5:44 am - Sunday - December 10th - Grand Canyon - 35º F, humidity 17%, wind 6 mph out of the east by southeast......forecast for today is sunny with a forecast high of 51º F.
As you will note from today's blog title, we have reached the one month mark here at the Grand Canyon. I have alluded to this before, but I will repeat it one more time.....there is something about this place that makes me feel like I have been here much longer than a month. You know how sometimes when you are living in an uncomfortable situation it seems like you have been in that situation for a long, long time even though it has just been days? Well, this is not that.....it's different.......we love being here, and there is nothing uncomfortable about our circumstances, and yet we feel like we've been here for months, not weeks. We have been welcomed into our jobs with open arms, have been accepted into the local worker community, and are making new friends slowly but surely. There is just something which seems so familiar, and comfortable about Desert View. I don't spend a lot of time trying to analyse why I feel this way, because I am not a 'look a gift horse in the mouth' kind of guy, however, I am grateful, nonetheless.
Since I had the 'close' shift Saturday I had time to unpack my brand new 'Travel Trac' bike trainer.....unlike the prior one which used strong magnets to create resistance, this new one uses fluid, and appears to be much more substantial in its construction.....
......I had it assembled and my Cannondale Bad Boy attached by 10:30 and decided to give her a spin. I only had 30 minutes to do a workout as I needed to begin to get ready for work by 11, but after 30 minutes I can say this 'trainer' is 1000% better than the old one.....much quieter, and there is no irritating vibration.
Usually on the weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) our foot traffic picks up significantly, but this Saturday was as 'dead as a doornail', so to speak. After making numerous rounds of the store refolding the odd t-shirt here and there, straightening products on the shelves in the grocery section, cleaning the glass on our front doors, on the coolers, dry mopping, vacuuming, etc. I was out of things to do and it was only 1:30 pm.....4 hours to go.
I have the 'Kindle' program on my Samsung Note 5 phone, so I was able to finish reading book 7 of Stephen King's Dark Tower series.......I have to say, when I reached the end there were tears in my eyes. When you have spent over 4,000 pages (4,250 in all) with the characters in this series you become heavily invested in their fictional lives. A lot of people, good and bad, lose their lives in Roland's quest to reach the Dark Tower, and as the story winds down you just want the best for those who have survived. If you stay with the initial ending of the story that is what you get......Stephen King offers an alternative ending if you choose to continue reading, but I was satisfied to leave it where it was. If you read this series you will know why I stopped.
We got a brief flurry of business about 4 pm which carried me to the end of my shift quickly, and I was on my way home a little after 5:30. I'm still kind of processing the 6 month journey I just finished with the Dark Tower series, and am grateful I chose to re-read it slowly.
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