You're correspondent well understands the importance of getting out and about a bit, it's good for the vehicle to venture beyond the end of the lane, it charges the battery, works the indicator lights, gives it a chance to get out of second gear and at the same time gives the a pipes an opportunity to take good deep breaths, clear out the carburetor, take a gander at other vehicles and there's a whole list of excellent reasons especially through the short days. Theoretically a trip is supposed to do me good, widens the horizons apparently.... the details of the theory are incredibly hazy.
For me the trip would have been uneventful, the Post Office was fine, Bank went
smoothly, it was the Hardware Store that did it. On the way into the store I was
deliberately attacked by a hyperactive blowup Snowman with a yellow beak, Jingle
Bells was playing far too loudly on the speaker system and the Hardware Store's
employees must have been fresh from a shot of rum and a "go get 'em" sermon
about the importance of being jolly. I'd like to believe I'm one of the many
people in the world who prefers surliness from anyone wearing a pixie hat
through the long weeks of the Festive Season.