Thursday, April 16, 2015

Found on the side of the road

One of the hassles of travel is getting my lovely wife's prescriptions filled. When on the road we generally stick to a certain national chain since their computers can talk to each other. That doesn't mean things go smoothly. This time they didn't want to fill her prescription because she's been moving around too much. What? Is freedom of movement now a suspicious activity? Her doctor back home had to fax information directly to the local branch to make it happen. It can sometimes take several days to get these things sorted out.

On the bright side, near the drugstore was an actual for real used bookstore. It was like a blast from the past. Not only did they have an extensive selection of books, they also had vinyl records. Asheville North Carolina must have a large hipster population or something. Well, it is a college town so there's that..

One of my pet peeves is the high price of downtown parking. My van is too high to fit in the municipal parking garages so I have to feed meters on the street. It's not cheap, but even worse is the two hour limit. We were thinking of catching a movie, but the run time was longer than the meter limit.

We had dinner with family and friends downtown our first day here. People kept having to run outside and feed the meters. Asheville is just doing what other other cities are doing. Just like those other cities, Asheville is missing out on some of our business.

Of course, if we'd stuck in town we'd have never found that great used bookstore on the outskirts.



  1. How did you park while towing a boat? Did you leave the boat outside town ?

    1. The fist day we went directly into town. After much searching I found two open spaces and fed the meter for both the van and boat trailer. After that I was able to leave the boat at the campground.

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    1. Only about 8 or 9 books. Great restraint, really.

  3. Claim freedom or (better yet) practicing freedom of anything is suspicious these days. I had to stop for a checkpoint this weekend where all the officers were doing was looking at driver's licenses.

    "Papers please?" I showed it to them and was "allowed" to resume my driving.

    I used to work for one of the national chain drug stores. They really hate it when complaints are called in. It gets scored against them when it comes time for raises and bonuses.

    They tried the exact same thing against me when I moved from one state to another even the reason for the move was because said company offered me a promotion. They said it involved a state law or something, but amazinly, a little keyboard magic solved the issue..... funny how they can do that when they want to.

    1. It's tough to be a foot loose freedom lover. Call it death by a thousand cuts. One little annoyance after another.