New tires are on and everything underneath has been lubed up. So far so good—no problems. I’m missing our bus.
So today we drove out to one of those hotel/swim parks that are popular in these obnoxiously cold states. We were meeting Ali’s sister and niece. We pulled into the parking lot where cars were absolutely everywhere, going every direction—the place had just opened minutes before.
We stopped outside the font door so Ali and the kids could run in while I circled the parking lot for a couple of hours looking for an opening. As I set Ouest down on the sidewalk a guy came up to me and said, “Hear me out, I’m here for the Minnesota Educational something-something-seminar, and I’ve got these four tickets for the water park that I can’t use. Take ’em, why let them go to waste?” I took the wrist bands, said thanks, and told him I’d try and pass it on (the act of kindness, not the tickets). He ran off in a hurry as I climbed back in the car.
The problem now was that Ali had already gone in with the kids to buy tickets, and the parking lot was a zoo. But then, just as I put the car in drive, another car began backing out of the very first spot in the first row, directly in front of me. I pulled in, ran inside, and caught Ali in plenty of time to save ourselves sixty bucks.
The sun shines on a dog’s…
We all had a fun time splashing around for the afternoon. Lowe went out of commission after about two hours and fell asleep on Ali’s chest right smack dab in the middle of the kid’s area, complete with one thousand screaming one-to-ten year-olds. Ouest continued her gung-ho ways by bombing the seven-story water slide solo. At the end of the day we hit the ten-story family tube slide. Before it came to a stop she was asking in rapid fire Spanglish if we could do it again.
Of course when the day of fun drew to a close she was in no mood to call it quits. Tears soon fell down rosy cheeks, and the papa who had spent the day as the greatest papa in the place, was reduced to being told he was mean.
So, basically, it must have been great.