I’m sitting in a Barnes & Noble and just a moment ago, when I went to the counter to pay for some Christmas cards, the cashier said, “Do you have a Barnes…?” and just then all the lights flickered and I said, “No” and he said, “Man, that was weird. All the registers and lights just blinked out except this one” and I said, “Stuff like this happens to me all the time” and he said, “You’re one lucky dude because all the other registers are reseting and it will take them like five minutes but this one is fine” and I said, “Yeah, I know it’s hard to believe, but I’m serious, this stuff happens to me all the time” and I sat down in the cafe to document it here because this sort of stuff does happen all the time, so much so that I’ll forget about it otherwise because the bizarrely unlikely is such a regular occurrence in my life that I simply don’t think about it much anymore.
I’ve parked the van in the sun to absorb some vital e-juice. It’s been overcast for the last week and my battery bank was down to 65%. I’m up to 85% now and if tomorrow is sunny, I should be able to top it off. The park is infested with both crows and flies and while the crows tend to stay outside the rig, the flies don’t. I try never to kill anything, so I chased them out (the flies) by whipping a towel around like a cowboy with his lasso, herding them out the windows and door. It worked surprisingly well.
Earlier today we had a meeting with the staff about Dad’s progress in the rehab center. He’s doing well and improving and isn’t driving them too crazy yet but it doesn’t look like they’ll let him out of there until around Christmas.
Some condo commandos decided they don’t like my van, so I’m officially banned from parking there at night. People who live outside the box often appear frightening or sinister to the masses who live inside boxes. I think that’s a one-way street though, as the inside-the-boxers don’t appear frightening or sinister to those on the outside. Probably a spiritual message in there somewhere. The management, upon hearing why I was there, did offer me an out-of-the-way spot where the RV’s are parked (for free even), so there’s that.