It was Home Depot day here this morning. Phone wire, a wall jack, and a new thermostat. I finally wired up a phone in the basement. Yay me. I also wired in a digital, programmable thermostat. Now my house will vary between 70 and 62 degrees automagically. Not only that, the temperature will actually be accurate. Wow.
The old thermostat was just weird. Last spring, Cathy adjusted the thermostat up a couple degrees, to 72, and it sweated me out of house and home. Had to actually be 78 or so.
Thinking of Cathy, I saw her at the party Friday night. I'm still not talking to her in that completely avoidant, disfunctional way. (I dated her a little last spring. Breakup went bad. I acted like a complete JERK-off.) Don't get me wrong. Cathy is a very intelligent woman with a wicked sense of humor. Problem is, that's fine for me to visit, but it also annoys and aggrivates me in long doses. That's not good for a relationship. There were other problems, too. She was dragging me towards social circles that I was moving away from. She made the same mistakes about my personality that my family does, which I really don't need more of either.
I went down to clean up after the ANS (Audibon Naturalist Society's) winter fair. They have two big events per year. In the summer they have their educational event, and in the winter, their crafty event. The actual property is a mansion on a bird sanctuary. The ANS predates the National Audibon Society by about 40 years. ANS's first president was the Surgeon General at the time. During Teddy Roosevelt's administration, they actually had meetings in the White House.
As for the work, I started off by choffeuring two people about and picking up signs. We went up and down 355, through Bethesda, and back around. Amazingly, we didn't get beeped at once. My liberal use of blinkers helped that, I think. No one had any doubts that we were pulling over. After that, I helped fold up tables and chairs. There was plenty of trash to get picked up. I dodged the parking duty, as I had directed traffic in previous years. I didn't want to do that again.
After everything was done, we ate the leftovers. ANS always has great leftovers. There was kettle corn for appetizer, followed by tai noodles, fried rice, and roast meats. Yumm. All in all, I had fun. Volunteering is a good way to spend an evening.