Part 1 here.
So, Friday was going to be Joe Day. I was going to take myself out to lunch, do a little shopping, whatever. On my own, out of the house for the first time in a few weeks, away from my pets. It means I have to get up and drive my wife to work and pick her up, but that's no problem.
Thursday night rolls around, and I lay down in the bed around 10-ish... and nothing happens. Around 1AM I give up on sleeping, and go to my office until around 3AM. Finally I get to sleep around 3:30, except I have to pee at 5, and then the alarm goes off at 6. I says to my wife "fuck it, I'll do Joe Day another day" and get back in the bed. I'm asleep immediately, for about five minutes because about that time Randall finds a plastic tie from something, and wants to play fetch with me. That's Randall the CAT, aka Boobs the Fetching Cat.
So since I was awake and angry at this point, I went ahead and drove my wife to work. I came home, and basically turned right back around and went to the stores. I hit the New Balance store and got a pair of shoes (10.5 4E, thanks for asking), went to Lowes and got a sander, tung oil, and some light bulbs... then went to Harbor Freight which I love because they have the sort of tools you use once and they have them for cheap. I bought these 24" bar clamps that I'm only ever going to need for the current project and probably never again, and they were $4 rather than $24 at Lowes.
Drove all the way across town to Guitar Center, looking for a distortion pedal since the one I ordered for Xmas got taken away from me. They didn't have anything, and the sales guy was an idiot in any case. I was going to go to Music Go Round, but I just sort of gave up from exhaustion at that point. I started back towards home, planning on getting lunch along the way. I got turned around and pulled into a parking lot to check MapQuest... and that's when I saw The Sign.
Grandma's Music & Sound.