Thursday, September 10, 2009

Communication Breakdown




Another Mercury retrograde is upon us. It began on September 7th and its effects will continue to be felt until around mid-October when things will straigten out. Mercury usually goes retrograde three times a year but, this year, it will turn four times. This seems to be an unusual year all the way around. This summer, we also had three eclipses in two months instead of the usual two.

Areas of communication, Internet, travel, mail and appointments can get tricky to negotiate. This retrograde is in Libra, so it is a time of introspection and an opportunity to work on relationships, harmony and style. As I am still dealing with some of the gliches from the retrograde in May, I have some trepiditon about this one. But retrogrades also give us the chance to revisit old patterns or problems. I am going to take this to mean this is a good time to further workout ongoing snafus. Yeah, that's how I'm going to look at it.

So far, I notice communication issues rising. Last night I got home after 9 p.m. The husband tells me that Muffy called and wants me to sub on the pool team at the local sports bar on Wednesday night. I tell him I don't know a Muffy and I certainly don't play pool well enough to be on their team. He tells me he didn't think so but, maybe I had a secret life he didn't know about. After nearly 35 years of marriage, I tell him I don't think I have any secrets left but, if I did, I would make sure they were more notorious than alcohol fueld, covert pool playing.

Meanwhile, he is having communication issues of his own. He got a new cell phone in July. The number, apparently, previously belonged to a very popular, teenage cheerleader. Every Saturday night, the darn thing starts chirping like a hungry baby bird. He gets voice mails and text messages wanting to know when he is going to be ready to go out? Does he want to go to the party? They tell him what time to arrive at the movies.

I think he gets more action now than he did in his heyday. Oops, incoming text message: he's just been informed of the time for cheerleading practice. I ask him if he's going. He tells me that the thought of a pre-60 year old man showing up to cheerleading practice with a bunch of young girls in short skirts just plain creeps him out. While feeling grateful for this, I look at him with my squinty-eye and try to imagine him, wearing a baseball cap, pocket T-shirt, pleated skirt topping square-kneed, hairy legs, white crew socks and Birkentstock's, shaking pom-poms. Nahhh...shudder, shudder.

I look over at him and he's asleep in his chair. That's my man! I think: Hey, husband, wake up! The party hasn't even started yet. Shoot, we only have 6 more weeks of this stuff. This retrograde is over just as football season is ending and just in time for you to start basketball cheerleading practice. Rah, rah, sis boom ba.

24 comments:

subtorp77 said...

We don't all have to have a secret life, do we? I'm having enough of a time with my everyday one-LOL! And hey! "they" removed the video...geeze Louise!!

Brian Miller said...

wow. makes sense. have gone a little introspective myself recently. you have encouraged me to pull out my LZ bootleg collection from college as well...since the video is gone. :(

you alcohol fueled, covert pool player, you. lol.

Leah said...

Ah, a time of introspection! That really does work for me, and coincides perfectly with the Jewish time of introspection.

And this post? hilarious on so many levels, one of my favorites.

Dave King said...

I'm not sure I understood all that!

Ronda Laveen said...

Subby: I know what you mean, I have enough trouble keeping up with my everyday life to have a secret one. Why did they remove that video? I was going to edit it out or try to re-post it, but I think I just decided to leave it alone. That is a perfect example of Mercury retrograde. It was Led Zepplin's "Communication Breakdown."

Brian: Bootleg collection of Led Zepplin? Did I tell you you're my hero?

Leah: You are right about how the retrograde conincides with the Jewish time of introspcetion. All things do work together if we let them:)

Dave: I think you are Dave: King of the One Liners. That is so funny!

Skip Simpson said...

About your "secret life" as a pool playin' hustler... now I've got that song "Trouble" from "The Music Man" running through my head.

Baino said...

Hmm . . thought I just commented so if this is a double, just delete. I've only ever had two 'wrong' calls on my phone, apparently our number is simmilar to the local pub and the Catholic priory! Saints and sinners all covered. I'm feeling this retrograde frankly. Hopefully all will be over by September 18!

otin said...

Damn, he is lucky!! I never got anything from a cheerleader, except dirty looks! LMAO!

Candie Bracci said...

lol,yet you are right about the planets!It's true!

Ronda Laveen said...

Skip: Trouble? Ohhh, you know me!

Baino: I know what you mean about comments. Blogger has been a little wacky in that department and others lately! OMG the pub and the Catholic priory have similar numbers? That must get interesting.

Otin: Does it ever occur to him to answer and tell them they have the wrong number? He never does. I think he hopes it will just fade away if he continues not to answer. But then again, what do I know about what men think?

Candie: Those planets sure can wreak havoc.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Thanks for the heads up... I write up the three dates at the beginning of each year so I know when to be aware if it. This one slipped by me! -Jayne

Ronda Laveen said...

H-H: I probably would have missed it too but one of my good friend/client's has been a professional astrologer for over 25 years. She keeps up to date.

Dorraine said...

Ronda, you are a hoot! You should send this little ditty off. I can just picture your hubby with his cell phone chirping away with text messages from the cheer-leading squad. Thanks for the evening guffaw!

Ronda Laveen said...

Dorraine: But where would I send this little ditty? Can I send my husband with it?

Jai Joshi said...

Ha! Your poor husband. I'm a girl and even I'd be exhausted by all that crazy cheerleading stuff.

I'm fascinated by your blog.

Jai

Reya Mellicker said...

Poor hubby! He definitely needs a new phone number. I had to laugh in spite of myself - but it would drive me crazy.

So far, Mercury retrograde has been gentle with me ... so far!

Ronda Laveen said...

Jai: Welcome! I saw you listed at Dorraine's site and will be over to visit soon.

Reya: It's Saturday so tonight I'm sure we'll (he'll) be getting more invites. They are starting to slow down as they get no response. It is a little annoying but I find it hysterical too!

Megan said...

Well, we had no internet the other night. And as we were driving home tonight, the radio kept frizzing in and out, even when we were nowhere near any overpasses or towers. Inneresting...

lettuce said...

interesting... communication issues here too. though i'm trying to avoid too much introspection just now

Ronda Laveen said...

Megan: Expect technical difficulties for the next 6 weeks or so. Kind of helps to know what is going on. It's easy to pick fights during retrograde because communications are easliy misunderstood.

Lettuce: I find it interesting you are trying to avoid introspection! Hmmm...

books,coffee,etc.... said...

Hi! Ronda,
All can say about this post is...LOL!!!
and I'am not familiar with retrograde and introspection yet, but I'am quite sure after
a little more research I will be discussing these two word (events?!?)...with you. By the way, "cool header!"
Take care!
and Thanks,
for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

Ronda Laveen said...

Hi Deedee! Go research and come back for discussion any time. Glad you like the header. He sure is a cute little pooch. Where've you been?

tony said...

You Play Pool & He does Cheerleading.Its important to keep a relationship fresh !

Ronda Laveen said...

Tony: You are sooooo right!