Jul 27, 2009

Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, a woefully bad baseball team. This has been a strange Monday thus far. I'm totally out of my routine and I'm not that crazy about it. I had to go to work this morning for about 3 hours. The regular Monday guy is going to some training on Wednesday, his normal day off, so they gave him today off to avoid paying him overtime for the training. This is an interesting tactic that the owners and the manager use to avoid paying overtime. The full-time workers are scheduled 38 or 39 hours a week so that if they get stuck with a customer at quitting time, they can attend to them without running into overtime. So, since I only work 32 hours a week, it fell to me to go in for a few hours to cover the guy who is going to the training. I got home at 10ish and made a call to the CarsDirect guy. He has a car for me at an acceptable price, but it is in Phoenix, a 240 mile round trip from our house. I also talked to Keith the Car Guy and he said that he has a price for me too. He will call me back before 2pm. Keith seems to be bad at followup, so I'm not holding my breath. If he is within a few hundred bucks, I will probably take him up on the deal, rather than drive to Phoenix. And speaking of Phoenix, we are driving up to the miserable place today to attend the baseball game between the Phillies and the Diamondbacks this evening. Daughter Sneed and her husband are treating us to the game. Except for the 2-hour drive each way, it will be fun. Hopefully we will be home by 11pm. I need my sleep. If these car sales people weren't total screw ups I could have killed two birds with one trip to Phoenix. And believe me, one trip to Phoenix is all you want. The Phoenix high and low temperatures today are forecast to be 113 and 90. Hooterville, on the other hand expects a high of 108 and a low of 80. Much better. I hope the folks at Chase Field have the roof of the stadium closed and the air cranked up. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky


Kurt said...

Air conditioned outdoor baseball!

Barbara said...

The road between Hooterville and Phoenix is about the most desolate miserable stretch of highway I have ever seen. It actually looks like the surface of the moon in some places. I would speed my ass off if I had to drive it very often.

Meanwhile I hope you get your car at the price you want. I always love to put buying a new/used car behind me.

Have fun at the ball game. Is Noah along for the trip?

Megan said...

Go Phillies!

Reya Mellicker said...

I get completely disoriented when my routines are interrupted, which accounts for how spacy I've been since Jake died.

Also want to make sure you know that you are definitely my crazy cousin in the desert. Definitely!!

Steve said...

Are the Diamondbacks worse than the Devil Rays? (Now just the Rays, since the evangelicals objected to the Satanist allusion in the former name...)

Some people object to watching baseball in an air-conditioned arena, but I'm all for it. (As much as I am for EVER watching baseball, anyway.)

I had no idea the weather differential between Phoenix and Hooterville was so great!

Bella Rum said...

I do not tolerate routine disruption very well. I'm told that I'm not flexible. Go figure.

Good luck on the car thing and hope you enjoyed the game.