Lowe's is promoting a rebate you can apply toward their $65 delivery fee. Indeed, just last night on TV I saw an ad for Lowe's, promoting its “free” delivery. I filled out my own rebate form, and saw that you don't get a rebate at all. You get a $65 gift card to Lowe's. How lame is that? And yet, why would I expect anything better from the Voldemort of retailers?
Drama Queen's birthday was June 2, and we had a picnic on the Lawn to celebrate. (For non-Charlottesville readers, that's lawn with a capital L because I'm referring to the Lawn at the University of Virginia.) I used to think that I don't like picnics, but what I really don't like is preparing a ton of food and carrying it to a distant location. If someone else prepares the food, picnics are a lot of fun. We picked up sandwiches and drinks at the Mill Creek Market—they make excellent sandwiches there—and then went to the Lawn. We are so downtown oriented that to my kids, a trip to the Corner was fresh and exotic. The picnic was lovely and after we had birthday profiteroles which Drama Queen had made herself.
Jon has discovered that people have been trying to steal his motorcycle. There are definite cut marks on the locks he puts on it. When the scooter was stolen, what pissed me off most, next to the loss of the scooter, was the attitude of the 911 operator I spoke to when I reported the theft. "Was it in a garage," she asked, "Or was it just out in the open?" Clearly implying that we were at fault by not putting the scooter in a garage.
I hate that blame the victim bullshit. Our house doesn't have a garage. Many houses in Charlottesville don't have garages. Most houses in my neighborhood don't even have a driveway. We had done what we could to prevent a theft by locking the scooter to a post on the front porch, but the thieves cut through the cable. Since buying the motorcycle, Jon got two new sturdy locks that go right onto the wheel--no easy to cut cable. We hired an electrician to put more exterior lighting around our house. We bought a solar-powered motion-sensor light and attached it to a pole that sits near where the motorcycle is parked. And yet still, the little fuckers try to steal it. I *hate* that entitled attitude in which people think they can take whatever they want. Here's a suggestion. Why don't you get a job and buy your own motorcycle?