Is there any better way to sleep than with the sound of rain on the roof of your RV? If there is, I haven’t found it yet. It beats the heck out of any kind of over-the-counter or prescription sleep aid ever invented as far as I’m concerned.
We got a late start yesterday just because we wanted to stay in bed and snuggle and we didn’t have anything else that we had to do. With the number of diesel rigs I heard starting up, when we finally did get up and look outside I expected to see the campground pretty much empty. But apparently just as many came in to fill their spaces once they were vacated, because there are still lots of folks here.
Sometime in mid-afternoon we decided to drive down to WalMart to do some shopping, and I wanted to get the oil changed in our Explorer. There were two other vehicles waiting for service in the oil change lane, so I parked and went in to see how long it would be. The young man behind the counter told me 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours. You’ve got to be kidding me! Any of the Jiffy Lube or Oil Can Henry’s type of places that I’ve ever been to can have you out in half an hour or 45 minutes, even on a busy day.
I had a blog reader who once told me that he had worked in the automotive service department at WalMart and that no matter how busy or slow they were, they were supposed to keep you there for at least one hour. According to him, the idea was that while you’re waiting for your car to be finished you wander through the store and find something you just can’t live without and purchase it. Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know. But I do know that any time I’ve gone to WalMart for an oil change, it’s taken a long time.
I decided to forgo the oil change, and we went on with our shopping. The weather report said we were going to get a pretty good storm coming through, and there were a few thunder rumbles early on. But while we were shopping the sky let go and the rain came down in buckets. BIG buckets! It was pounding the roof of the store so hard that it was hard to talk to each other. I began to think that maybe we’d be there a couple of hours anyway, waiting for it to clear up.
But by the time we were done with our shopping and had checked out, it had slacked off quite a bit. It was still raining a little, but not the deluge we had had. That lull lasted long enough for us to get home and get everything carried inside, and then it started raining harder again. Except for the fact that it knocked out the signal on my Dish TV satellite, I didn’t really care at that point. The rain kept up all evening and night, making for some fantastic sleeping.
The rain is supposed to hang around for the next couple of days and clear out on the weekend. I’m hoping it’s gone by Friday, when we leave the Orlando Thousand Trails preserve and go to Bradenton for a month.
Thought For the Day – Before we work on artificial intelligence why don’t we do something about natural stupidity?