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The Day Everything was Closed

I found a grabber (a long handled stick type thing with a trigger on one end and a claw like thing on the other.... You know, I'm not describing it that well. Google it if you're super curious.) in my closet. I honestly don't know when I would have purchased it. But it is kind of nifty. And it is very useful. I'm the queen of dropping stuff behind dressers, under beds, behind washers and dryers, etc.... And most of the time when that happens I'm just like, "Meh. It's not important. It can stay there." But when it really is important and I have no choice but to move furniture or appliances.... Ugh! Such a pain in the ass. I can see why I would buy this grabber even though I can't remember ever purchasing it.

So last night I was bored and couldn't sleep. I ended up sitting in the middle of my bed with my grabber and moving everything I could reach around. I got points for grabbing stuff on the first try and points for moving stuff without dropping it. (I don't know why I had a point system since I didn't keep track of said points.) Seriously, this was some fancy entertainment I had going on to amuse myself.

My sister happened to text me when I was in the middle of my game. When I texted her back describing what I was doing, she responded with, "Girl, you really need to get out the house more often."

I teased her that I was going to get her a grabber too so we could both amuse ourselves (something I really might do because that thing is really nifty.) But I took her remark to heart. A change of scenery would be a good thing for me since I have been experiencing a little cabin fever.

So, early this afternoon before thunderstorms were to roll in, I went out to run some errands. I wanted to drop something into the post box and then I needed stop at the atm. Not exactly exciting stuff. But, it got me out of the house.

When I was making my way to my bank, I happened to notice that the Walmart that I sometimes go to was completely dead. There wasn't a single car in the parking lot. I happened to notice a worker doing something over by the garden center, so I changed lanes and pulled in.

What can I say? I'm nosy.

It was kind of eerie seeing the store like that: no cars parked anywhere, the cart corrals empty, no stray shopping carts placed here and there, and even the trash cans that are always placed by the cart corrals were gone. But even weirder than all of that was how the front two entrances were completely blocked on the inside by palettes of their Great Value water. The water was stacked so high that even the small windows above the doors had water blocking them.

Knowing I was probably being a pain in the ass, I drove over to the employee I saw and rolled down my window. Then I asked him what was going on. The guy, who seemed to be securing something down, said that the store was closed today because there was word that after a planned protest some people who wanted to be destructive and cause trouble might end up there.

I was kind of shocked. I mean, I'm not a Walmart super fan by no means. Mostly I go there to do some grocery shopping only when I have to. But still, the whole thing is kind of scary.

After thanking the employee, I drove a few miles down the road to my bank. The branch that I always go to is in front of a mall and it is always busy. Well, not so much today. The bank was completely closed, including the drive thru's. And, when I went to the ATM it said it couldn't complete my transaction because it was out of cash.

I was just going to come back home and go out another day when I remembered that not five minutes away was another branch of my bank. This branch was open and I swear the drive thru's had upwards of thirty cars in them. The line even spilled out onto the street. No one was at the ATM - thank goodness - so I didn't have to wait an hour. There was an employee of the bank out trying to guide the traffic in the parking lot. So, I once again rolled down my window and asked if she knew why the other branch was closed. She said that not only was that bank but the mall was also closed because of the planned protests.

I don't know. I'm glad I got out of the house for a little while today. But ever since I got home I've just been so ... sad. And I've done nothing else productive today. I've just been plopped down on my couch and binge watching "The Office."

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7:51 p.m. - 2020-06-04

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