Wednesday, November 17, 2004

The Best Laid Plans

The plan for yesterday was to drive down state, leaving here between 2-3 in the afternoon, go to the tobacco store, go to Mommy's, go to a meeting and be back home around 11. The reality is around 11 Monday night Bob called and asked if I could take him and Dorothy down state with me on Tuesday since he bought a new car down there that they needed to pick up and Dorothy can't drive at night. They do a lot for us so of course I said yes. He then said that he got off work at 5 and should be ready to go by 5:30, eew. I said the sooner the better as my meeting started at 7 and though you are never late for a meeting I would like to get there as early as possible. He said no problem. As Bob was Gordon's ride to work on Tuesday, Gordon would be getting off at the same time and could go with us. Gordon called around 4:15 and said that they would be leaving Houghton Lake in about a 1/2 hour and be here around 5:30. He then called at 5:10 and said they were at Dorothy's and ready to go. Now ready is a relative term and I know what my relatives mean when they say ready so I went to Dorothy's. Ready there means, we still have a few phone calls to make, put some chicken on for those not making the trip down state, and oh yeah make a pot of coffee to drink on the way down.

Finally on the road several comments were made about Mario Andretti and about my pilot's license but nothing was said about hurtling through space.
At one point we had a visitor who wasn't a freeway traveler as we were making a trip to Bay City I offered to take the side roads but was told the freeway was fine. As I was getting on to the freeway, with a speed limit of 70 where I knew the only two people going the speed limit or less were somewhere in front of me riding side by side, I heard, "Is it just me or does it feel to anyone else that we are hurtling through space?" I slowed down and drove under the speedway the rest of the way.
So I just continued on my way. Many comments were made about where they get gas, and the lack of space in the back seat. But I said I'm planning on stopping at Grand Blanc at my gas station unless anyone needs to stop sooner. They all said they were fine, and my gas station came through for me with the best price on the freeway. Of course stopping for gas is also relative and in this case included fixing up hotdogs, changing minds on drinks and going back in to get napkins. We made it to the car dealer at Plymouth and Telegraph by 7:45 (they closed at 8:00) I assume all went well since I dropped Bob and Dorothy off and have not heard from them yet.
We made it to the meeting and then to Mom's dropped off stuff, picked up stuff, took stuff out, down, and off. Missed the tobacco store but I will be back down on Friday for a job interview. The interview is on Northwestern between 13 Mile and Middlebelt. I picture 13 Mile and Middlebelt crossing, so Northwestn must run crosswise. I will stay and see Adrienne but can't stay for the pizza party as I have kids on Saturday. But Adrienne and Mommy will be coming here on Sunday and then Kewadin on Monday.

8 comments:

Adrienne said...

Those stupid link advertisements are back! new car, side by side and pizza party! Yeah you will be there Friday! I am not one of those not ready relatives, that would be your other sister that lives out here. When I say let's go - we go.

ez said...

I knew which side of the relatives I was on. I am sure she regaled them with stories of me driving (I won't pull off if the McD looks like it is too far from the ramp).

Jackson and I will be there late on Friday. I have a meeting at 2pm which I intend to leave at 4:00 to pick up J at Rebecca's by 4:30 and then on the road. Normally that would have me rolling into Mom's at 7:30 but the little guy may need to eat or something. But no hotdogs, etc.

paulette said...

Unless you know the area pretty good I would make sure to look at a map. Northwestern is a very confusing highway. Good, good luck on Friday. You want me to call the guy and tell him what a great person you are?

Adrienne said...

The kids remember that about Erika from when she lived out here. The exit billboard had to say EZ on and EZ off.

ez said...

I told the kids that meant the exit was just for me "EZ." Silly kids.

I am getting the weird ads too. Yesterday I got the "new car" and "pizza partt;" today they added "side by side" which seems to be something for a motorcycle. I would say this is not very good targeting. But it least it is very unobtrusive.

paulette said...

I got the ad words highlighted also. I opened Pizza Party in case it was about the family but when I saw it was an ad I didn't open the others (side by side and new car)

Adrienne said...

Finally! It's not just me! Woo Hoo! I prefer these kind of ads over pop ups and banners any day.

ez said...

I don't mind clicking on them if it lets us keep doing this for free.