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Friday, January 19, 2018

Desert View - Day 70 - SLOW!!

5:54 am - Friday - January 19th - Grand Canyon - 33º F, humidity 50%, wind 3 mph out of the south by southwest....partly cloudy with a forecast high of 56º F....it only gets colder from here....snow on the way tomorrow morning!  Wow.....big milestone....70 days at the Grand Canyon as of Thursday.....71 today, Friday.

Ahhhhh, my next to last 'close' shift.  Beginning Monday I will have all 'open' shifts, and TLE will take all the 'close' shifts.  Due to the one 10 hour day on Wednesday I closed three consecutive days.  I'm looking forward to the change....just one more 'close' on Sunday and I'll have my afternoons back!

The overnight temps have only been getting into the low 30's lately and we have been sleeping most nights without a heater.  Since our 'fireplace' in the salon has a remote control I take it, the remote, to bed with me, and only turn the fireplace on when it gets 60º F in the bedroom.  When we dry camped last winter out near Borrego Springs the inside temp often got into the mid 40's, but we were sleeping in back then, so we didn't care.  Since one of us is almost always up at 5:30 on days we work it's nice not to have it get too cold as it takes a while to warm things up when the heaters have been off all night.

I reported to work at my usual 11:55 am, clocked in, and was at my station shortly thereafter.  TLE reported it had been a very quiet morning.....she banked just over $60 for her 'open' shift.  It was not much better for me....I ended up banking $174 and change.

When there is not much to do, and very few customers the clock seems to run backwards.  There is only so much one can do around the store absent any projects, of which there were none this day.  A couple of days ago I spent about 90 minutes cleaning the lenses of all our sunglasses.....probably about a hundred pair......after a summer and fall of being handled by customers they had a lot of fingerprints on them.  After a week, or two of dwindling customer traffic there are not many projects like that left.

We had one customer in the last 45 minutes of my shift so I was able to get all my 'close' duties (vacuum the throw rugs, record the temps of all the coolers and freezers, turn off the cooler lights, flip the 'OPEN' sign to 'CLOSED', etc.) completed before 5 pm, had my cash drawer counted down by 5:17 pm, and was on my way walking home by 5:20. The sun is going down now about 5:41 pm now so it is much lighter on my walks home.....sunrise is still after 7:30 (7:36 am), so it is still semi dark when I leave for work at 7:15 am.....looking forward to when the sun is up before I go to work.  It moves up about 1 minute per day.

We watched a recorded episode of 'The Amazing Race' and were in bed by 9:30 pm.....thanks for stopping by!

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