Yesterday I set aside for errands and grocery shopping across the Colorado River border into Blythe, CA., just an eight mile drive. We left at 8:30 a.m.
The two main grocery stores in town are across from one another. I had to go to both just to get what I wanted, and still did not check off each item on my list. Some items I had to settle for lesser known brands because what I normally get was not available. Bagels and beef hot dogs for example. I hit up two dollar stores afterwards in my failed attempt to get the flavor of Gatorade I like. I did finally find kitty litter at the fourth stop. I never found Jimmy Dean pork sausage. There must be a pig shortage I am unaware of. I wound up going all the way to the outskirts of the west side of town back to the vet hospital to get some hairball treatment for Beans. There are no pet stores anywhere within the radius of a nuclear bomb blast shockwave. I thought I would have to order online but the vet had one tube. Whew!
I needed to eat. I went to Burger King again. No vanilla shake, again! “Just cancel the order” and I walked out. I’ll go to Carl’s (Hardees to you folks east of the Rockies) a couple blocks down. “Sorry, we don’t have any product for shakes. It didn’t come in on the truck.” This is unbelievable!! I went ahead with the burger alone for I was getting the shakes-the body jitters. I needed to eat. The girl suggested I go next door to Jack in the Box and get a shake. Yeah, I might just do that. It won’t be the first time I had to go elsewhere to get a shake. For as long as I had to wait for my burger order I could have gone next door and got my vanilla shake (on the premise they had product to make a shake) and still be back in time for order number 42 to be called instead of standing there listening to that gawdawful racket coming from the speakers at ear deafening volume. Add the mind numbing ‘music’ at both grocery stores to that. I feel bad for the employees who have to listen to that all day long. By now after watching the long lines at the Jack in the Box drive-up window I resigned myself to it’s not worth it. I did without.
I ate my burger (Carls is better than Burger King; I think I’ll quit with the King) and would fill the propane tank, the main reason for the whole day. Gee, I should have got the propane at ACE Hardware while I was there looking for hairball stuff on the recommendation of a store clerk. I drove back. “Oh we can’t fill RV’s. Go to the Shell station or the Flying J Truck stop. Back to the Shell station a couple blocks down from the no milk shakes fast food places, I pull up. $3.89 a gallon! Usually it is $2.30 in this area. I sit and think about it. Hell, I’ll go to the Flying J. It was my main plan anyway the last stop before getting onto the dirt road into the desert. I’m done over here in California anyway. Back over the river into Arizona and immediately turn off into the truck stop. I pull up to the tank and see this.