I wish I could've taken Ms. Brynne Cowley to explore with me since I had much fun going to Goodwill with her one Wichita trip. Just wait till I upload pictures of some of my favorite finds to facebook but here is my absolute favorite. If you're kid isn't book smart, fake it and buy them there own salutatorian medal for a buck. Nothing says way to go kid like a fake award that looks real!
I've gotten to do lots of different things while I've been here. One thing that I never, ever eat is fish. I do love to go fishing, but I've never actually liked fish. However I've learned to try new things and my first night in Linn County I had fish and chips with the lady I live with and her friends and man was it delicious! I sometimes impress myself. and today I even ate carrots for lunch without being forced to, which is really odd. Last week there was a bird in the office so myself and the office professional got creative in our catching methods! Yep there is a bird in that box!
Aren't ya proud?
Check out the truck above. Guess who got to drive that monster?!?!
Yep, you guessed it right ME!!!
So I know you are thinking they let you drive that. well here's why:
- None of those I work with (Abbie, Joy or Tara) have ever ridden with me before
- I was going to get 2 X 7's and cinder blocks therefore the truck worked better than the van
- Abbie, our ag agent, didn't have the truck
So lucky I got to drive the truck to the lumber yard to get 2 2x7's and 6 cinder blocks (were making shelves). So I head down the main street where all the business are located on and pull into a spot and walk into Randall Hardware.
The men working are all helping some other gentlemen so I walk around looking for cinderblocks and see all sorts of things, but no cinderblocks or wood either. I figure it's all in back like a regular lumber yard so I patiently wait in line and one of the men asks me what I need and I say
"I'm looking for 6 cinderblocks"
His reply: "well we don't carry cinderblocks here, but the lumber yard does"
"Oh I thought I was at the lumber yard"
He says "nope, this is the hardware store"
"Thank you and sorry sir" followed by me walking out of the store as fast as possible.
I come from a town of 2,000 plus and our lumber yard and hardware store is all one place. That's simply what I'm used to so when this 700 plus town has two buildings one for the lumber yard and one for the hardware store I was shocked and highly embarressed. So I get in my big truck and go down to the lumber yard and wait in line while a man gets another guys order. Then it's my turn and the man walks away!!! Seriously?!?! not cool. and when the man was taking the guys order 4 guys passed by. well it took several minutes for another guy to come out and ask me what I needed and he was very nice and polite and helped me out. Then the original guy comes back and talks to me a lot after I tell them that I'm the summer intern. Well the very nice and polite guy tells me to pull around the corner and in the gate by the police station and that he'll send someone out to load the blocks in and then the lumber. So naturally I do what I'm told and park my HUMUNGO truck next to the cinder blocks and wait. and wait. and wait. and wait. It seriously was 15 minutes before anyone came out. Eventually I yelled at a guy down the line if I was in the right spot and he pointed behind him and a kid on a skidloader comes rolling around the corner, parks it and then comes help.
The lumber yard where I was waiting forever.
He of course has me back my truck up so that he doesn't have to walk to throw the cinderblocks in my bed, which was of course the first time I had ever backed a truck this big, which of course made me wayyyy nervous but I did it!!!! Then the kid, whose not talking, asked what else I needed and so I told him and he was like "What type of wood"
"I don't know..."
So he looked at my reciept. "Well I only have 2 x 8's"
"Well can you cut a foot off"
"ya." then he walks off and leaves me.
Seriously. what am I suppose to do? hunt him down? sit there? follow him? so I sit there in my truck for a good 5 minutes then a different but very nice guy comes up and asks if I need help and I tell him that the kid has got me but asked if I needed to go anywhere else. He told me that after cutting the wood the kid would be around the corner waiting for me so he politely moved the skidloader that the kid had left that would have made it impossible for me to turn the corner and the kid was of course sitting there waiting looking at me like I was complete incompenent.
so my lesson of the day. Overly communicate and annoy men to begin with, because they will think you are stupid in the end.
When I say kid I mean junior or senior in high school.
My day got instantly better though, because I went to see my friend Bailey!We rode bikes, swam, watched movies, scracted lottery tickets, and did a whole lot of nothing, but it was nice to see a familiar face and catch up for a bit.
Bailey's mad parking skills (the blue bike)
The sun wasn't exactly my friend this weekend....
Myself, Bailey and her best friend Lenzie having an old school sleepover :)
Great weekend and tons of fun! Stay tuned for my future adventures!!
That's all for now,