I apologize for forgetting to announce the winner of last week’s drawing for an audiobook of Jason Deas’ Birdsongs. We had 161 entries and John Huber was the lucky winner. Congratulations John, enjoy your audiobook. Stay tuned, because another contest starts tomorrow.
I guess for every winner, life gives us some losers too. In Sunday’s blog I told you about how the rude and inconsiderate employees at the Luke Italian Beef restaurant on Grant Road refused to allow Terry to use their bathroom because we were not customers, even though we were standing in front of the counter waiting to order. As it turns out, each Luke’s is individually owned and operated. Yesterday morning I talked to Jennifer, the owner of the restaurant on Grant Road, who told me that was her policy and that we were in the wrong. She said Terry could have left and not returned their restroom key and they had to protect themselves from that. Who knew that there is an organized ring of old farts stealing restroom keys in Tucson? I guess if you acquired a truckload of hot keys you could melt them down and sell them for scrap and afford a couple of cans of Metamucil.
Two winners are Greg at the Luke’s on Fort Lowell Road and Jason Amadori, owner of the Luke’s on Speedway Boulevard, both of whom were very apologetic for Jennifer’s attitude and dismayed by her “policy.” As Jason said, “there is no excuse for misbehavior to our guests and to just not have common compassion for a person.” I’ll be sure to patronize the other locations in the future, because they should not suffer because of one franchise owner with terrible business and people skills.
Another group of losers are the folks who run a tiny speed trap of a town northeast of Gainesville, Florida on U.S. Highway 301. According to this story, Hampton (population less than 500) has a 1,260 foot stretch of highway, but the cops there issued 12,698 speeding tickets between 2011 and 2012. According to the comments after the story, there are several other towns in that area that may be just as bad. We love traveling the two lane roads, but we’ll avoid that particular piece of highway.
We had unexpected company yesterday! Our friends Rick Schaefer and Marcia Gantz are parked here at the Pima County Fairgrounds RV Park and came over to say hello. We had a nice visit talking about our mutual RV travels and plans for the future. We hope to see Rick and Marcia again soon in our travels.
Today I need to go up to the office and renew for another week, and then I think we’ll just hang out at home and try to get some work done. I just have to figure out how to insert the page numbers on Terry’s cookbook Miss Terry’s Kitchen to have it ready to submit for a print version. I also want to format three of my books, Highway History And Back Road Mystery II, Overlooked Arizona, and Overlooked Florida, for print so we can have them ready for our vending booth at Escapade in May. And maybe if I work really hard and behave myself, Miss Terry may reward me with some freshly baked cookies!
Thought For The Day – Nobody wants to hear about your diet. Just shut up, eat your salad, and be sad.