Thank god for cell phones, as I used mine extensively on the way. I made the following calls:
- Replacements, Ltd. to put in my order so that the pieces would already be "pulled" when I got there.
- Helios to see what time they were closing tonight. (2 PM)
- Starbucks on Harrison Avenue to see what time they were closing tonight. (6 PM)
- Caribou Coffee on Maynard Street to see what time they were closing tonight. (6 PM)
- The Starbucks in the 24-hour Harris Teeter store in Cameron Village. (No answer after about 25 rings.)
On the way back from Greensboro, I made a surprise visit to UNC Hospital to see Robert at work. Sweet man. Beautiful smile.
Next, I stopped at work to copy my holiday letter template from my hard drive on my work computer to my memory stick.
From there, I stopped by the post office on highway 54 and mailed three more holiday cards.
Next, there was a pit stop at Sam's to look for something for Robert's mom, but I didn't see anything I wanted for her, and was just as glad. I didn't want to shop at Sam's Club at all for Christmas, and managed that this year. I also did not buy anything from Wal-Mart.
And, finally, I ran by the American & European Massage Center to buy a gift certificate for a massage with Pavel for Robert's Christmas gift.
I met my long-time (high school) friend, Irene, her brother Randy (who I haven't seen in many, many years, and has grown up to be a hunk of a man), Andrew (Irene's son) at the airport, where we waited for Katherine (Irene's daughter) to arrive from Austin via Chicago on United Express.
Irene and I exchanged gifts there, where she got me several books, as well as one from Maria. When Katherine arrived, she gave me a book, too. Guess, I'd better get reading.
It was a short visit as we couldn't go anywhere for coffee (see list above), it was after 9:00, and they had to drive back to Jacksonville yet.
We said our goodbyes, Merry Christmases, and exchanged hugs all around.
I dropped by Flex, where it was "Gay Geek Night." If you could correctly answer 7 of these 10 questions, you got in free.
I skimmed the first three or four questions, and asked, "How much is it to get in?" I gladly paid the two bucks.
I don't even know what these things are: Storm Troopers, Farscape, Voyager, and Dr. Who, What When or Where!
Once inside, there weren't very many people I know there. I watched the pool game on "the good table" with Jim for a while. Kent stopped by to say hello, and after about 45 minutes, I went to CCs.
There were a couple of people I know there. Chris, from White Rabbit spoke to me for a quite a while, while he nursed a bleeding finger he had obtained playing pool. Dangerous sport.