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01/29/16: Much as we hate to admit it, Kisu's getting up there in age. She's still in pretty good shape, but she's starting to have some health issues, and although she still loves to look out the window when she can, she doesn't get up on the bed much anymore like she used to. I was walking by the bedroom today and found that she was on her old spot, watching the world go by. I had to get a picture.

01/28/16: I've mentioned here before that my first job was McDonald's, and I have fond memories of the time I spent there, as well as more than a few funny stories. A buddy of mine said that I should use some of the characters from there as fodder for a short story or two. I may do that, but I saw something today that reminded me of one of the sillier things that happened there.

     Having skipped supper, I was on my way to a writer's group meeting when I decided to swing through a McDonald's on the way to pick up something to eat before the meeting. As I was waiting to pull through, I saw the scene in the picture here -- the Clearance warning sign was crunched.

     When I started working at McDonald's, no fast-food places had drive-thru pick-up windows. Everyone had to walk into the store to buy their food. The store I worked at was one of the first in our neighborhood to add a drive-thru and it was a great success. But it was not without problems. I was working in the grill area one afternoon when we heard a big BOOM, and the building shook. We didn't know what had happened, but we ran out the back to find a tall panel truck in the drive-thru, the guys from the truck standing outside, looking up at the front of the vehicle. The top was dented, and so was the fascia of the part of the roof which covered the drive-thru. They obviously didn't pay any attention to the signs warning of the height restrictions and tried to go through, only to find that their truck was too tall.

     We all went back to work, laughing about how ridiculous the situation was, but Ken, the manager, had a different reaction. He was swearing up a storm about the guys in the truck. I asked him what the problem was, and he said those same guys in the same truck hit the same spot in the drive-thru the week before, and the damage from that was just fixed the day before this incident, and a larger sign was put up, which is what the guys hit this time. I wonder if those same guys were trying to get some food in Lyons tonight.

01/17/16: Before tonight's Tamale Hut Cafe Reading Series event, I went next door to pick up some beer to enjoy while listening to all the fine stories being read. I wasn't sure what to get, because the store has a rather large selection, but I decided on Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Brewery. I'd never had it before, but I read a news story about how the brewery was canning drinking water to send to the people of Flint, MI, to help out with the water crisis they are having. I thought that it was great of them to help out, so I wanted to support them with my purchase. The beer was pretty good, too.

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