A Typical? Day At The Church
Saturday, April 21, 2001

Morning - On The Road


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     The day starts early with coffee and breakfast followed by a trip "to town". First stop is the ATM at Fleet bank for some "walkin' around" money. This branch is located in Dayville, just down the road a piece from Attawaugan. The church is in Attawaugan although the mailing address is Dayville. The bank is half a block from the junction of Routes 12 and 101... The center of the universe in these parts.


     Next stop is the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company for a pina-colada muffin for the first coffee break. It's a mix of coconut and pineapple that can't be beat. Big moist top heavy muffins... Way better than the Dunkin Donuts at the intersection. Even though I'm out in the sticks... Civilization is just four minutes down the road. Good Chinese food as well... Even an Asian grocery store.
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     On to the Post Office to pick up mail, buy stamps and mail a few important items. We have rural delivery, but I keep my mail on hold at the office most of the time lately due to problems in the neighborhood. We seem to have someone that likes grabbing mail out of the boxes, but more on that later today.


     Next on the list is Benny's for six quarts of 5W-30 oil and a filter for the truck. I like changing my own oil so that I know what goes into the truck and when. The last Toyota was still running strong at 400,000 miles when the head gasket went. Benny's is like a small Pep Boys and Ben Franklin rolled into one. A little bit of everything at a good price. The oil change will be a project for tomorrow.
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     Down town Danielson is where the local branch of The Citizens National Bank is. They hold the mortgage on 29 Church Street and I like to pay it in person whenever possible. Since next weekend is a beach trip and getting here during the week can be tough, today's the day to pay. Quick action on the part of Doug Valentine of the Putnam headquarters helped the purchase of 29 Church Street go through without a hitch.


     Back on to Route 12 South for the trip down the second half of Main Street Danielson on the way to Route 6 East and the town dump. Danielson, Dayville and Killingly together have almost anything one could desire all within a few miles of The Church. There was even talk of putting a Home Depot in town... And there's a Walmart just up the road in Putnam. All this and... Mervin Whipples Christmas Wonderland just north of The Church in Ballouville, home of the Ballouville Aquarium.
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     This is what the south half of Main Street look like. The old railroad tracks seem to be the deviding line. There's two florists, a carpet store, book store, cafe, restaurant, gourmet kitchen shop and more... All just a few minutes down the road from the Church.


     Ten minutes out of town off Route 6 east is thetown Dump. Stop at the gate to make sure your sticker is current and ask how to handle anything special like dead bodies or plutonium and your all set. What ever you have... You can get rid of it here.
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     I'm convinced that the dump guys (not their official title) delight in seeing how close they can come to your truck with the payloader. You get used to emptying your load of stuff while this monster is mashing old appliances into pulp just a few feet away. You feel like a small scavenger waiting for a Tyranasauraus to finish thrashing it's victim to death so you can pick at the carcass.


     Garbage in bags with official dump stickers, glass, plastic, cans, appliances, motor oil, tires, batteries, construction debris, furniture and yard waste... All is welcome... Just be sure to put it in the proper place. Not sure where it goes... Just ask. The dump guys, and girls, are friendly and helpful. No take-outs though... Incoming only. Unless no one is looking.
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     The road home to the north passes through some of the most scenic land in town. This is the view of a marsh behind one of my favorite houses in town. The view is beautiful spring, summer, winter or fall.


     This property faces west and has a swimming pond in the distance with a dock and a trailer set up nearby. The view of the hills across the valley is breathtaking at sunset on a clear day.
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     Back in town it's time to stop at Beit Brothers supermarket for whatever I needed from there. Probably IGA catfood... The cheapest catfood available that helped TK thrive for ninteen years.


     The shopping plaza where Beit Brothers resides is home to an Ames... A decent department store like a Caldors used to be. Bigger than a Ben Franklin but smaller than a Walmart. Just the right size for Dayville or Killingly. Now... Back to The Church... We've got lots of work to do.
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