Thursday, September 17, 2009
So, we finally did get that lettus off the trailer, but it took us two more days after the truck was fixed. We ended up taking part of it to the Food Bank, but they only needed ten pallets, which left us with 32 pallets. We sat and waited for instructions for the rest of it, and we sat, and sat, and eventually made a few calls of our own. The only place we could find that was interested was the zoo. It took a couple more hours to get permission to actually take it to the zoo, but eventually we got it there. Unfortunately, there was a miscommunication between the person we talked to and the person who approved the donation - they were only expecting 32 cases of lettus, not the half-truckload we showed up with.
Apparently, too much lettus gives elephants the runs. They couldn't use it. They took 2 pallets, but we still had a lot of lettus to get rid of.
We sat on the load for another night, and most of another day before the powers-that-be at SRT arrainged for the load to go to a dump - in Kentucky. We made another round of phone calls getting directions and instructions, and we were about to start moving that way when they told us to stop, pass the lettuss off to another driver, and swap for a load heading west.
We finally got out from under the lettus. I feel sorry for the poor guy who got it though. It was raining hard that day, and we'd been told that the road to the dump was very muddy. I hope he didn't get stuck.

The most exciting thing that happened to us this past week: We got to see the Space Shuttle land at Edwards AFB out in California. We didn't plan it that way, we just happened to be in the right place at the right time, and mike had the radio on and heard on the news that it was going to be landing at Edwards. We were on CA-58, which runs along the northern edge of Edwards. Mike pulled off on the shoulder, and we could see the crowds of people along the fence lined up with cameras and binoculars waiting for it to land.
There was a double BOOM BOOM as the shuttle broke the sound barrier entering the atmosphere. Then it curved around and glided to a landing. It was only a couple of minutes, but it was a very cool couple of minutes. I've always wanted to see the space shuttle in action, and with NASA retireing the shuttle fleet next year I was afraid I would never get to see it. I still want to see a launch, but this was almost as good.


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