I had lunch in town yesterday. There's a fellow I know who has decided to pack it in, and move back to the city. His wife has breast cancer, and they have to go to Atlanta for treatment every week. That's a hellish long drive, and it's hard on her. He has decided to sell out and move nearer the hospital where the oncologist that is treating her practices.
He's selling out his survival related goods, but doesn't want to deal with Tom, Dick and Harry so he's only negotiating with people he's known a long time. We struck a bargain on the things I needed (or wanted). It was a little stressful because it's tough to be around people who are having a bad time. Face to face is harder than talking on the internet. I want to be supportive without being saccharine or displaying emotion. I've known them a very long time. I didn't try to drive a hard bargain, we just agreed on fair prices. I went ahead and paid for the things and will take the truck up there sometime this next week to pick up the items.
The whole thing was made worse by the fact that post planning is going on in the local schools and they were having a school sponsored lunch at the same place, at the same time. There was nowhere to park, and the whole porch, where I like to sit, was taken up as well as most of the inside booths. I hate crowds, it makes me feel anxious and aggravated to be in a crowd. Nothing for it though, as we had scheduled this get together some time back.
My son called me yesterday. One of his buddies at work was retiring, and "the guys" were going to a bar for a little celebration. My son told me he was only going to have " a few drinks." He rarely drinks alcohol. I asked him who he was going with and he said he was driving himself, because he wanted to be able to leave after a decent interval and go home.
I told him no alcohol. Not one. He's thin and tall, and I'm not sure if he would "blow" a high enough number on one drink if he got pulled over, but I don't want to find out. He was not pleased with this, as he and I sometimes have an issue about me being a "helicopter parent" who is always hovering over his head. I told him just to order cokes, nobody would know they weren't a rum and coke. He said he wasn't worried about that, but of course he was. Maybe times have changed but when I was his age, anybody who drank soda at that kind of party was going to get teased a lot and their masculinity called into question. These days though, maybe young people are smarter. DUI is no joke, let that happen and you are screwed for a long , long time. If he lost his license he would lose his job, as he lives too far from work to walk or ride a bike.
I haven't been called from the police station and it's almost 3:45 in the morning so maybe it was much ado about nothing.
My wife and I are going to a movie today. I think we will go up to the big lake, have a nice dinner at one of the restaurants on the shore, and then go see "Godzilla." I'm fine with light entertainment, in fact I prefer movies that don't try to shape my opinion about anything or offer any redeeming values.