If you are going to spend the summer in Florida there are some things you can always count on. It’s going to be hot, it’s going to be humid, the mosquitoes will swarm you if you step outside, and you’re going to get a lot of rain. A LOT of rain.
As I reported in yesterday’s blog, we had strong thunderstorms come through the area on Thursday afternoon, and the weatherman said we could expect more headed our way. It rained most of the night, but by yesterday morning it had stopped and when we left the house a little after noon to go to Terry’s doctor appointment the sky was overcast.
When we left the doctor’s office we stopped at Home Depot to return something and then went to Walmart, which is a place I try to avoid as much as possible. Lately Walmart has been pushing the self-checkout thing, and it’s not going over well here in our area. There were probably 20 self-checkout lanes open but only two or three regular lanes. And everybody was backed up in them. I think they put the slowest clerks they have in those lanes just so people will get fed up and go use the self-checkouts.
I won’t do it, and from what we saw yesterday, a lot of other shoppers won’t either. Number one, because it’s going to put people out of jobs. Once they get us all used to the self-checkouts, they won’t need all those clerks at the cash registers. Another reason I won’t use them is because they usually have just one employee standing by to help you when something goes wrong at the self-checkout. And more times than not, something does go wrong. Every time I’ve used one it’s taken me longer than if I would have gone through a regular lane. Now when they ask me if I want to use the self-checkout I tell them if I wanted to do that, I would just buy everything I need on Amazon and have it delivered right to my door.
And that’s about where I’m at. There’s very little that I can buy at Walmart that I can’t buy at Publix or another local store. Yes, sometimes it’ll cost me a few cents extra, but compared to driving all the way to Walmart and standing in line forever to check out, it’s still worth it. My time is worth something. And what I can’t get locally, I can order online.
When we were done at Walmart we stopped for a late lunch/early dinner (linner) at Fiesta Maya, a very nice Mexican restaurant in New Smyrna Beach. This is one of our favorite places to eat, and their shrimp chimichangas are the best I’ve ever tasted.
The sky had been getting darker to the north of us and when Terry checked the weather app on her phone it said a storm was heading our way. And sure enough, just about the time we were finishing our meal it started to pour. You know that old saying that the rain is coming down in buckets? Nope, it was coming down in barrels. Great big barrels!
We ordered another round of unsweetened tea and sat there for a while watching the rain coming down and lightning striking all around us and listening to the thunder boom. After a while it let up enough to get to the Explorer and we decided to head home, which is to the south of New Smyrna Beach. I told Terry we would probably catch up with the storm, and sure enough, we did. In hindsight, we probably should have stayed at the restaurant longer.
Most people were in the right lane moving along slowly because visibility was very limited. But, of course, there are always those idiots that have to go speeding by in the left lane with total disregard for anybody else on the road, throwing up a big rooster tail of water and risking an accident just so they can get someplace five minutes quicker.
Passing by the Wells Fargo Bank in Edgewater we saw both entrances blocked off by police cars and Terry said she wondered if it had been robbed. Sure enough it had, and by bedtime the robber was still at large. They said he escaped in a black Pontiac, but the roads were so flooded that I think he could have done even better with a power boat.
We made it home fine, but the rain was still coming down hard. No problem, we had our Kindle e-book readers with us, so we sat in the Explorer and read for 15 minutes or so until there was a lull in the storm, then hurried inside. And about the time we closed the door it started pouring again. The storm continued for the rest of the day day and late into the night, and we are supposed to repeat the process again today. And the next day. And the next day. And the… you get the picture. At least I won’t have to spend money taking our vehicles to the car wash. Mother Nature’s doing a fine job of that for me.
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