IWSG May 3: It’s Spring!

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is enjoying its monthly blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. IWSG is a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the May 3 posting of the IWSG are JQ Rose, C. Lee McKenzie, Raimey Gallant, & E.M.A Timar!

IWSG Question: It’s spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?

My Answer: Spring inspired us to travel to the States and renew our Nevada driver’s license, then fly to San Diego, California and visit family.

We were over 65, so the DMV Website indicated a physical is required before renewing senior citizen’s driver’s licenses. CVS pharmacy assured us we could get a physical at their 1-Minute Clinic.

Sunday afternoon, we arrived at 1-Minute Clinic and explained our need for a physical. I handed her the DMV form she needed to complete and sign.

The lady in the 1-Minute Clinic said, “I can’t do it, you need a doctor. I’m a Nurse Practitioner (NP). You need a doctor to sign this form.”

I’m dumbfounded. “I called CVS 1-Minute Clinic customer service. She assured me we could get a physical here.”

“I’m sorry, I can’t help you. I’m a Nurse Practitioner, you need a doctor to sign this form,” she said again.

I’m so stunned, I can hardly speak, “I can’t believe what you’re saying. We booked a flight, hotel, and rented a car! We need this physical to renew our driver’s licenses!”

“You can go to Urgent Care. They have doctors, I’m sure they can help you. Here’s a list of their locations.” I take the paper and walk out.

We drove to the closest location and walked into the Urgent Care clinic. As we approached the desk, the receptionist stopped texting and looked up. I explained our need for a physical and showed her the DMV form. The receptionist glanced at the paper and said, “Can’t do it. It needs to be your family physician. No doctor here will sign this form.”

We don’t have a family physician in Nevada. How in heaven’s name can get a physical?

We’d just wasted $1,000 on the promise CVS could perform the physical. Without a driver’s license we are blocked from driving a car. What do we do?

We decided to keep our 10am DMV appointment. We needed to know exactly who can perform our physical.

All night long I visualized a successful DMV appointment.

We arrived on time and within 30 minutes DMV renewed our driver’s license. No physical required! We’ve just experienced a miracle.

The next day, we flew from Las Vegas to San Diego. We hired a taxi to take us to the San Diego naval base. We are staying on base in the Navy Lodge. As we are checking in I reached for my ID and discover my wallet is missing!

OMG, I left my wallet in the cab! It held my:

Credit Cards: possible false charges
Mexican Permanent Resident Visa: might be denied return entry into Mexico
Mexican Driver’s License: driving privilege in Mexico
Nevada Driver’s License: 
can’t drive or rent a car
Dependent military ID
: No longer able to shop on base. Denied all spousal privileges and medical services

As the enormity of loss sinks in, my brain started churning up mud. What do I do? Where do I start?

I called the cab company, it becomes crystal clear they can’t help me locate the driver. I paid cash, no receipt, no taxi number, no driver’s name. Once again, my world tilted on its axis.

Once again, I visualized a successful outcome; the return of my wallet and contents.

About two hours later, my iPhone rings. The incoming call is King Harbor Yacht Club. “Hello, how are you doing?” asked the lady.

I replied, “I’m not doing well at all, I just lost my wallet.”

King Harbor manager, “I just received a call from someone named Lance saying he found your wallet.”

“Are you serious?”

Manager, “Yes, here’s his phone number, 555-xxx-xxxx.”

I called Lance and sure enough, he had my wallet.

We meet two hours later. I offered him a reward and he wouldn’t accept it.

Apparently, Lance and his wife hired the same cab at the airport. They saw my wallet on the seat and decided they would return it to me rather than give it to the driver.

They had opened my wallet and saw my King Harbor Yacht Club. They called King Harbor and asked them to contact me.

The weird thing is, the US phone number on my iPhone was activated two days ago. How did King Harbor Yacht Club get my current number?

I’m writing this post at 3:30am Wednesday morning. These two events started and ended within the last 72 hours. I’m still spinning from my wild three-day roller coaster ride.

I’ve used visualization all my life to “see” my desired outcome, but I have to admit these two events suggest there is a higher energy at work that is beyond my understanding.

20 thoughts on “IWSG May 3: It’s Spring!

  1. After reading your blog, I can guarantee you that there is a higher power that was over you. For me, that higher power is God. Enjoy your vacation and I’m so happy that you were spared a lot of headaches.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Good morning, Pat. I am still in a state of deep gratitude. Your tag line, “Everything Must Change” really rings true. I gotta admit, I’d love to feel this sense of peace for a very long time.

    1. Hi Alex,
      Yes, our guardian angels were working over time. I have to do a bit of research to find the decision maker. So many companies hide behind voice mail and the boss doens’t want to be contacted. Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment.

    1. Hi Ronel, We live in Mexico about 2,000 mile south of the US border, so we don’t have much flexibility. We are so grateful for the good people that showed up to help! Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment.

  2. That’s awesome. So awesome. I say prayer works–because I’ve seen its results again and again. There is a God who showers us with tender mercies every now and then.

    1. Hi Crystal,
      Good to see you again! I’m not sure if visualization is a type of goal setting or prayer. The mystery to me is sometimes my heart’s desire is granted and other times apparently ignored. Thank you for visiting and commenting!

  3. Hi Sydney!
    Wonderful to hear from you. Golly, I so understand the stress you experienced. Over the years I’ve discovered visualization gives my mind a place to focus and allows me to recognize solutions and actions.

    I’m looking forward to seeing pictures and learning all about your new adventure.
    Thank goodness your meds showed up. Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment.

  4. Those couple days had to be nerve wracking, but I am so happy everything worked out. I hope the rest of your trip is stress-free and fun-filled, Sydney. I can’t wait to hear more about it!

    1. Hi E.M.A.,
      We are now in San Diego and the weather is perfect. May the rest of our vacation be delightful, as well. Thank you for visiting & co-hosting IWSG. Very nice to meet you.

  5. Wow, what a two day exercise program. I love the USA but they sure do make life a challenge. Greg and I hope the rest of your stay in San Diego is more relaxing. I am re-retiring the end of September. When the house is more livable we will start doing some traveling and hope to make it down to PV to see you in a year or two. Enjoy your time in CA.

    1. Good morning Nancy & Greg,
      You two have worked very very hard and deserve a joy-filled retirement. We’ll always have the welcome mat out for you & Greg. Cheers!

    1. Hi Raimey,
      Wonderful to see you again. Your comments are always a good read. Thank you for visiting and co-hosting IWSG. Wishing you contiuned success.

  6. Hi Sydney!
    Wonderful to hear from you. Golly, I so understand the stress you experienced. Over the years I’ve discovered visualization gives my mind a place to focus and allows me to recognize solutions and actions.

    I’m looking forward to seeing pictures and learning all about your new adventure.
    Thank goodness your meds showed up. Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment.

  7. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. It’s no coincidence that bad things turn around and reward good people in the end. What happened is a testament to who you both are. A blessing to the rest of us. I’m not surprised everything worked out, Lynn. I would expect nothing less. May your time in the States be filled with miracles. Miss you, dear friend.

    1. Hello, my dear friend Joylene, I’ve missed you, too.
      You deserve smooth sailing, too. You share joy wherever you go, no matter what going on in your personal life.

      I’m so sorry it’s taken a week to reply. We are in San Diego & trying to work our way through the local medical system. There’s been a fair amount of frustration and confusion.

      I did have a wonderful miracle last week, I asked Apple to replace the battery and they darn near rebuilt the whole darn computer. Free because it was under warranty.

      May your travels be carefree and the road filled with wonderful surprises.


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