Friday, February 9, 2018

Desert View - Day 91 - Burger time


5:47 am - Friday - 9th - Grand Canyon - 25º F, 53% humidity, wind - CALM.....forecast high for today is 62º F with partly cloudy skies.....sunrise is 7:21 am...sunset is 6:04 pm.  I read this morning that Congress has agreed to a 2 year budget deal so there will be no government shutdown, although I guess the government was shutdown from about midnight Washington D.C. time to about 1:30 am....who really cares, right?

The sun rising on the Watchtower Thursday morning

Thursday was the beginning of a 6 day stretch of workdays ending this coming Tuesday.  We'll have two days off next week (Wednesday and Thursday).  In between now and then it is just very quiet here at the Desert View Watchtower.

The days continue to be idyllic.....mostly windless with balmy afternoons.....I've taken to opening windows when I get home after work, and wearing shorts, t-shirts and flip flops......just because I can.  As of this Sunday we will have just 5 short weeks until our departure.....I know, and you  are right......I am thinking about being back in SoCal for a month of bike riding on actual bike paths, with warms days and lots of family time.  When things get slow your mind finds things to fill the void, and for me it is thoughts of warmer weather, and being able to ride my bicycle for 10, 15, or 20 miles at at time if I want.  Right now I am relegated to riding a stationary bicycle for 30 minutes at at time.  I could ride longer, but the boredom factor of just staring at the workbench at front of the trailer overrides my desire to ride for an hour.  There is no joy riding a stationary bicycle.....the joy that I feel when I am riding even a familiar trail feeling the wind in my face, seeing the pavement receding in the rear view mirror.....I do miss that.

Thursday was very 'unbusy'.....I dropped about $109 for 4.5 hours of cashiering, while TLE dropped just $200.  Around noontime the Delaware North big wigs from the Village (Dan and Ted) dropped by to give us a lunchtime BBQ replete with hamburgers, macaroni salad and baked beans.  TLE took lunch first, and then about 12:15 I went out back and enjoyed a hamburger sitting in the sun talking with work friends.  That was the highlight of the day, and frankly it was a nice highlight.

I didn't count down my drawer until 12:45 pm, and wasn't on my way walking home by 1:10 pm.....the latest I have still been at work in a long time.  I had already had lunch so I changed clothes and sat down to take a short nap.  About 2 pm Katie, whose bike I had tuned up, stopped by to pick up the bike and take a ride.  She was very happy about how well the bike looked, and functioned.....another satisfied customer!  She later sent home two six packs of Oak Creek Brewing (Sedona, AZ) Amber Ale in appreciation for my work.  It doesn't really seem like work to me, but to those who don't know anything about fixing bicycles it seems like a lot of work.

I spent 30 minutes riding my stationary bicycle, and then spent a couple of hours watching Curling on the NBC Sports channel......I find Curling very interesting and strategic. TLE was home by 5:30 am, and with 1/2 an hour we were watching the Winter Olympics figure skating on NBC channel 4 coming to us from South Korea.

That was our Thursday.....not very glamorous, or captivating, but that is our life sometimes.....thanks for stopping by!

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