13 Dec 2015Had to work today, and a visitor…
For the first time in almost two months, I had to set my alarm clock so I could get up at 6:00 to greet the day. I had to be at ‘work’ by 7:00, and what with Emma and all, I needed an hour to get ready. She really gave me the stint eye for not going to the dog park first thing, but that’s life when you’re on a schedule.
My job today was to be part of the road safety crew. For four hours I sat at this intersection with my cart blocking any cars from going through. Today was the day that the main drag at Jojoba was being repaved. Amazing to me was that anyone would try to go through, but they did. Why in the world would they try?
The road closures were well publicized ahead of time. They were talked about at the weekly membership meetings, as well as on the park website, and on the cable television that comes with each site. And there was a big sign at the top of the hill that said ‘Do Not Enter’! I was rather astonished that some folks had no idea what was going on. Some were really put out that they had to turn around and use the emergency exit to get out of the park. You have to let the asphalt cool before driving on it or there will be grooves and lumps and bumps.
Not a terribly exciting job to sit there, but I had my I-pad and the companionship of a visitor that will be staying with me for the next couple of weeks. He was a great help to me in keeping folks off of the hot asphalt.
Meet Flat Stanley! He’s the star of a famous children’s book. I’m told that Stanley always wanted to travel, but couldn’t until one night, while he was in bed, a heavy bookshelf fell on him and made him flat. That way he could fit in an envelope and be mailed to exotic places to visit. This Flat Stanley came from my oldest granddaughter, Avery, to visit at exotic Jojoba Hills.
Long time readers may remember when Flat Joey came to visit me at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge a few years back. We had quite a few adventures! I would have preferred a Flat Avery, but this second grade teacher just had the students color a Flat Stanley instead of a flat self portrait done by each child. So now I have to find exciting places to take Flat Stanley and write a story about his visit.
I hope we’re off to a good start. I’m thinking I may have to make a trip to see that big dragon in Borrego Springs pretty soon, and maybe a piece of pie in Julian, and then there’s Joshua Tree National Monument… Any other suggestions would be appreciated!
Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later, Judy
P.S. I wrote this post last Thursday night, but of course Blogger messed up Live Writer. Since it was already written, and only had three pictures, I manually transferred the text to Blogger and re-inserted the pictures. What a pain! Not sure I'll do much more of this...