The morning of Tuesday, February 16th was a few degrees higher, at 28 degrees F, than Monday morning was with yesterday morning's temperatures at 24 degrees, and a bone chilling 15 degrees in Vaughn. Although Tuesday still started out below freezing like yesterday did, at least also like yesterday, there was no precipitation that morning. And also on another note...Today was one week to the day that Clarence arrived in the time travel machine to 1960. Of course, after the southbound freight train came through Duran, it was then only a short wait time before Bus #17 would arrive at the bus stop. And there it was...Bus #17 right on time as it made the stopped for the railroad crossing...Even with the windows closed, the cubs on the bus could be heard laughing about that 'invisible cub' gag...Then the bus proceeded to the bus stop to let the neighborhood cubs and teens board. "We heard on the radio it's in the 20s again this morning", said Kevin Fox as he took a seat. "Feels like it too", Rex Coyote added as he sat behind Kevin. "Try 15. That's what it was at our place yesterday", Grayson Raccoon replied to Kevin and Rex as his sister Linda agreed. Grayson and Linda Raccoon are the first two cubs on Stimpson Mink's morning route, who live further north off of Highway 54 near the Guadalupe County line, which is a few miles from the time machine landing site...Stimpson, Grayson and Linda pass by that machine twice each school day with no clue that it even exists. "Well, I heard it's actually not quite as cold like yesterday", Ryan Lynx said upon boarding the bus. "Speak for yourself", Dotty Coyote adderssed Ryan Lynx as she boarded the bus right behind him. "Feels the same out here to me"...Then Dotty greeted Stimpson Mink, "How'zit goin', shug". "A okay, Dotty", Stimpson replied. "We made mention to Marge Coyote what Danny Otter did Yesterday", Jerald Coyote said to Stimpson Mink while boarding the bus. "Her husband is going to pass that on to Danny's dad this evening at work". "Thank you, Jerald", Stimpson Mink replied. "I really appreciate that". Upon boarding the bus, Cheryl, like she did yesterday, chose a seat beside Clarence...Likewise, Clarence enjoyed having her sit beside him. Once everyone had boarded and got a seat, they were on their way. As the bus neared Encino, Stimpson Mink decided to put a funny tilt on that 'invisible cub gag' the cubs always do...At that Santa Fe crossing outside of Encino, the cubs said their usual, "The invisible cub caught the bus on time". "No he didn't this time", Stimpson, replied as he proceeded across the tracks. "He missed the bus. I saw him still running from where he put a penny on the tracks when I pulled away". The cubs laughed as they began making comments like, "Uh-oh. Teacher's gonna mark him absent", and, "Aw-aw. The invisible cub's gonna get an F for the day", and, "I bet he gets a paddling tomorrow for missing the bus", and, "And with an invisible paddle too". After arriving to school and classes began, the first thing in the morning at school was for the class to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance, which Clarence was now able to do along with his classmates. Clarence also did well with his school work. And it was cool having his step brother, Rex, in the same class, and sweet having Cheryl in the same class also. Another good thing was...at least good for the elementary school cubs anyway...The pitbull bullies, Biff, Richie and Gaston got busy picking on a few nerd and wimpy high school teens in the hallways during class changes. Thus they did not bother to come over from the high school building to harass the elementary school cubs that day...To the cubs, it was a vacation from the bully threesome.
In the meantime, Al and Marge enjoyed doing things with the free time Al had off from work before he was scheduled to come in to work that evening. They stopped in for late breakfast at that cafe' in Vaughn. After breakfast, Al and Marge talked with their waitress, Doris Praire Dog, who is a long time friend of the family. A little while later, Al and Marge left the cafe' and headed further north on Highway 54 to Santa Rosa, then west a several miles on Route 66 until they arrived at a place the locals call "The Hop". It was a 50s and 60s "doo-wop" type diner with a dance floor that young animals hang out at, mostly on Friday and Saturday nights. The Hop had the year before replaced their old jukebox that was wearing out with brand new Seeburg jukebox. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbLwj8TiHS0 They even had the Select-o-Matics on the wall end of the tables at the booths. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sD2rgaz2uY And they had pinball machines and a bowling alley machine. https://youtu.be/A-l1u60XvqQ?t=193 https://youtu.be/I8bum-I_ACw?t=5 Among idems on the menu were the best shrimp baskets around with hushpuppies, slaw and onion rings. And they had home made ice cream, including shakes, sundaes, floats and ice cream sodas. And they were well for their home made cheery pies...But sorry, no alcohol. They never served alcohol. The hop had been there since the end of the 1940s, and Al and Marge use to go there often on Saturday nights when they were in their late teens, which is how they first met...Actually, Al and Marge still on occasion come there with the cubs to treat them to shrimp baskets and ice cream, and let them plat the pinball machines...Other young adults Al and Marge's age also come their as well. The dance floor wasn't very busy being it was the afternoon...That dance floor gets lively in the evenings though, especially on Friday and Saturday nights...However, as a diner, it was getting pretty busy being that it was getting to be lunchtime. As selections played that customers dropped a nickle in the jukebox to hear, Al and Marge had a several goes at playing a pinball machine, then later a few games on the bowling alley machine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=817ZRKyv3F8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5AnUctpQXI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S54mnixntgM After a several games of pinball, Al and Marge noticed a weasle couple, and a raccoon couple dancing out on the dance floor to a song playing on the jukebox. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G07spdr3cyQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFs1UTXX4EM "May I have this dance?", Marge asked Al with a sweet smile. "You most certainly may, my dear", Al replied as he and Marge joined the weasel couple and raccoon couple out on the dance floor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCBO-H3sziE As it got well past noon, Al and Marge each got a shrimp basket, then rootbeer floats for desert. They also talked a while with Roger, who is the Irish setter who is the owner and chief cook of The Hop...Roger had known Al and Marge since they were age 17. Afterwards, it was getting time for Al to pay the tab, leave a tip, and he and Marge to leave so they can be back home when the cubs get off the school bus that afternoon. Marge wanted to drive, so Al agreed...After all, that Chrysler 300 is a fun car to drive, and Marge also likes to get her paws on it once in a while. On the way home, Al mentioned to Marge, "That place always feels like old times to me". "We should do this more often", Marge added as Al agreed. After turning off of Route 66, Marge let that Chrysler 300 run at 140 mph for a brief while on Highway 54 southbound out of Santa Rosa...Like her husband Al, Marge too likes that occasional feel of the control of the speed of a powerful car. It certainly was a pleasurable and romantic time, and with some thrill and fun, the Coyote couple had that day. Al and Marge arrived home well in time for the cubs to arrive home from school, which by then, temperatures had warmed up to 45 degrees...And needless to say, they were pleased when Clarence and Rex told them how well Clarence remembered the pledge when class began that morning.
As afternoon went into evening, it was getting time for Al to leave for work. Thus Al and Marge hugged and kissed as they always do before Al leaves for work. "Can I go with Dad to the lab?", Clarence asked Mama Marge. "Your dad is going to be busy", Marge answered Clarence. "Aw, he can come along if he wants to", said Al. "Well, okay", Marge replied. "Awright!", Clarence exclaimed as he got in on the front passenger's seat of the car. "I don't how late I'll be getting back, depending on how tonight's project goes", Al informed Marge as he an Clarence left for the lab.
Upon arrival to the lab, Poindexter Fox and Greg Otter greeted Al and Clarence. Al Coyote was to assist Poindexter Fox and Greg Otter who were testing a new turbo charger prototype, in which Al's was among those most familiar with it, and helped to design it. Thus why Al was scheduled to assist in the testing of it that evening. During the preparations for the test, Clarence mentioned to Poindexter, seeming like just out of the clear blue, "I think I know you from the time I came from...In 2018...You are old then". Clarence's statement suddenly startled Poindexter Fox completely by surprise. Even though Poindexter was startled by Clarence's statement, he did admit, "Well, young Clarence. I can't think of any reason to doubt you on that, though this is still 1960". "You'll be in your 90s by then", Al said to Poindexter. "2018 will be the year I'll turn 91, Mr. Al", Poindexter, who has the ability to figure math in his head, replied. "Do you remember me from...you know...in the future?", Clarence asked Poindexter. "How could I?", Poindexter said to Clarence. "This is still 40 years away from the 21st century yet". "None of us knew you until that day we picked you up where you landed beyond the highway", Al said to Clarence. "Remember, young Clarence. This is not the 21st Century yet", Poindexter answered. "I would have had no way of knowing you before February 9th of this year, when the other scientists and I came out to look at the time machine for the first time". Al did conjecture that sometime in the future, perhaps even before Clarence is to be born, that Poindexter Fox will come to know Clarence's family...which Poindexter did agree made sense. "That would have to be so, Mr. Al", Poindexter said to Al Coyote. "There would be no other way young Clarence would have already known me before he arrived among us". Of course, it hadn't been until February 9th that Clarence and his step family knew each other, at that time they picked Clarence up that cold and rainy Tuesday from near the time machine landing site...Clarence's step family and biological family had never met or known each other. While still at the lab, Al Coyote informed Greg Otter, "Greg, there's something I need to bring to your attention". "Oh? What is it?", Greg replied. "It's about Danny", Al told Greg, then explained to Greg Otter about that stunt his son, Danny, pulled speeding past the school bus out on Highway 60 while it was stopped letting a cub off Yesterday afternoon. "And at 100 miles an hour too", Clarence added. "Clarence, I'm taking care of this", Al told Clarence, then made mention to Greg, "My cubs told Marge and I, Danny sped past that bus at 100 miles per hour. But the teenage son of some of my neighbors said he thought it was more closer to 140". After Al told Greg how fast Jerald Coyote thought Danny was going, Greg said, "I know Danny would have killed a cub outright had he hit one at the speed you're telling me he was going". "Danny would have been looking at prison time", Poindexter Fox reminded Greg Otter. Greg Otter then admitted, "When I got that car for Danny, Marie did try to tell me Danny wasn't yet ready for a car with that much power...Quite frankly, I sometimes have my doubts Danny is even ready to be behind the wheel of a car. Period". "Your son isn't the only one, Greg", Al assured Greg. "Some of those cubs at the high school my cubs often tell me about shouldn't be behind the wheel of a car either". "My older son, Jeff, engages in dare devil behavior with his car sometimes. But not nearly as bad as Danny does", Greg Otter said. "Seems like with some teen cubs, you can only hope that someday they'll wake up and smell the coffee", Al commented. "Sadly enough, Al, I have to say you're right", Greg agreed. "And actually, some of them never do". "Well, I thought it was best to pass that on to you, Greg", Al said. "I thank you for telling me", Greg replied to Al. "When I get home this evening, Marie and I are going to have a word with Danny about it". During the test of the turbo charger prototype, it performed as well as expected, and then some...It was a success...But the real test will be in a few days when it is tried out on an army jeep (the turbo charger was being developed for the military). Before heading home, Al stopped at Clemson Ferret's gas station in Encino so he and Clarence can get a Coke Cola, and some salted peanuts to go with the Cokes...The packs of salted peanuts were sold at the counter along with where Moonpies and Nab crackers were sold. Clemson Ferret greeted Al, "How's it going, Al". "Going good", Al replied as he picked out two packs of Lance's Salted Peanuts. "The lab sceduled me to work on a special project this evening. I'm just now getting off from work". "Those will be fourteen cents", Clemson said to Al, referring to the two packs of peanuts, as he rang up the sale on an NCR register... the kind that sounds >Click-it-e-click-click...Click-it-e-click-click...Clickety-clickety-clickety-click-click. Ding<, with the little number tabs that pop up in the register window. "Have a good evening, Al", Clemson Ferret said. "And a good evening to you too, Clemson", Al replied. The Cokes were brought from a Coka-Cola vending machine out front of the gas station. It was the kind of Coke machine that was red, made of heavy metal, and with the rounded top...Not the block looking ones with the plexiglas front bearing images of the product like the ones Clarence was use to seeing. Al dropped a nickel into the slot and pushed the vend button, and out into the recieving shute came a glass bottle of Coke...the kind of glass bottle with the spiral designs molded around onto it. "Here you go, Son", Al said as he pawed the cold bottle of Coke to Clarence. As Al was getting his Coke, he noticed Clarence grasping the cap of his Coke bottle. "What are you doing, Son", Al asked Clarence. "I can't screw the cap off" Clarence complained. "That's what this is for", Al chuckled as he showed Clarence him opening his Coke on the bottle opener built into the vending machine. After two tries, Clarence successfully pried the cap off his bottle of Coke on the opener. After opening the Cokes, Al and Clarence poured their salted peanuts in. That's a treat Clarence had been learning about since his arrival back in time to 1960...Salted peanuts in a bottle of Coke Cola. Before leaving the gas station, Al placed a collect call on a payphone to Marge to ask if she wants any Cokes and peanuts brought home for her and the other cubs. Al took the headset from the receiver, then dialed zero on the rotary dial, >Schwick...click click click click click click click<. "This is the operator. How may I help you", a female voice came on. Al answered, "I wish to make a collect call. I'm Al Rhonson Coyote", then gave the phone number. "I'm connecting you now, Sir", the operator said as Al can hear the ring tones on his end. On the other end, Al heard his wife answer, "Hello", followed by the operator replying, "This is the operator. I have a collect call from Al Rhonson Coyote. Will you accept the call?", then followed by Marge replying, "Yes, please". "You may go ahead", the operator told Al. "Marge. I stopped here in Encino to get Clarence and I some peanuts and a Coke. Do you want me to bring some back for you and the cubs?", Al asked Marge. "Oh yes, please. The cubs would enjoy that", Marge answered. "Okay. I'll see you in a bit. Love you", Al responded. "Love you", Marge signed off as she hung up. Thus, Al went back into the gas station building to purchase four more packs of Lance's Salted Peanuts, then got four more Cokes from the vending machine. It was still the part of the year when it was cold in the evenings...So Al put the four bottles of Coke in the trunk of the Chrysler where they would stay cold in the unheated trunk, and away from the warmth of the car's interior. Once Al and Clarence proceeded home, Red River Valley was the first song that played on the radio of that Chrysler 300 as they rode over that Santa Fe railroad crossing south of Encino and proceeded along Route 3, enjoying their Coke Cola and salted peanuts on the way back home that evening to Duran. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLNabKXsZYo
Upon arriving home, Jed, Rex and Donna were excited about Daddy bringing home some Coke and salted peanuts...as well as Marge also being delighted. Clarence figured he would do a favor by taking the two empty Coke bottles he and Al had out of the car...After all, it's never good to let trash build up in a car. Clarence then disposed of the empty Coke bottles into a trash can in the dining room. "Clarence? What are you doing?", Al asked. "Nothing much...Why", Clarence answered. "I mean the bottles", Al replied "Oh, I was just throwing them away", Said Clarence. "They're not trash, honey", Marge informed Clarence. "They're not?", Clarence asked. "Each one's worth a penny", Al added. "Oh...I didn't know you recycled them", Clarence responded. "Recycled?", Marge asked. "Yea. What's that?", Jed asked. As Clarence began to explain the concept of recycling, Al explained, "You can get a penny deposit back on each of those bottles". "They sterilize those bottles and reuse them", Marge told Clarence as she pulled the empty Coke bottles back out of the trash. Thus Clarence discovered the concept of deposit soda bottles. The rest of the family was intrigued when Clarence later explained the concept of recycling things like; aluminum foil, cans, paper, plastic bottles, plastic wrap, glass, old wire, yard brush and wood for mulch...something that had not yet caught on in the year 1960.
The evening was still rather young, so the family decided that playing a game of word scrabble would be nice. Thus the game was set up on the coffee table in the living room. Before the game started, Marge baked some home made pecan caramel layer cookies to be shared and enjoyed during the game. Along with with the cookies, Marge prepared some cocoa for the cubs (non chocolate artificial flavoured of course), and coffee for herself and Al. Being it was a cold February evening, you could hear the fan in that Siegler oil heater running, and see the flame flickering in the small mica window of it's door. And during those games, the radio in the living room would be tuned down low to a station that played music from artists such as the Ames Otter Brothers, The Four Esquire Minks and The Four Ace Foxes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndY1sNuvi-8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YxBBFTjbak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMpJqHhXAOg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ftaLzDSu8k There were times during the word scrabble game, that Clarence would make words like "texting", "Youtuber", "flashdrive", "touchscreen", "smartphone", "megabytes", "website", "Chromebook", "antivirus", "email"...It being 1960, no one else knew what those words meant. And with no possible way of researching 50 years into the future at a library, there was no way anyone had of knowing if Clarence was even making those words up...So it was agreed out of fairness to everyone else, that Clarence would avoid those cyber age, late 20th Century, and 21 Century words when playing word scrabble with the rest of the family. As for words that Clarence was unsure of, such as; "hippie", "beatnik", "hipster", "Ebonics", "breakdancing", "bling", "hazing", Mama Coyote assured Clarence, "If you are not sure whether a word already exists by now, feel free to ask...Okay?".
Bedtime was at 9:30 that evening, and it has been a good day, and a good evening for everyone... ...Well, maybe not exactly a good evening for Danny Otter, as Daddy Greg and Mama Marie had already gotten onto Danny for that stunt of speeding past a stopped school bus on highway 60 at 140 mph. Of course, Danny Otter got the dubious honor of hearing questions from Daddy like, "Do you have any idea what being struck by an automobile at 140 miles per hour would do to a cub?"...And, "Have you even thought of how much trouble you'd be in if you had hit a cub at that speed flying past that school bus yesterday?". At one point, while Mama Marie Otter was giving a shrieking lecture to Danny, Daddy Greg Otter even threatened to take that Studebaker Golden Hawk away from Danny and put it up for sale. However...As for the Coyote family though...It had been a good day.