Hometown adventures

I’ve been home for more than a day now. I don’t think it’s too coincidental that I haven’t had a new blog post in that amount of time. I just don’t see things here at home as adventurous as I do while in a new place I suppose. That’s something I’d really like to work on though. I need to be able to see the adventures in everything I do, everywhere I go. This is my vow to try harder to do just that. I’m going to seek the adventure in each and every new day I am blessed with. You never know when it’s going to be your time and you won’t have that opportunity to even go on adventures!

I’ll take this opportunity to catch you up on my past couple of days.

My buddy, Scott, picked me up from the Indianapolis International Airport (best airport in North America) on Monday evening. My flight got in a little bit earlier than they anticipated. Perhaps it was something to do with the pilot and his impeccable flying abilities. He gave his pre-flight speech in the style of Star Wars. He announced his co-pilot and flight crew as members of the movies. He even went so far as to refer to the Boeing 717 we were on as the ‘Death Star’.

Anyway, Scott picked me up and we headed north; homeward. On the way home we decided to stop in Brownsburg to eat at IHOP. That was quite the experience. It was probably around 10:00pm or so; so it wasn’t too late. We were seated and our server introduced himself. The kid sounded almost as if he were under the influence of some kind of mind altering substance! I ordered bacon with my breakfast, and I ordered it “extra crispy”. I can’t stand bacon that you can fold in half, it just doesn’t seem right. Well, when my breakfast came out, the bacon wasn’t crispy at all. The server asked, “Is that crispy enough?” To which I replied, “Not really, but that’s alright.” He then said, “Just eat it” and there was a definite pause before he said, “I’ll get you some more that is crispy.” It was rather amusing with that long pause in his sentence because it almost sounded as if he were demanding that I just eat what was served to me before he finally came in with that last part, and the part that made that statement sit better with me. The meal was finished, crispy bacon and all, and then Scott dropped me off at home.

There’s nothing like sleeping in your own bed after being gone for a couple of weeks!

Tuesday (yesterday) brought with it a few smaller adventures. I woke up early in the morning without an alarm, thanks largely in part to being in southern Florida for more than two weeks and getting my schedule adjusted to “normal”. I had my mind made up that I was going to get several things checked off of my to-do list.

First thing was first; I needed to go to the bank to cash a check and deposit another. These two things had to take place at two separate banks though, so first up was to cash one of the checks. While I was there, the teller reminded me that my drivers license was about to expire. I thanked her and let her know that was my very next stop. After cashing my check, I immediately headed over to the BMV which is just a few hundred yards from the bank.

Arriving at the BMV  I was pleasantly surprised that they weren’t busy at all. I walked in and took a number. The moment I had the number ticket in-hand, one of the ladies there asked me to have a seat in front of her computer. Sweet! No wait! I sat down and she asked me how she could help me. I told her I was there to simply renew my drivers license. If only I knew that ‘simple’ process wasn’t all that ‘simple’. I’m fairly certain I signed more paperwork for that renewed license than I did when I signed the mortgage papers for my house! That said, the whole process only took about 10 minutes or so. Signed the papers, took a quick vision test, she snapped a new photo of me (with my beard!), and then we sat back down to ‘settle up’. She told me the cost for renewing my drivers license was $21.00. Twenty-one dollars?! Geesh! I hope the state is putting that money to good use! Anyway, I paid their ridiculous fee, took my temporary drivers license and my old one as well, and I was on my way. Overall, a very good experience at the BMV. Kudos to them!

I still had a check that needed deposited into my account, so I headed to the credit union. I prefer them over banks for several reasons that I won’t outline in this post. Anyway, I get to the credit union and deposit my check. The teller there tells me that my funds won’t be available for 9-10 days. I guess they need to know that the state has the funds available to cover that retirement check, huh? I sure hope the money is there! I’m not sure I can handle many more debacles with the government right now. One at a time is enough! I went ahead and got a money order while I was there at the credit union so I could pay my car insurance, which was the last thing on my to-do list for now!

With money order in-hand, I went to see my insurance agent to pay my premiums. Insurance was paid and at that point I had worked up quite the appetite. It was time to get some lunch. I text my buddy, Zach, to see if he had any lunch plans. We met up for some Chinese and we got caught up with each others lives since we hadn’t talked for a couple weeks.

Overall, yesterday was a very productive day. Getting those items checked off my to-do list are the first steps needed in a series of steps that will get me completely squared away in life. I’ll be sure to write about those other steps of the journey as they unfold. I’m sure they’ll be quite interesting! I’m excited to see where my life is leading me!

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About John Shue

Just a normal guy in pursuit of happiness.
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