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Borrego Springs, CA

Friday, March 1, 2013

SNAFU

Yep, situation normal…all fuzzed* up!  Remember last week when we had the man bleeding all over the place from his head?  Well today as I pulled into the VC, our brown shirt leader was leaving to go home ill.  That meant I would not be able to get onto the computer to write up my Woodpecker program outline.  I was supposed to do that yesterday, but things came up and I ended up working the VC all day with 244 visitors. 

Then after Barb and I opened up, we found out there was no water supply.  That meant having to lock the bathrooms so we wouldn’t have backed up toilets.  Did anyone tell us this was going to happen?  No.  Eventually after having to investigate, we found out that there was nothing we could do about it.  The folks installing the new docks had shut off the water.  It would have been nice to know that ahead of time.  There was one very desperate man looking for a bathroom.  I hope everything came out all right for him. Disappointed smile

Last night as I tried to watch the Netflix classic movie “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, I couldn’t… bad disk.  Then when I got my mail this afternoon, the post office only delivered the front cover to my next Netflix.  No disk, no pocket, just the front part with my name and address.  Shifty

After lunch and working on my program outline at the rig, I returned to the VC to find a hubbub going on about a woman who had lost her purse.  She was from Ontario and had left just before I got there to head for the rest area near Savannah, about two and a half hours away to see if she left it there.  Then I escorted some folks into the auditorium to view our excellent video.  The mother of that family found a purse when she went to sit down in the theater.  Turned out it belonged to the woman from Canada.  Then ensued a wild hour or so of trying to get in contact with the woman.  (She had her driver’s license, charge cards, cash, and medications in that purse and had been understandably upset before she left.  Her husband, in the meantime, couldn’t be bothered with her purse.  He was too busy taking photos. The three of us kind of agreed that we’d deep six him!)   We found a phone number in the purse and left a message, but who knows if it was a cell phone or their home phone in Ontario?  We did all we could which included calling the rest area and the state park where we thought they might be staying. 

Thankfully, there was a highlight to the day.  Just before I left for lunch and to let Emma out, a woman approached the desk for the second time in as many weeks and asked if I was Judy Bell.  I guess I just can’t deny that. 

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It turned out to be Peggy Hayward, a reader of my blog from Connecticut.  It always amazes me when perfect strangers walk up to introduce themselves as readers.  She is going to come along on my bird tour tomorrow, so I’m hoping to get to know her better. 

I’ve heard that when life is never dull it keeps you young at heart.  I sure hope that’s true.

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

28 comments:

  1. How wonderful to meet your readers. Instant friends!

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  2. Gosh, so you've got the heart of a 25 year old?!? Awesome! ;)

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  3. What a day! You don't lead a dull life, Judy. :)

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  4. Well that was nice to meet a reader, but with all that other stuff going on I wouldn't buy a lottery ticket.

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  5. At least you don't get bored with all this going on. But the "no" bathrooms probably upset a few folks. I just love your header photo. He looks so happy!!

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  6. No water to the restrooms? Sounds like they were taking notes from the Carnival Cruise Lines. Sort of gives a new perspective to the term "Hold your water".

    Never a dull moment, for all the grief they should double your salary! ;c)

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  7. Oh my, I hope your day tomorrow goes better!!!

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  8. You had one helluva day! I feel sorry for that poor woman who couldn't find her purse - I could be that woman - purse, eyeglasses, whatever.

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  9. Bet you were'nt bored. A few more days like that and you'll have to take a vacation.

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  10. Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. :) But if getting to look younger is in the books then I would go ahead and get out.

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  11. SNAFU is the right description for that day ... but you can't say that you were bored.

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  12. Bet you sleep good tonight! That was some day!

    Have fun on the bird tour tomorrow...wish I could go!

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  13. Never a dull moment when you work! You look great! No strain / pain on your face now...

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  14. Days like those make us appreciate the peaceful ones just that much more. Nice that you met one of your "fans"... what fun!

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  15. I'm trying to convince the Ranger here that we need a permanent porta-potty. The water has been turned off many times this year, the old pipes keep leaking and they are digging holes all over the refuge. We have to lock the bathroom doors and tell people they have to drive 12 miles over a bumpy pot-holed road to the nearest gas station. The RV'ers have water, but the interns and residents of the houses on the refuge are out of luck on the days they turn the water off. I hope things calm down for you this week.

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  16. Some days just seem to be one darn thing after another . But I'm not surprised people seek you out. In our part of the world you are the famous bird woman. Some day I'll be in your neighborhood and do it too!

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  17. Now that sounds like a tough day.

    They've been having water line breaks here at our refuge, and after a long, bumpy drive most folks aren't too amused if the bathrooms are locked. The VC folks then have to tell them about the bumpy 17 mile drive back to the nearest convenience store!

    Mark

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  18. I like it when something "out of the usual" happens, though...changes things up...That's just how I roll....Great to meet a blog reader,right?

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  19. I agree with Odd Essay - An occasional futzed day makes the ordinary days that much better.

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  20. Sounds like it was quite a frazzled day. Ain't it nice to be famous???

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  21. Oh no -- no water for the restrooms? Kinda reminds me of driving down the interstate counting down the miles to the next rest area only to find out it's closed!

    Glad your reader was able to brighten up your day.

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  22. Laughed out loud at your blog and have to thank you because it made me feel so much better having had a beggar* of a day myself that included getting pulled over by the police and fined for not having my blinker on - I'll spare you the long story of why it had switched itself off!

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  23. You had some day...at least there was a bright spot at the end.

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  24. What a day. I sure hope they come back for the purse, that is if somehow they got the message.

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  25. Long day at work, that's for sure...but I'm sure you'll be able to get it back to her. Nice when people who read your blog can find you! I've met a couple of blog readers and it's always fun.

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  26. You must be very young since you had such a non-dull day! Hope the purse and owner get hooked back up.

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  27. It's so nice to meet fellow bloggers.

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