Damn you, Retrograde. Damn you…

Today is the beginning of yet another period of Mercury Retrograde – A time when technology is more likely to break, miscommunication runs rampant, and people from the past are prone to come back into your life. Feeling its effects last night, I’ve spent the entire day working to “fix” the drama this retrograde always seems to cause me. For example, last night I found out my car loan company “mistakenly” took two car payments out my bank account. Two. I drive a luxury vehicle. You do the math. Now listen carefully for the echo of my scream in the distance. Can you hear it? My day has been spent on the phone with this finance company demanding an immediate refund. They’ve apologized nicely and profusely. But I still won’t get my money back for at least a week. And I needed it yesterday. Damn you, retrograde.

Later today, I’ll be heading to the local Verizon store because my phone battery keeps dying. I juice it up, take a call, and 15 minutes later, the battery strength is in the red, and I’m sounding like The King’s Speech stuttering, “Uh…my battery is about to die. So, if I lose you…” My blackberry killed two important talks yesterday. I ended up having to rush into a sidewalk cafe to juice up my phone and finish the calls. Can you hear me yelling? Or was that a muffled, exasperated cuss word or two?

Looking at the calendar and realizing today is just day one of three weeks of mercury retrograde that won’t end until April 23, I’m shook. 21 days of foolishness. 504 hours of impending miscommunication, technical mishaps, and fools from the past trying to get some attention to make room in my life. Let us pray…

To see a popular blog post I wrote on my most memorable retrograde experience, go to “Shuttin Down Hot 97” here on “The Raq Chronicles.” Written in May 2010, it breaks down the day I took NY’s most popular radio station off the air. A true, yet embarrassing story. Damn you, retrograde. Damn you.


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