This Monday I went with a friend to check out used cars in El Paso. I checked out a bunch on SUVs but decided to buy a coworker's car. The options seemed to be $25,000 for a new Rav4 or $4000 for a used Honda Accord. The SUV would probably be helpful with all the potholes and flooding but most people seem to get by with the smaller cars. We also went to a health food store called sprouts which has every food you could imagine for those allergic to glutein. Afterwards we went to an excellent Palestinian restaurant.
Yesterday I bought the. The color is a little boring but it seems to run well and the coworker I bought it from as taken good care of it. The mechanic who inspected it was impressed with how well it runs. We did all the paper work in Texas and I had to buy American insurance just to register the car.
Earlier this evening I went over to El Paso to pick up some medications. El Paso is an OK town. It's pretty spread out so everything takes longer to get anywhere and it doesn't seem to have a center. I have been in no hurry to get a car and tonight I realized why. It is frustrating driving around a city you don't know. It was even worse on the Mexican side. In Juarez there are people waving flashlights around in the middle of the road trying to direct you to their parking places. The GPS on my phone barely works on the Mexican side and Juarez has the largest speed bumps I have ever seen. No roads go in straight lines for any length of time.
Work is frustrating and slow, but that seems to be the standard starting point for everyone. If anything strange comes up the answer to the problem is always: "There's an SOP for that." SOP is standard operating procedure and most of these are 25 pages long. A person who knows what they're doing can deal with a problem in 2 minutes while I might take me an hour to figure out the process. I wouldn't mind if I learned one thing at a time and did it several times to understand the process but most of the time it is in response to some strange issue with a particular person.