Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Who you might meet in a laundromat when you don't have quarters

We had coffee with SwankieWheels and Liz.  I asked Liz if she blogs;  she said she has enough trouble getting on blogs.  Well, I don't believe a word of it, and will be waiting around for her first post.

It was fun, and we closed down Carl's Jr.  Not literally, because Carl's Jr. closes around 9 and we left before 5.  I say it that way so you see that we had fun and laughed, even though it took Ms. Swank three vacuum carafes of coffee to get one full cup.  It's possible it was just a troublemaking scheme, but that's between her and Isobella behind the counter.

[Did you know there's a laundromat in town where you can also take a shower and have your clothes folded for $1.50/pound/ $8.00 minimum (and is there a folding set-up charge?  Is it just not economical to fold fewer than 5.333 pounds of laundry?) and sit in the diner (except for today, when the diner closed down just as we got there)?  This is to explain why we re-met at Carl's.]



You may notice that Liz and SW both have purple lanyards. This was not intentional,   nor did they phone each other this morning.


Both women are vandwellers.  I pretended to be a vandweller, too, but I have no stories about stealthing, nor a van.

Here are good things to know about Carl's:
  • strong wifi, even from the parking lot
  • real milkshakes
  • not-bad coffee
  • not mobbed like McDonald's
  • no outside garbage cans


SW gave me a new expression:  Keep your dipper out of my bucket.  I feel certain she wasn't talking to me personally, but I did keep an eye on my dipper thereafter, so I know it's effective.

When Darlene & Nicole were still around, we watched a trio of military helicopters roar over our remote location.  SW and Liz were in the same area at the same time, although none of us knew it.  Seems we would have noticed their vans in such a lonely spot, but no.  I told you they were stealthers.

They showed us a great place for 'docking which offers both solitude and solid 3G connectivity.  YEEE!

We also met Liz's two cutie dogs, Lou and Poopsie (I am SO SORRY, Liz;  I can't remember Poopsie's name!  I thought I had pictures of his adorable fatness, but I didn't).

A picture of my foot.  I offer Lou for scale.






So good to meet you both!  I know our roads will cross again.

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Donna K said...

If I have to pay $1.50 a pound to shower, I'm in BIG trouble! It would cost me a small fortune...and I always object to getting on the scale.

Great flower pictures.

Gaelyn said...

That's a great laundry mat/social center in Q.

Teri said...

Real milkshakes... I bought a milkshake yesterday and they put snow cone syrup in it, it was a neon color, not good, I had to toss it.

Carolyn said...

What fun! Nice to see a picture of Swankie! I've been a member of Van Dwellers for ages ... always enjoyed her posts...

I need to revisit VD ... oh, get real! HAAaaa...

Well a short acronym is still an acronym innit?

¡Vizcacha! said...

Donna, I told that guy that if he could fold me so I don't wrinkle, it would be worth $1.50/pound.

It's quite the set-up, Gaelyn. I'm sorry we didn't get to experience the diner.

Ew, Teri, yuck. Why would they think they should do that? White, brown, mildly pink. Those are milkshake colors.


¡Vizcacha! said...

Carolyn, I had to go read my post again to see what I said about VD - Valentine's Day? Voluptuous Damsels? - when I figured it out.

Carolyn said...

HAhaaaa.... I knew that you would now.... ooooo James Brown ... get down


Me and My Dog said...

I liked that laundromat - ate burgers in the cafe a couple of times, they were very good. I checked out the showers, and they were clean and provided everything you need, including towels. Never used them, but what a great place to get everything done at once.

¡Vizcacha! said...

Suds your duds while you scrub your nubs. Very efficient.

Karen and Al said...

Why after reading you blogs am I always at a loss for words? :)

Sherry said...

You had me at Milkshakes. SIGH!
But docking spot with solitude AND 3G. How fast can I get there?

Love the clouds!

Anonymous said...

Lou for scale. But Lou is the very best part.
<Loves Lou. ~Mary

Suzanne said...

"Suds your duds while you scrub your nubs".....AND eat your spuds!! ;-)

¡Vizcacha! said...

Karen, it's odd you mention that, because after I say something, people often get quiet.

Sherry, I learned that Carl's is also Hardees. I wonder if they make real ice cream milkshakes there, too? Tell me there are Hardees in Tampa!

Mary, Lou loves you, too. We're told he gets vicious around men, but women mellow him right out.

Yes, Suzanne! It's a one-stop shop! Mmm, spuds.

swankiewheels said...

Boo Boo is the little one... he hates men. Lou Lou or Lew Lew is the Beagle and he doesn't hate anything, especially Milk Bones. You spelt my name Swank in one place... please my husband would roll over in his grave... I worked hard to get that name SWANKIE so don't cheat me out of the "ie". Loved meeting both of you... and running into you again today at Carl's. Next sunny day it's supper at the Swankie Sun Oven. Don't forget.

swankiewheels said...

names... Mom was a Bevis and married a Beaty, and I Beaty married a Bailey (first) and 30-something years later traded all that silliness in for a SwankieName.
Happy Valentine's Day David Swankie.

¡Vizcacha! said...

My apologies to Mr. Swankie. I guess that rules out Swankster, the Swankmeister, SwankieDoodle, and Swankaroo. I don't think you use your first name online, so I wanted to keep it interesting, Ms. S. Wheels.

Yes, I've got it in my calendar! First sunny day in Arizona, find Swankie and have dinner. Nice rain today, though, huh? Arizona is fascinating.


Contessa said...

Hmmm...and you say this in only your FIRST season in Arizona......shudder.........................

¡Vizcacha! said...

Contessa, I don't know what that means, but it makes me laugh.

Andra Watkins said...

Good to see you enjoying that Arizona fare. :)

The Good Luck Duck said...

It's how the West was "won"!

stillhowlyn said...

Have you visited "the book store" in Q?

The Good Luck Duck said...

I want to, but I'm afraid. I'm afraid I might laugh nervously or stare. Or laugh while I'm staring.