07.29.18 Wild West Ghost Town, Deliveries, and Cian’s Dance Party

Sunday, 29 July 2018
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Weather: Warm with high of 83 degrees Fahrenheit, low of 54 degrees. Moments of sunshine though primarily overcast with numerous rain showers and storms.

The Prince has a monkey sleeping bag that Lord Jesse and family got him last Yule. Prince Cian has a love/hate relationship with this sleeping bag. He loves snuggling in it, but hates the monkey face. Oisin and the Prince goofed around with it as they awoke this morning evolving into a tickle fest with the tickle spider and monkey sleeping bag. Dad having awoken at 7:15 am was wrestling with the Prince when he awoke around 8’sh. Oisin logged into Company 5 at 8 am ready for offers while telling the Prince it was time to get ready for the day. The Prince replied giggling “I’m not getting ready … for six days”.

SHIFT ONE:COMPANY ONE: 9 AM – 11 AM:

There was no offers for work through Company 5 so by 9 am they logged with with Company One. They had leftovers and mini-wheats with organic milk for breakfast. They grabbed bananas for the car trip as well. The Prince wasn’t hungry until much later in the morning. Around 10:30 pm, they embarked upon their first delivery having spent the first hour and a half of their shift at home. They drove off to the East Coast Deli and Restaurant for a pickup, finding parking at the loading zone space where Oisin infamously has popped his tire twice. This time with no accidents.

During their break between deliveries at home, they made up some pepperoni, cheese, and crackers for a snack. The Prince was having a heyday as he loved munching on his favorite snacks. He finally ate his banana as well. It is quite a challenge to get this kid to eat any vegetables, but fruit is not so much an issue.

SHIFT TWO: COMPANY ONE: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The next delivery call was around 11 am at Jersey Mike’s Subs which was a smooth pickup and drop-off. En route to both the restaurant and customer, Oisin and the Prince sang and goofed off singing their own creative songs, as well as “Old McDonald“, “B.I.N.G.O”, “Daddy finger, mommy finger, where are you?”, and the “A.B.C.’s” song. During their next break, they swung by the Starbucks off of Lake Avenue and Cheyenne which is their favorite, grabbing their chai fix for the morning and working on through with blogs, journals, cartoons, and Minecraft.

While waiting in line for ordering their beverages, there was a group of 4 Millenials (looking under the age of 21) taking their sweet time to order, taking 10-15 minutes for each of them to place their orders, most of whom ordered the Cascadia Club Brew. The advertisement made it look alcoholic but this wasn’t one of the Starbucks locations serving beer and wine, so Oisin guessed it was non-alcoholic because the barista didn’t ask for ID’s and these kids definitely didn’t look old enough for booze.

After finally ordering, Oisin got in only about 20 minutes in of Chai n’ WiFi before heading over to IHOP to do a no-tipper delivery. 95% of the time if they don’t tip in the app, they don’t tip in person, so Oisin was bothered by this. The delivery wouldn’t be worth the gas he’d spend on the delivery. He wasn’t much in a rush nor enchanted to do this delivery especially with the traffic mess of construction around Southgate.

After the delivery they went back to the same Starbucks, bringing in their waters, and sitting on the covered outside patio. They were unable to connect to the internet out their for some reason – not sure if the internet was down or if the connection didn’t reach it. That kinda sucked Oisin thought as it was an attractive and good feature of this particular Starbucks this patio area. They were then called to Pho Brothers for another delivery. They delivered the Pho Brothers to an office near the Ghost Town Museum in Old Colorado City. As they were finishing the morning break, they decided to go explore the Ghost Town while on their three hour break.

Wild West Ghost Town Museum in Old Colorado City

They paid their admission and entered a large warehouse that contained the replica of a old Wild West ghost town. First to greet them was the sheriff nestled back in his office. They explored the town’s main street, perusing the old butter churns, old washing machine, and other tools of life from back in the day. They hit the restrooms first and foremost much in need from all the beverages they drank. They explored the old mercantile which of course triggered Sir Oisin’s archaeological lust. The Prince shared in the excitement and couldn’t wait to climb in one of the old stagecoaches. “Do you see any ghosts” Oisin asked the Prince, he saw none. Cian played with the various housewares and tools, exploring with curiosity of ages old. They swung by the old print shop, the Wells Fargo bank and post office, the saloon and the apothecary. The blacksmith shop had a two headed calf on display and the blacksmith animatronic men were sharpening an ax. The prison had a disintegrating inmate who was covered with pennies and coins that onlookers have thrown at him. “Why is there money in there” the Prince asked to Dad’s no explanation. A practice American tourists tend to do, but usually only in wishing wells, fountains, or ponds.

Dad showed Cian the old typewriters existing before computers, how print-blocks worked, and screen printing. The Prince climbed on more carriages, they passed by the old barber shop, and peeked into the hotel. The Prince asked “Why is that woman there? what’s that?” Cian being in a stage of asking questions about everything now. They had the old-fashioned flip book theater stands for people to add coins to watch early first time films, some of adult nature. They saw an early fire station set up in a shack. The fun mirrors distorted views of themselves shrinking, stretching, and contorting their bodies. They took in the Old West film in the theater. A stuff bison loomed outside the door. They explored the next building depicting rooms of a typical upper-class home – the bedroom, the dining room, and the kid’s playrooms. Outside there were two troughs set up with gold pans for tourists to pretend panning for gold. The Prince gave it a try and disappointed there was no reward in the stream.

Wild West Ghost Town Museum in Old Colorado City

They then departed the museum heading home for lunch and the remainder of their afternoon three hour break from deliveries. On the way they stopped by the RedBox to grab a free movie for the night based on their Redbox membership’s free video offer. They grilled up chicken on the Roadmaster and sweet corn cobs for lunch. They fought with the hornets nesting in Lord Jesse’s old BBQ grill. They opened up that grill so that the afternoon rains would drown the hornets, spraying coconut oil on them so their wings wouldn’t work, and at night when the coconut oil hardened they would be immobile to set them on fire to evict them from endangering the kids. Surefire alternative to using chemical bug spray. The nests sprayed down with coconut oil as well making them ready to flame into explosive fire traps tonight. The eviction notice was served.

SHIFT THREE: COMPANY ONE: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

They clocked in at 4 pm and instantly had a pickup at the Spice Island Grill. This time the customer had a very generous good tip (just over $15) so that made Sir Oisin very pleased and excited to be right on time with the service. It was raining pretty hard throughout most of their break and on into this delivery. There looks like more rain later as well while the skies cleared up with heavy overcast and the sun wanting to come through to earn the reputation of a true “sun” day.

On the way back to the tiny house in between deliveries they stopped at a yard sale discovering a Lego lap table for $5. The Prince was very excited. He couldn’t wait to play with it. They then were called to Josh and John’s Ice Cream parlor for a pickup. They had to find parking down the street as the place is right next to a theater downtown and the area is always very busy. They had a fun walk downtown to the place. Oddly there were no lines whatsoever so being such a rare occurrence, Sir Oisin ordered themselves each ice creams while awaiting their customer’s order. The Prince was overjoyed. Dad got the Butter Pecan and the Prince a white mint chocolate chip. The Prince declared that this was his favorite ice cream place. They finished their ice cream on the way to the drop-off, then were called for a pickup from “Hooters”. Oisin never liked “Hooters“. He thought it was a venue demeaning to women. One of his ex-true loves worked at one near Chicago and she relayed tales of body image requirements, weight, and other issues that they forced the waitresses to comply with. In this age and time, especially with the “Me Too” movement, he doesn’t understand how such a place stays in business. In the parking lot outside of the mall where the Hooters is located, the Prince found another sidewalk treasure – a “paw points” card for Wolf Creek Lodge. “It’s a doggy card!” the Prince exclaimed. Definitely a water park that Oisin needed to investigate for the Prince. They would have to research it to see how it works.

Another break back at the house, the Prince danced around with his nerdy funny fake glasses pretending to be some character named “Baldy” from Youtube and Minecraft cartoon worlds he seems impressed with. Dad needs to check it out. “Welcome to my school house” the Prince said.

Around 5:45 pm they ran for a pickup from Billy Sims BBQ. It wasn’t ready yet so they had to wait for a bit. It was obviously a order re-assigned because it had a overdue pickup/drop-off time when assigned to Oisin.

SHIFT FOUR: COMPANY ONE: 6:00 PM – 8 PM

They then got two more over-due orders which were probably from staff cancelling shifts due to the rain storms from Bingo Burger. They raced to grab the double orders and out the door to get them to the hungry patrons. Apparently staffing was short tonight.

Then on to a call from Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub and Restaurant around 7 pm and onward to Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza right after that down the road from the pub. The skies held dark clouds over the mountains continually threatening rain which would lead to flash floods in this high desert type of environment. The Prince played phone tag with his mom, neither able to reach one another within the busy status of the day. They haven’t talked to one another since last Monday. Oisin’s work schedule is pretty standard these days yet she continues to try to call when she knows they’re working. They were called around 7:40 pm for a double-order from Josh n’ Johns. This time the lines were back and the place swamped. They finally beat their daily quota and even got past the minimum which has been rare these days with Company One.

After Josh n’ John’s they called it a day and clocked out of their delivery app. They swung by King Sooper’s for food stuffs and the Prince wanting to throw an impromptu party for he and Dad with no time to invite other guests. The Prince picked out cake, dinner, and drinks for his party. On the way out of King Sooper’s the Prince road the penny horse ride like a galloping cowboy in the Wild West. He asked for birthday hats but Dad said no that was for certain celebrations and we didn’t need them for the dance party. The Prince was a bit downtrodden but quickly changed moods after his horse ride. The Prince had his party all planned out – lights (check), food (check), drinks (check), music (check), cake (check), and Dad (check). Even though the Prince declared Sundays were “pie” day, he pushed its a “cake” day too.

They got home and setup the impromptu party. They had the BBQ chicken tenders that the Prince picked out for dinner, Fries, the cake he picked out, Dad installed Pandora on the kindle and they found alternative 80’s dance tunes. The Prince set up a ring of solar lights and they danced, ate, drank lemonade, and danced more. Afterwards towards bed time, Dad finished evicting the hornets from their nests dangerously close to their front door. Torched. They watched a cartoon and read a book before bed. After the Prince was asleep, dad watched “on the Edge” movie rental from Redbox and passed out.

Mileage: 67 miles

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