It's been almost a month since I stopped working for a paycheck. That doesn't mean I've been sitting around the house doing nothing, though. Today was a good example. I was scheduled to evaluate three places--two different branches of a women's clothes store, and then a quick-service restaurant franchise. Shortly before 10:00 I left the house to drive east to the first stop, which was inside a mall.
When I got to the mall they had part of the parking lot blocked off because of a water main break, but I managed to find an alternate entrance and wind my way up to the second floor where the store was. It took me 19 minutes and 32 seconds (it's very important to be detail oriented) to try on some clothes and see how well the salespeople measure up to the Corporate standards. When I was done I wound my way back to the car and continued to the east.
The second store is outside in a plaza setting. It doesn't have a parking lot, so I had to drive around the block once looking for a parking space. Fortunately, right after I turned back onto the street there was a spot right in front of the store. After feeding the meter I went inside and repeated the evaluation process. I'm happy to report both stores did well.
Instead of going directly to the next stop I decided to make a slight detour, and went exactly one and one-half miles out of my way to shop at the Habitat for Humanity store. I was looking for a nice piece of wood or decorative molding for an upcoming project. After digging through random pieces of millwork, I hit the jackpot! I found a section of 4" wide base molding for only $2. It would have cost ten times more than that at the hardware store.
After wedging the piece of wood into my car I retraced my steps, then kept going until I got to the restaurant. It was located on the fringes of an urban area, and once again I had to pay to park. At this stop I got to order lunch (for which I would be reimbursed) and check to make sure the staff jumped through all the hoops they were supposed to. For the most part they did.
Belly full, I headed towards home, making stops at the bank, grocery, and drug store. By time I got home today's To-Do list had been completed. All I had to do is write a report on each store. And start on tomorrow's To-Do list.
Five years ago today: You Never Know Where You're Going To Learn Something New