6:48 am - Sunday - December 3rd - Grand Canyon - 39º F, humidity 55%, wind 3 mph out of the west by southwest.....seems to be over 10 mph to me and rising. Forecast for today is windy (30-40 mph gusts) with a high of 64º F.
Saturday was a beautiful day in our neighborhood......crystal blue clear skies with temps in the mid 60's in the afternoon.....very unwinterlike here at 7,400' in early December, 2017. I've mentioned how I have been enjoying flipping 'open' and 'close' days with TLE, but there is one thing that is troublesome in a way.....when you change start times every single day from 7:30 am to 12 pm it is hard to get into a pattern, and patterns are what I prefer. One night I'm going to bed early (9:30 pm), and the next I'm up until after 11 pm.....one morning I get up at 5:30 am and the next I get up after 7. Okay, it's a small inconvenience, and I'm almost a little embarrassed to be fussing about it, but there it is.
I had the 'open' shift Saturday, which meant I would be home by 1 pm and able to watch some of the NCAA football playoff games on TV....I already wrote about the first one being Friday night between Stanford and USC, but Saturday had a real lineup.....most of the games involved teams which are in the top four playing to stay there and, therefore, be in NCAA football playoffs for the National Title.....but I get ahead of myself.
TLE had not gotten up yet when I left for work around 7:15 am, but I woke her briefly to give her a kiss, and tell her I loved her.....you never know when a given day may be your last, and you don't want to leave anything left unsaid. It was cold, but no wind, so my walk over to the General Store was pleasant. I arrived just before our manager did, so I stood on the loading dock a the rear of the store watching the colors in the GC change, and the sun rise higher in the sky. Within a minute, or two my manager arrived and my work day began.
After I 'clock in' each day I run through my opening duties which involve turning on the all the store lights, as well as those in the coolers and freezers, checking and recording the temperatures of all the coolers and freezers in the store.....I think there are about 9 or 10, pulling my cash drawer and putting it in register #2, flipping the OPEN/CLOSED sign to 'OPEN', making sure the manager unlocks the front doors, policing the store for trash, putting products back where they belong (why do people not return unwanted things to their proper place?), dry mopping if necessary, vacuuming if necessary, cleaning the glass on the entry doors, refolding sweatshirts and t-shirts.....and on it goes. On this particular Saturday that was the busiest I was all day.....our customers were few and far in between, but as the hands on the clock moved inexorably around to 12 noon, and TLE's arrival time business picked up a tad. I did about $169 in cash sales (not counting credit card sales, which are usually more). I counted out my cash drawer, and was on my way home by 12:56 pm.
As I walked along the paved street leading to our site I thought I should take a short video to show you what some of the residential area at Desert View looks like.....