Thursday, January 26, 2006

January in Kansas 2006

It was crazy to have 66 degrees on New Years Day, but even crazier that we reached past the 60 degree mark five more times. And, we have five days left.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Am I old yet?

I have carried mail, first as a substitute for four and a half years and later as a regular for 25 years. Rural carriers are unionized but mainly for negotion purposes because we have a no strike clause. I have always been a member of the union and attended meetings at least once or twice a year. Although never real active, I feel the need to stay educated.

The rural carrier ranks were mostly men when I started, many veterans and some even politically appointed. Over the years women have joined the craft especially in the urban areas. It is a friendly, hard working group.

Tonight there was a rural carriers meeting. I was sitting near the back of the room and had the opportunity to look over the menbers present. It dawned on me that I might possibly be the oldest person present. It feels like so few years ago I was the greenhorn carrier with so many questions.

I suppose our social circle of friends will gradually change--only not to retirement. I have seen in my parent's generation where groups who don't take in younger members eventually die, literally. Tonight it dawned on me that I am no longer the young carrier lurking at the back of the room. Even though I still tend to lurk at the back of the room, I am now the "old experienced one."

The up side of this observation is I feel exactly as I did 25 years ago. Well, maybe not "exactly" as I have a few more gray hairs, feel a lot less intimidated and I now have grandchildren to adore. Perhaps, also, the birthday that is approaching in a little over a week is an even number and I have to remind myself that if I don't feel old, then must not be!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Home to beautiful weather

It's good to be home and I must say, the weather is as beautiful here as it was in Arizona. I am still trying to get everything put away after the trip. I am about there. Tonight is an early to bed night as I stayed up too late last night trying to get the trip completed over at Wildflowers Waterfalls.

I have a few loose bits of information that I thought might be of interest. We traveled 2,685 miles, used 116.44 gallons of gas, averaged $2.26.9 per gallon, averaged 23.6 miles per gallon and spent a total of $262.60 on gas. I realize we could have purchased one airline ticket and probably would have had money left to put on a second. We enjoy road trips, though. We also live around 80 miles from KCI, would have to pay to park the car, and impose on our friends in Phoenix to come get us when we arrive. Maybe I am just justifing our love of road trips, but air travel is not what it is cracked up to be (as far as we are concerned).

One other interesting find on the trip was a booklet called Passport to National Parks. It costs just $7 and is a must have for all young children and young at heart. Each National Park or Site has its own postmark. There is a place in the book for the mark and an inexpensive sticker with a picture of the site. There is a map of the US showing all the National Parks. I love National Parks anyway and this will be fun to help remember when we were there. I have been kicking myself that I didn't buy one for each of our grandkids. Kim thought she could probably get it online.

We debated about not going on this trip as it seems we just got over the excitement of the Holidays. I sure am glad we did.