A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Thursday, October 14, 2021



We rolled into the town of Blythe that sets on the California side of the border with Arizona along the Colorado River.  First stop was Ace Hardware to pick up some material for a project.  Then over to Dollar Tree for a couple of items.  They carry Grossner milk that comes in cartons and has a shelf life of a year unrefrigerated.  Nice to have in case I run out and cannot get to a store.

Out front was a drinking water machine!  Wow!  This is the first one since we were in the Dakotas or maybe even longer.  I went to fill the bottles and got cheated on the first two losing 50 cents (shorted me on change) and one bottle didn’t fill all the way.   Well I’m not playing that game.

I stood there looking around and spotted two machines across the street.  I’ll go over there.  
This time I got cheated out of a dime but found a nickel in the other machine.

Next up was grocery shopping but I was getting hungry for lunch.  Never a good idea to grocery shop hungry so I went over to Burger King for a Whopper and a vanilla shake.  “Oh sorry, we don’t have any product for the shake machine.”  Good grief!  Disappointment set in being cheated out of a shake.  
This is becoming an ever increasing problem when ordering shakes.  Must be a pandemic thing.

I went to Albertson’s which could have gone better but I’ve already complained enough in this post.
Back across the Colorado River border into Arizona I stopped at a laundromat I have used in the past.  Ten machines were out of order; only seven were working.  This could be a problem when more people arrive in this area for the winter.  I used one dryer and discovered if I used the other brand I would get three more minutes for the same price.  Cheated once again.

Lastly was a stop at Family Dollar and lo and behold they had the little packages of steaks!  I haven’t found them in any Family Dollar since we left Quartzite last year.  The cashier lady said they never know what will come on the truck but by the look of the schematic sheet she held in her hand (all the stores receive a blue print of where and how to stock merchandise) there is no mention of these Pleasant Valley meat products anymore.  I went back and gathered up more leaving one steak for someone else.


Barbara Rogers said...

So sorry that area had so many "out of order" things...but one good steak thing apparently! I'd blame the pandemic. It's our go-to for blame these days, and actually there are so many products that have become very dear. I hear lumber for construction has tripled in price.

Vicki said...

Wow, it must be a really small town if there's that many machines are messed up. Where I live isn't really a big town but things get fixed quickly. I would have been aggravated!

CS said...
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CS said...

From Cinn: That was probably the Ehrenberg Laundromat Mall. It was featured in the film Nomadland. I did laundry there once, quite a social hub during snowbird season. (introverts beware!)

CS said...

There are showers there, too.

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

You’re right. I’ve used it a few times over the years, hardly anyone ever in there. It’s all in the timing. Yet this is why I panicked seeing so many machines down. I don’t want to fight over machines. I have yet to see the movie.

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

That is what I thought but did not see them. There was a sign about going to some RV park for showers. Dunno. But you can no longer get water or dump there. That post is coming up.