I made a decision earlier in the week to take my fourteen year old granddaughter, Bully – north to Prescott for a day (an overnight stay) with her seven year old cousin, Sneaky Bob. A deal was made with her, because in many respects, she is just like the worthless individual that she calls ‘Daddy,’ who was and is a veritable SLOB! She is not a slob – but she is messy as all hell get out and trying to get her to keep her room clean is the impossible dream. She did the job – not perfect – but to the point where I knew that she needed this trip…
I’ll not bore you with that story, but it is not a pleasant one, but that is why she lives with Daddo and Hammy (me and the Little Woman). Yeah, well – the Bully’s mother isn’t around either. I saw a bumper sticker some years ago which said, “If I had known how easy it was to raise grandchildren – I’d have had them first.“
So I picked her up from school at 2:15 on Friday afternoon and we took off for the high desert and arrived at Sneaky Bob’s house around 4:30. I stayed for no longer than 15 or 20 minutes while I shot the breeze with the folks therein and headed further up the hills. First, I had an errand to run to meet up with an older woman whom I had met several weeks ago. No, no – none of that nonsense – but to take her some CD’s which I had decided to part with, and frankly – I didn’t think that I would get much for them at a garage sale – so what the hell.
Marjorie and I had spoken about some of this music when we first met… so I figured “what the heck?” Plus, most of them are loaded on various different computers anyway. Some confusion with the store owner where I had met her, but within 15 minutes she phoned me and said that she had figured everything out… Never mind – it’s too confusing, but I was able to speak with Marjorie on the phone and she was blown away that I would make this trip just to bring her some tunes. well – music DOES sooth the savage beast and I live it with nearly every waking moment of my day – so why not share it!
I took several business calls while all of this was taking place, one from a client who had received his order of “goods” – but the box had been broken (UPS probably was playing kick-ball with it) and another call from a client who is adding to his Precious Metals IRA, and he just had a couple of questions about his paperwork.
All is done and I need to go find a hotel. The gift store manager where I had dropped off the music for Marjorie suggested a couple of vintage hotels in the downtown area. I thanked her and left – I had to position myself in a better geographic location, so I headed slightly down hill – and located the local Harbor Freight store – and boy – had I come prepared. I purchased a piece of equipment from them earlier this year – an electric blower/vacuum-cleaner combo for doing yard clean-up and such. I had only used the vacuum bag (for leaves) once and four months later – the bag had rotted at the mounting bracket. The manager said that they don’t usually do refunds, and I told her that I was more interested in an exchange, which she agreed to – so long as I purchased their “warranty,” which I agreed to do. $10.00 for full coverage for two-years – including if I ran over it with my truck. I am happy…
Now it’s time to locate a hotel – and I did. No advertising here as it is not necessary – but it is a really great place and unbeknownst to me until later – it’s located on Lee Ave. Now I am smiling.
Oh yeah – I am a Traveller this weekend and am staying on Lee Ave.
If I need to explain that to you – then you haven’t lived nor understood my life and my beliefs.
The air is much cleaner at this elevation and tonight I shall at peace when I lay my head down – which is going to be in about 5 minutes.
We’ll be back home on Saturday night.
I’ll see you at Sundown…
~ About the Author ~
A veteran of Viet Nam, student of history (both American and film), Jeffrey Bennett has broadcast for over 24 years years as host of various programs and has been considered the voice of reason on the alternative media – providing a unique and distinctive broadcast style, including topics such as health and wellness, news, financial well-being, political satire (with a twist), education and editorial commentary on current events through the teaching of history. In addition, he is the CEO of Kettle Moraine, Ltd.