There's one thing about traveling ... coming home is never a relaxing experience. Try as I might to just hang out with the kids and watch a little TV, it never seems to happen that way.
As I mentioned, Dish Network has some severe problems that they have not been able to correct. Their servers are still down, which meant when I called to have the ON button pushed at this house, I had a wait time of 1:16. That's one hour and 16 minutes.
It's also interesting to note that every time I call, I get someone out of the country. This time the guy was from Nicaragua. Really Dish Network? Are ALL of your services outsourced? Maybe that's why you can't get anything fixed.
It always takes another 30 minutes to explain to them exactly what I need them to do. Apparently they do not train their people well. The kid had no idea what I was talking about. It used to be that they left all three receivers on at one time. Now, I'm only allowed to have one on, which means they must TURN IT ON every time I move. He finally "got it" as I explained for the fifth time, and he sent the signal. Woohoo ... I have TV.
Of course it rained all day long. One slight break in the weather and I discovered the downspouts were again plugged up. Time to drag out the ladder. It's not leaves that plug it up, it's been raining so hard that the moss that grows on this section of the garage, comes off in big chunks, plugging up the hole. Yes, it's a pain, but I'm happy to say it's now working just fine.
I was running out of Panda Express lunch, so I made a quick trip to the grocery store. It's interesting that a big block of cheddar cheese at the most expensive Safeway store is $5.99 in Arizona. Here in California, it's $7.99 at cheap Save Mart. Chicken breasts are now $8.99 a pound, so I chose to buy a whole chicken for $11.00. I had plans for him later in the day.
On the way home, I stopped off at the post office to mail my big folder of tax documents to the Accountant. Accountants shouldn't hate tax time, but I do. Why can't they do it all by email ... paperless? Then it was on to dredging through that huge pile of mostly junk mail. Wouldn't you know, I got TWO more tax documents to mail off. 99% of everything else went in the trash can. Nice how the post office keeps the garbage people in business.
Finally it was time to drag out the BBQ. Oh to be able to call up George for his chicken recipe. You all know who I'm talking about. I thought I wrote it down, but couldn't find it.