Last night I watched another episode of the cable TV show, “The Americans.” Next week is the season finale. I can’t believe it is going to be over already. It seems like i just started watching it, and now it is one of my favorite shows!
The basic storyline is about a middle aged couple who are living in Northern Virginia as undercover spies for Russia. They have to do a lot of surveillance and some dirty deeds and report back to Russia. Of course, the FBI and the CIA are always a threat and they cross paths a lot, without actual confrontations yet.
The couple are pretending to be happily married and have two children together, they run a travel agency, and they have a network of people in the DC area who help them. But the very cool part is that the time period is back in the 1980′s, so they have to be careful with wardrobe, sets and props to be period specific. It is like peeking into my own past sometimes, with old console TV sets, Tupperware, Harvest Gold kitchen appliances.
It’s an interesting show with a lot of twists and turns, some gun play and stabbings, and a lot of relationship drama. I really love this show and look forward to an exciting finale – but it will be bittersweet, because I don’t want the show to end.
One of the first jobs that my sister had was after school when she was 16 and wanted to make some money for makeup and clothes that our parents would not buy for us. She got a job with a restaurant and hotel supply company and I got a job at the grocery store called Safeway.
We had to share a car to get back and forth to our jobs, which, of course, were all the way across town from each other. The store that i worked at was in a really nice neighborhood and had a place on the bus line where I could get most of the way home on a Metro bus, so sometimes I let her take the car to get back and forth to her job when we could work out the scheduling right. She learned about towels and linens and glassware, while I learned about produce and bakery items. She learned about Hotel Bar Supplies and I learned about rotating inventory and pricing canned goods.
In today’s world, hotel managers can buy what they need online and have everything shipped to them using UPS or Fed Ex. A quick search of Hotel Supply Online and you find the Peachsuite company, which sells all the same things that my sister used to sell from that little warehouse in Shirlington. It’s actually faster and easier to order online for many reasons, but I think sometimes you benefit from seeing new things or unexpected things when you walk into a store.
I think if you are going to shop online that you should search for the items that you want to order but you should also browse the site for other items. Sometimes you can be surprised at new products you never knew existed, and sometimes you can find bargains if you are flexible. I like to look around of the Atlanta Hotel Supply site and see if there are any bargains that I can use at home as well as at work. We have a little lunch kitchen at the office and we keep it stocked with real plates and flatware instead of wasteful and expensive disposables. And when we have big meetings in the conference room, real dishes and glasses are noticed and appreciated by the Board of Directors and our high value customers. So finding bargains on glassware or even napkins and serving ware can be helpful in keeping the kitchen well stocked.
There is a really big difference between real wood furniture and the pressed wood, laminate cheap stuff that everyone can buy at Target, Wal-Mart, IKEA and places like that. Real wood is heavier and lasts a lot longer. It is easier to repair dings and scratches in real wood, and does not need much maintenance other than keeping it clean by dusting regularly. The only real drawback to real wood is that it can get mildew in it if kept in an area that is humid or damp, and if someone places a wet object on the wood and lets it sit there for a while, the finish will discolor.
I always get upset when someone sets a glass down on my dining room table without using a coaster, because I get a light colored ring on the table top from the condensation. I use tablecloths, placemats and coasters, but some people ignore those and are just careless!
I wish I could leave the table uncovered and enjoy the beauty of the natural wood all the time, but over the years I have learned that it makes more sense to keep it covered with a pretty tablecloth to protect it from scratches and water rings.
My cell phone has been good to me, but it is not a “smart phone” and all my friends have the Androids and iPhones and it is getting hard to justify not getting a smart phone, too. There are all these really cool features and apps for the smart phones that you just can’t get on a regular, old school cell phone.
My favorite app that I’ve seen so far is the one that disables the phone ringer when you are sleeping. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to get some sleep and someone calls me and wakes me up. That makes me so mad, but with my old school phone there is no way to stop it from ringing unless I turn the whole phone off. So, if you want to use the cell phone as an alarm clock, you have to leave the phone on and take the chance that people won’t be calling you. With the smart phone, you can use the alarm clock AND the call block to make sure you get your sleep undisturbed.
There is an excellent web site about the George Washington National Forest that I’ve used for years. If you have an interest in tent camping or RV camping, the site has a lot of good information for both kinds of camp sites within the forest. There are evidently 25 camping areas within the Forest. The list tells you what is available for services, if any, and what is nearby. Check it out before going – knowledge is power. Forestcamping.com/dow/southern/gwinfo.htm
The last tent camping trip I took was a long time ago but still fresh in my memory. The camp site was a primitive camping area in the George Washington National Forest, in Virginia. You get there by taking the Woodstock exit off I-66 and driving at barely 5 mph for about 20 minutes up, down and around a mountain on the narrowest, steep and treacherous road I’ve ever driven. It was exhilarating and frightening and totally worth it. The river winds its way through the mountains and foothills and eventually meets up with the Potomac River at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.
The time I go camping it will be in a RV and not a tent, you couldn’t pay me enough money to deal with all that goes along with camping in the wilderness (or even the back yard) in a sleeping bag in a tent. It’s RV or nothing at this time of my life.