But I really love summer break.
There is nothing like the feeling of closing my office door for the last time for two entire months, disabling my daily alarm clock, and trading in my shoes for flip-flops.
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I wrapped up my responsibilities at work by mid-morning and hit the road. I hadn't eaten breakfast and had a few errands to run before picking up the kids from my in-law's. Luck was on my side as I got to Taco Bell just before their breakfast menu shut down for the day.
Now I realize that most people either love Taco Bell or they hate it -- but if you fall in line with the haters and you've never eaten a Taco Bell breakfast, your opinion is temporarily void. As a guy who could eat breakfast foods at every meal for the rest of his life, I was mesmerized by Taco Bell's A.M. Crunch Wraps when they were first introduced. It was everything I love about breakfast -- bacon, hash browns, cheese, eggs -- all smashed into a tortilla.
And it is uh-may-zing.
So I scarfed down a stomach full of awesome and headed out with my cup of coffee and a sack full of Diablo sauce for good measure.
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I took care of my errands and quickly realized I was in the neighborhood of two of my favorite stores -- Goodwill and Friar Tuck.
I now had two more errands to run.
It's been a while since I've had what I'd consider a successful trip to Goodwill but today paid off to the tune of about five bucks. For some reason, the two Goodwill stores in my area quit selling most toys a few years ago so I was pleasantly surprised when I found this guy for three bucks.
Despite the fact that it was dirty and had Play-Doh packed into the track on top, I'm a sucker for anything related to classic Fisher Price Little People. This late 70s Lift and Load Depot came home with me and cleaned up nicely after a quick dismantling and cleaning.
I also grabbed a Cracker CD I was surprised I didn't have and a copy of the Karate Kid Part III book which I did have already.
Why did I buy another copy of the book? Well, this one was bigger and has a different cover.
I had to.
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Then it was off to Friar Tuck -- the liquor store the size of a small grocery store. You may recall that last year I toasted the end of the school year with a bottle of Yeastie Boys. This year, I found the perfect drink to start off my summer. More on that in a minute.
First, what I didn't buy. I saw these on an end-cap and (although quite intrigued) couldn't pull the trigger.
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It rained pretty hard here this morning. I've learned many things from my dad throughout my life and one of those things is this...
When you're driving and you see a puddle -- especially a big one -- unless there is a person in the way who will get soaked, even if you have to go out of your way to do so, drive through it at top speed.
This is what I do. My kids think it's awesome.
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So here we go. Work is done and the Summer of Tim is in full effect!
Make way. Make way for the S-O-T!!
I think I'll put on some Kanye.