Sometimes You Are the Windshield - Sometimes You Are the Bug

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

This has been a difficult week.  Had I not been able to find some irony and humor in it, it likely would have been far worse.

My cat friend, Sybil died on Thursday afternoon.  Sybil was 15, and shared home with me, and my dog Kodi, for most of her years.  I have written about these two before.  Sybil loved Kodi, but Kodi only tolerated Sybil. 

Since Sybil has left us, Kodi has been quite depressed.  On the first day, and part of yesterday, he was found much of the time, laying on the little grave created for her.  I stayed close to home Thursday and Friday because of it.  But he seems a little better today. 

This morning it was time to get out of the house for a while and run a couple errands – a trip to the local Farmer’s Market, and a trip to PetSmart for a bag of Kodi’s dog food. 


While I dressed, there were a couple phone calls.   It’s been hot here in Sacramento, so while talking to my cousin in Kansas, I reached for a lightweight blouse.  Over the head it went.  Again, the phone rings.  While pulling on my socks, I giggled as I listened to a neighbor tell of a humorous adventure with another neighbor.  I brushed my hair, and put on lipstick, feeling so proud I was able to multi-task, while gossiping on the phone. 

With the last call ended, it was time to jump in the car and take off.   I turned the car CD player to Dire Strait’s “The Bug.”  I love the lyrics, which go:


Well it's a strange old game - you learn it slow
One step forward and it's back to go
You're standing on the throttle
You're standing on the breaks
In the groove 'til you make a mistake

Sometime you're the windshield
Sometime you're the bug
Sometime it all comes together baby
Sometime you're a fool in love
Sometime you're the louisville slugger
Sometime you're the ball
Sometime it all come together baby
Sometime you're gonna lose it all. . .


I’m half way to the Farmer’s Market when I look down and notice I forgot to put on my jeans.  My feet had socks, but no shoes.  I’m sitting at a major intersection along Sunrise Boulevard without my pants on!

I had only once done something similar to this.  But it had been years, and I thought the experience had been significantly traumatic enough, that I would never repeat it.  Alas, I was wrong!

I consider myself better than average when it comes to multi-tasking.  I’m not as proficient as Elizabeth Weintraub however.  I’ve actually watched that woman run an escrow on her cell phone, while simultaneously managing a pair of chopsticks and sushi with her other hand, during lunch.  I might be able to do it with a fork rather than chopsticks.  But chopsticks – NO WAY!

Life is all about the lessons!  You keep getting the same ole lesson, until you get the lesson, and then you get another lesson!  It’s simply how the universe works.  My lesson today, was about navigating times of stress.  Trying times require us to slow down, breathe deeply, and regroup!  If we don’t master the lesson, then we can easily find ourselves at a busy intersection - without pants on!



(Sybil and Kodi Bear sharing space during a storm) 


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Leslie Leis and Dee Bundy
Sell Smart, Buy Wise & Live Well in Nrthn Colorado
ERA Herman Group Real Estate

I feel like I've just endured a mood swing, Myrl.  I went from feeling so sad for you to literally "LOL". I sure hope that you made it back inside without any neighbors around.  I'm sending you some warm thoughts for both you and Kodi as you start to heal around the hole that Sybil's passing has made.  I hope you have a much better week this week.


August 19, 2012 09:08 PM
Kathy Streib
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
Room Service Home Staging
Myrl- I'm sorry about the loss of your cat Sybil. I know how hard it can be too loose a pet. Your pants story is hysterical...I did arrive at the mall once with 2 different shoes.
August 19, 2012 09:21 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
GreatWest Realty

Rose - This is the first time I had an pet that became as depressed.  It was amazing and heartbreaking to watch!  Kodi seems better today!

Dee - I am very grateful for automatic garage door openers.  I left and returned to my house without being outside my car:-)

Kathy - These wardrobe malfunctions can happen. . .LOL

August 19, 2012 09:33 PM
Steve and Jan Bachman
Realtors - Northern Virginia
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax


fairfax county real estate agents Jan and Steve BachmanAhhh. This is a bittersweet post Myrl.

All of us can relate to the emotions around your loss of Sybil.

The sweetness comes from a story that will live forever not only in your circles but with everyone else who has read it. I know I just added it to my repertoire.

My wife made it as far as the front porch with pants but just a bra once...but I stopped her before more damage was done.

August 21, 2012 06:19 AM
Sandy Acevedo
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Myrl, so sad about your cat friend.... On the other hand your pants story was hilarious!! Thanks to you and Sybil for the laugh.

August 21, 2012 11:36 AM

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