"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

Friday, September 19, 2008

Lost in an Endless Sea of Blue and Gold

I'm in Saskatoon!

The exclamation point is because I was certain I'd be camping out at the Regina Walmart tonight as there was absolutely no way my mail could have arrived. I mean, it would be way too convenient. But it did!

It turned out to be a good thing that I had to spend that extra day in the Regina area seeing as I woke up with a cold yesterday and felt like doing nothing but lounging around at home. I'm still stuffed up today, but at least I had enough energy to pack up and drive the 300 klicks to Saskatoon and to deal with the issues that needed dealing with this morning.

One of them was having my new wheel retorqued at a Regina Kal Tire (amazing backing up manoeuvres were required there). The other is such a classic Rae moment that those who know me are going to burst out laughing when they read about it. After Kal Tire, I parked at a nearby Walmart to have lunch, scope out the parking lot, and call the post office. I did what I needed to do, got hold of the post office who gave me the good news, and stepped out of the coach to check on the toad, ecstatic that I was going to be on the road to Saskatoon within the half hour.

Which is when I discovered that I'd locked myself out of the coach. All my spare keys were in Miranda. All the windows were shut. My cats can't open a door. I just stared at the rig for a moment dumbfounded and in complete disbelief of just how absent minded I can be sometimes. Then, I realised that I wasn't really locked out after all!

When I park somewhere like a Walmart, I crack open a roof vent instead of a window. This afternoon, I just happened to open the one above the kitchen sink. It's the only one I can fit through! So, I climbed up onto the roof, opened the hatch all the way, and lowered myself down to the counter (discovering at the same time that I'm definitely getting back into shape!).

That was the extent of the excitement for today, thankfully. I do want to say that I am in the market for a device that will activate at the same time as my turn signals and which will scream out: "This coach is moving into the left/right lane! Get the *beep* out of the way!" I cannot believe the number of people today who blatantly ignored my turn signals and purposely sped up to close gaps that I was about to merge into.

Today was a good day on the road. I love waking up not knowing where I'm going to sleep that night.

Please stay tuned for posts about Moose Jaw and the RCMP Heritage Centre!

2 comments:

Julie said...

Love the crosswalk sign in Moose Jaw!

As for your device, my dad always told me that when you're in a big rig, you put your signal light, wait 10 sec to make sure that people behind you saw it and then move. Don't worry, they'll get out of your way quickly enough ;-) Wouldn't you?

PS make sure your signals lights are working properly before trying this.

Raven said...

LOL!!!

My signal lights definitely work. I check them before I leave and at each stop. I just think people are idiots.