Here we are smack in the middle of Memorial Day weekend and I've got the house to myself - well, more or less - I've still got to share it with Tesla but for the most part he seems to be behaving himself.
Yesterday afternoon I took Amanda down to New London to catch the train for New York City and all the fun that awaited her there. The plan was for her friend Sami to meet up with her upon her arrival at Penn Station and from there they were going to hit up a couple of their favorite stores in Manhattan before heading off to see a movie.
Today is the big zombie crawl in Brooklyn and I'm sure they'll have a good time at that. Amanda had one bag dedicated entirely to zombie fixin's including a couple bottles of homemade blood, about three feet of homemade intestines, and enough make-up to turn pretty much anyone into one of the living dead no matter how alive and perky you were prior to the application!
Amanda's train arrived about ten minutes late but she was able to get a seat to herself and even found one with an a/c plug so she was able to plug in her iPhone and watch a movie on her way down to the city. I tell ya, times have changed since I used to catch the train from New London to take me back down to McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey after a visit home! Cell phones were still years in the future - never mind smart phones like we have now! The really nice thing, though, is that I can keep in touch with her throughout her trip and as a parent, no matter how old your kid is and how many times they've made a particular journey on their own, you're always concerned until you get that message saying they've safely arrived. Cell phones have alleviated a lot of that worry and concern and added another level of security that wasn't there back in 1978.
I'm sure Amanda's going to have a fantastic weekend and will hopefully have some pictures to share when she gets back. Even though I have to work a double shift tomorrow I'm off today so the plan is to head up to my Mom's for a cook-out with my brothers and their wives and then get a few things done around the house. I need to pick up some Grub-X on my way home to apply to the lawn as several folks have suggested the problem I'm having with the lawn is of the chinch bug variety and after Googling it, that seems to make perfect sense.
In the meantime, though, I've got this to deal with ...