DL had his birthday last weekend. We got saved by the bell because he wanted to go to his bestie's house (they share the same birthday) *and* MM(19) was available to drop him off and pick him up (after sleepover). Phew! MH and I ended up busy with my parents' emergencies.
DL(17) scored a free guitar and MH bought him some electronic/music thing that he loves. A sound mixer of some sort. As to the guitar, someone just abandoned it at his friend's house some years ago. He asked if he could just have it. He said he doesn't think anyone else had ever touched it (since it was left there).
I guess we did also order out his favorite food on another night. & MH took him to a couple of thrift shops last week, to spend some of his birthday cash.
Things have been pretty normal here for a very long time. The one exception is the teen animal shelter volunteer program. The organizer and some of her adult helpers have autoimmune disorders, so they have been very slow to resume. In the end, they resumed around July 1. DL(17) had signed up around Feb 2020, so he has been waiting very patiently. He's done two shifts and really enjoys it.
I went over to the old free charger last time. It's very isolated and not my favorite place to charge. But with my hybrid car I can at least get 1/2 the drive covered. While sitting there, I thought maybe I should check if any new chargers had popped up. There were several new free chargers in the area but most of them were not accessible or were turned off during the weekend. I did find one a block or two down, but someone was using it. Today I gave it a try and no one was charging, so I got this new charger to myself. It's probably a toss up which place is better to charge, but I personally felt a little more comfortable at this charging station.
& I did remember to take the EV this time. It charges twice as fast as the hybrid, so am basically able to get free fuel for the entire drive. I got about 50 free miles today (for a 40-mile roundtrip drive).
I didn't even think about it while I was charging last time, but afterwards I thought to look for a free fast charger. Those are more unicorns and I really didn't expect to find anything. But in the "It never hurts to ask" vein... I found one! I would have checked it out today but the car was pretty well topped off. We left it charged after Bay Area trip last week because we didn't know if we'd have to go back to help my mom again. It seemed likely we would. Most any other time we can plan a little better and I will try the free charge next time. (The car charges faster if the battery is more depleted). Next time...
I suppose I also have a couple of MH updates.
He was working on a movie production but it was abruptly canceled a couple of weeks ago. MH is super bummed about that. But at least it was earlier on before too much work was done. Don't get me wrong, he's put many hours into this thing already. But the bulk of the work had not been done yet. It sounded like maybe a dire emergency and we were really concerned, but it ended up being more that the guy making the movie has a big and unexpected move. I guess that's an extra bummer because MH enjoyed working with him. Less potential for future projects if he moves hundreds of miles away.
MH also found out he got into another local film festival. But... They canceled due to COVID. It's only the second one he has gotten into, so that is a super bummer. I mean, I think they are moving it to online. He wanted to network *and* see his movie with an audience. It doesn't seem meant to be.