Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.
Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts to encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.
This month, the prompts are being provided by Charlotte/Mother Owl.
THANKS to the GUIDANCE of the talking roadmaps to which we all now have access, i learned many years ago of ways to get to where we stay in Florida to bypass a lot of the most heavily traveled roads right near the coast, after you get off the interstate HIGHWAY.
This doesn't mean shorter, it just means back country roads, miles of farms interspersed with small towns, the kind that at one time had a ROLE as the backbone of the NATION.
Listening to SONG after song on the radio, the miles pass pretty quickly. This time, we were within less than a mile of the grocery store where we stop for TEA and coffee and breakfast foods and other necessities before we ran into any significant traffic besides the tunnel at Mobile Bay. No one gets past that tunnel bottleneck without stopping at least once, at least during daylight hours.
As an aside, so i can actually use one of the words, the LEADERSHIP which decided a tunnel was needed in Mobile which cannot be expanded to accommodate future traffic needs was probably cut from the same cloth as those who designed traffic flow in our area with no way to expand. The word i could not figure any other way to use now having been worked in, we now return to our regularly scheduled WfW story.
We did stop for our necessities, and arrived at the complex where we stay to find the center of the road blocked by a Lowe's delivery truck. Some clever working around it got us past the entrance and right smack behind several people who were blocking the entire entryway trying to unload there. They were also blocking the Lowe's people from being able to easily get their load into the building.
After a few moments, one vehicle moved and managed to unblock the area and i parked the truck in the open air lot to go check in. As i was waiting for my turn, i heard Ms. L, the lady who runs the desk most days, telling the Lowe's people, "It's okay, you can go install it, they haven't checked in yet!"
Ms. L then finished with the people ahead of me, and came out from behind her desk to give me a hug. After this good greeting, she grabbed our check-in packet and said, "But you can't go in yet, they're installing a new washing machine in your unit and they were running late so they're here now!"
Aha. The Lowe's people were delivering to our unit. Are you sure we can't run in there and put our cold groceries in the fridge? i asked. "Not now," she said.
Drat. Back to the truck, where Sweetie said, "What do you mean, we can't go in yet? I need to use the restroom and my ice cream will melt!" He went in while i got the truck through the gate into the regular lot and parked it.
Once parked, i headed back to the front desk to try to find out how long it might take before we could start unloading and Sweetie was there. "Here's the packet with the wristband keys. We're in West on the first floor."
Looking at Ms. L, i said, you mean it's okay for us to go on and put the cold stuff in there?
"Sure," she said, then by way of WARNING, "as long as you don't mind the delivery people being in your way while they install the washer. They're running very late, it was supposed to be done by now."
Of course we don't mind, especially since we're on the floor under the PIANO room, so only one flight of stairs from the garden level. How Sweetie talked her into it, well, i didn't know and i didn't care, it was simply great that he did.
We grabbed our groceries and headed in, finding two very nice men installing a washing machine in the laundry closet of the unit. They greeted us by asking, "Do you know if these rubber mats under here are needed? These things don't let the washer slide in so we're having a tough time getting it to go all the way back."
That would be a question for the OWNER of the unit, i said, we're just renting for the week.
"Okay," he said. They worked it out somehow, getting the unit installed and then handed Sweetie a device and said, "Sign here."
Don't the people at the front desk need to do that? i asked.
Sweetie and the delivery guy both said, "Nah!" at the same time, the delivery guy adding, "It's just to say we actually did put it in."
Being to tired to start an ARGUMENT, i kept my trap shut and let them get on with it. The washer was doing a test run and not leaking or otherwise showing signs that anything was wrong, and after a day of driving i was ready to get the rest of our things unloaded and start enjoying myself.
Later, Ms. L agreed with me that these delivery/installation people are supposed to come back to the front desk for a signature, but they try to get someone else to sign so they can leave more quickly and get on to the next delivery. If this ever happens again, at least we know.
All is well, they say, that ends well, and this beginning ended well enough, with a new washer in the unit and there was still plenty of daylight for us to enjoy.
A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed Day -- simply a good day to remember this, and thank a friend
Dia del Arbol -- Costa Rica (Tree Day/Arbor Day)
Fly A Kite Day (on the anniversary of Ben Franklin's kite experiment)
Global Wind Day -- to celebrate wind energy
Magna Carta Day -- UK (King John set his seal on the document this day in 1215)
Mangaia Gospel Day -- Mangaia, Cook Islands
Native American Citizenship Day -- US (passage, in 1924, of the legislation recognizing citizenship of Native Americans in the US)
National Lobster Day
Nature Photography Day -- sponsored by the North American Nature Photography Association
Recess at Work Day -- engage in productive play!
Salvation Day/National Day of Salvation -- Azerbaijan
Separation Day -- Delaware, US (date of declaration of separation from England and Pennsylvania)
Smile Power Day -- test out smile power today, it's free!
Sneak a Kiss Day -- usual litany of cautions with this internet generated holiday
St. Vitus' Day (Patron of actors, comedians, dancers, dogs, epilepsy sufferers; against animal attacks, dog bites, epilepsy, lightning, oversleeping, rheumatic chorea, Saint Vitus' Dance, snake bites, storms, wild beasts; Badia Calavena, Italy; Czech Republic; Forio, Italy; Prague, Czech Republic; Recanati, Italy; Vacha, Germany; Wetsens, Netherlands; Zeven, Germany)
Valdemar's Day and Reunion Day -- Denmark (an official Flag Day)
Vestalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (main and final celebration, in which the Temple of Vesta was swept clean)
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day -- because our elders deserve to be protected and cared for properly
King Hussein of Jordan marries Lisa Halaby (Queen Noor), 1978
Gustaf, Crown Prince of Sweden marries Princess Margaret of Connaught, 1905
Arkansas becomes the 25th US State, 1836
William Dean Martin, 1981
Neil Patrick Harris, 1973
Leah Remini, 1970
Ice Cube, 1969
Lisa McCall, 1969
Dina Meyer, 1969
Courtneney Cox Arquette, 1964
Helen Hunt, 1963
Julie Hagerty, 1955
Jim Belushi, 1954
Simon Callow, 1949
Nicola Pagett, 1945
Waylon Jennings, 1937
Mario Cuomo, 1932
Erroll Garner, 1921
Muzaffer Tema, 1919
Bob Wian, 1914
Edvard Grieg, 1843
Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson, 1767
Henry FitzRoy, illegitimate son of Henry VIII, 1519
Edward the Black Prince, 1330
The Lion King(Animated film), 1994
Dick Tracy(Film), 1990
"Hee Haw"(TV), 1969
"My Little Margie"(TV), 1952
Today in History:
The Assyrians record a solar eclipse that is later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history, BC763
King John of England puts his seal to the Magna Carta, 1215
The first human blood transfusion is administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys, 1667
Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity, 1752
Delaware votes to suspend government under the British Crown and separate officially from Pennsylvania, 1776
Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, co-pilot of the first-ever manned flight (1783), and his companion, Pierre Romain, become the first-ever casualties of an air crash when their hot air balloon explodes during their attempt to cross the English Channel, 1785
Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber, 1844
The Oregon Treaty establishes the 49th parallel as the border between the United States and Canada, from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, 1846
Crown Prince Wilhelm becomes Kaiser Wilhelm II and is the last emperor of the German Empire, 1888
The most destructive tsunami in Japan's history kills more than 22,000 people, 1896
A fire aboard the steamboat SS General Slocum in New York City's East River kills 1000, 1904
Tabulating Computing Recording Corporation (IBM) is incorporated, 1911
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter, 1916
A German expedition led by Karl Wien lost sixteen members in an avalanche on Nanga Parbat (9th highest mountain), the largest single day loss of life on an 8,000m peak, 1937
In the Saskatchewan general election, the CCF, led by Tommy Douglas, is elected and forms the first socialist government of North America, 1944
Israel and Vatican City establish full diplomatic relations, 1994
Near earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75,000 miles (121,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, 2002
In Bulgaria, remains that some believe to be the bones of John the Baptist, are scientifically proven to be from a Middle Eastern man and dated to be from the first century AD, 2012
Scotland Yard launches criminal inquiry and British Prime Minister Theresa May announces a public inquiry a day after the Grenfell Tower fire, 2017
A baseball jersey belonging to Babe Ruth becomes the most expensive item of sports memorabilia ever when it sells for $5.64 million at auction, 2019
In a landmark decision, the US Supreme Court rules 6-3 that gay and transgender workers cannot be discriminated against in the workplace, 2020
A new washer is a great start to your holiday. Nice way to use the words too.ReplyDelete
It is great to have a new washer in the unit you rented. Enjoy your vacation.ReplyDelete
That sign has me wondering. And shuddering.ReplyDelete
Love your use of the words - and hooray for a new washer. Sigh at the installers taking short-cuts though.
I hope you had a lovely vacation after the hold up with the washer.ReplyDelete
If you are not in a hurry the back roads are so much nicer to travel.
Happy Holidays. Enjoy.ReplyDelete
Oh my. That sign is awkward! 😳ReplyDelete
LMAO It does make you wonder lolReplyDelete
Have a stalltastic week mimi 👍
That sign is not a good sign, LOL! Hope you enjoy your week and don't need to use the new washer at all!ReplyDelete
I know exactly why that sign is there. Exactly why.ReplyDelete
Love your adventure getting to your destination. You have a washer and that will come in handy this week. If you work it right you won't have any dirty laundry when you get home. Love that.
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Glad you were able to get the food put away so it wouldn't go bad. I would have signed anything to get rid of them and start my vacation. :) XOReplyDelete
I dread to think what occured to make that sign necessary! An interesting start to your holiday, I hope you are having fun.ReplyDelete
That was a good story, I love how you used all teh words - You know you're 'allowed' to not use them all? But I think you're a completist like me - even if I did not use all the words today). And I love what you did. Enjoy your holidays!ReplyDelete
Oh my that was a bit of an adventure! Hope your ice cream survived!ReplyDelete
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There must have been too many stall parties! That was some story, I'm glad it all worked out.ReplyDelete
Glad you got your groceries in ~ and do enjoy every moment of your vacation ~ Hope you can relax a bit ~ ??? ~ XoReplyDelete
Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
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