Last night was another Awana Wednesday!
With Gabi safely deposited at the church for a whole two hour chunk of time, I happily drove to the nearby Vons to connect to the Internet from my car and get my bloggy groove on.
I went to grab my usual spot (I wonder if the employees there have figured out that I'm now a Wednesday night parking lot regular) and it and most of the other spots in the row were taken. The row I like is on the edge of the parking lot and looks out over a little valley and Camp Pendleton. Which was on fire.
Well, the whole BASE wasn't on fire. But a large chunk of grassland near the valley was. And it was getting closer and closer to the nearby neighborhoods. Everyone was parked in my row to watch the fire.
I was able to find a spot down the row, but the Internet waves or whatever they're called didn't reach that far away. So I backed out and only had to waste about three minutes that I could've been blogging driving up and down my row until one of the gawkers finally left. Yay!
I turned on my computer and started to do my thing. And then, not even five minutes later, I was in complete darkness. I know the time the sun sets is all incremental and scientific and whatnot, but I don't remember sitting for so long in the dark the other times that I stole free Internet from Vons in my car.
Not really a big deal, but my computer screen casts a very revealing glow on me, lighting me up for the whole parking lot to see. I didn't mind dealing with it for a BIT of time, but the WHOLE time?
Plus, the glow attracts mosquitoes. I got bit on my foot before the first little devil flittered across my screen and died a quick death. But more soon came (thankfully no more bites) and I had to roll up my windows.
With the windows up, I was swealtering! Not only was it still pretty warm outside, my laptop was so hot it almost burned me a few times. It was doing its fair share of warming up the car. And me.
(Note to anyone ever trapped in a snowstorm in their car: turn on your laptop at regular intervals to warm yourself up.)
When I started to drip actual sweat, I decided to give the nearby Starbucks a try. Kristy (from The Kids Are Taking Over) had included a gift card to Starbucks in the swap box she sent me, and I decided now was the time to cash in, and blog from a table! I ordered my Chai Latte and then casually asked, "You have internet here, right?" To which the cashier barista girl responded, "We DO, but you have to creat an account through AT&T and pay."
WHAT??? Well, that definitely put a crimp in my plans. I just can't bring myself to pay for something that I can get for free.
Yep, back to the car I went (I cancelled the Chai for fear I'd spill it in such cramped quarters) and drove to my row AGAIN (yay for another spot!). So that made a total of three times I'd parked and then moved. This time I stayed put.
And sat in my hot car for the remainder of the time, hoping that all the people watching the fire and taking pictures weren't really taking pictures of me (some of those flashes were suspiciously bright), the weird girl who keeps parking and lighting herself up with her computer.
I think I need to find somewhere more comfortable and less conspicuous to camp out while I steal my Internet. Today someone told me about a bagel place not too far away with free wifi.
I can totally do bagels (and then it technically wouldn't be stealing!). Do you think it'd be rude for me to bring in my Starbucks Chai Latte, though?