Monday, August 17, 2009

Now in Memphis

We are in the Delux Inn. We have a kitchenette. It has two beds, one we will just pile every thing on as it's in the kitcen area. We got here around 2 45 or so. Found the Inn with no problems. I do have a store to tell though. We both map quested the trip. Both have about the same directions. and we got lost right out of Tuscaloosa. But I have a fairly good memory and recalled that the road we were suppose to take goes through Columbus MS. The road we were on goes straight to Columbus MS. So instead of backtracking we went straight on. Just outside of Columbus, We pulled into a Shell station and got directions to Tupelo MS and from there to Memphis. Led us straight to the motel.(inn). I think the route we took saved us about 10 miles as well. We had high light clouds all day long and no rain. We got here. checked in and got a room up stairs. (oh man, we still have things down in the van. We are getting old and just can't lug it all up in this heat and humidy. The wall paper trim is ragged in some places. The tv has a squeel in it. and we had to ask for a battery for the smoke detector because it was chirping all the time. But hey, it's cheap. Just over $450 for two weeks. I will ask for a different TV tomorrow, I think. Every one is red faced on it and, of course, my favorite channel rolls.It's a roof over our head and we can have the dogs and cat no problem. (just don't read the sign in the lobby) No Pets, no illegal drugs, no drug dealers, no illegal weapons, No in and out, I'll try to take a picture of the sign, tomorrow because I forgot the rest of it. There is a fence all around the motel. All the motels have a high fence around them around here. We are across the road from a truck stop. And just down the road is the FedEx terminal. We went looking for Walmart and the one we found is closed. We put money on a Walmart card to fill the tanks with and when we stopped in this morning, All the pumps were turned off. We stopped at two more stations before we found one that would take the card at the pump. We ate one more time at Ryans in T-town. And were on the road by 9 30. I would lead for a while, the I would ask Jerry to lead a while Then he would trust me knowing what I saw on the map and I would lead again. Then we pulled into another gas station and he would get directions and so he would lead a while. Since we didn't have to have reservations we didn't feel a time crunch, really. Once we got here, We walked the dogs and got all three animals into the room to cool off. It's HOT outside, I'm sure in the low 90's at least. We got hot trying to bring stuff in, so I suggested we go find the job site. We found it. Um... not much to see but we asked a security guard and he said ask the man on the fork lift. and the man on the fork lift said yea,h but no one's working today.. That's fine we just wanted to be sure this was the right place. Oh yeah, it is. We drove right past the St Jude's Hospital. Man that is one huge place. It's about 13 to 14 miles from the motel but easy enough to get to. Coming home will be a bit hectic but managable.
We unpacked more of our stuff but got hot again. So we decided to go get some grocies.
We did our shopping at Krogers. We have a Kroger card and saved about 19 dollars with the card. IF we didn't by cola and chips we would have gotten out of there for under $50, I'm sure. We brought up the grocies and put them away, and worked on bringing up more from the van. We got hot again. and took a break. Walked the dogs and let them play a little bit. We still have more in the van and may bring up a couple more boxes once it cools off a bit more, or not. We plan on waking up around 4 30 and getting Jerry out of here around 5 15 or so. It's not but 20 mintues to the job, and he has to be there around 6 30 so that gives him plenty of time to get there. I'll not go with him tomorrow since I can drive the car if I need to go anywhere. I'll be finding out if there is a washer and dryer here. and if not finding the local laundry mat. That will only leave finding the local post office on my list of "Whatto do when we first get to a new town."

WE know there is a zoo. We may go there, when it cools of a lot. Several museums but Not many that peak our intrest. Lots of music museums. Jerry may have more interest than he's showing right now, in them.

Right now we don't know the facts on this job.. like how much it's paying per hour and per diem. Will he get travel pay since SW&B is part of BE&K. How many hours a week, and for how long is this job suppose to last. He was just so happy to be called so quickly that he forgot to ask all that while he has the woman manning up the job, on the phone.

Funny dog. When we left the campground I had Rocky in the van with me. Jerry had the cat and Macon in the car with him.. Rocky did not like it that Jerry was ahead of me and all the way to the campground office he let us know about it. He cried, and whinned and howled, trying to get me to keep up with Jerry. From the campground until we got to Ryan's it was the same thing. Rocky did not want to ride with me. After breakfast, we traded dogs. Rocky even got to sit in the seat instead of in the kennel where Jerry wanted him. Macon took a bit to figure out how to get on the seat with all four paws. And how to keep his lead from getting too tight. Once he figured all that out, though he was very happy to lay on the seat and me to give him a pet every now and then. Rocky was just ticked to death to ride with Jerry.

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