I’m theoretically on a two-week break from school right now, although it’s been anything but a break. My computer once again crashed on Tuesday night, for reason still unbeknownst, other than the vague, “bad hard drive.” So much for warranty work.
Fortunately, I was able to get it fixed with overnight service Wednesday, and one new hard drive later, I got my computer back this morning. But by yesterday evening, I was drained from all the stress and trauma associated with yet another computer crash (at least I managed to keep about 85% of my data this time). Dinner was an interesting affair, with me chattering on and on (I babble when I’m tired), and this time, the topic was the impending crewing at Tevis this summer. My long-suffering parents humor me with listening ears and bemused grins. My father, too, wants to ride Tevis, but he doesn’t have the same depth of obsession that I possess.
All of those elements combined to produce, in good humor, the following list:
Things Ashley is Not Allowed to do at Tevis This Summer Whilst Crewing:
– Max out credit cards on tack and gear.
– Bring back more suitcases than I left with.
– Buy a horse.
– Enter the ride last minute. (Like this would happen, since I don’t have my qualifying mileage.)
– Move to Auburn.
– Buy anything too large to fit in my suitcase and thus have to ship it home.
– Buy a new saddle.
In my mother’s words, “Are you there to crew or shop?”
All of this was in good humor, but it is true. I’m somewhat prone to impulse buys as it is, and tend to get caught up in the excitement of Tevis fever. To give myself credit, the largest impulse purchase during the two times I’ve been up there was an aluminum S-hack. Besides, that what shopping lists are for, right? Just stick to the list…