What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 22, 2009

Things were chugging along well today and looked as though I was going to be able to leave work at a reasonable time to make derby practice but at 4:45 p.m., the electricity went out. The battery backup provided enough time to close up my files, I read some trade publications and left just after 5 o'clock.

In the lobby were a pair of firefighters trying to get a woman out of the elevator. According to the firefighters they did not have an elevator key and were calling around the county to find one. I offered to help them make one (I don't know, can't you make one out of a coat hanger?) and after my volunteer services were declined, I headed down the five flights of stairs led by the light of my iPhone. The emergency lights did not come on in the stairwells.

I find this disturbing and I also find it disturbing how nonchalant everyone seems when the power went out for no visible reason especially since a bank owns the building and has a branch downstairs. And although I usually exit through the stairwell each night, doing so in the dark reminds me of Sept. 11.

It's about 5:15 now and figured plenty of time to go home, change and head to practice but I heard an odd clunking sound. "NO!!!!"

I pulled into the Wal-Mart parking lot to find a flat tire. *sigh*

Long story short, this is how I unintentionally stimulated the economy today:
  • One Tire ($100!!!!), Roasted Chicken and Snicker's Candy Bar @ Wal-Mart
I got home at 8 p.m. Needless to say, next derby practice I can attend will be next Wednesday, hope I don't forget how to skate by then!

If you have two cents to stimulate the economy, check out yesterday's post about choosing a roller derby name. I'll gladly take your two cents for you to share your opinion :)