Views of the Neighborhood – The Outing

The time finally came for me to go on an outing that was not doctor related. I know this may not sound like a big deal, but I was very happy to leave the neighborhood just for a little while. I hope you don’t mind that I’m dragging you along.

Views of the Neighborhood

Our first stop is..wait for it…Shred Day. Yes, we are taking all our confidential stuff that needs shredding.

views of the neighborhood

Here is a shot of the lane over from us. It gives you a good idea on the process. You pull up. The Boy Scouts take your stuff and put it in the gray tote.

So we are waved into this lane.

Already someone is pulling in behind us.

The scouts have our stuff.

They go to the truck. There is an opening where the tote fits. The tote is then emptied automatically into the shredded inside the vehicle. Now, didn’t that take your breath away?

Let’s go on to the next adventure. You won’t believe this one. Curbside pickup at HOME DEPOT. (Dan will be so jealous)

This is the real thing for sure.

While waiting for our order, I spotted this guy with his dog. Twiggy and Lucy would never stay in a cart. The order arrives and is put in the rear, and off we go. No, human contact what so ever.

I had to take this snap of the social distance line up outside of Shipley’s Donuts. You know, if I were going to join a queue, it sure wouldn’t be Shipley Donuts.  A pub maybe.

I’m glad you could go out with me today. I know it was a highpoint of your week.

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  1. It´s funny what excites us now! Love the shred day idea. xo

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    1. It is isn’t it? Thank you, Darlene.

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  2. I would never have thought of public shredding – we’ve had a (well-used) document shredder at home for longer than I care to remember. I hope you’re well clear of Hanna!

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    1. Yes Hanna hit our old beach home. We are well clear. We could used the rain, though. Thanks, Keith.

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  3. A riveting adventure. Mostly because those clouds in the second picture look really bad. Thought you would have to outrun a storm.

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    1. Sadly the thing just blew by. I was hoping for rain but never got it.

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  4. I’m glad you had a nice outing, John. Our town has shredding events twice a year. They’re very convenient. Were those clouds from Hanna?

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    1. Thise were Hanna clouds but they never dropped any rain. They looked like they might amount to something but it didn’t happen. Thanks, Jill.

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  5. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Lucky you! I haven’t seen a shredding day for a while, and I miss them. But curbside is becoming increasingly popular in our area. Walmart leads the pack, followed by a long list of wannabes. Great photo commentary on our new normal, John. So glad you got out and about, and shared your discoveries with readers. 🙂

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    1. You have to admit those were some discoveries, Gwen. Almost anything is something these days. 😁

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      1. Gwen M. Plano · ·

        We just had, literally just had, an air balloon land next to our house. We ran out to help with maneuvering the balloon through the trees to a place where folks could get out and the balloon folded up. That was an exciting first! I’ve been wanted to take a ride, but I never expected it at our door. 🙂

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      2. What excitement. Thos guys seemed to have called it pretty close I would say. Did they have any champaign for you?

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  6. I am so starved for a regular interaction. The idea of going out for dinner sounds positively exotic. Thanks for the reprieve from the everyday, John. 😉

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    1. I agree with you. Dinner would be heaven. Thanks, Lori. 😁

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  7. I know exactly how you feel. I was at the car dealership yesterday and today I’m going to the store – I feel like a world traveler!

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    1. Hahahaha. Thanks for the laugh, GP.

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  8. Shredding is a good thing, John. Curbside pickup is a good thing. We have it available, but the one time I saw it in action it was total chaos. Waiting on line for a donut? I don’t think so, and I love me some donuts.

    I’m still trying to picture Lucy and Twiggy in a shopping cart.

    Thanks for bringing us along. I hope you wrap up the weekend easy like and start a great week tomorrow.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. Daughter visit and dinner will finish off the week. I haope you have a super one today and next week as well. 😁

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  9. I doughnut want to be in that line. And several others. There is nothing better than driving right by a long line to make a tour of the neighborhood enjoyable. Thanks John

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    1. Ha ha, good one!

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    2. Hahahaha. You are right, John. I was so glad not to be in that line. 😀

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  10. I’ll bet the Boy Scouts were glad to be out and “doing”!

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    1. I’m sure they were, Liz. Thanks. Have a great Sunday.

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      1. Thank you, John.

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  11. My own excitement yesterday was picking up books from the library, curbside. Life is upside down. Looks like you might actually get some of that rain, today?

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    1. We did get some rain, Becky. NIce steady downpoar. Thanks for the visit.

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  12. This sounds so much like us! Except we might have stopped for a donut!

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    1. Hahahaha. There was some mention of an egg McMuffin but the idea was dropped when we discovered neither of us knew where McDonalds was located.

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  13. I think it’s great, how ingenious we’ve become at developing new and safer ways of doing the same things. Thanks for letting me tag along, John. I’m glad you didn’t have to contend with the winds and rains from that hurricane — looks like we had a beautiful day for our outing!

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    1. It was nice. The clouds looked threatening but nothing came of it. Thank you, Debbie. So nice to have you along. Glad you wore your mask too.

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      1. You bet I did!! That way, I save on lipstick, ha!

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  14. When I moved from New York to Orlando, one of the things I got rid of was my shredder. Need to buy another. It is necessary these days.

    Yeah, I don’t make lines, now a pub, that is a different story.

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    1. Lines are not my favorite thing either. Certainly not for a donut.

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  15. One of the saddest lines I’ve ever read is tucked into your post: “No human interaction whatsoever.”

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    1. Yeah. It is so sad. You were the only one to catch it. Thanks, Linda.

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  16. It looked like a nice day, John. I bet you’re glad you’re not on the coast about now. —- Suzanne

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    1. I an so glad, Suzanne. One of the reasons we moved. Thanks. We got a nice steady downpoar today.

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  17. We’re happy to have curbside.

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    1. Yes it is a good thing

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  18. Who Knew! Excitement is a tough thing to contain! Ease up! ♥♥♥

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    1. Yes who knew? I had trouble seeping last night I was so worked up. 😂

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  19. If you can’t trust the Boy Scouts, you CAN you trust, right? 🙂 Glad you got some fresh air, even if it was with the car windows down.

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    1. Hahaha. If you would of told me I would enjoy a trip to either Home Depot or the shredding I would have had a good laugh. Thank you, Kristine.

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  20. If only there was a pub open somewhere….Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for reading, Jan. 😁

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  21. Haha. John, you make everything fun. That black cloud at the shredding stop looks threatening. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Yes it was but nothing happened. No rain.

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  22. It is the small things that count these days, John! Curbside pickup is good. We are trying that with HEB Monday. What tales the girls would have from a shopping cart! Good that you ventured out

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    1. Thank you, Jo. I think curbside is the best.

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  23. Be still my heart!!! The shredding experience simply took my breath away! And … Home Depot! That was too much excitement for one day … I now need a glass of wine! (Also wouldn’t have minded one of those donuts). Thanks for the outing, John! Now get some rest, for I know you must be exhausted after all that!

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    1. I know right? Way too much excitement for one day. I did take a glass of wine and a rest. 😀

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  24. This outing was the highlight of my week, John. 🙂 Love the shredding day that reminds me of when our son was in scouts. He and my husband are Eagle Scouts and our daughter earned the Silver Award in Girl Scouts before her troop disbanded. Great memories and good deeds done.

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    1. I’m an Eagle scout as well, Lauren. Great memories.

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      1. That’s awesome, John!

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  25. The excitement of your life nearly matches mine (I work in a retirement village. Garbage and Recycle Day here goes off like a rocket). 🙂

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    1. Man, I can imagine. I get pretty excited over trash day too. Big challenge to get those totes out to the curb in time.

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      1. Usually 9am the day BEFORE pickup 😉

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  26. The Home Depot here has the same thing plus in-store shopping. Best Buy only has curbside service.

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    1. Same here. 😊

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      1. I need to replace the ink cartridge, so have to order online, then pick up. 🙂

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  27. That’s a great idea that the Boy Scouts have come up with.

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    1. It is quite a money maker too. I think the shredder company helps out.

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  28. Nice outing, John! Around here, they usually schedule shredding and household hazardous waste dropoff a couple times a year, but it was postponed in the spring. I have things piled up in the garage waiting.

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    1. We were glad to see this one happen. The last was postponed from March. Thanks, Teri.

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  29. Enjoyed the outing, John. I just got back from a doctor appt. Those are fun, aren’t they?

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    1. Yes they are. My PCP does online appointments. Just had an annual physical online.

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  30. Home Depot curbside? I’ll take five cubic feet of manure and a box of lightbulbs.

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    1. I actually bought some Milorganite which was like five cubic feet of manure. 😂

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  31. Your Home Depot shots made me think. Pretty soon, the whole world will run on drive thru.

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    1. I think we are almost there. I woud see a drive through surgical center. The doc jumps in your car and just like that the nasty appendix is gone.

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      1. Hahahaha! We joke, but hey . . anything is possible.

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      2. Say ahhhhhhh. Here hold this scapel. I’ll need it in a minute. 😁

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      3. And you don’t even get fries with that!

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      4. No you get a bottle of iodine and some aspirin. Here bite this bullet.

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      5. Not the same.

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      6. Could have fooled me. By the way this is my riff on the new socialized medicine being offered up by some candidates.

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      7. Oh, in that case the line for a visit starts now and ends in September. Maybe?

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      8. Keep your distance and no running the car for A/C either. Yes, September looks about right.

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      9. Can I at least listen to the radio?

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      10. Hmmm. The Central Committee will be taking up your request at it’s October meeting. Until then, no.

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      11. Buahahaha! I figured not.

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  32. It is really strange to go out again John. I’ve been locked down in London for so long i was very happy to drive to my parents after nearly five months! Then, hold the excitement, they decided i needed to actually go to replace my scratched protective phone screen before my warranty ran out at the apple store in the big shopping mall. I haven’t been to a big store since March and we’ve now been told it is compulsory to wear masks in every shop so off we went, we put on our masks and prepared ourselves…. well we thought we’d prepared ourselves, it was chaos, the one way system was completely ignored, once inside the mall people were wearing their masks under their chins or under their nose a couple of girls had actually pushed them up in their hair, teenagers were running around getting too close, i nearly hyperventilated in the Apple store they’d turned off the air conditioning and it was very warm and people were getting too close and coming right into my space.

    Your trek out sounded a lot more organised and distanced.

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    1. That sounds like a horror show. Yes, mine was more sedate. I hate it when people get too close. I think I will be scarrd for the rest of my life. 😂

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  33. I remember laughing when banks started having drive-thrus. I thought now that is ridiculous… then I used it.
    I have a dang shredder but something has blocked it and it now sits collecting dust. I should either have it fixed or bin it!
    Glad you got outta da house…

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    1. Thank you, Dale. It was fun for sure. I would say take a screwdrive and unblock the shredder. (While unplugged, of course.) 😁

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      1. Yeah. Duh!

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      2. Hahahaha Someone who looks a lot like you lovingly called me an old fart on Twitter. You know anything about that?

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      3. Ummm… Don’t know what your talking about ..🙄😏

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      4. Aaaarrrghhhh!!! YOU’RE!

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      5. Adorable = You

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  34. What a concept public shredding! I’m on my 3rd shredder. It’s among my favorite tools. I shred so much junk with our names on it that I’ve burned out two of the previous shredders I’ve had. When I do the annual file cleanout is when I tend to burn out the motors.

    I don’t see me queuing up for donuts either, but He-Man recently queued up and waited for an hour at Lockford Meats in Lockford, CA. They have the best sausages. He stocked up since we’re rarely near there.
    He bought four types Pesto, Hawaiian, Beer something, and Hot Italian. These are our favs.
    Have you been there? The line is always around the block!

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    1. I have not been there. When we lived in CA we used to buy all our sausages locally. (Marin county) Adeles was a favorite.

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  35. I’d feel comfortable handing over my papers to the Boy Scouts. The guy with the cart and the dog is definitely a highlight. This was fun, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie 😊

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  36. Those are pretty ominous looking clouds!

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    1. Yes and they passed with no rain. Darn. 😊

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  37. Hi John, I love your views of the neighborhood posts and believe me, Shred Day sounds exciting to me! Have you ever taken your dogs into a pet shop with you? Would they stay in the cart there? 😉 Hope you are doing well.

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    1. I have not taken the dogs to a pet shop. They would not stay in a cart. Twggy would be all over the birds and Lucy would eyeball the kibble. Hope you are doing well too. All is good here.

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      1. Reminds me of when I used to food shop with my kids! No one went after the kibble, but they were all over the cookies in the cookie aisle! 😉

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      2. There you go. Same principle. 😁

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