08.02.18: Deliveries, Country Buffet, Dancing Statues, and a Mermaid Cake

Thursday, 2 August 2018
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Weather: High of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, low of 62. Overcast, cloudy, breezy. Rainstorms in the evening.

The weary couriers slept in as they were exhausted from yesterday. It is Lammas – the First stirrings of Fall, although it didn’t feel like it. Sir Oisin got up around 7:30 am and Prince Cian got up just after 8 am. They didn’t have a shift until 9:30 am so they had a chance to cuddle, play, and spend some time together. Dad reheated the chocolate chip pancakes, regular pancakes, and other left-overs from the abandoned IHOP order eating them for breakfast washed down with fresh orange juice from Trader Joe’s. The kids Princess Aine and Princes Xavier, Theron, and Kian awoke and played with Prince Cian – doing Nerf gun battles in the yard under the apple tree. One of the larger kids shot the Prince of Endurance with a Nerf bullet and Cian said “Owwwiee” not wanting to do war with them anymore. They offered to exchange guns. Dad offered the Prince armor for the foam bullets, but the Prince was too bold and proud to resort to it. Afterwards they had chocolate milk and the Prince went to play quieter games with Princess Aine in the garden.

SHIFT ONE – COMPANY ONE: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

They logged in at 9:30 am and didn’t get any calls until a 11:15 am pickup at Blank Canvas Cafe. This was good as Sir Oisin had a chance to get things ready for the Gnome Dome Lucky 17 Party/Camp out near Lake George this weekend. It was already up to 80 degrees with very hazy skies overcast almost like smog or a foggy haze blending in. It didn’t feel that hot Sir Oisin felt. There seemed to be a light breeze cooling things off a bit. The Prince had downloaded BFG cartoons (Big Friendly Giant) onto his kindle to watch during deliveries today.

Racing down the street with the sounding siren of what they thought would be a ambulance was a big black tank with police swat on it – this tactical tank raced off to the main street area of town, Oisin was curious what that was – hoping to catch something on the news, but there wasn’t anything about it.

As Oisin walked into the Blank Canvas Cafe, the barista didn’t hear him come in and had his back to the counter as Oisin walked up to wait for him to notice him. He didn’t, he kept chopping ice. So Oisin said “I’m here for BJ” (BJ is customer’s name) He turned around shocked and freaked out. Then laughed about it.

The next call was to Spiced Island Grill and it wound up being delivered right back to the same office building he just delivered the Blank Canvas Cafe to. That run concluded the first two hour block.

SHIFT 2: COMPANY ONE: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Entering into shift 2, they were guided to Qdoba Mexican Eats by Southgate for another pickup. Temperatures had reached 83 degrees Fahrenheit and started warming up outside. As Oisin was at a traffic light, the bluish white smoke coming from the exhaust attracted the attention of the car next to him and the woman said “you’re burning oil”. So Oisin guessing that the smoke coming out of his exhaust was now burning lots of oil so checking oil was now on his agenda and top it up, then figuring out a strategy to get it fixed. Could it be a head gasket leak? he already needs an oil pan to replace as well so not looking forward to these expenses coming up and figuring out what’s going on.

The Prince moved on from BFG cartoons to Minecraft. Dad asked him what were the Creepers. The Prince said they close their eyes and blow up. “Do baby creepers blow up too?” Dad asked. The Prince said “yes.” They dropped the Qdoba off at Ford where Oisin tried to apply for a car loan and was denied since he has zero credit (as if he was a high school student entering the credit world with no trace record and no co-signer). Is the universe hinting to him? That is a dilemma haunting Oisin.

They were called over to East Coast Deli and Restaurant getting to do some pedestrian deliveries. The order was to be dropped off a block away. As they passed one of the buildings, there was a half of car cemented into the side of the upper 3rd or 4th story and dad asked the Prince “Do you think that’s a fake up there or a real car?” The Prince ignored him since he was videotaping yet had a smirk on his face.e They crossed the street and looked at the The Lighted Lantern statue and the spinning couple dancing in old Western style called “The Dance” statue – Tejon street. Cian saw a bike parked and said “hey i found a bike!” Dad told him it was someone’s and its just parked. The Prince was disappointed he didn’t find treasure. They then went and grabbed a pickup at Red Gravy across the street then off into their car to resume car delivery. The order was just two brussel sprouts. Who orders just brussel sprouts for a delivery order? seemed senseless to Oisin. They made the delivery and began their daily three hour break.

BREAK: 1:30 – 4:30 PM

During break they also hit King Soopers and discovered mermaid cakes! Both Oisin and the Prince were ecstatic. They got one to bring home to share with the kids. Dad also got a discounted Fruit Tart Pie which is his favorite. They drove home and heated up the omelette roll and french fries for lunch that they got from the cancelled IHOP order. They also BBQ’d up some chicken and had lemonade. Dad got a chance to clean out the fridge a bit. Cian was singing and dancing in the garden. Cian played with Princess Aine and Princes Kian, Xavier, and Theron doing more Nerf gun wars. Dad did some blogging and packing up for Gnome Dome 17. Oisin checked his oil, topped it up, and concerned what it could be – the auto parts store tech suggested it was an oil pan gasket leak, but Oisin pondered that can’t be getting into the exhaust could it? Just several hundred dollars in repairs he doesn’t have. Dad took a shower, the Prince a bath, and laundry was accomplished during break. Dad finished blogging the July 27 video chronicle. The temperatures climbed to 88 degrees now, but the skies were still overcast with some some cracks and windows of blue showing. Whirlwind of a day Oisin thought, now they clock in and head off to their 4:30-6:30 pm shift, followed by a 7 – 9 pm.

The Mermaid Cake from King Soopers Grocery.

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

They headed off to Urban Steam for a pickup. They spied the clouds over the mountains – rolling over dark storm? remnant clouds of smoke from wildfires? it was beautiful and dark nonetheless. They then headed over to Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza downtown and did a pickup. The Waiter and waitress were friendly as always joking around and enjoying their jobs.

BREAK: 6:30 PM – 7 PM

During their break they swung over to the Country Buffet to meet Lord Jesse and the kids Princess Aine, Princes Xavier, Theron, Kian for dinner. Prince Cian was ecstatic. He had a blast playing with Aine. The Prince ate good – had orange chicken, rice, macaroni and cheese, and pizza. Dad didn’t eat much as he wasn’t very hungry. The Prince had ice cream and cotton candy for dessert with Aine and they got wired on the sugar, dancing around the table saying goofy things. A definite classic sugar high example. The waitress gave him and the kids a helium balloon. Dad resisted the soda machines – now on two months of no soda in his diet, he was proud.

SHIFT FOUR: COMPANY ONE: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Around 7:15 they bid farewell to the family and headed across the street to Citadel Mall at the Hooters for a pickup. Cian went in with his helium balloon and caught the attention of all the waitresses who thought he was extremely cute. Unfortunately the customer was a no tipper according to the app leading to Oisin’s disappointment. But he was pleasantly surprised at delivery that it wasn’t the typical millennial customer, but an older woman with a disabled man in the back room she was ordering for. She tipped $3 in cash – which is extremely rare if someone doesn’t tip online. Oisin was happy as it was a bit of a drive to drop off.

Around 7:30 pm they headed down to Fountain to do a pickup from Kentucky Fried Chicken which was having problems with their tablet and didn’t have white Original Chicken so had to wait twenty minutes for them to cook up a new batch. This upset Oisin as the delay ensured he was only going to make the minimum $10/hour today. This seems to be happening more and more with Company One – low pay, app issues, and difficulties with deliveries. Especially since they added into Burger King and KFC to their delivery market, down-valuing the previous benefits the driver’s once had with better tips and delivery timing. Oisin is getting tired of it and thinking about working more for Company Three, Four, and Five. They were then called back to a different KFC off North Academy. Company One had to fill in contributions to make the minimum $10/hr for today.

They got home by 9:15 pm and was able to say goodnight to the kids before they went to sleep. Both Oisin and the Prince were so exhausted they immediately went to bed after story time. The night was sweaty and hot. Temperatures definitely increasing. Didn’t help with the passive solar house. A rain storm came through the night and rumbled through their sleep.

Mileage: 62

A view of this day in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010.

Dinner with the family at Country Buffet –

Dinner with the family at Country Buffet – Tales of a Delivery Driver: Chronicle 278- Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken August 2, 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

The Mermaid Cake from King Soopers Grocery. Tales of a Delivery Driver: Chronicle 278- Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken August 2, 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

The Dance, By James Nathan Muir. Located on the Southwest corner of Colorado avenue and Tejon Street. Tales of a Delivery Driver: Chronicle 278- Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken August 2, 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

The Lighted Lantern by artist James N. Muir, at the 100 block of South Tejon Street, just below Colorado Avenue.Tales of a Delivery Driver: Chronicle 278- Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf and Prince Cian. Adventures in Colorado. Photos taken August 2, 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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