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Cascade

Everybody gets the flu, and I am not immune. Unlike the rest of the world, my colds can't just come and go. Mine are part of a cascade of unpleasantness. The dictionary defines cascade as a process that occurs in successive stages, each of which is dependent on the preceding one. I understand that more than anybody else.

For my flu cascade, the first occurs when I start a new job, and the day before my first day, the flu hits, and hits hard. I suffer through those first few days, and get my paycheck, which I need to pay for my vehicle to be registered.

The second cascade: My vehicle fails its smog check because of a faulty sensor.

Third cascade. The part can only be replaced at a dealership, and is on the top of the gas tank.

Fourth cascade: While the failed part has a minor cost, removing enough parts to reach it, forces the vehicle to be in service for two weeks and increases it repair costs twenty fold.

Fifth cascade: Paris comes to my home with a slight cold, just as I am finally getting over mine and days later, I come down with the flu again.

Sixth cascade: . . . and in my illness, I lose my second paycheck and have to jump through the hoops getting a new one issued.

It isn't fun to be me.


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