I took the missus to Chinamart again today. While she started shopping, I went next door to Lowe's and looked for a handicapped spot between the doors, forgetting that they don’t have any. Instead, they have some by the exit and some by the lawn and garden center, but NONE in a central location where they would do the most people the most good. Plus, they only have about half as many as they need. Stores seem unaware that the nation’s largest generation is aging rapidly and could use a break now and then.
Going inside, I found only two electric scooters, neither of which had a key. After checking with the closest clerk, he told me that one didn’t work, but that the other one did and should have a key. It did, in the fold of the floor mat. It took me all of 30 feet before it died. The scooters they use are super cheap and have no charge indicator. I was hobbling a bit today and chose not to trek the vast warehouse to find what I wanted. The entry doors wouldn’t open to let me back out, so I had to hobble clear around the “service” area and go through an unused check out to get to the exit door RIGHT BESIDE THE ENTRANCE! Despite having scooters, Lowe's apparently doesn’t really want any business from handicapped folks.
Next, I went across the road to Tractor Supply. They have no scooters, but they’re a smaller store and their handicapped spaces are right by the door. They had the small wire brass brush I was looking for, but were selling the thing for triple what it was worth because of the name on the handle. I didn’t buy it. Then, I looked for filing gauges for the rakers on sawchains. There are three common sizes of chain, so I wanted one of each, but they only had the largest (and most common) size. It was more than I had planned on spending, so I was going to have to use my credit card. However, after standing in line a while, the guy in front of me used a card and the machine wouldn’t process it. I put the gauge back and left. Just as I walked out the door, the machine kicked in and the fellow got to the door just after me.
I noticed they had wisk brooms while I was there, but they were from Mexico and weren’t worth taking home. Besides, I bought some cheap paint brushes to serve the same purpose recently. When I went in Chinamart, I learned that they also had gotten some in since the last time I looked, but they looked like crap, too. The scooter I got there had a full charge, but it seemed to have a flat spot on one rear wheel. I call those scooters “Galloping Gerties,” since you feel like you’re riding a horse.
When I got home, I finally managed to get the sawchain replaced with a sharp one and topped off the bar oil and the fuel. The oil jug that Stihl puts out doesn’t pour well when it’s full, so I got some oil on the outside of the saw. The breeze didn’t help any. I think I’ll pour the oil in an empty water jug, they pour better.
The missus is watching the polygamous Mormons again tonight, so I think I’ll go upstairs and see if I can find anything on what few channels I can get on that TV. I may find some way to get a cheap new one this year, so I can watch something interesting when the missus is watching stuff I don’t approve of.