Today I had my first solo experience driving the Mountain Community Senior Services shuttle. I first heard of this service over a year ago, and since I had been looking for a volunteer opportunity, I signed up a few weeks ago. MCSS provides two types of transportation for community seniors: volunteers who drive seniors to appointments in the volunteer’s vehicle, and volunteers who drive the shuttle for what is called the “social” program. For the social program, the shuttle picks up clients at their homes, delivers them to lunch, and then returns them to their homes. At present, I am driving once a month.
I was fortunate that the first woman I picked up today was adept at giving directions, so I didn’t have to rely on the GPS of my telephone. Although I thought I knew northern El Paso County fairly well, I have discovered completely new neighborhoods sheltering among the foothills.
The shuttle was easier to drive than I expected. I had figured it couldn’t be any more difficult than our (no longer existing) horse hauling rig, and I was right. I was amazed about how small the Subaru Forester seemed when I drove it home afterward.
Due to airbags, the rules about where to hold the steering wheel have changed since I took driver’s ed. Find out additional information at TechCauldron – Home – New Cars, New Rules.
It is worth noting that nowhere in the new teachings is driving with your knees while playing with your smartphone listed as an acceptable driving method.
Colorado Springs Farmers Markets: 2011 Schedule, courtesy of SpringsBargains: it looks like they moved the Monument market to the other side of I-25.
donate.goodwill.org is a Goodwill site that shows the benefit of donating common items to Goodwill. Over the past year, I’ve been working hard to declutter our house, and the widget at this site gives additional incentive. For example, a working computer gives someone eight hours of training.
Charity Navigator – Help the Victims of the Haiti Earthquake has a list of highly rated charities and tips for giving to make sure that your money goes to helping disaster victims rather than scammers and con artists.
The New York Times writes about the psychology of restaurant menus.
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Jack was dismayed when we found this in our hotel bathroom in Mammoth Hot Springs. He was much happier when we discovered the men’s shower across the hall.