Gotta Respect the Hood

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 , Posted by Johnny Fuery at 4:20 PM

Originally Published 2007-11-29 02:00:49

I've been in the San Francisco, California area for about three and a half weeks now on a project. I know, it's technically "home", but I'm actually here working with a development team in downtown SF and it just made more sense to bump elbows.

I was supposed to go home the other day (the new "home"), but, well, sometimes these things don't work out perfectly.

At any rate, I found myself in Oakland this morning, in the old pickup truck I purchased a couple of years back to haul around lumber and weedwhackers, debating on which train station to leave my vehicle parked at for the day while I tubed into the city. The three nearby station choices were all in urban areas with a measurable crime rate (no gated communities here folks), so I opted for the station closest to the city.

Now, I've parked my car -- the nice one, too, not the old pickup truck -- in questionable areas before for weeks at a time. Never this questionable, to be sure, but it certainly is a risk I've taken before, and leaving my old truck parked in a bad neighborhood for 10 hours hardly seemed a large risk.

Shame on me for not respecting the 'hood.

I got back to my vehicle at about 9pm (see, I told you I worked harder than you! ;-), found I had gotten ticketed (street cleaning, $70), groaned, examined the previously missed signage, and proceeded to turn the key.

Nothing happened. No engine clicking, no radio, no lights, nothing. It was immediately indicative of a completely dead battery. Now, this didn't make sense, because I replaced that battery a couple of months ago.

Sighing, I got out of the car and opened the hood. I discovered that my hood no longer closed properly and that my battery was missing. Yes, that's right folks, someone pulled a David Copperfield on my 500 amps of sulphuric acid.

Now, there's a business tip hiding here somewhere, and since this is the first post I've danced across my keyboard in a week, I figure it's high time I kicked down some knowledge, so here it goes.

There are many times in both business and life when the world just, well, craps on you. You wake up with sun shining down upon you, no one peed in your Cheerios, and you get 5 minutes of peace with a good cup of coffee before anything stressful starts. Heck, you might even wake up next to someone you love to boot.

And then something bad happens anyway. Your train ticket decides not to work just long enough for you to miss your train. Your manager expresses disappointment even as you brought in the biggest single sale in the history of the company. The chick in front of you at the lunch counter snags your special order oven-roast turkey sandwich and you're stuck eating yesterday's tuna fish. Or, heck, someone steals your car battery and you, no matter how much of a big shot Smart Guy you are, have to swallow hard and call for help. Fancy that.

The lesson is that your perceptions shape you. They shape your business, your view of achievement, and ultimately, the amount of achievement you can attain. More than that -- and I need to take my own advice as much as anyone -- they shape your life and your world.

It would have been extremely easy for me to take a Henny Penny attitude (as in, "the sky is falling"), whine about my being away from home, not being able to sleep in my own bed, the pains of getting home at 10pm at night only to start all over again barely 8 hours later, complain about my project and the flaws in its planning...

And so on. All of which does nothing except make one feel worse and prevent progression. An hour of whining and a night of self-questioning (thinking "why me?") represent time not getting rest, time not left for family and friends, and time not coming up with that next idea that will increase your income by 50%.

It's only $100 for a new battery. And I've been around that "stranded in the wrong part of town" block before, too, so I had a plan of action for getting myself out of the situation planned and initiated in 90 seconds. And, again, it's only a stinkin' battery. Besides, I had several someones I could call, a comfortable bed awaits me in a few moments, and there's food in my belly. Certainly enough to foster gratitude. And certainly reason enough to not spend time sweating the small stuff and instead stay focused on the goals at hand. The ones that actually matter.

That being said, of course, I do hope that when I bring my truck a new battery tomorrow, I still have a radio and a catalytic converter. :-)

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On 2007-11-29 02:06:12 klaudek » Gotta Respect the Hood said:
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On 2007-11-29 02:26:53 kajun36 » Gotta Respect the Hood said:
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On 2007-12-02 08:05:05 Matt said:
That sucks about your car...I do believe your perceptions shape you as well...I listened to some tapes on SynchroDestiny and they were very good to view yourself in this universe and the relationships around you

On 2007-12-03 14:12:40 Search Engine Marketing Company said:
How did they get under your hood? Is it not locked from the outside? That is really unfortunate, sorry to hear that. I have had my car broken into many times in Atlanta, even when I think it's a safe spot. It's not a good feeling, to be violated like that. I like your blog!

On 2007-12-08 21:23:21 Ghillie Suit said:
At least you didn't get your windows broken or your radio stolen too!

On 2007-12-10 15:47:32 TruckDrivingJobs said:
dang, thats nuts... i almost was gonna live in richmond, but good thing my parents decided not too.. im sure everyday life would be a bit like that.

On 2007-12-29 10:01:09 Reef addict said:
I had my spare tire stolen from my station wagon once. The guys used a brick to bust the back window. Their must have thrown it at the window many times cause I had all these dents on the roof and sides of the hatchdoor. Why could the thieves have better aim?

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