Sunday, July 10, 2016

Friday Follies

It was yet another hot, muggy day. You are probably getting tired of reading that. Imagine living through it!

I walked outside in the morning.

I went to lunch at Red Robin and got their Bleu Ribbon burger. It's pricey, but delicious. I would have swapped the fries for onion rings, but the Red Robin breading hurts my mouth when I chew them. Sorry, Jake.

Sidebar: I am really jonesing on onion ring recently, for some reason. I have yet to Try Time Out's but, so far, the Newburgh Grill is the clear winner!

I walked inside in the afternoon.

I left work at 5:00 p.m. but didn't go home. I went to Bar Louie in the Laurel Park Mall. We are saying goodbye to Matt, a great employee and a good friend.

Sidebar: I'm not sure why this hits me so hard, but I think it was the camaraderie. After Jake left, Vicky was the Help Desk lead and they brought Matt in to help. So, it was me, Michelle, Vicky, Matt and Fred for a long, long time.

Matt eventually went over to the LAN/WAN team (as did Victoria, for a while) in Building 4, but he still stopped in a couple times a day to refill his water bottle from Jake's Absopure water dispenser.

Sidebar: That's another whole story. Jake took it with him when we moved out of Building 50. They finally replaced it this year with a newer model that you don't have to take the top off the jugs. So, no more spilled water (which was a continual delight when somebody changed the large jugs).

Anyway, we finally all ended up at Bar Louie. Well, some of us. Gone are the days when the whole department gathered at Snooker's after work. Nowadays we seem to gravitate to Buddy's pizza for lunch, instead, when somebody leaves.

When I got there, it was just Matt and Don Swain (a PM), Fred, my boss, Lenore, and, surprise, surprise, an ex-employee, Lafel. They were all perusing the craft beers and ended up drinking weird-ass shit (hard apple cider this and blueberry that). I ordered a Hienekin from an exceptionally lovely waitress.

It was hot as hell in the bar, BTW. They have a outside patio, much like Time Out. But, instead of having the waitresses walk through a door, they have HUGE glass garage doors they open wide. So, the only place that was cool was the restroom, which I visited often (whether I needed to or not).

Other people trickled in: Robin, the manager of the PMs, Sean, the new LAN/WAN guy and finally Don Christie.

I got a call from Victoria that I missed (it was noisy). She was lost, but she texted Lenore who gave her directions. So, when she showed up, I moved down a seat so she could sit next to Lenore.

I had another Hienekin that I nursed. Vicky ordered some appetizers, chicken wings and a tortilla chips dipping platter, both of which I passed on.

Sidebar: It was then I realized the poor kid is on her own. Her mom is in Puerto Rico and Yanessa is up with her father's family in Traverse City. So, dinner has to be a lonely thing. I understand that...

Lenore and Fred had left (they have long drives) so I made my own goodbyes and headed home.

I got there around 7:00 p.m. I treated the cat and quickly changed clothes. The sky looked ominous.

I got my painting station set up outside and began to spray the last coat on the one side of the fan blades.

That's when I heard the thunder. Just then the Township sirens went off. My neighbor, who was sitting on his deck, said, "You better hurry up!" So, I did. I put everything back in the shed when I finished. It was raining as I went back into the house.

My NOAA (I think I have that right) weather radio was going crazy. There was a fast moving thunderstorm heading in my direction! So, I sent a text to Vicky, asking if they were still there. She said yes, so I told her to tell anyone there to stay there for a bit because of the thunderstorm. She said they could here the thunder in the bar!

It did rain for a bit, but just a bit. I went out and checked the gauge when it cleared up and there was only a splash of rain in it.

I made a blue box of macaroni and cheese (mostly to use up the milk that is expiring) and ate some of that watching an apparently forgettable show on TV. Then I went to bed.

5 comments:

  1. " It was then I realized the poor kid is on her own. Her mom is in Puerto Rico and Yanessa is up with her father's family in Traverse City. So, dinner has to be a lonely thing. I understand that..."

    I don't think she would be lonely actually. I'm sure she loves her family and daughter, but she probably enjoys a little her time so she can rejuvenate. IJS.

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  2. Possibly. But, I have learned the hard way eating alone every night is not that much fun as a family dinner.

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  3. "It was yet another hot, muggy day. You are probably getting tired of reading that. Imagine living through it!"

    8-| (Google says that's the emoticon version of the emoji eye roll)

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  4. Fear not. We had a cold front come through, so it's a crisp 82 today with only 77% humidity.

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