s probably right.
Also, yesterday we missed another potential palindromic number sequence in our recording numbers for verifications. Don’t worry about the specifics too much, just know that I decided that, if one would come up before too long a time had passed, I would take it as a message from the universe* to try to decide to live. But the chance passed, yet again, not to my surprise.
And this last Saturday was the “anniversary” of the destruction of the One Ring in The Lord of the Rings. I wish I had just killed myself then, as I considered doing. I’m so frustrated. I haven’t been able to get anything right in I don’t know how long. Like the song True Love Waits says, “I’m not living. I’m just killing time.”
And time is killing me, but it’s doing it too damned slowly. I’m tired and I’m in pain and I’m trying not to give in, but it’s so much effort, and there’s no fucking payoff. Am I just staying alive today so that I can just stay alive again tomorrow, then the next day and the next week and the next month and the next year…just staying alive because people think that’s what you’re supposed to do, and biology builds those drives into everyone? What is the point? I hate myself, anyway, and all that I’ve become.
Oh, and in case you’ve recently joined the readership of this blog, you should know, this isn’t about the bike, per se. I mean, the bike is frustrating because it was an instance of me trying to do something proactive and positive, and then via fumbling, stupid mistakes I made it go wrong and made it more frustrating than it ought to be.
It’s not that I don’t think I can fix the problem. Obviously, I can fix the problem. I just don’t want to have to fix the stupid problem. I’m tired of fixing problems. I’m tired of effort, of trying to achieve…well, anything at all. I feel like my life has been a constant attempt to build a sandcastle while the tide is coming in. Oh, and there’s a hurricane coming. And I don’t have any tools. And the sand is basically really gravel. But mainly, I’m just rotten at it, and I don’t seem to be getting better over time; rather, I am getting worse.
Oh, well, enough melodrama. Sorry, everyone. I really ought just to bring the show to a close. It’s pathetic. We’ll see, I guess.
*Though I don’t actually believe the universe sends messages; it’s just a conceit, a sort of reverse Russian Roulette.
So glad you got your bike. I know about building things. I have been doing it since I was a kid. Still get upset at mistakes. Hate having to do things twice. But proud of you holding on and moving forward even if it’s the wrong color.