Woke up at 4:47 a.m. and as much as I wanted to could not go back to sleep. Gave up around 5:30 a.m. and decided to start my day. Took a shower, got my morning chores out of the way, my plan was to go stock up on a few more items as soon as the sun rose which per AccuWeather would be at 7:57 a.m.
I was on my way to town at 8:00 a.m. as soon as I turned onto the road a rattling noise was coming from what seemed to be the motor. Figured maybe the car was just cold so went one block and it got louder so I pulled over and sure enough I had a flat tire on the front driver's side of the vehicle. I turned around and came back home to call my wonderful Triple-A that I have not had to use in a long time.
As I looked for my card to call them the expiration date made me smile...it expires today October 31st at 11:59 p.m. which is good timing...as this call will not affect my new membership period that starts tomorrow.
After calling them went to take down all the stuff I have in my trunk so they could easily access my spare tire. The Triple-A (American Automobile Association) guy showed up on time but he had no intention of changing the tire instead he aired it up and asked me where I was going to get it fixed. I told him and he said he would follow me to make sure I got there safely. I actually prefer this method rather than having to ride on the spare and then having my own tire dirtying up the trunk.
Prior to the guy arriving I went into a panic because I seldom if ever have cash on me more so with this pandemic I do not want infected bills or change of any kind as I always pay with a credit card. The problem is this small family business only takes cash. I was rummaging through things until I finally found my emergency $20 bill.
The good thing about a small town is that while I doubt they know my name they know our cars and where we live so I could have come back later to pay them if I needed to. We have been doing business with them for a long time and the dad was making fun of me because I had a surgical mask, with a cloth mask on top of it and my face shield for extra measure. He would have really had a good laugh if I had also been wearing my surgical gloves.
The dad waved me to the car and showed me my expired license sticker on my windshield. I was incredulous as I vividly remember standing in line back in July to purchase my new license sticker and then installing it? Did they give me a 7/20 sticker by mistake? Will tackle that mystery later. The charge for fixing my flat tire was $5.00 which was well worth the price.
Went to the post office then headed to HEB but by now the parking lot was full so instead headed to the bank to withdraw some money that I asked the clerk to put in an envelope as I did not want to touch it and will keep it around for another emergency this time in a place I can actually remember.
Decided to drive by Walmart to see how full their parking lot was and in comparison to HEB it was not too bad. This time I found a strong young associate to place two 40-packs of water in my cart. Bought a three-pack of lettuce, jalapeños (oddly they did not have serranos), and some hard as rock avocados but not wanting to upset JudithK or Penelope I will not divulge the price :-)
As I was standing in a long line to check out it suddenly hit me...I did not have my boxes with me...how was I going to get the water in the car when I usually tear it apart and place them one by one in said boxes? I swear my CRS gets worse by the day!
Mustering all the strength I could, I managed to get the water in the back seat and that is where they are going to stay for now. Wanted to make another observation...it appears that more than a few people are planning to have a Halloween party. The phone of the lady in front of me kept on ringing and she kept on going back to pick up more stuff or sent her husband to get it for her. Good luck with our COVID-19 numbers fifteen days from now!
While I did not need to gas up noticed the price had gone down to $2.659 for a gallon of unleaded gasoline. Hope you all have a safe Halloween.
Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.
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