Friday, July 13, 2007

Armed and Dangerous!

Did you ever do one of those things that made you wonder afterwards...


Let's start at the beginning. It was late in the day about three months ago. Afternoon sun glowing through the big window by my desk. It was quiet for the most part... no phones, no people... not a lot to do. I was web surfing to pass the time, and I decided to visit a favorite site of mine that auctions off a myriad of things... maybe they'd have something good.

I spent a long time on the site. Wandering aimlessly... and I came across an armoire that was nice. A very large armoire. Good starting bid for the auction. It's a blind bid, so there is no way for me to see what everyone else bids. I think to myself, 'why not?' I've been in the market for an armoire for a while. Haven't found one that I couldn't live without. Dropped a pathetically low bid in the box and wandered off... as I am wont to do.

Three months pass.

I forgot allllllll about it.
I get an email yesterday... congratulations! You won the bid... come pick up your armoire.
In Utah.
I live in Colorado.
I have to pick it up NOW they say.

After scooping my jaw up off the desk, I start thinking... now why did I ever put a bid in on that ridiculous thing? I suggested to them that they could give it to the next bidder (to save me an out of state trip for furniture...) and they reply that I am the only bidder. Of course.

Ok. I need to organize.

First, I need to change all my weekend plans. Second, I need to rent a truck to go pick up this gargantuan piece of furniture. Third, I need to bribe one of my friends into going with me to help me pick it up. Fourth, I need to call the company and beg one of their employees to meet me on a weekend to pick it up because they are only open Monday through Friday and I am NOT taking a vacation day to drive to another state to get an armoire during the week.

That done, I am looking at an unplanned road trip. The outlook is good though, as one of my best friends lives on the way so I will stop to stay one night with her at her mountain cabin for a fun visit, and my family (as it happens) is having a reunion this weekend in Utah, not far from the scene of the crime... so it will be nice to stop and catch up with them. And I get to drive a truck. And I get to hang out with good friends in cool places.

So... we will see how it goes!
I hope all of you have a great weekend filled with fun surprises too!

Scarlett & Viaggiatore


Dewey said...

Ha ha, what a great story! I hope everything turns out great -- that you have a fun time with your friends, get a fantastic armoire, find cash totaling more than the truck rental stuck in a corner of the armoire, etc!

chiefbiscuit said...

Serendipity is a marvellous thing! Have fun on the way!

Anonymous said...

How wonderful and what a manifestation, 3 months in the making. It sounds like it is going to be fun afterall.

Minx said...

There are always reasons why things happen - this piece was obviously meant for you.

Absolute Vanilla... (& Atyllah) said...

Oh yes, I know those moments well! Now we've just got to hope that the giant armoire fits when you get it home! :-)
Have a fun trip and drive safely - and hey, enjoy the armoire - I'm sure it will have been well worth it!

sognatrice said...

Only you, my dear, and I mean that in the best possible way :) Hilarious!

Jon M said...

As Minx said...There are always reasons...the main one being you went and bid for noodle! :-)

Congrats on the Lions thing too, a fine looking lion! :-)

Remiman said...

Scarlett & Viaggiatore
While you're on a roll at winning, maybe you should buy a lottery ticket. ;-)
Congratulations on being chosen by our peers as the best looking lion in our pride!
Wishing you a fun trip with gobs of pleasant surprises along the way.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I hope you like it when you see it, especially since you are now paying quite a lot over your bid for it.

Maybe the armoire was in your family a century ago, or maybe you owned it in your last life and seeing it will bring back lost memories.

In any case, you were obviously meant to be at your family reunion, and we all know that life works in strange ways.

Have a great adventure!

exskindiver said...

an armoire and a shameless award.
and they said friday the 13th was unlucky.


MyUtopia said...

Wonderful story!

Wanderlust Scarlett said...


That 'cash in the corner' thought crossed my mind! How funny! Didn't see any, and it got moved enough that I think I'd have found it.


It was ironic and serendipitous... my life is a study in both of these!


It was quite the strange adventure, so strange that I have to write a new post about it.


I believe this very idea to be completely true. This was no accident. It was unusual, but it was not coincidence at all.


Fitting was a whole other challenge... but I will post about that later today... I am still shaking my head, trying to focus from the dizzying whirlwind trip.


You know, I'm beginning to think so... only me. All my dear friends laughed and said, "Of course!"


I wasn't using my noodle! That's what started the whole God blessed thing!
But... it worked out very well. Very well indeed.
Thank you for the congrats, I will pass them on to Viaggiatore, he is very excited about it all.


We are OFF! Lottery ticket shopping it is then, and as I've never bought one of those either, that also will be a new experience.
Thanks for the congrats, it's such a delight and thrill!
And... your wish came true, there were many wonderful and pleasant surprises all the way there and back again.


So good to see you! Yes, it was a long strange trip, going to have to post about it, and it was certainly a fun and crazy adventure!
And I'll just hint... it's certainly in the family now, if it wasn't before!


I don't have bad luck with 13... my father wouldn't leave his bedroom on friday the 13th's... but me? I'll dance in traffic on those days.
Obviously this was a good one!
Thank you so much.


It is a good story, funny thing about those... this one just got even more interesting.
You can't make this stuff up!
Truth really is stranger than fiction.

Thanks all!~

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Jon M said...

So are you enjoying the armoire? Hope it's not a grimoire! :-)

Anonymous said...

"Did you ever do one of those things that made you wonder afterwards..."

That's a trick question, right? I do so many things that make me wonder afterwards that the list is endless. However, I've never bought large furniture out of state that requires me to fetch it home. You got me beat on that one.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...


I enjoyed the trip, but my Wonder Aunt and Worlds Best Uncle are now enjoying the armoire.


Really! Trick question... so funny.
I hope to never need to do it again... been there done that now, hopefully not to be repeated!

Scarlett & Viaggiatore