Driving day

By: osdianna , 4:35 PM GMT on July 12, 2013

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I did a 6-hour drive yesterday, taking some people to Burien. They went on to the funeral of a friend while I brought her father's van back to Ocean Shores. Sadie stayed inside the house for those 6 hrs and actually used the litter box...something she rarely does.

When the Alaska guests left, I pulled up the throw rug to wash and two litter boxes to empty, and found a puddle of cat urine...probably from Fluff. I think Joe knows to prepare for accidents...but it meant the floor had to be thoroughly washed to prevent my cats from marking/reclaiming the area.

Joe took one box, so I am back to one big litter box and one backup, and I actually threw away the other two. It felt good to get rid of the extra stuff, just as I did before they got here to make way for a "safe" room. Now if I can just keep that momentum going....I think I will be able to keep it up as I seem to have the desire to finally make this house a home...my home.

Back to the drive...it involved several freeways and many packed intersections on surface streets, emergency vehicles caught in the intersections too while everyone jockeyed to get out of their way, and the exciting part of driving an unknown vehicle. As soon as I pulled out of their driveway I realized I had not gotten her cell number, and the engine was sputtering and missing, but I figured it was still a cold engine, so I continued on, and got home safely.

The missing engine only manifested itself when accelerating and we eventually settled down to an uneasy truce, "Just get me home." I left her a note telling her about the engine and she thinks it may be the result of the gas sitting in the full tank for three months, maybe moisture from condensation?
(They drove it home from Arizona with no sputtering at all.)

I was glad to get out of there; while we never really got caught in any work traffic until the very last mile as commuters made their way into Bellevue, it was still a stressful experience. The feeling of relief as I made that turn off southbound I-5 onto the 101 west is just enormous! I made one stop soon after, hitting the Barnes & Noble and Trader Joe's next door, then on to home.

While I enjoy road trips too, I don't enjoy city driving; too many cars wanting to go way faster than the speed limit, and the drivers are all distracted or in foul moods...oh, and the competitiveness! NUTS!

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1. DHaupt
6:21 AM GMT on July 15, 2013
I posted this on Joe's blog yesterday, but I think it is just as or more appropriate to yours. So, here it is:

Thank God for multi-lane highways! I am always reminded of an old joke from the early 50's when most of the highways were two-lane; I think it was by Bennet Cerf:

" If you lined up all the cars in the US end-to-end, some damned fool would pull out and try to pass them!"

I still remember the excitement, sometimes even terror, when Dad finally got up the nerve to pass some slow-moving farm truck on those Iowa highways that had curbs on both sides of the road. Mother would be crying, "NO HENRY!" and my sister wet herself. Family travel was so interesting in those days.

My rich Uncle Marvin was a sucker for tourist traps. Maybe, more accurately Aunt Harriet was the sucker and Uncle Marvin would do anything to make her happy. On one of their first trips to Arizona, probably around 1952, he fell for the "Get your water bags here! DESERT AHEAD!" pitch at a Bowlin's Running Indian Trading Post in Grants, NM. He was proud of his Kodachrome of he and Harriet standing next to their 5 ton Cadillac with a water bag hanging off all four fenders. Get your kicks on Route 66.
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Musings on daily events in my unremarkable life as a retired person who has found way too many things to do.