02BAC: Weirdly Eventful Sunday Errands

Sunday Fast Food

Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 932

I thought today would be pretty straightforward. Tobie and I woke up well-rested but not too late in the day. I had time to get some yoga in before we planned to head out to the grocery. But when we were already in the car ready to go...it didn't start because the battery was dead.

To be fair, we knew it was going to happen. The last few times we took the car out, the engine start-up already started to sound strained and we figured a replacement was going to be due soon. But you know how these things are - there's no way to definitively determine when it's time to replace your car battery. And you'll also want to make sure you get the most out of it. And sadly. our typical way of maximizing the use of a car battery has been to get it all the way to drained status. 

But for one reason or another, we've been lucky enough to have mainly experienced these situations while at home. Can you imagine what a hassle it would have been had we found the battery drained after a night at O Bar or something? So it's just that it has happened to us while at home and the battery delivery people are quite speedy.

Isn't it amazing that car batteries are something that can be delivered quickly and efficiently? I know we've even had to replace a battery late at nite and someone still made the delivery pretty speedily. And today's replacement was delivered and installed within an hour of our initial aborted grocery trip.

So we still made it to the mall with time to shop. There were a LOT of people at the mall given payday was just a few days ago for most folks, so it was a little tricky to find a place to grab lunch. We made do with the food court, which has limited keto options, but we have found ways to make things work. 

I dropped by the optical shop while Tobie got started on the groceries. No big issues there, but my grade of contacts wasn't available so I'll have to wait for new stock to arrive later this week. The actual grocery shopping was straightforward enough and Tobie got through our mental lists of things we needed pretty quickly. But things super bogged down once we get to the checkout counter.

We skipped the Prestige queue since it seemed the one right next to it was shorter as there was only 1 person ahead of us. But it turned out the one being serviced at the counter had this or that issue and it took FOREVER for the cashier to figure out how to handle things for some reason. To watch her mangle each item very awkwardly and slowly had us shifting back to the Prestige queue even though it was now technically longer. And once we got to the counter...the time had come to change cashiers. So we had to wait for the two cashiers to handle the change before we could get through things. 

We were a little late for our Pendragon RPG session, but it wasn't too bad. At least we got our errands settled including the bonus errand of finally getting the car battery replaced. Let's just hope the rest of the weekend does not include as many quirky little events and related complications.