With my lending authority comes Saturday rotations. One a month. I also pulled regular overtime throughout the week so I ended with 11 point something in overtime hours. I love my job but prefer not to do Saturdays. On Saturday night Jim and our friend Angie went to Columbia for a Kenny Chesney concert. I don’t like country and I don’t like concerts. After work, Jim and I grabbed some lunch before he and Angie hit the road. I went on to do the grocery shopping and buy another Roomba at Bed, Bath and Beyond. 20% off coupon and a bunch of Discover card points we redeemed kept the out of pocket expense to a minimum.
Jim said he and Angie enjoyed the concert. They wanted $60 to park. They found some parking at a Shriners place for $20. Shit like that makes me mad.
Forward a week later and I’m now continuing this blog post from Fort Myers, FL. I have not one photo as proof. You’ll have to trust me.
I took Friday off of work. I went to the podiatrist in the morning to have some foot pain looked at. I was told to wear inserts I have from 2004 or at least generic inserts or he can customer make new orthotics. I was kinda impressed with his honesty. I saw the kit used to made customer orthotics in his office and he didn’t push them on me. The office was pretty old and antiquated. I don’t even think I saw a computer there. When I checked out, the receptionist said the copay was $25. I asked if they took Discover. She said “cash or check only.” I said, “I wish I would have known that, since I don’t have much cash.” She went onto say how she told me, she tells everyone. I told her she didn’t, she said she wasn’t going to argue. I gave her $19 of the $25 told her to bill me and left with a crappy receipt out of one of those Office Depot generic receipt books. I was mad. I was particularly mad when I had that moment of “I wish I would have said…” I would have said, “I think I’d remember if you told me something so rare as “I only take checks or cash.” That’s shocking to me. I’d remember that. I also wish I would have said “you already did” when she said she wasn’t going to argue with me. I had decided I’d be writing a $6 check and a personal note to the doctor and I’d say this and I’d say that but after cooling down, I’m not sure I’ll bother. But I do think her reply should have been, “I’m sorry, I say it all the time maybe I let one slip by. Let’s resolve this.”
I spent the remainder of the day vacuuming, mopping, dusting, etc. Angie was coming to spend the weekend caring for Dasher. Jim worked a half day.
We flew out Friday evening out of Greenville, SC. Jim got a hell of a deal. $230 roundtrip for 2 of us. We had to drive 1.5 hours to Greenville but it was worth it. We paid like $13 each to pick our seats for an emergency row. It was only an hour and half flight but the leg room was nice. There was some unnerving turbulence and a rough landing but otherwise OK.
We landed in Punta Gorda and went to the Budget Rental car line. It was a short line compared to Enterprise and the others. It was already 10pm. Even though I paid via Priceline I was told I had to pay $12 for taxes/fees that weren’t covered. We didn’t argue but we will.
We met up at Perkins with Mike, Dave and David. We had a short yet great visit. We Pricelined a one night stay at the same hotel we were in last month. This time we weren’t in a 2 bedroom suite but that’s just fine. The other 2 nights we stayed with Jim’s mom and Morgan. It was a low key weekend. Jim visited his Dad and Julie on Saturday and visited with his Mom on Sunday. I spent Saturday and Sunday with my Mom and Dad as well as seeing my cousin and Aunt.
It was a short visit but it was a good one.
Pets from the trip:
Above/Below: I can’t remember my Mom’s bird’s names.
A couple of inflight photos: