Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Very beautiful morning today.
The morning followed a beautiful night where the temperature only dipped down to 34 degrees. It's nice when that happens following a severe storm and/or cold snap.
I'm afraid I was too busy today to document much, so despite the title this post will feature only a single video and no snapshots at all.
Mom was too busy cleaning in preparation for visitors at the end of the week to travel to Cheyenne with me, so there would be no dining adventure.
Before I left she asked me to get her a bunch of bananas. She eats one a day, mostly for the radioactive potassium. Well, for the potassium. It's not all that radioactive.
At the local food store they had exactly seven bunches of bananas, all deeply spotted and so far beyond ripe that I'd call them decomposing. Mom likes them on the green side anyway, so these wouldn't do at all. I promised to get some in Cheyenne.
As I was traveling by myself I decided to make a personal visit to the VA to see if I could get my insurance coverage sorted out. The neurosurgeons have found it impossible to get an authorization number. I didn't hold out much hope for finding anything out, but I thought I might get a scrap of information regarding who to call.
Nevertheless I forged on. Inside the building as I was standing there in the passageway looking at a map of the compound and trying to puzzle out where best to get the gouge, a VA employee asked me if he could help. I explained, and he took me in hand and guided me to the proper place. Even introduced me to the guy who could help
In a remarkably short time the guy was able to find the logjam. He then explained what had happened, what he would do, and how I could follow the progress online through my online account.
What a deal! They've really changed since things were so out of whack a few years ago. Good on 'em.
That chore finished I headed over to the battery place where picking up my battery took about 30 seconds. The young fellow running the register (and possibly the store) was extremely competent, very pleasant, and remarkably well versed in customer service.
My final task was to source bananas. I dove into my phone and discovered that a natural foods grocery was only two doors down from the battery place. It was a small store and filled to the rafters with hippy crystal-grippin' foods and vitamins, but they also had lovely fresh (mostly labeled organic) produce. Including the cleanest, most uniform, green-turning-yellow Chiquita bananas I've ever seen in my life. Seventy-nine cents a pound. Out local food store was asking $1.69 for the garbage they had on display. What a deal!
Of course everything is a trade-off. There's no way I'd voluntarily live in Cheyenne. Part of the price I pay is in having to choose between over-priced, over-ripe, and over-shit bananas or no bananas at all. So I usually pass on the bananas and also pass on the traffic and all the other stuff I don't like about population centers. But since I was there anyway...
To be fair, the produce at our local store isn't always horrible. The storm and transportation snarls were the biggest part of the problem today.
When I finally got back to town after a long but productive day, I had to stop by the -- you guessed it -- food store. I got a couple of odds and ends and got on my way. As I was walking toward the pickup the Potter-Dix school bus pulled into the food store parking lot. Some Kimball kids go there instead of to the Kimball schools, and the bus picks them up in the morning and returns them after school to the single place in town featuring a large enough parking lot to take the bus as well as the caravan of mini-vans converging to take the kids home. Anyway, I paused for a few moments to watch the kids erupt from the bus. It's easy to forget how loud and kinetic kids are at the end of a school day. It was like someone had set off a kid bomb in the bus. One moment they were in there, the next they were squirting out everywhere, hollering and screaming and pushing and dashing and all like that. It was a cool thing to witness.
And that's all I got for the day.
Be well and enjoy the blessings of liberty.