It was, of course, nothing less than the most feared and hated man-eating demons, hailing from the seventh layer of Hell itself: Parking cops.
The most accurate artist rendition I could find online, in lieu of reusing the photo of Max Martin.
Turns out demons are quite punctual.
Now, this is all just a minor grievance on its own, but when you add in the fact that I just got my license this last Wednesday, and that the car in question was my uncles, that I had borrowed for the weekend... Yes, that right there, is life strapping on the biggest pair of cowboy-boots it could find, and kicking me square in the nuts.
This is not something new, mind you. By now, I'm actually quite used to getting my ass whopped by life every so often. What's new about it, is the method. Oh yes, most of the time, it seems to go straight for the wallet, but even I have to admit that it must take something of an evil genius to come up with all these inventive ways to stiff a dude who's trying to get his smiley-face on (patent pending on the cool lingo). There was the time when I had saved up a bunch of money while dating a woman who was broke, but couldn't care less about financials... And then right after we broke up, I dated a chick who I spent half of it on, and then borrowed the other half to, only so she could move halfway across the world, and never give it back to me. There was the time I moved out of my first apartment because the bills were too expensive, only for the internet provider to show up six months later with a huge bill, telling me that they never finalized my agreement with them even though I had called to cancel it before I moved. And then there was the time where I spilled a free drink on my laptop, essentially paying thousands of times more than the standard price for something I got for free.
These are but a few examples of the many, many times where I've been dealt a hand of cards like that. But if anything, I've at least come to appreciate that irony must be the highest form of comedy that exists - or maybe God is just going through a phase where he digs that.