Slow weekend. I haven't been too lively. I went to Mary's work yesterday, had coffee, sat around a while. I brought her some gas in a can because she had said she was low, so I put that in her car. She laughed about this - her dad had offered to bring her gas too. SHe didn't think she actually would run out on the way home. But with the extra gas I knew she wouldn't.
She came over last night when it was dark and raining. Ostensibly to check if my car rack would fit on her car. But it was dark and raining and neither of us wanted to fiddle with the cold metal then. I had taken the bike rack portions off earlier. I need to clean those and put the hardware parts in plastic bags before they get scattered. I think I'll put the racks in my car and bring them to Mary's work to see if they fit. If they don't, I'll want to look for the right fittings at Big 5 or somewhere else where they sell these racks.
Of course I need to get dressed first. Getting there.
I went to Mountainaire sports to ask about the fittings for the rack. The good news is that it only takes new clips to make my rack fit. The bad news is that these clips cost $24 per pair, and that the same clips do not fit both the Honda and the Hyundai. So I conferred with Mary and got the clips for the Honda.
I managed to get the clips changed without much trouble but was unable to move the sliding clamps on the bars to fit the car. I can go back to the store and ask for help. That's the good thing about going to one of these specialty local stores. They charge full price but you get the service you need.
My neighbor came out while I was working on the racks and asked about the huge computer desk that has been sitting on my front porch. I said take it if you want it, so he will. Great. I tried to sell it, failed, and now my aim is just to get rid of it. So that will happen. Next will be the old couch in the driveway. Nobody will want that, so I'll need to get a truck on loan and pay to put it in the landfill. Sigh.
Getting rid of stuff always feels good, anyway. I hope Mary is starting to feel a little like this, although her situation is less uplifting. She had newer stuff, nice stuff, and has to get rid of it just because she has no room.
She showed me a list of her goals for 2003. Quite ambitious! I hope she is able to focus on a few of them, make them happen. I offered her a composition book for the journal she wants to start keeping. No way she'll be keeping it online, at least not yet, but I hope eventually she does.
I think about my goals for 2003, such as they are, far less ambitious than Mary's. I think I might want to add, "Liking me as I am" and really meaning it.
Mary will leave tomorrow. She hasn't finished clearing her stuff out of her dad's house. She is going to put the rest of it in the garage. She's in a positive mood overall, looking at the new start, looking to make changes in her life. I am certainly going to miss her a lot.
I helped her pack her car this afternoon. Exhausting work, up and down a small set of steps, gathering of stuff from her bedroom, tucking of odds and ends into crevices. Nowhere near the exhaustion of her move from Las Vegas, but reminiscent nevertheless. I brought gingerbread and cheesecake from my baking frenzy, left it there. Thank heaven for that. I don't like making things and eating them all myself.
I flipped through the channels and landed on a special budget meeting of the planning commission and architectural review commission of the city of SLO. The finance director was explaining the fiscal importance of certain uses - housing, motels, retail sales, offices. I recognized his voice and his gestures but didn't recognize his face. I thought he was the same guy who was the finance director years ago but wasn't certain. I looked up the finance department on the city's web page and yes, it is indeed Bill Statler. He's a trip. Very good at explaining things and speaking directly. I remember some years ago he spoke to the planning commission on some project, and that commission, as was its wont, was doubting his conclusions. He said, "Let's just assume, for the sake of this discussion, that I know what I'm talking about." He's very intelligent and knowledgeable. So I have been stuck here listening. And oh my god! It's time for Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Gotta flip.