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Old 07-09-2018, 12:08 PM
 
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AZDesertBrat -- Congratulations! I am so happy for you! You finally did it! One of my kids worked at the Walmart down here in Phx and they did the schedule shuffling on her too. She was in her 20's and it was hard -- they would work her to 1:00 am and schedule her to start again at 7:00 am. There were plenty of employees, it should not have been done. I hope you have a wonderful time on your vacation trip!

Jim -- Glad to hear you got some rain.

AZgarden -- 3 days getting rain? Sounds lovely. We haven't had a drop yet. Last night my alarm went off on the cell phone and it was a dust storm warning. The news is showing that there was lots of damage out in the Buckeye area, but that is nowhere near us. Some folks were really hit hard. Good luck with your health issues and drive down to Phoenix.

 
Old 07-09-2018, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Jim -- Glad to hear you got some rain.

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I got...ready for it...ready...


.03" ! Just enough to bring the humidity up a gazillion percent.


And it's 102 now at 1pm.
 
Old 07-09-2018, 01:36 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Thanks! I just wish I could retire but we all know that's not in the cards. However, I am going to enjoy the heck out of my time and take advantage of not having my life scheduled by someone else. For a while, at least. lol Was thinking the other day about how my entire life has been structured around my JOB! It dictated what time I went to bed, got up, spent most of my days and even when I could eat and go to the bathroom. I might even end up taking more than a month off, depending how long it takes me to find another job. I'll be okay in any event. Good thing I've always been a saver!
I love how you just know things will work out. You make it happen.
 
Old 07-09-2018, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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AZDesertBrat: I am sorry you lost your sister. Glad you will get to visit her children and grandkids. I remember when my middle sister was dying and I told her I never got to see mine she told me to enjoy hers. Very sad but very loving, too.

Your trip sounds like so much fun. Good for you. Traveling alone has a lot of advantages. Also, traveling on your own time table, stopping when you want to and "lollygagging" over something..... nice!

I need to learn to relax on road trips (almost always solo for me, too). You've certainly inspired me.

Take care and have a fun time.

I'm sorry I lost my sister too. She was 18 mos. younger than me and while we didn't always get along so well we did the last few years. I've always been super close to her kids and love spending time with them.


I enjoy road trips by myself and just driving relaxes me. I do get a bit nervous when I'm approaching a big city and have to make my way out of it because I have to pay close attention to traffic AND signs, etc.. If it's late enough I'll also be scoping out motels. Otherwise it's a piece of cake.
 
Old 07-09-2018, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I'm sorry I lost my sister too. She was 18 mos. younger than me and while we didn't always get along so well we did the last few years. I've always been super close to her kids and love spending time with them.


I enjoy road trips by myself and just driving relaxes me. I do get a bit nervous when I'm approaching a big city and have to make my way out of it because I have to pay close attention to traffic AND signs, etc.. If it's late enough I'll also be scoping out motels. Otherwise it's a piece of cake.
AZDB: You are very brave. I hate driving anywhere, even just to the library. On Wed. I have to find I 17 to get to Mesa to the doctor and I am already freeking out. Of course if I knew how to program the GPS in the car, it might help. But, alas, I can't even change the radio station yet. It's a new car and has all these useless gadgets but the one thing I do need is music to calm me down ! LOL
 
Old 07-09-2018, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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AZDesertBrat -- Congratulations! I am so happy for you! You finally did it! One of my kids worked at the Walmart down here in Phx and they did the schedule shuffling on her too. She was in her 20's and it was hard -- they would work her to 1:00 am and schedule her to start again at 7:00 am. There were plenty of employees, it should not have been done. I hope you have a wonderful time on your vacation trip!

Jim -- Glad to hear you got some rain.

AZgarden -- 3 days getting rain? Sounds lovely. We haven't had a drop yet. Last night my alarm went off on the cell phone and it was a dust storm warning. The news is showing that there was lots of damage out in the Buckeye area, but that is nowhere near us. Some folks were really hit hard. Good luck with your health issues and drive down to Phoenix.

In a lot of ways Walmart is very good to their employees but sometimes I think those people at corporate have run out of 'good' ideas and just start tossing things out there to see if they'll work. It takes months for them to figure it out and then MORE months to make adjustments, etc. and in the meantime things are a mess. Our store has been shorthanded for a while and a lot of us are quitting these days. Four this past Sat.. That puts more pressure on our friends who are left to carry the load and that makes me feel bad. But I have to take care of 'me' and do what's best for me. And I don't have to ask one more person if they want to apply for a credit card! lol


We haven't had any rain either. Parts of the Verde Valley have but not where I'm at. Even with all the thunder and lightning yesterday. Heard thunder a while ago too but nothing. Just 'mostly cloudy'. Isn't it odd how the weather can be so centralized? Pouring down in one area and dry as a bone in another. I didn't hear about the damage down there but I hardly ever watch the news.
 
Old 07-09-2018, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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AZDB: You are very brave. I hate driving anywhere, even just to the library. On Wed. I have to find I 17 to get to Mesa to the doctor and I am already freeking out. Of course if I knew how to program the GPS in the car, it might help. But, alas, I can't even change the radio station yet. It's a new car and has all these useless gadgets but the one thing I do need is music to calm me down ! LOL

I remember you telling me that, about driving. I still think you ought to brave Mingus Mtn. and come over here for a visit! lol I don't trust those GPS things. They don't always lead you the 'right way'. The first time I had to take a cab home, when I lost my car keys, his GPS gave him some really weird directions on side streets. My way is more straightforward and faster. I still rely on paper maps on my road trips.

Was wondering how your new car was working out. Since you're still driving it I guess you decided to keep it.


(Remind me to tell you the story of my 'lost keys'. Weirdest thing I've ever experienced, I think.)

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Old 07-09-2018, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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I love how you just know things will work out. You make it happen.

I've thought about this for a few months now because I had to be sure I'm doing the right thing and will get by alright. Nobody else is going to "make it happen" for me so, yeah, I do. I haven't made a bad decision for myself in 20 years, believe it or not, and I sure don't wish to start at this late date/age!
 
Old 07-09-2018, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Yavapai County
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AZDB: You are very brave. I hate driving anywhere, even just to the library. On Wed. I have to find I 17 to get to Mesa to the doctor and I am already freeking out. Of course if I knew how to program the GPS in the car, it might help. But, alas, I can't even change the radio station yet. It's a new car and has all these useless gadgets but the one thing I do need is music to calm me down ! LOL
Not sure where exactly you live, but if you can get to I-69, you can just follow that east all the way to I-17. It may not be the most efficient way, but direction-wise I'd think it would be easiest. I always pour over Google Maps before I go somewhere unfamiliar too. It's pretty good and I like being able to do "street view" and see the lay of the land.

I wish you smooth travels on Wed.!
 
Old 07-09-2018, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I remember you telling me that, about driving. I still think you ought to brave Mingus Mtn. and come over here for a visit! lol I don't trust those GPS things. They don't always lead you the 'right way'. The first time I had to take a cab home, when I lost my car keys, his GPS gave him some really weird directions on side streets. My way is more straightforward and faster. I still rely on paper maps on my road trips.

Was wondering how your new car was working out. Since you're still driving it I guess you decided to keep it.


(Remind me to tell you the story of my 'lost keys'. Weirdest thing I've ever experienced, I think.)
My GPS tried to take my to the casino using some random county road.
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