This week’s self-portrait from Pinole’s Bayfront Park:
Still in the market for a new car. Looking mostly at “certified pre-owned” and rental returns. As much as I’m worried about Youko
, I want to put this off as much as possible, as I’m still rather flush with money at the moment, for the first time in a very long time, and there are still a lot of “little” purchases I’d like to make before going into the cash-bleed that is paying for a car. First of all, I still could use a nice, new flat-screen TV to replace the long-suffering Zenith CRT. Also, now that I have a nice new laptop with a quad-core processor, I could resume doing music. But to do that, I need to get another stick of memory, a copy of Reason
and some kind of keyboard (probably one of those M-Audio 88-key controllers
). Plus that Cowon X7
, if I can ever find one actually for sale at any
price, and maybe
a new desktop PC (like the last one, it would be built from parts by me).
That said, I’d like to get to a dealership and test-drive at least within the next month or so.
It’s that time at work. All the kids are back at school, so the park only comes alive during the weekends. There’s functional tumbleweeds blowing through the rest of the week. Also, work-mates are going away. C____, who’s been there ever since I started working there, came to the end of her season on Saturday. And since she passed her Worker 1 certification test, that means she’s eligible for a permanent position with a fat pay-raise. But there’s no guarantee that she’ll be picked up by Big Basin (since she applied for several parks), so it may be “goodbye” for good (Well, since I’m very likely to be back in Marin District next season, it’s probably for good anyway). S___ leaves us to go back to school in another two weeks, and B_____ said she doesn’t even know if she’s on the October schedule at all (We don’t get our schedules for the following month until the last week of the month. I hope they keep her at least until after Columbus Day, as that’s the last big weekend usually, and she’s proven very valuable as a worker). My boss said he wanted to keep me until November at least, so I’m not certain if they’ll be keeping me to the very end of my season (January 10th, I believe), but I kind of hope so, just so it shows me working the full season. In any case, by the actual D-Day (October 27th, that’s the day most of the campgrounds and ALL of the trail camps close entirely for the season), we’re sure to be down to just two maintenance aides.
RE: shopping. I’ve been doing all my grocery shopping for the week in the South Bay before proceeding over the mountains to my park housing. One of my must-stop places is Grocery Outlet, which seems to be where old brands go to die. I have found products made by Granny Goose, Cragmont, Lady Lee and others there, names I thought had long since been retired. Still no Laura Scudder’s Wampum, though. I did, however, buy a 3-pack of Pears Soap, which I admit I got because a) it was advertised in the back of Puck
and b) Andrew Pears
was a hawt Victorian daddybear. But it also smells great and lathers up nice. And comes in a clear wrapper that makes toting it from cabin to shower convenient.
Speaking of “toting from cabin to shower,” I had an annoying accident last week, when I reached into my toiletry bag and found it covered in slimy goo. It turns out I forgot to re-close my shampoo bottle before dropping it into my bag after taking a shower. Oops! No big deal, I just rinsed all the items off, dropped them into another bag and threw the offending bag (one of my old Fiesta de los Osos
totes) into the dirty laundry pile.