Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

Reflections Over a Quarter Pound Hot Dog

I enjoy shopping at Costco and often partake of their delicious and inexpensive fare after my shopping is done.  How can you beat a delicious quarter pound hot dog and a 20 ounce drink (with free refills) for under two dollars?  Even with the great food attraction I try to avoid Saturday shopping when possible because of the long lines and crowds, particularly around the free sample stations.  I find these aisle-clogging freee food stations maddening when I am in a hurry which is what I am when the store is crowded.  In a good day you can pretty much fill up with free food, but I don’t understand why folks think that they actually have to eat the sample right there in front of the server?  If it is something good (I had a lobster ravioli and IT WAS GOOD!) I want some and if it’s not I want around you.

Tis The Season

Guess which one is me (hint - my beard is fake)

The weather outside wasn’t quite frightful though the high never cracked 30 degrees, but it would have been nice to have been able to stay all snug in my bed.  But visions of Christmas shopping pushed me instead.  To Target, to Home Depet, to WalMart and Subway to be fed.  Sorry!  I got carried away so I’ll get back to writing instead.  STOP before I see red!

A Kindred Soul

A while back I posted about my experience “stuck” in the mall on a shopping trip.  I received an e-mail this morning from a friend about a gentleman that found a more creative way to pass his time while stuck on frequent trips to Target. 

After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Target.  Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women – she loves to browse.  Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Target.

I’m A Cart Watcher

A hobby that I have developed is cart watching.  When we Costco shop we generally have lunch and I love to watch what other people buy.  A friend of mine calls it the 200 club because that is about what it costs to get out of the store.  I recently spoke to the local manager on a busy Saturday and he told me that their revenue averages around a half million dollars on a typical Saturday.  It is amazing how fast you can get to a hundred or even two hundred dollars. 

Hungry Shopping

Last Saturday morning I slept in a little and headed off to go grocery shopping at my favorite warehouse club.  I didn’t have time to eat breakfast before I left so I planned to have lunch at the club after shopping.  Plus it was Saturday and I knew the sample booths would be out in force attracting crowds of shoppers.    The free sample thing really works as I picked up a few extra items, but the traffic jams near the little carts can be irritating.  I am not sure why folks feel they have to eat the sample in front of the server.  That’s one of my pet peeves.

Christmas Shopping…Dragged Kicking and Screaming

I sent this cell phone photograph to my son from BB&B in a failed attempt to have him rescue me last night.  He "claimed" to have to study for one of his college finals.

I sent this cell phone photograph to my son from BB&B in a failed attempt to have him rescue me last night. He "claimed" to have to study for one of his college finals. I had to spend an additional fifteen minutes in the store.

Few words strike fear in me like when my wife says “let’s go to the mall shopping for a little while.”  I really love my wife (please note that I don’t really have to say this as she does not read my postings) and acquiesced even though the mall is torture to me.  The level of torture is proportional to the number of related females in the shopping party.