The training itself was okay. Like I said, it didn’t apply to me, but it included an Excel spreadsheet that was pretty amazing. During the copious amounts of work time, I played around with the spreadsheet, got the gist and then occupied myself reading things online. This was harder than one would think, as the training was at a high school that blocked access to a lot of things. For instance, I couldn’t access my gmail, nor could I read the New York Times. However, Roger Ebert’s website was not blocked and I read a great essay about his wife. Now, I would argue that maybe I would have benefited from reading the New York Times online, but if the district wants me to spend time reading movie reviews and essays, I will.
We broke early for lunch (yipee!) and off I went in my Zipcar. Zipcar gives you 180 miles per day and I aimed to drive most of them getting myself back home. First stop: Newberg Dairy Queen. I needed a Blizzard as it was summer and I was out for a drive. As I ate, I sat in the parking lot and planned my route using my big Oregon map with all the back roads. After I planned, (it turns out I’m not a huge fan of cookie dough blizzards anymore. The quality of the ingredients isn’t very high.) I noticed the retro Dairy Queen sign, tucked away in the corner of the lot.
Finding 47 again, I headed toward Banks, which Matt and I rode on our bikes to from Stub State Park.
Unpacking the car at home I realized the super awesome “choose your own configuration” cup holder. Good job, car engineers.
Also, the radio stations were fabulous. I cycled between six stations and never had to listen to one commercial. I did get to hear one song twice: Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side. Also, I discovered that what one radio station is calling “the new classic rock” is what I was listening to in high school.
So thanks Zipcar, for getting me to my important training and thanks again for a delightful drive home.