I'm home from the expensive 50,000 mile "tune up." GAH!! But let's not talk about that depressing expenditure of my money.
While I was waiting I read from my Kindle and just relaxed. They gave me a courtesy car so I could go for lunch and shopping, if I wished. I had a delicious lunch with cousin Kelly. I had a crab salad stuffed avocado, and it was absolutely awesome! We chatted for over an hour, but unfortunately she had to go back to work. She is really stressed, because her older brother is going through a serious depression, and she is the only one in the family who will take time to help him. Another brother and two sisters are pretty much ignoring him, saying they don't have time. Yes, they all have problems in their lives, too, but Kelly took care of their mother with Alzheimer's and an aunt (I think she had dementia, too) for over ten years. You'd think someone else could step up to the plate and at least give her some break time. Poor girl.
After lunch I stopped at Hastings. Are you familiar with Hastings? I love it because they have used books, CDs and DVDs, as well as new ones. I'd hoped to find some audiobooks, but zeroed out on that. However, I found some good CDs for next to nothing. I came home with Il Divo, Siempre; John Coltrane, Settin' the Pace; Nina Simone, Best of ....; a Lena Horne Anthology; and Il Divo, Il Divo. All are used, and were under $5. Two problems: I already had the second Il Divo (Il Divo); and the Lena Horne won't play in my computer. This latter issue is that I always upload to the computer, then if I want to take it with me, I make a knock-off. I only play the originals at home to avoid damage. So this one I can only play here. Or take a risk. But for $2.99, I'll risk it. It is apparently an older CD, because the computer tells me "This format is no longer supported on this computer." I'll try it on my desktop since it is a couple years older, but I doubt it will work there, either. The duplicated Il Divo will go to a friend. Haven't decided who. It won't be wasted, for sure!
The dealership waiting room was hotter than blazes when I returned from lunch. Arghhh. They said the air conditioner was not working right and the repairman was supposed to be out this afternoon. I was miserable, and sitting on a plastic couch didn't help! Shortly before I left a man came in from Lubbock, and we talked a while and really enjoyed our time. As I was getting in my truck, he opened the waiting room door and called, "Now if you come to Lubbock, give me a call." I nodded, but as I pulled out, I thought, "How the heck does he think I could do that? I don't even now his name!" Yes, I know, I could have gone back in and traded numbers, but I didn't. He's a retired banker from Texas .... chances are he is politically conservative, and I'm just not sure I want to even go there. He was also a bit of a conversation hog, and I just wasn't that excited about it. There were about 15 minutes between me leaving the waiting room and getting in the truck, so I figure if he really wanted to now me, he would have made use of the time. Oh, well!
As I was leaving to drive home, I saw that there were lots of clouds. I knew it was possibly gong to rain today, but I didn't think much of it. When I got close to home, I began to smell it. Ohhh, I love that smell! After leaving the highway I could tell there had been a good rain, as the dirt road was still moist. The closer I got to home, the more puddles I could see in the bar ditch! I was really glad to see that and hoped Jaz wasn't a basket case. She was very glad to see me but seemed to have her mind in tact! I got almost 1/2 inch! Woo hoo! The weather forecast now says to expect rain for the next 9 days! I'm guessing the monsoon season is officially here. And it is welcome!
I'm gonna get some dinner on. It has already been a long day, and although I had a fabulous lunch, I'm getting hungry again. Y'all take care!