Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
- Some seemingly innocuous event will occur that later is hugely important,
- a person that Larry insults will later be needed for something he wants or
- an awkward social situation is made more so by something Larry either says or does.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
The spider, dropping down from twig,
Sunday, September 27, 2009
The bag people.
They're relentless. They love bags and they can't wait to start giving them to us. It has become necessary now to be almost rude to them when they attempt to put a single item into a bag. There are just way too many bags being used. It's a bad habit we've gotten into as a society. Stop and check the number of times people leave a store with one or two items in a bag. What's the bag for? At the very least, you'd think the store would want to save a few cents and encourage their clerks to stop using so many bags.
I walked into the store, picked out the thing I needed and carried it in my own hands to the counter and paid for it. Why then, is it necessary to have it placed in a bag so I can carry it out of the store? I think part of it is psychological - or maybe all of it is.
Leaving a store without a bag constitutes stealing, and we don't like people to think we stole something. "Hey, look at that guy. He's carrying that sandwich out of the store and it's not in a bag. Do you think he stole it?" Of course I did. I steal. Maybe I should wave the receipt like a little paper flag on my way out?
They're quick, the bag people. The product scan and swipe into the bag are a singular motion, and sometimes it's necessary for them to take the product out of the bag after I say, "I don't need a bag." I'm not sure how they feel about it, since I've never asked. It's a skill they must have learned in cashier school or wherever it is that they're taught that everything the store sells belongs in a bag - even products with handles or products that come in their own bag.
At the supermarket, (where I use the dreaded canvas bag) there is some sort of product hierarchy that makes it difficult for the cashier to place soapy products in the same bag with food, and they immediately reach for a tiny plastic bag for the soapy stuff. Both products are wrapped (overly so) but the clerk believes that the thin film of plastic will protect the soapy product from infesting the food product where its natural wrapping will fail. There is a science lesson in there someplace.
"Do you want all of this in the same bag?" they ask, expecting me to incredulously scream "No! My God, how could you put dishwasher tablets in the same bag as a box of cereal? Are you nuts?" Sure, go ahead. Between the layers of product wrapping and my natural immune system, I'll be fine. Get over your bag thing, lady.