1.) The Pod banks at a bank with a drive through teller! Not an ATM but an actual teller in a window and a tube you send your transaction through. Rad! The biller at the Pod usually takes the deposit but she's on vacation this week so I took it down and I nearly leaped out of my car and did an elaborate impromptu dance when I saw it there. I opted for staying in my car and shimmying a bit. It's been my dream since I was a kid to use one. It was so magical to me that my mom would put the money in the tube and press a button and it would end up on the other side of the window. And when the tube came back it would usually have suckers in it for me and the sibs. I could not wait to do it. So you can imagine my extreme disappointment when I was old enough to make my own bank transactions and the drive through tellers had been phased out for ATMs. Stupid technology. Well, welcome back to the 80s, Rachel! I pulled up, took the tube out of the box, put the money in then pressed the button to talk to the teller just to say hi because I was so excited. I may have squealed a little when I heard the swooshing sound of the tube being transported. When it came back there wasn't a sucker with my receipt but I still felt like high fiving someone over it. I definitely shimmied again.
2.) A chain smoker has moved in next door. (Note to Mindy: it's your old neighbor who lived below you. He moved into the Swanns old place.) It's horrible. If I have my sliding glass door open, which I do whenever I'm home, I smell cigarettes the entire time. How would you handle this?
3.) I want to travel to just about everywhere in the world. (Dear Wealthy Benefactor, Please hurry. Time's a wastin'. Hugs and Kisses, Rachel) So there is a very short list of places I do not want to go to. The Philippines is on that list. I was telling the girls at the Pod about the Great Moth Invasion at camp and one of the guys from Kramerica overheard and came out to tell us about this time on his mission to the Philippines after a monsoon flooded his apartment. He went downstairs to check out the damage and notices that the walls were moving. Every inch was covered in flying cockroaches the size of his fist. Bleh! And Ew! And Knights of Columbus! I realize that people - and particularly men - are prone to exaggerating tales from their missions but even so - pass.
4.) Happy Summer! Although I'm not such a fan of the heat of summer there is something very wonderful about the idea of summer. There are always more parties and more trips to the beach and more ice cream cones and more book reading and more general fun in the summer. Let's all enjoy a OtterPop in honor of it.