Saturday, June 18, 2011

'11/#29 Life Is Good

Wednesday we showed up to work & walked into some kind of insanity. We had the usual rush going on & we also had a group of English roller coaster enthusiasts in the dinning room. When I walked into the kitchen the burgers that had been cooked were gone & the broilers were running at full speed. Meals were going out the front as fast as we could make them & the managers were taking meals out the back door to our British guests. At no point for over an hour did we ever get caught up. Around 3pm the rain started & everyone came into Reds to get out of the rain. When the rain let up & word got out that the rides wouldn't be opening the park emptied. Then the typhoon started. Rain was blowing in under every door in the place & since all the guests had gone there was nothing for us to do for the next 3 1/2 hours except have fun just goofing around while getting things ready to close. Thursday again it was busy in the morning & slow in the late afternoon.

Friday was our first day off after 3 busy work days. They only give us 3 uniforms & having to go to the laundromat to do the wash it is so much nicer to have a day off to get it done. That is one of the down sides to not having a washer/dryer in the rig. The rest of the day was for running errands like making phone calls,grocery shopping, & raising hell with the incompetents at the Post Office. They just can't seem to get our mail, or notice of delivery, or parcel locker key into the PO box. I guess since we worked for the Post Office we should just know when our mail shows up & be able to tele-port it to our home. BUTTHEADS!!!!!!!

That evening a group from Reds wanted to get together & go bowling & we were invited. Now this group are mostly early to late 20 year olds & we get along great with them at work. They seem to like having us around & have invited us to hang with them several times. The rest of our coworkers are mostly workcampers & have been retired for at least a few years so they are in their mid 60's & up to 90 years of age. We get along with them also & have gone out with them on occasion. The 2 groups get along in a way I would call work-place tolerance. I'm not sure how or why we fit in like we do but we like it because we have made a lot of friends. Some we appear too old to hang with & some we are a bit younger than. Either way it means we have twice as many friends & twice as many opportunities to have fun.

Speaking of friends, I would like to send out & huge "THANK YOU" to all our friends who responded to Mary's call for help. Charlie, our youngest son, was in a bind with car issues & when Mary asked if there was anyone who knew somebody or knew somebody who knew somebody the call was answered. The calls, texts, & e-mails came in an avalanche that just proved to us what we already knew. We have the best friends in the world & just like George Bailey in "A Wonderful Life" we are the richest people in town. We may not be rich in money but we are beyond rich in friends. It's true, the best things in life are not things.

Saturday we got up early to head into Gatlinburg to check out a farmers market that Mary had read about. Not much of a farmers market. We had gone to a couple of these a few years ago in NC. They aren't much more than a dozen or so people selling what appears to be produce & flowers from their backyards. We were done in 10 minutes. Back to Sevierville to check out a few things & then head back to Pigeon Forge. The sky was darkening rapidly. We stopped at CVS & the rain & the wind started. I couldn't get out of the truck because the wind would blow the door shut on me every time I tried to open it. I finally timed it so I could escape. Once inside the rain really started so we shopped until the rain let up. These mountain storms pop up so quick & can be quite severe.

Well we made it home & are going to relax the rest of the day. Catch up on e-mails, blog, watch a little TV, & have some dinner. Life is good here in our home in Pigeon Forge because....

Home is where we park it,
Frank & Mary

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