I just now slipped in the mall long enough to use the restroom. I realized that it’s probably been at least a year since I’d been in the mall for any reason. I wouldn’t have been inside today, except nature called while I was using the wifi outside one of the stores here, while my wife shopped at the Chinese Emporium next door. I don’t go in there very often, either.
We managed to have driving school all week this week, thanks to better weather. I had a really good round of lot maneuvers on Thursday and was feeling pretty good about it, until I had two less than stellar rounds on Friday. Oh well, I’m still getting a little better as time goes on. The young guys in my group are clamoring to get on the road, and have made it a couple times. I’m content to get as much practice on the lot as I can, since once we get 10 hours on the road, they’ll probably try to shove us out the door.
We got some rain on snow the other night and the creek got up to full bank, but the rain stopped before the creek got out of bank. A day or two later, we got some heavier and longer rain after a couple warmer days and nights. Luckily, the snow had already melted some and, even though the water was ready to overflow the banks again, there was a light frost that night which stopped the surface flow long enough to prevent flooding.
I dropped a couple fuel cans off at a neighbor’s the other day on my way to class late, and had to wait for about 30 turkeys to clear off the driveway of his hilltop home. My tardiness to class was due to visiting the local DMV office to take the test for tanker endorsement on my yet-to-be CDL license. I figured that would allow me to drive for a water company or haul water to local oil drillers. Unfortunately, I didn’t know that you have to send your money to the DMV office at the state capitol and wait 7-10 days for a form to come in the mail. That form then allows you to take the test locally. So, due to some bureaucrat protecting his turf, what could have been done in an hour will now take two weeks. Disgusting!
As I was leaving the mall, a group of about a dozen people approached from the outside that appeared t be a family of children, parents and grandparents. A young woman with one baby in her arms and another in tow approached the door I was exiting, so I held it for her. She said thank you and I told her that she was welcome. Her apparent father following behind her, though, was busy talking to someone entering the other door and never said a thing to me. May God forgive me, but I timed my release on the door so it would thump him in the butt. Sometimes the spirit isn’t even willing, though the flesh is still weak.
Later, we were taking the truck through the automatic carwash and watched two drivers try to crowd their way ahead of others. In both cases, they were young women. However, they were trying to crowd in front of older ladies and the older ladies were having none of it. Since they didn’t get their way, both of the younger ones left, rather than get in line.
We noticed that the lady ahead of us paid twice for her carwash. The elderly woman in front of her got confused and backed up a foot or two when she went to leave. When she pulled forward again, the electric eye figured that she was the next car and started the wash cycle again. The elderly lady, probably still confused, sat there and got a free second wash. The lady behind her understood what had happened and paid a second time without bothering to pull forward to test it and maybe lose her place in line by pulling out. She must have been low on cash, because she used her credit card the second time. I guess we all have days like that! © 2014