07.31.18: Thor, Deliveries, Garden of the Gods, School, Fundie Chains, Lobster, and Racoon Attack

Tuesday, 31 July 2018
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Weather: High of 86 degrees Fahrenheit, low of 65. Overcast skies with periods of sun and rain.

Another Tuesday on the grind. July is almost over. Tomorrow will be the beginning of August entering the lands of Lammas and the pre-rustling of Fall. Oisin awoke around the same time as the Prince … and Cian questioned What is July? What is August? So Oisin explained to him the calendar months and holidays. The Prince was confused when was his birthday and when is Christmas. Dad explained. Up by 7:30 am, the duo didn’t have anything scheduled until 9:00 am with Company One. They would be working 9 am to 11 am with Company One, 11 am to 1 pm with Company Five, 1 pm to 2 pm with Company 6, 4:30-8:30 pm with Company One. It would be a busy day. During their video chronicling and “Cian video” the Prince noticed the camera focus square following him … he asked dad “What is that Square and why is it following me”? Dad explained the focus and tracking the video camera had built in. Then the Prince grabbed his Thor doll and wanted to play with it – focusing on the big magical hammer and destruction of the world in Thor: Ragnarok and the battles with the evil Sister. “I am Thor. You are no match for the Mighty Thor. For Odin. (sound of thunder)” screamed the doll.

SHIFT ONE: COMPANY ONE: 9 AM – 11 AM:

The first delivery call was for a 9:30 am pickup at IHOP. The duo scurried to get ready for the day, dressing, doing dishes, and making breakfast. The Prince had a big bowl of cornflakes with organic milk and organic cherries. Dad also ate the cherries and finished what the Prince couldn’t. The Prince declared “I ate a whole plate of breakfast~” to which Dad said – “you sure did.” The Prince replied “You happy with me?” and Oisin said “I’m very happy with you.” Upon arriving at IHOP the waitress on staff was very curious about the delivery services, how they work, what they paid – so Oisin explained DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates, and UberEats. He gave her the full run-down as she apparently is thinking about becoming a driver. The Prince on the way to the customer worked on his kindle’s camera making his own videos. This marks 3 weeks to a month of no sodas Oisin pondered, he’s doing okay with no withdrawals just lacking energy all the time – but that doesn’t just equate to the loss of sugar ad caffeine, but also parenting, work, and getting old. He just hoped he could keep up with it all. They headed back to IHOP for another delivery, stopping off at Kum n’ Go to grab gas. The Prince jumped out of the car to get the window washer and started washing the windows – he’s obsessed with that job and loves doing it, being so helpful, and having more fun than actually cleaning the windows. They drove across the street to IHOP and picked up the next order. At Kum n’ Go, they grabbed drinks to go – the Prince got a large Hawaiian Punch and Dad Lemonade. At the end of the delivery they ran home and clocked out at 11 am – clocking into Company 5 and Company 6 at 11. They received a request at 11:30 am for Wendy’s with Company 5 and headed there. Dad got a chance to clean out the car, throw out the trash, get some organizing done, and play Nerf gun wars. The Prince also got some cartoons in while dad did laundry. They had a productive 30 minutes at home.

COMPANY FIVE: 11 AM-1 PM

Company Five sent the duo to Manitou Springs for a pickup at Wendy’s and Oisin immediately lost cell signal and connectivity to the app as usual in that area. Since company five requires the driver to order the food, pay with their card, it was really hard with no connection. Several walks from the counter to the outside parking lot gave enough signal to make the order and pay for it. They went ahead and got the Prince lunch – the 4 for $4 deal – a cheeseburger, chicken tenders, fries, and a lemonade. The waitress treated the Prince to a mini vanilla frostie as well. The Prince had quite the lunch on the drive and while Dad had hoped to eat his left overs – there were none. Then a drive to the drop-off further in Manitou Springs around the construction made it really hard to find the drop-off location. This connectivity issues happens with Company One, Three, Five, and Six all the time. Its a frustrating issue. Driving around the block for the drop-off ironed out the location and delivery was finalized.

Since construction had the route home all congested they decided to take the scenic route back through Garden of the Gods. They took in the scenery and since the delivery apps were silent, decided to take a little hike. They found some rock formations and gullies to go hike around. The Prince brought his frostie and had his snack on the rocks. He gave himself a brain freeze and was intrigued by the phenomena. They climbed the rocks, went down the drainage, and the Prince used “switch backing” on his hike down. Dad was impressed. They really enjoyed the panorama of the rock formations to the backdrop of the mountain ranges. Cian was impressed with the red sand and took some for a souvenir.

They dropped by the Prince’s old pre-school – Ruth Washburn Pre-School. He was very excited to visit and see his old tromping grounds. The administrative staff was extremely excited to see him. As the Prince’s mother removed him from finishing the semester after the divorce battle as she claimed he could finish pre-school in Washington – but she found no school there and left her job on administrative “family” leave to stay home with him instead. The class missed him dearly. They went down into his old classroom, all the toys put up for summer, Prince Cian ran to the hamster cage asking where it was? “Probably upstairs” Dad said. They went outside to play in the playground where the Prince played in his favorite spots. He said he really missed the school and wish he could still go there. They went to the playhouses and the Prince told dad about the adventures he had there. Cian took dad to the tunnel, crawled through it, then they went down to the fresh mud pit the summer camp kids were playing in. The Prince knocked over the shovels and Dad helped him pick them up. They had stored many of the outside toys in the playhouses over the summer. The Prince wished he could have gone there for summer camp he said. Dad told him he couldn’t because his mom was coming to get him soon and there would be no time. The Prince was a little disappointed. They both discussed school this fall that he is going to be going to with his mom, yet she hadn’t found a Kindergarten for him either and the choices, deadlines, and options are vanishing. Meanwhile Oisin had got him accepted to free of charge public schools: Buena Vista Montessori School, Mountain Song Waldorf School, and Pikes Peak Charter School. All of which got him in trouble with the divorce court because he had unknowingly not communicated the plans with the Prince’s mom. It was item three of the temporary custody orders where he was the primary parent as item 1 was temporary custody agreement, item 2 was permanent custody agreement, and item 3 was that both parents had to communicate together on schooling, medical, dental, and important items. While the Prince was in pre-school she had stated she didn’t want to hear anything about his school, so Oisin honored her request much to his demise.

Its sad that the Prince is going to Washington for the school semester because he’s missing out on some spectacular very hard to get into schools. It is what it is. School starts mid September in Washington state and mid August in Colorado. So hopefully she’ll find some options that they have to decide on for the fall. Kindergarten through 12th is compulsory in the United States. Oisin offered to let the Prince do school with him for the Fall if she can’t find anything. He offered that the Prince can stay as long as is needed during her transition from a night schedule to a day work schedule as well as during which she’s researching schools in her area. Communication isn’t really flowing between the two of them as the courts demanded to be worked out between them.

During their exploration of the playground, Oisin’s friend Holly called, but it appeared to be a unknown butt dial. During that call one of the delivery app’s also sent him a offer which he missed and thereby counting against his ratings. Oisin finally got a call from Company Six being the first delivery he would be doing for them. It was to Chik Fil’A.

Garden of the Gods (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=545)

COMPANY SIX: 1 PM – 2 PM

They headed over to Chik Fil’A off Garden of the Gods . It was a circus just as their competitor In-and-Out Burgers. Both restaurant chains are fundamentalist Christian chains that are very popular hosting very tasty food. They had staff guiding traffic in the lanes and assisting with drive-thru orders. Since Oisin had to wait in line to do the ordering of the food and paying with the company credit card, he went ahead and ordered himself lunch. The Prince was full from his Wendy’s lunch. Oisin loves the Chik Fil’A food as it is very delicious, but it supports fundamentalist religion and he’s against that. Supporting the enemy is not what he wants to do but given the ease at accessing it, took advantage of it and went against his ethics. Oisin had the 8 piece chicken tenders, waffle fries, and a lemonade for lunch. They took the order and dropped it off to the customer who was waiting at a different entrance than Oisin took, taking the order to his door instead. The customer seemed a bit peeved but got front door service and tipped in the app so must have been appreciative.

They then began their 3 hour afternoon break heading home to play together – having a nerf gun war with the zombie guns until Dad’s energy wore out. Dad gave the Prince options for the break – from going to the movies, Starbucks, a playground, a water fountain park, or home. The Prince wanted to go home. They had chocolate cake for dessert. They played with Cian’s toys, Legos, and then when Cian played Minecraft Dad blogged and worked on photos. He finished July 24th and 25th blogs uploading them and working on the web blog parts, coordinated and caught up with friends, and got work done. Oisin also did some maintenance on the car – checking the wheel lug nuts were tight, checked antifreeze, and oil levels. He was a bit low on oil and needed to top it up.

The day hit 83 degrees Fahrenheit with clear blue skies overlayed with a haze and no storm clouds visible. They were thinking about going to Gnome Dome Lucky 17 party and camp out over the weekend so were praying for good weather.

Kum n’ Go Convenience Store and Gas Station (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=37639).

SHIFT TWO: COMPANY ONE: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Oisin clocked in with Compay One at 4:30 pm getting a first call to OKA Ramen off Centennial. . They grabbed a Chai Creme Frappacino and waters from the Starbucks across from it while waiting for the order. Then at 5:30 they were sent to do a pickup from Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza with a drop off to a no tipper – again under-appreciated with little pay that it really didn’t cover the gas for the drop-off. That was a let down for Oisin. . They then went to Red Robin for a pickup which was a good tipper making up for the loss with the previous drop-off. They then got a call to Old Chicago. En route to Old Chicago they had some down time so Oisin did his 2nd week in a row ritual of grabbing dinner from the Lobstah Trap Food Truck. He previously had mixed the name of the company up with one truck in Denver when he did the review. He fixed it. This time he ordered the Traditional Lobster Roll which wasn’t as good as the Connecticut he had last week.

SHIFT THREE: COMPANY ONE: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

After downing the Lobster Roll Oisin ran to Old Chicago which was really booked and crowded so had to wait for the order. The customer was a good tipper even though he had to drive all the way to Fountain for the delivery. On the way back they tried to go through Kentucky Fried Chicken to get the Prince some Mac n’ Cheese and a burger but the line was insane and taking too long as they had a delivery request come in during the wait back in Colorado Springs. So they headed back to Old Chicago for another pickup. They then did another delivery for Old Chicago. . They then got a multiple order from IHOP and after picking it up, the larger one was cancelled leaving Oisin to have to dispose of the food. The other IHOP order was delivered.

At home they feasted on the abandoned food and called it a night. It was a grab-bag of surprises from pancake platters to omelette rolls. Afterwards they read a story and went to sleep, both exhausted and falling asleep quickly. Late in the night Oisin was rustled awake from his deep sleep by the dogs barking crazily. He went out to investigate and saw two raccoons atop the wood gateway into the yard … Raccoons invading the property to get after the dog and cat food on the porch. He scared them away and went back to sleep.

Mileage: 114

Racoon invasion of our home

Garden of the Gods (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=545)

Tales of a Delivery Driver: Chronicle 28 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken July 31, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. 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

Tales of a Delivery Driver: Chronicle 28 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken July 31, 2018. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=39039. 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

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