The day started off poorly enough. You see, yesterday was a work day at school, and I spent 5 hours grading student videos of sometimes dubious quality (for which I will share a little of the blame). But I finished grading them, and that was nice. I don’t know why I mentioned that. It really doesn’t relate to the story at hand. I could have just said, “on my way home from school.”
On my way home from school I was listening to NPR, as I am wont to do, and they started in on YASATMPC (Yet Another Story About The Miraculous Plane Crash). Having heard enough of those already, I changed to another station. They were playing Sweet Caroline, so I had to leave it there and sing along. Then they played a Billy Joel song, so I kept right on singing. Then they said that I could see Billy Joel and Elton John at the Quest Center on May 21st.
Two years ago I had tickets to go see Billy Joel, but I got a heart failure, and couldn’t go. I got home and found out that tickets would go on sale in 16 hours.
16 hours later I decided that I didn’t want to buy floor seats 20 rows back. It turns out (a) $400 is alot of money, (b) I’d have to listen to Elton sing that stupid Princess Di song and (c) hello? heart failure. So the day started off poorly enough.
Lauren wanted to go to Lincoln. I didn’t. I thought I might get to stay at home and do little to nothing. Instead, we went to Lincoln and it turned into Lloyd’s Day Of Fun. At Lauren’s first stop, her store was out of business, but the game store across the street was moving and had games for 75% off. I bought some gifts, some games for my gamer friends and I to play, and some 4-way chess boards for school. Oh, and Lauren bought a game.
Second stop was the mall. They didn’t have what Lauren was looking for in the right size, but Yonkers had clothes for Lloyd for 75% off. Oh, and there was a huge used book sale. I bought a book for a fellow teacher and a few books for myself. Oh, and Lauren bought a book.
Next stop was lunch. I found out a few weeks ago that one of my 8th grader’s parents own a restaurant, We stopped by today. My food was really, really good. Lauren didn’t like hers very much.
Lauren tried a few more stores, but nothing came of it.