Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Question of the Day #301

I'm getting ready to move. And I have tons of stuff. So I'm looking at the whole thing as a purge. I'm selling and donating just about everything I don't use on a daily basis.

So yesterday, as I sorted through my clothes, removing anything donatable, I found a top I thought I might like to keep. When I tried it on, I noticed something was missing.

The ball that holds my belly ring in place had disappeared. In 15 years, that ring has sat securely in place and yesterday, while I scrambling to pack a huge house into two boxes, it somehow fell off.

I searched the shower and my bed. I got on all fours and scanned the floors. After a while I realized I needed professional help. I had no idea where to go. And I was completely annoyed.

I got my belly pierced when I was 22 years old. At a place on Melrose Ave in Hollywood, where all things cool happened. But the shop couldn't still be there, could it?

I didn't even remember where it was on Melrose. But after some googling, I found a tattoo and piercing shop in the same area, grabbed my shopping list of ingredients for tonight's Spaghetti and Meatballs Night, packing tape, banker boxes and bubble wrap and drove down there, one finger on my navel, holding the horseshoe in place.

The only guy in the shop was a tattoo artist, who admitted to having no idea about piercings. My hope sank. We tried to screw on a new ball, but I don't think it was the right size, plus my unsteady hands got nowhere. He asked if I could come back after 2:00 when his boss would be in, but I needed to have packed 10 boxes by 2:00.

I told him I was in the middle of moving and he must have seen the defeat on my face, because he called his boss, who showed up two minutes later.

The boss looked at my impaired jewelry, found a new silver ball, and screwed it onto my belly ring - professionally, with tools. Not shaky hands. Then he told me the whole thing was free of charge.

I was sooo relieved I could have hugged the guy. This may sound like a minor thing to someone else. I mean, I could have taken the ring out. And I considered that, and asked myself if losing the piece was a sign to let go of that too, but the piercing isn't just a pair of jeans I haven't worn in a year or a lamp I might not ever use again.

As silly as it may sound, it's a part of me.

So I'm very thankful that in the middle of a crazy time, those two guys made an upsetting loss disappear. And did they did it out of kindness.

So I have two questions today. Feel free to answer either or both:

1. What piece of your life are you not ready to part with yet?

2. What kind thing has someone done for you lately?



  1. Did you go to 1600 BC? That's where I got pierced and tattooed :) This one requires a little tought & I'm of to lunch. I'll check in later XO

  2. So nice of those two guys to help you out and not charge you. That's awesome. Good luck with the packing.

  3. It's amazing how the littlest acts of kindness can have a huge impact. I'm glad you had that experience...and I hope the move goes well for you.

    Recently, the people at the photo shop gave me a freebie set of photos. This saved me 22 bucks - and was much appreciated.
    As well, I really appreciated when my professor gave me a week's grace on submitting an assignment when I was sick earlier in the year.

    I'd be okay with parting with everything as long as I had my family. I once found myself unexpectedly homeless, with nothing -- no shoes, just a shirt and shorts. After that day, I realized that the most important parts of my life are those you love. ...although a pair of shoes makes things easier. ;)

  4. Yay for nice guys!
    As for kindness: I was laying on the couch with my four year old and he was absent mindedly chewing on a Lego piece. After a while he turned to me and asked sweetly, "Do you want a bite?" I just thought that was sweet, but then I took it away because it was a choking hazard. :)

  5. 1. What piece of your life are you not ready to part with yet? Being childless. Why is everyone else in such a rush for me to have kids? I'm having too much fun and enjoying my married life too much!

    2. What kind thing has someone done for you lately? Giving me a bunny. The guy thinks I was doing him a favor by adopting the bunny, but he really did me the favor because my bunnies make me smile.

  6. OUCH. Was it painful when you originally had it pierced? So right now you're living in H'wood? Where are you moving? I've wanted to visit L.A. since I was 8 and decided that was the land of magic. It's pathetic that I'm almost 39 and still haven't made it out there!

  7. Love the story.

    I'm not reading to part with a lot - which is why I also have a ton of stuff and the idea of moving freaks me out just because I couldn't deal with all the stuff. So for now, I'd say I'm having trouble part with any part of my life - but I'm working on it.


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