In March 2008 I began Finding Pennies. In December 2008 I began sharing these "Penny Tales" with a few close friends. They encouraged me to blog the Penny Tales such that more people could enjoy the Adventures with Penny Angels.
This morning I did laundry, prepped
some shelving supports, and a few other tasks.At 11 a.m. it was time to head to the Pomona house and begin
serious garage cleaning.Today’s
goal was to clear out all the cans, chemicals, spider webs, dirt and other
things under the staircases.
insisted upon a coffee stop where I found a penny by the gas pumps and he found
a dirt penny in a planter.(Coins
After two hours of cleaning and
packing we headed home.Got to the
Household Hazardous waste station (according to the car clock) precisely at
2:00 p.m.The facility closed at 2
p.m.Thus, the load of household
chemicals is now at the PP.
Cable company Tech - Mike was
scheduled to arrive between 3-5.We were adamant that we did NOT want another new person on this
job.We wanted someone who was
familiar with the history of the situation as well as someone who was
technically competent for this job.At 3:01 the doorbell rang.That was a good start - until I opened the door and saw a stranger.I said, “You are not Mike”.I was told that techs are assigned
randomly.He was a subcontractor
for the cable company.He asked
what type of problems we were having with our internet service?I was starting to lose it.Then he said “I understand you are also
having problem with the TV service?”At that point I said I wanted Mike to come out and this guy was not even
coming in the house!After 15
minutes on the phone back to his office, he left me saying Mike would be here
Tech Angel Mike
When Mike arrived at 3:45 it was a
happy moment.We were easily able
to update him on the situation and a few minutes later he was taking positive
action.He sailed through the
tasks at hand and then helped us get the router installed in the Elves
Quarters.That was supposed to be
a very simple task which the previous tech had left Doc and I to do.It was not simple at all!Mike must have gone through dozens of
computer screens to get the router talking properly to our computers.I would not have even understood past
the second or third screen.When
he left at 5:05 I wanted to hug him and hoped he would be back soon … He was!
Afternoon Naps in Doc's Office
Tech Mike had forgotten the DVR box
which he had come to remove, so he was shortly back at our house.We had let the dogs in by then and were
concerned as to how they would react to this tall stranger.Norman especially is not good with too
many people.The dogs all loved
him!So I teased Mike that maybe
he really was our Tech Angel.
At 4:30 Raul arrived for some yard
work.I had planned to be out
there with him, but being with Tech Mike took precedence.
After Mike left I was out in the
yard trimming plants and cleaning up after the dogs.Doc woke from his nap and said it was time to take the dogs
for nail trimming.I hadn’t
planned on a family field trip this evening.I just wanted a shower since I didn’t get one today and I
was full of cobwebs, dirt and sweat.But off we went to the pet store.
By the time we got home at 8 p.m. I
was too tired to even care about dinner.Doc was frustrated that food was not a priority with me, so he drove off
to McDonalds.On the way home he
sighted a raccoon in the street.
Much was accomplished today and I
was pretty smelly and yucky by midnight.Doc went to bed, but insisted I shower before joining him.Maybe I will just sleep here on my
floor with Dundee tonight ‘cause I don’t have the energy to shower.