I returned my stepsister's car yesterday, having put quite a few miles on it. She's so great about loaning me transportation while I'm in Florida -- I save so much money by not having to rent a car. I always feel a huge sense of relief when I hand it back to her unscathed.
Before I returned it I took it up to the corner gas station to fill up the tank. This car (above) was parked next to me at the pump. The artwork is a bit intimidating, but I asked the guy behind the wheel if I could take a picture and of course he turned out to be perfectly nice and said it was fine.
It's just as well that I'm done with the car. I think I hit my max on the '60s radio when I heard "Georgy Girl" for the third time in as many days -- and I like that song, even though it's way too peppy for a movie that's essentially pretty sad. Or "Hello Hello" by Sopwith Camel, and its inane preoccupation with citrus:
I like your smile,
Shall we talk awhile?
Would you like some of my tangerine?
I know I'll never treat you mean.
I promised to show you the great shirt I got at the thrift store in Tallahassee -- and here it is. Lots of different colors and fabrics, but yes, that's all one shirt! In all seriousness, it was probably quite expensive when it was new. I have a few other Robert Graham shirts and they're not cheap. And this one was just $3.99!
Yesterday afternoon, while my stepmother was upstairs taking a nap and I was working on my computer on the couch, I began hearing distant rumbles of thunder. This isn't unusual -- it's Florida in the summer! It rains practically every day, but only for about ten minutes. Anyway, the thunder freaked out Pinky and Manny, my stepmother's chihuahuas, and suddenly I was their best friend:
Remember how awful those dogs used to be to me? Now that they've gotten to know me I'm suddenly their great protector.
(By the way, in the video above, I'm wearing my other thrift store purchase -- the shirt with the fish on it. I've decided I like it after all.)
Last night, I went to a trivia quiz at a local bar with my stepsister, her husband, my nephew and my stepmother. The last time we went, we won, but this time we didn't do so well -- we came in fourth. Here are some of the questions that knocked us down:
-- Testing the pH of something measures its acidity. What does pH stand for?
-- What element is combined with silver to produce sterling silver?
-- The moons of Uranus are named after characters from Shakespeare and what poet?
You'll find the answers in the comments section!