All in a day’s work

The alarm clock springs to life signaling me to the start of a new day. I stumble towards the bathroom and twist the knobs of the shower to summon the water from within. The pipes rattle and groan as cold water blasts through them, racing to be released upon my shivering body. Like a NASA technician during pre-launch, I spin and delicately adjust the shower dials to heat the water to precisely the correct temperature. HOT. Not scalding, but just a degree or two under. My nervous muscles loosen as the water droplets dance like little elves across my shoulders and chest. I grab the soap and began washing this area and that area until I get lost in the steam and haze and my sleepy brain can’t remember which areas I have already washed… I start from the top again.

After the shower I slip on my boxers and bring out the fixin’s for some of my famous eggs. My stomach is all clenched up with nerves so I decide on only two famous eggs. As I eat I read and read and read. Making sure I have everything in my head and nothing is spilling out. Most everything seems to be intact. I get dressed and brush my teeth. The water fills my cup and I notice that my hand is shaking. I look at myself in the mirror, square in the eyes and repeat, “you got this, you got this”. My stomach complains with flutters and fluxuations so I head to my bedroom. There I sit in my chair, eyes closed as still and silent as I can be. I breathe in and out and clear my head of any thoughts, nothing is around me. Slowly my heart and stomach settle down and I breathe relief.

I open my eyes and click the music folder on my PC. I listen to the only song that I know will make me feel like a warrior on this day. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Especially the most famous part that everyone knows (which incidentally is only a small part of song, curious why that part is so famous?). Truly grandiose and awesome I stand up and flail my arms like I am directing my own symphony and kicking someone’s ass. The masterpiece finishes and a deep smile spreads across my face….I feel renewed! That is until I look up at the clock and realize I’m late! Ack! I knew that 18 minute masterpiece would bite me in the butt some day.

I rush to some office building I’ve never been to. Upon arrival and a few more deep breaths in the car, I make my way inside.

“Hi, you’re here to take the State and National Exam?”


“Name please.”

I receive instruction and in the blink of an eye I am ushered into a small room buzzing with computers and cameras mounted on the wall. I feel jumbled, distant. Under my breath I mumble ‘here we go’. After several hourly turns of the clock I emerge from the room a new man. I pump my fists and let out a ‘woooohooo’. “Congratulations” says the man as he hands me my scores. I am elated. I am now a licensed realtor in the state of Oregon (after I pay a bunch of money….of course).

I drive to the nearly hidden greek deli near the test center and treat myself to a humongous gyro. I’m feeling saucy and before me are a bunch of exotic looking desserts, one of the delectable eclairs finds itself beside my plate. Everything tastes incredible as I finally relax and enjoy the food, the blaring greek techno music and the waitress’ pure black eyebrows…..I’ve never seen eyebrows so black. I find myself slightly wishing all my friends and family could be with me celebrating, but the thought quickly fades in the comfort of my solitude. After so many hours of reading, studying and taking tests alone it’s nice to celebrate the victory alone. It’s a moment to reflect and say ‘wow….I actually did it’. The friends and family will be a welcome celebration in the following days and weeks.

Tonight I celebrated with Dave and Phil. Dave and I celebrated by playing with little cars and Phil and I celebrated with Spanish Coffee, Filet Mignon, Mashed Potatoes and Gears of War. A splendid night indeed.

Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and good thoughts. You all rock. Houses for everyone!


  1. Phil said,

    December 14, 2006 @ 12:06 am

    I actually had chicken. I’m the only one who hasn’t broken anything on the cars yet!

  2. normaljean said,

    December 14, 2006 @ 1:29 am

    Dont forget.. i wanna come play with cars too sometime. :)

    Micah, I’m soooooo PROUD of you! You totally rock the casbah!

  3. momma said,

    December 14, 2006 @ 7:34 am

    okay - I was wondering why you always took so long in the shower - now I know. Love the writing - keep it up! Oh and by the way, start looking for THE house!! love ya again.

  4. Mego said,

    December 14, 2006 @ 10:29 am

    congrats!!! so where was my gyro? take me out and we’ll celebrate

  5. nancypearlwannabe said,

    December 14, 2006 @ 10:48 am

    Congrats! You deserve at least three gyros for that one.

  6. Phil said,

    December 15, 2006 @ 3:31 pm

    You need a cat to blog about. Let’s hear some more about raul.

  7. Aimzee said,

    December 19, 2006 @ 6:48 pm

    WoooooHoooooo! Congrats! *hugs*

  8. Michelle said,

    January 31, 2007 @ 10:33 pm

    Yippee best team mate ever.

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