Downtown Columbus, Nebraska
(All photos off the internet for clarification of the saga)
We came by Walmart first so I may as well get that over with. Oh the humanity! I had to stand in line for the self-checkouts, not usually the case. At least I got that behind me. Next up, Tractor Supply across the boulevard.
I pulled in up to the fence, got out and walked into the store. “Propane?” the cashier asked. I said yes and she called it in. I went back out and sat in the RV. Here she comes. Oh-oh, she’s slightly shaking her head. What is going to be wrong this time? I rolled down the window.
“I don’t think I can fill it. The attachment I need broke. We ordered a new one. It should be here next week. Is this where your tank is?” as she pointed to the correct bay. I said yes. She checked. “Nope, sorry.”
The broken part is the brass and aluminum knob coupling onto the propane fill port.
I asked where else in town had propane.
“Ace Hardware does. Know where that is?”
I said I thought I had passed it. She gave me directions anyway which proved I hadn’t passed it. It was three miles away on the south side of town through busy city traffic. We finally arrived. It didn’t look good. It looked like they only filled canisters and by weight.
For RV’s it sold by volume and the pump has a counter like a gas pump.
I went inside to make sure. Nope. They couldn’t fill an RV. “You know any other place?” She made a call to her supervisor. She didn’t know. “Maybe Sapp Brothers.” Guess where Sapp Brothers is? Down the street from Tractor Supply and across from Walmart. Way back where we started. Wonderful. Back we go.
I stopped at Menards along the way to check with them as some Menards (they are like a Home Depot) has propane filling stations. This one did not. Not a big enough store.
Their machine looked the same as Ace. Sold by weight, not volume. I went inside and asked. I was right. I had run out of options for Columbus. Unbelievable. I agonized about this for the rest of the day. Eventually I resigned myself to the fact that it will be okay. I still had a quarter of a tank and the light indicator inside wasn’t in the red zone yet. I’ll find something somewhere even if I have to drive out of the way for some distance. It wouldn’t be the first time.
We spent the night at Walmart, a surprisingly quiet and peaceful night.
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“Do you ever take Beans into shops?” No, that would not go well. No telling what she’d get into or who she would freak her out over being around.
No I have not been to the Acoma Village in New Mexico. I’ve been around those parts but did not know of it. Thank you for the kind comment about the eBooks Kathe.
And David, yeah I am having reservations about these two Patterson books I bought as they are coauthored also. But I wanted to support Dee and her bookshop. I too hope she stays in business a long time. Being an independent bookshop owner in these online days must be a risky gamble.