Well, today was a pretty good day for Jason (and me), as we weren't rushed to do much of anything this morning, and only wanted to get up to Oceanside to take Gracie up to the dog training session. We left the house with enough time to get there, and headed over to the gas station on MCRD, across the street. When we got on base we discovered there was some sort of a running event going on, and there must have been in the neighborhood of about 5,000 runners, since I saw some of the runner's bibs numbered into the high 4,000's. Anyway, this caused a bit of a delay in getting to the gas station, and then when we did finally get the gas, we were again delayed getting away from the gas station. Normally it would have taken us maybe 12 minutes to fill up, and this time it was closer to 30. Some of the other drivers, behind us were getting a bit anxious, since it was taking so long. A couple of them got out of their cars, while we were waiting and walked up to me and asked what was going on. Not sure why I became the authority, but I did my best to explain, and they didn't seem any happier. Anyway, we were on our way again.
The drive up was relatively uneventful, even if we did arrive 35 minutes late. The other folks were already working with their dogs, so Jason and Gracie headed straight over while I closed up the van. Jason let them know that he was not going to be able to make the next week's session, since we're headed up to Livermore, but he should be back the following week. After the training I asked Jason if he'd like to go home or go get something to eat. It was lunch time and the drive home usually takes a while as traffic bunches up right there. Jason suggested that we go try out Joe's Crab Shack. We'd heard about it, and even saw it the first time we came up for the training.
So we headed over to the restaurant and as we got there we noticed that there was a kid's fair going on, and there were plenty of people around. The trouble with the event was that for some reason they decided to set up in the parking area, right were there were the most handicap parking places. I had to drive around a bit, and finally found a spot, not too far away. I actually felt we were lucky to have gotten the spot, as it wasn't too far from the restaurant. We went in, and ordered our lunches and enjoyed relaxing there for a little while. The food was good, and we didn't have to wait too long, and soon we were done, and back out the door.
We drove back down, close to the shore, since the freeway was still packed. This gave Jason and I some time to talk more, with no one else around, and it was very enjoyable. He talked about some of the things he was hoping to see happen in his life, and in the lives of the girls. He also talked a bit about where he might want to set his roots, and I was happy to hear that he liked the area. That doesn't mean he wants to stay down in this area, but it does sound like moving out of state probably won't happen.
We got back to the house and immediately started to get ready to take his shower. He was just about done when the technician from Lincoln housing came over. I had called them earlier about the refrigerator, and was concerned that it wasn't working correctly. The tech went over to work on the refrigerator and I finished up with Jason. The problem with the refrigerator was that the coil had frozen into a block of ice, and no air was able to pass through. The tech got the ice to "defrost" and it has worked well, ever since. The rest of the evening was watching some TV and taking care of a few other things, and now it is finally time for bed. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and all the support. Take care and stay positive.