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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Today Was Better, Thanks

Tuesday night my car was impounded. Wednesday Ray's cell phone was lost. By Wednesday night I was too frazzled to think and just went to bed. Then I woke up at 3:30 a.m.

Short version of car. I loaned it to Tasha's (girls' mom's) boyfriend to run a short errand.

He had a cramp in his leg a block and a half from here and the two of them decided to let Tasha drive it home. No license and missing brake light is a bad combination. They stopped her for the brake light and discovered she had no license. I do think the handcuffs were a little extreme and evidently so did they because they released her but not the car. The traffic officer was ready to release the car as well (they have some flexibility) but his supervisor was listening in and said no. I couldn't get a hearing until this morning but now, $310. later, my car is back and the brake light is fixed. I also discovered I have an expired driver's license. Could have sworn it was 2007 but I would have been wrong. I never look at it. I'll take care of that shortly - probably next Tuesday. They don't impound for expired license, it's a fixit ticket and the chances of my being stopped are remote. Meantime, I'll limit my driving as much as possible.

The cell phone was turned in to the girls' school this morning. A kid had picked it up at the playground when the girls set it down for a couple of minutes. His mom returned it. Meantime I'd suspended service.

Tim, the girls, and I met up with some of our PFLAG gang and went bowling tonight. I think it's the first time in 12 or 13 years I've bowled. Fortunately nobody else was much better. I had one strike, two spares, and we won't discuss the rest. I'm a little rusty and I never was incredible even when I bowled league in Arkansas.

Elcie was amazing. She's "bowled" with one of those ramps the ball rolls down but none of them had actually bowled before. The first ball of the first frame, our Elcie rolled a solid strike. We were all blown away. She stood up there balance on one crutch with a 12 lb ball in the other hand and rolled the ball. They all did fine for their first time and, most importantly, they learned bowling etiquette almost immediately. I was proud of them. We will definitely do it again once or twice during the summer. Had dinner at the alleys; usual bowling fare of hot dogs, hamburgers, and french fries.

And, to cap off my last few days, my camera wouldn't work. Maybe next time.

The bowling alley is located on the former Castle Air Force Base, one town over. The Air Force hasn't been there for several years (a victim of downsizing) but the bowling alley remains along with a brand new federal prison and several new industries. I don't miss the B-52's that flew over several times a day.

Rochelle went on her final field trip of the year to a museum in Fresno. Had a great time. No more homework for the rest of the year. Rebecca's stopped last week and school will dismiss on June 2nd. Back August 14th.

That's about it for the day. I think I missed a couple of you in the comments and I still haven't caught up on visitors. Thanks for telling me being tired sometimes was okay and for the responses to Princess cards for little Nadine.

Matter of fact I'm becoming a little tired now; a few minutes past 11, so I'm heading for bed unless something intervenes. Laundry can wait for once.

Take care everyone.


EmmaSometimes said...

oh, granny, you seem to take things in such stride in a kind of 'this is just how things are'. You are truly amazing. Tell me when I morph into that state of seemingly still calmness even when the proverbial fan keeps spinning..and flinging. I'm still cringing over the $310 break light. yikes.

Merle said...

Hi Ann ~~ What a bad run you have had, but glad it all seems OK now. The fine was a big one. Great that you all enjoyed the bowling and that Elcie did well. Thanks for your visit,I expect the kids in an hour or so.
Take care, Merle.

Janice said...

Hi Ann,

Yikes! Did you have a bad day or what? I'm glad you got your car back and the cell phone too! Too bad about the $310 fine, tuff break there!

Oh that is wonderful, about the bowling. And maybe this will build Elcie's confidence? I do hope so!
And does that mean you will be taking the girls bowling again, as they all did so well?

I remember going to Castle to see the air shows and the air museum, that was oh so long ago. I was sadden when they closed that base down.

My daughter done with homework too, Hazaah!


Alice said...

Sounds like you at least had one nice thing to try and balance out all the bad ones.

Yay for Elcie getting a strike on her first time of bowling. I bowl roughly once or twice sometine and somewhere, be it England or Wales, during the year. My first strike after all those years was last summer. I had never managed one before and doubt I'll get one again, but right at that second I was thrilled to bits, much to the amusement and pleasure of the family bowling in the lane next to us. They thought I was really cute, if a little bit simple, the way I started jumping up and down shouting "I GOT A STRIKE! I GOT A STRIIIIKE! YAY! DID YOU SEE THAT MIKE? I GOT A STRIIIIIKE!..."

I still lost (usually do) but it was a sweet, sweet moment.

I love bowling. It's great.

Glad you got both your car and your phone back, all be it that one left you out of pocket and the other no longer works.

Feeling much better today. Sounds like you are too, and I'm happy for both of us.

Love to the family.
Hugs xxx

Anonymous said...

When it rains it pours, huh? At least it all seems to be looking brighter now.

Laundry CAN wait. Mine did. I jumped on the trampoline with my boys instead, and it was sooo worth it!

madcapmum said...

Ding-dangarang! How come things heap up like that for you? All my best wishes coming your way, hope today brings a balance of good luck.

Ginny said...

Sorry about the car :-(. Good you went bowling though. And yes, I think bowling etiquette is even more important than learning how to set the table "correctly." ;-)

Gawdessness said...

Laundry can always wait.
Well okay, not always.

The car sounds like the kind of mini nightmare that I just hate.

And there are days when it just makes sense to crawl back into the covers for a little while and say uncle.

Gina said...

I think they charge way too much for those car fees. Sorry there was no way out of it.

You know, I have always liked bowling. I'm definitely mediocre, sounds like Elcie could kick my butt!

That's my motto- laundry is always waiting around here!

ipoddauta said...

glad you had a good time at the bowl... :)))

ipodmomma said...

not J, but me... :)))

JBlue said...

$310 is a bit steep. I'm sure you can think of a lot of other things you'd rather spend it on.

Try to stay out of trouble this weekend, Gran! ;)

Autumn said...

Gosh. When it rains it pours. Seems everyhing always hits at one time doesn't it. Hopefully you will have it all straighten out soon. Try and enjoy your weekend.

Angel said...

Oh my goodness! Poor Granny! And this is when I hate that I can't run over and give you a hug IRL.

YAY ELCIE!! I only do ok at bowling because we have the gutter bumpers up for my son LOL.