However, nothing was stopping me from going around to other people's garage sales. When I headed off to the post office this morning, I checked out some of the garage sales around. And I stopped at my cousin's house to talk with Aunt Becky, Deanna, and Taylor. I then moved onto the gas station to buy a two bottles of cream soda and get some cash. When I got back home, I wrote a check for a bill I'd forgotten about and retraced my steps. (The weather was beautiful, so walking around town was quite a pleasure today).
This time, on the way home, I got in line at the Texas Tenderloin caravan which set up just for the town garage sale day. (I'd seen the caravan on my walk home yesterday and decided then that I'd have a Texas Tenderloin sammich for lunch on Saturday.) The line was pretty long, but, as I said before, the weather was wonderful. In front of me was a young girl I've seen around who will most likely be a future student of mine some day. A bit before her were two sisters talking, one of whom is a current student and the other a former student. Was kind of neat to see the timeline there in the lunch line. Heh.
I ordered a sammich and fries and walked home. And thought about how nice it would be to have local restaurants within walking distance of home. (Well, other than the one pizza joint in town.) Lunch was yummy. Linus wanted some, but I assured him that tenderloins (well, the breaded & fried type like I was eating) are not good food for kitties. And not good food for humans either, but there ya go.
Later on, I decided to go on a bike ride. It's my first time out for the season, so of course the tires were a little flat. However, the Free Air at the gas station wasn't working. So I popped around to the folks' to see if dad would fill my tires with his air compressor. And my timing was perfect. Mom was home from work and ready to go garage saling. So I went along with them.
Dad bought a balance at the first sale (their neighbors, so he walked 'em home after buying). Mom bought puzzles at the second. And then we were back at my cousin's where Becky & co. were still selling. Mom bought a puzzle and a puzzle mat there (Becky said we didn't have to pay, but dad got rid of some quarters to pay for 'em - heh). While they were pondering just what someone could do with a quarter these days, I suggested to Becky that she should save up her garage sale revenue and take her favorite niece out for Chinese Buffet. And that inspired our evening adventure at the Chinese Buffet.
Whenever I upgrade my computer, I always give the old one to my Aunt Becky. I will admit, the last upgrade, I decided to try building a linux box out of my old machine so that I could play with it, but I just never used it as I'd wanted to. So after nearly 2 years after my last upgrade, Becky finally got her upgrade. She promised to take me out for Chinese Buffet in thanks for the computer - and who am I to turn down Chinese food?
So with my subtle hint, plans were made to have Chinese buffet for supper. Becky picked the folks and I up, Deana took the girls (Taylor & Sydney), and my other cousin Bill and his wife Connie and their youngest, Braden, met us at the Piqua China Garden Buffet. We had a pleasant evening having Chinese food and chatting. And the little ones were pretty well behaved. Afterwards, Deanna took the girls to their mom (the garage sale was at their dad's place) before she herself headed home to south Dayton. Becky dropped the parentals and I off. And Bill & co. returned to their place.
Once home, I saved the latest Doctor Who (which was done downloading from before supper time) to CD and watched it. It's fun to watch new Who on my big screen TV while chatting with folks on my laptop. Mmmmm, technology!
(Oh, and if you were wondering if I ever got to ride my bike, the answer is "yes." After returning from the garage sales - we hit about half the town before returning - dad pumped my tires and I rode around town for awhile. Yay for bikes!)