Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Day 3722

I had a lot of little errands to run today. I finished everything on my list but don't feel that I accomplished much. Oh, well. I guess you've got to start somewhere. I went to the pharmacy to see if I could renew a prescription early so I don't run out of meds while I'm out at the observatory. I went to the bank and paid a few bills, but still can't decide how to pay bills while I'm gone. I went to the AT&T store to ask how to turn on WiFi calling on my phone. My phone supports this feature, but nobody seems to know how to enable it. When I ask at the Apple store, they say it is an AT&T problem. When I ask AT&T, they say the problem is with my phone.

I made an appointment to get a haircut, but I failed to take my tax materials to the accountant. Maybe tomorrow. I just hate dealing with taxes. I did make a rental car reservation. It would make more sense to take my own car, but I just don't want to deal with a broken Land Rover and no service or parts within 400 miles. To me, it's easier to rent a a reliable, easy to fix car and let the rental car company deal with any problems.

I was initially worried that I'd get everything ready to go and then the observatory would cancel the entire Spring open house because of the coronavirus. I doubt that's going to happen though. This place is very remote. There is no airline service to the area. You have to drive a long way to get there. Nobody in their right mind is going to make the journey if they are sick. On the downside, there are no hospitals in the area and very few doctors. I guess you've got to take your chances. I'm guessing that the top of Mount Locke is a lot safer place than downtown Dallas.

I'm learning that Dawn sometimes doesn't recognize me if I wear strange clothing into the house. Several times I've come inside wearing a thick wool hat and she started barking at me like I was a stranger. She didn't like it when I came home from the kennel wearing a shirt that smelled strongly of other dogs either. I don't want to scare her, so I guess it's important to always be clean and presentable.

Dawn is a smart dog. She already knows her way around the park. She leads the way now and follows our regular route. As we approach the house, she turns up the alley on her own and knows exactly where our gate is. I'm impressed. It really didn't take her long to get her bearings.

It's supposed to start raining again tonight and then continue raining throughout the day tomorrow. I hope that my roof repairs work. I'm going to be really discouraged if the roof continues to leak after all the work I've done this week. If the roof still leaks, it's basically game over. I'd rather wait until Summer to put on a new roof, but we can't have a leaking roof every time it rains. Fingers crossed. We'll see what happens tonight.

I didn't expect that Joe Biden would win big tonight. I didn't think that a Chinese super flu would crash the stock market and cause a worldwide panic either. Life is full of surprises.

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