Saturday, November 25, 2017

Black Friday

I woke up Friday morning and, after having a cup of coffee, was going to start the dishwasher. So, as is my routine, I ran the hot water in the sink until it was hot.

Sidebar: That way, when I turn the dishwasher on, it has instant hot water.

Imagine my surprise when both sinks began to fill with water! Not only water, but herbs and junk I had run through the garbage disposal last night. My guess is that I didn't run the water long enough night after using the disposal.

Greatly annoyed, I shaved, showered and got dressed. Then I headed to Home Depot for some Draino or something. I was a little surprised at the number of cars in the parking lot at 10:00 a.m. until I got inside and saw all the Black Friday stuff in the aisles.

I couldn'd find anything that talked about "standing water" so I got some Zep drain cleaner. Back home, I looked at the mess and decided I would bail out the sinks first and then try it. But, I didn't have the time then. My ride was on the way.

So, I just washed the dish rack in the laundry tub.

Amanda and Keldon picked me up around 11:30 a.m. and we headed out. The plan was to get a light lunch and then go to a Painting with a Twist kid's class for Keldon. Then we would head to Pontiac and take a tour at the Organization for Bat Conservation.

We stopped at Buddy's in Dearborn (Amanda and Keldon both love their broccoli soup). I ordered the minestrone. And we all shared a plate of french fries covered with cheese and bacon.

When the soup came, Amanda started stirring Keldon's (to cool it down) and found what looked like dumpling in it. She tried to smash them, but there were too many of them. I told her they had screwed up the roux. She asked the waitress for another bowl while she checked hers. The next bowl was the same way.

The manager came over and apologized, saying they had just hired a new guy to make the soups. She offered to swap them for either the chicken noodle or the minestrone, but both Keldon and Amanda said no. They specifically came here for and wanted that soup! So, bummed, Amanda ordered a side salad and Keldon the mac and cheese from the kids menu..

Before we left, the manager brought over another bowl of broccoli soup and this time it was perfect. So, they shared it

We were still early for the painting class, so Amanda filled up the tank in her car. Then we parked and walked over to Starbucks, where she got a hot chocolate. Keldon and I wanted water, but we decided to buy it at the painting class (where it's cheaper).

We walked back to Painting with a Twist and got our aprons on. The rest of the group slowly got there and then we started.

Now, this was for kids seven and up, so it was a rather simple thing - a turkey. But, it was only a 1 1/2 hour class, so I felt rushed. I was still painting when they asked everybody to come up for the group photo. So, I messed up my outline on the feathers (Amanda and Keldon didn't even get that far).

What we were trying to paint

Amanda' masterpiece

Keldon's masterpiece (not bad for an eight year old)

My hot mess!
So, we got our coats and then left (They practically threw us out). This was not as much fun as the last class!!!

We set our paintings in the trunk and headed out to Pontiac. We were early, the place was still closed and locked and I had to pee. So, Amanda pulled into a Goodyear store. I told her they wouldn't let us pee, but she went in anyway (she had to go, too). Sure enough, they told her it was for customer's only! She got mad and said, "I got an elderly man in the car. Am I supposed to buy a tire so he can pee?" But, they insisted.

Sidebar: I wasn't that thrilled to be described as an "elderly man, lol!"

So we went into a nearby restaurant, that was nearly empty. The waitress started over and Keldon said, "No thanks, they just have to pee!" She said, "Well, go ahead, then." And we did.

We parked at the bat place, but a guy came out and said we were in the wrong parking lot. So, she pulled out and we found we were driving the wrong way on a one-way street! Yikes!!!

Sidebar: Pontiac seems to have a lot of those.

Fortunately the street was four lanes, and people just pulled over until we could get off.

We parked in the right parking lot and went in. The tour lady asked if we wanted to get stamped on our hands, so we said sure.

I like to think of it as a bat tramp stamp, lol!
When enough people showed, we started the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and patient with all the kid's questions. Along with the bats (who were mostly rescued) they also had a two toed sloth and a skunk. The sloth made no attempt to move, even when tempted by grapes, so we never saw him up close. But the skunk cooperated.

Little brown bat from Michigan

Another Michigan bat

Descented skunk
Sloth in the corner
Bad photo of this bat

Vampire bats!!!

Bat from Egypt, sleeping
Fun facts I learned: The little brown bat eats up to a 1,000 mosquitoes every night and vampire bats can only drink blood. If they drink even water, they will die!!!

Sidebar: They feed these cows blood from a nearby slaughterhouse.

When the tour was over, Amanda bought a hoodie and Keldon got a book. I didn't buy anything.

It was after 6:00 p.m. and Keldon was hungry. So, we stopped at a Wendy's on Telegraph (heading home). Keldon got two cheeseburgers and fries from the kids menu. Amanda got a burger and a baked potato and I got the chicken nuggets with barbecue dipping sauce and fries.

They dropped me off around 7:30 p.m. I went inside to bail out the sink. To my surprise, the water was gone, leaving a mess of gunk and herbs. I wiped it out with paper towels and added in the drain cleaner. I changed clothes and waited for it to work. I kept checking on it, but it wasn't going down.

I was reading in the living room when I finally heard a glugging sound. I went and checked and it had worked. Thank God! I thought I'd end up taking the trap out.

I ran the hot water for a long time. Then I cleaned both sinks with a Brillo pad, rinsed them off and put the dish rack back, and went to bed. It was close to midnight.

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