04.30.18: Infinite Sun, The Toy Car, and Traffic

Monday, 30 April 2018
Colorado SpringsDenver, Colorado

Weather: Day – Partly cloudy with a high of 72 °F (22.2 °C). Winds S at 11 to 16 mph (17.7 to 25.7 kph).
Night – Mostly cloudy. Winds variable at 4 to 9 mph (6.4 to 14.5 kph). The overnight low will be 45 °F (7.2 °C). FULL MOON.

Groggy, Sir Oisin crawled out of bed around 6:30 am and finished up the most recent episode of “Fear of the Walking Dead”, “Last Man on Earth” both of which had surprise endings Oisin thought. How will this turn out? he pondered. “Next week” he supposed. Oisin fell back to sleep for 45 minutes. He awoke again and watched the most recent episode of “Naked and Afraid” and memories of his trip in the Rain forest with the Prince telling him he can’t go on that show because Cian needs him and dad needs to be there for him. He wandered into the main house, Lord Jesse was an angel and had thrown in his clothes he needed for the week into the dryer. Oisin took a nice hot shower which was more enjoyable than he expected. Temperatures rising, sunny warm and clear day ahead. He fried up two eggs, 2 hash browns, and the last of his bacon. Took the last of the lemonade mix and made up a glass. Then blogged, journaled, and prepared for the week. Dishes, laundry, and some house cleaning.

At 9:30 am Oisin went on a delivery to Urban Steam. The place is usually bustling, but this morning, not too bad – even though the order took a bit to get ready. [ 1.5 miles to pickup, 4.1 miles to drop off ] Oisin was going to juggle two delivery companies to take advantage of a promotion one of them were running, but decided not to as he didn’t have the appropriate change of clothes. He drove back home after the run and finished up blogging the Park DIA review, updated Today’s Movies’ reviews, as well as Technogypsie Reviews.

Another run around 11 am, Oisin drove to IHOP near South Gate to grab an order. [ 5.1 miles to pickup, .5 miles to drop off ] Since it was right around the corner it went quick and smooth.

To Oisin, these deliveries are like a real-time video game – pick up item and drive to destination, pass through the traffic, pitfalls, and near misses to get to the objective location. Get reward of delivery fee and tip. Then await the next quest with end result of building up funds by end of day (points). Each is a unique experience.

During his drives he usually listens to NPR and in-between his runs he blogs, does accounting, web work, journaling, writing, and/or reading. It is an interesting routine. NPR this morning was discussing “reporting and blogging, advertising and content” – How “reporting” and news has changed with the advent of the Internet. How the internet changed the face of the industry. It’s true he thought. It really has. He contemplated advertising plans and content pushes upcoming months to do. They also discussed PBS on Kid shows and content, the problem with YouTube, and kid-content shows. How they model a lot of Mister Rogers and how sometimes what they discuss is not okay with parents at times.

Oisin sees a lot on the street now – more than ever, seeing what was once invisible is now in his face daily. There is a particular homeless guy on the corner of Cheyenne Mountain and Nevada. Every day he lays down on this tiny traffic triangle, not really big enough for a person, and has a sign saying “Carpenter for Hire” leaning up against him as he sleeps, sits, or reads. Oisin doesn’t understand the logic of why the guy chose this spot as its small, dangerous, and not really convenient to give him hand-outs from cars passing by.

Oisin passed him by and hit On the Border for an order. The wait time was long, as several delivery people were waiting. It was a huge order however, so that definitely complicated the timeline. [ .5 miles to pickup, .9 miles to drop off ] Just as he finished that order, another request came through. While waiting, he grabbed a Rockstar Punch based smoothie called Knock-out from Keva Smoothies. It was yummy albeit very over-priced. He could have made that at home.

Around 12:15 pm, Oisin headed over to Fazoli’s for a small order and didn’t have to drive far for that one either. [ .8 miles to pickup, .5 miles to drop off ] Then directly from there he went over to Old Chicago by Tinseltown, meeting up and chatting with a guy from Door Dash comparing operations. That delivery went on to a hospital and it was a bit difficult fniding the right lab room. [ .7 miles to pickup, 3.8 miles to drop off ]

Just after 1 pm, was call to Buffalo Wild Wings for a quick delivery. They are always busy Oisin thought. [ 4.4 miles to pickup, 4.2 miles to drop off ] Had a chance to run home so he took it, quickly used the restroom, checked mail, and blogged some. He finished his review on Enterprise Car Rental, and upgraded some of his WordPress blogs.

Around 2:30 pm, Oisin was called out for another delivery, this time at Red Robin. Seems they have stopped giving out free fries with the deliveries or just not to the outfits delivering. They had a double order mistake where a customer made an order, then re-submitted the order adding an item, causing two of us drivers to arrive – the other driver didn’t know how to call the customer or driver support, so i called them both. It was a double accidental order. They said they would cancel it. So a bit of a waste to have driven that far for a no deliver. [ 5.4 miles to pickup, 0 miles to drop off ] Immediately sent on another delivery at Jersy Mike’s Subs. [ 4.5 miles to pickup, 6.9 miles to drop off ]

On the way back coming down 24 from eastern Springs, two lane highway, there was me and another car behind me in my lane on the right, and a slow moving car on left. As I was waiting for the slow car to pass so I could get in the left lane the car behind me moves to the left lane right when I was and races up so i can’t get over, but he wasn’t fast enough. I flipped him off, he flipped me back off, then he gets back in the right lane speeds up to try to pass me, but the slow car is in front of me, and no room for him to edge in, his stupid road rage cost him the exit so he missed it. Served him right Oisin thought. So many people thinking of themselves as royalty or something and so angry when they are not the first person in line. This is such a “me” generation, sickening Oisin’s stomach. What happened to the world he pondered.

There were no calls with company 1, so he decided to edge in some orders with company 2 – He got a call to Wings 2 Go operating out of Flat Irons restaurant. The customer said it was her first time using the app, and said she would tip on the app – but never did. Company 2’s customers rarely tip so it was expected. One of the reasons Oisin is thinking of leaving them. [ 6 miles to pickup, 1 miles to drop off ] Then company 1 called him to La Baquette which was an easy run with a decent tip. [ 4.6 miles to pickup, 1.4 miles to drop off ]

Oisin slipped in another request from company 2 to a McDonalds, again no tip, surprise … surprise. [ 2 miles to pickup, 1 miles to drop off ] About a half hour later, Company 1 rang and had a run to On the Border. Easy run, item ready to go, and decent tip. [ 3.3 miles to pickup, 2.9 miles to drop off ]

Another run for company 2 at Pho Brothers which is one of Oisin’s most favorite delivery spots. Though no tips from the customer. [ 2 miles to pickup, 3 miles to drop off ]

As Oisin was driving back down Nevada avenue, he spied a little remote control toy car in traffic racing in between two cars in the left lane. It would stop at traffic lights, swerve between cars, and stop – race up – slow down as needed to stay in traffic. He suspected the car behind it to be the culprit to the mischievousness. He was really surprised that no one had driven over the toy.

Toy Car racing down Nevada avenue merging in with traffic. Chronicle 27: Tales of a Delivery Guy. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken April 30, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=38883. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2018. Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. www.technogypsie.com/photography. More info about Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051

Around 5, did another drive with company 2 hitting McDonalds, easy run, again no tip. [ 1 miles to pickup, 2 miles to drop off ] Oisin thought it was fine because Company 2 was running a “guaranteed” $13/hr promotion – but turned out they didn’t pay out. So each of these company runs were roughly $3.25 each no matter how far or how long they took, horrible because customers not tipping as the company doesn’t promote nor encourage it. He doesn’t see how this company says in operations. They do take a big cut percentage of the meal and in addition of the $5 flat delivery fee they charge – they take $1.75 of the delivery fee as well (and give their drivers $3.25 unless they run a promotion) – cheap bastards.

Oisin dropped by home to make himself a turkey burger and fries for dinner. He caught up with Lord Jesse then towards 6 pm hit another run for Company 2, this time to Little Nepal. Delivery went fine with no snags outside of wear n’ tear of the vehicle, again customer didn’t tip. Surprising because its a bit more upscale of a restaurant. [ 2 miles to pickup, 2 miles to drop off, 11 min drop off ] Oisin decided to call it a night for company 2 because they so far weren’t crediting the promotion and was worried they would live by their name.

Back to driving for Company 1 as his break was over, he ran over to Romano’s Macaroni Grill and chatted with the lovely waittress while awaiting the order. [ 3 miles to pickup, 2.2 miles to drop off ] Then on to Qdoba Mexican Eats for another order. [ 1.5 miles to pickup, 2 miles to drop off ] Inbetween the runs, stopped off at a smoothie place for their “Knock Out” smoothie made with Rockstar punched. It was okay he thought, could have made a better one for himself at home.

Around 7:00 pm, Oisin headed downtown Colorado Springs to pickup at Red Gravy. Then delivered a little ways away. [ 1.5 miles to pickup, 5.1 miles to drop off ] and then right after sped over to Qdoba Mexican Eats for another quick run. [5.5 miles to pickup, 3.5 miles to drop off ] and right between 8:30 and 9:00 did two back to back runs at Saigon Grill [ 2 miles to pickup, 3.1 miles to drop off ] ; [ 3.1 miles to pickup, 3 miles to drop off ] The little boy at the restaurant was playful and kept tossing his finger spinner toy into Oisin’s delivery bag. His dad told him to cut it out, Oisin just laughed reminding him of the Prince. He say the kids play area with tv and toys, bed to take naps on … reminded Oisin heavily of Prince Cian’s bed / play area under the display counter at the Leaf and Dragon – oh the challenges parents go through with lack of day care and bringing their kids to work. He loved it. So much better for children to have more time with their parents when they can bring them to work with them. Very traditional, old ways view yeah, but healthiest. Teaches kids how important work is in life. Sadness over-swept Oisin, he misses the Prince coming to work with him.

Oisin had a long text battle with company 2 who ignore the fact that they aren’t paying him his “guaranteed” hourly promotion. In addition they charged him twice for transfer fees.

Nearing the final hour of deliveries, Oisin was called out on two more during his last hour from 9-10 PM. He went and picked up some ice cream from Josh and John’s Ice Cream and delivered it to the happy soul who ordered it. Great choice Oisin thought. [ 1 miles to pickup, 3 miles to drop off ] Then the final delivery and pickup was at Felipe Got It. Usually closed early, they are trying late night Mexican delivery since there are not many options in the Springs the staff said. He too was a delivery driver, and they compared notes on companies. He said to expect more night deliveries from Felippe. [ 3.4 miles to pickup, 6 miles to drop off ]

After the last delivery, Oisin ran over the 10 pm off time. This worried him as he wanted to get to the 10:15 pm showing of “Traffik”. He wound up driving to Carefree Circle Cinemark instead of Tinseltown. He sped on over to Carefree Circle, running late about 20 minutes – he figured that’s okay since there are about 20 minutes of previews. Enroute he heard a great song on NPR called Kula Shaker: Infinite Sun which he really really liked. It was a take-off of the Pagan chant “She Changes everything she touches”.

    “Infinite Sun by Kula Shaker”

    [Chorus]
    We are one in the infinite sun, fly like an eagle
    We are one in the infinite sun, fly like an eagle
    She changes everything she touches
    And everything she touches changes

    [Verse 1]
    She changes everything she touches
    And everything she touches changes
    And everything she touches changes
    And everything she touches changes
    Cha-cha-changes

    [Verse 2]
    We’re gonna be a menace in the will
    We’re gonna find that things that thrills
    Out of the darkness, beyond the void

    [Chorus]
    We are one in the infinite sun, fly like an eagle
    We are one in the infinite sun, fly like an eagle
    Cha-cha-changes everything she touches
    And everything she touches changes
    Cha-cha-changes everything she touches
    And everything she touches changes
    And everything she touches changes

    [Verse 3]
    It’s hard a way to say her name
    Everything she touches cha-cha-changes
    It’s hard a way to say her name
    Everything she touches cha-cha-changes
    Cha-cha-changes
    Cha-cha-changes

    [Chorus]
    We are one in the infinite sun, fly like an eagle
    We are one in the infinite sun, fly like an eagle
    We are one in the infinite sun, fly like an eagle

    [Verse 4]
    Everything she touches cha-cha-changes
    Everything she touches cha-cha-changes

Oisin finally pulls up to Cinemark Carefree Circle Theater and found parking right away. He pulled out his Movie Pass and tried to check-in on the app, it wouldn’t let him. Movie Pass said he had to update his “app” first. Granted Oisin’s phone only had 12% battery life and no space on the phone for an update. So he had to delete Netflix, and reboot, then update the app. Twenty minutes went by and the check-in for his already late movie was now off the boards for self-purchase kiosk as well as the ticket booth agent. The ticket agent said she couldn’t get it back up. Oisin pleaded, so she got her manager, and he just let Oisin go into the theater as it was empty and all the reserved seats were free at his picking. Oisin was joyful. He has been missing movies since he’s been working so many hours.

Traffik was an interesting movie about a couple about to become engaged during a special retreat at a cabin in the mountains but is soured by running into conflict with some bikers. It turns out that they hunt them down doing a murder spree along the way. Eventually a high level, international sex trafficking ring is exposed and its a fight for its survival. Challenged by a reporter who exposes the crimes and dangers, waist deep in trouble herself, the truth is exposed. Oisin enjoyed it.

After the film, a 15 minute drive home, it was past midnight. The main house was dark and all asleep. Oisin returned to his tiny house and passed out watching the most recent episode of Supergirl the series (2015-present). Unfortunately, Oisin lasted 15 minutes before passing out to sheer exhaustion.

Mileage: ODO 174.9 all work. STRIKE TAX: $94.38 deduction for day for 13 hours and 173.17 miles.


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