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Sometimes I would like to just be a hermit.

Today has been eventful for us. We had to head into town to do some minimal grocery shopping so we did that today between my teaching class this morning and N having to work this afternoon. We shop at the local Sam’s club, we buy food in bulk and make it last.

Anyway when we pulled into the parking lot there were an unusual number of cars jamming the parking lot. We thought “what is going on? It’s a Wednesday at noon why is everyone shopping?”…

We go about our business gathering our necessity items as we dodge the people wandering aimlessly through the store. It seems as if they are moving in slow motion or we are moving very quickly, I am not sure which is more accurate but either way we are weaving & dodging people like crazy just trying to get our items and get home.

To make matters worse Sam’s club has now started putting up regular sample stations throughout the store so not only are people moving slow but they are also gathering at the sample stations in large numbers to scarf the free food or they are trying to walk through the store while scarfing their samples. They already weren’t doing well with the walking part and now they are trying to eat at the same time?

We politely navigate our way through the obstacle course of displays, shelves and idiots pushing carts, scarfing free food and wandering about the store. We get everything we need and head to the cashier area to check out and we find ourselves in a massive cattle call type situation.

image004.jpgIt appears there are only 2 cashiers working and there are about 20-30 people waiting to check out. People with their carts and bad attitudes are standing everywhere and there seems to be no order to the mess! Where does one line start? Which people are in which lines? Ahhhh!

It’s like shopping days in December but it’s February and in the middle of the week! One charming guy even started yelling at people to get behind him cause “this is where the line starts!”

image005.jpgIt was craziness and I snapped a few photos on my camera phone to share with ya! 😉 N said he mumbled some profanities at someone while we waited in line to pay. People were being ridiculous!

Finally we get out of the store, groceries are loaded into the car, we get in and the car wont start! It seems like the battery is dead. Probably bad karma for N for mumbling profanities at people huh?

Luckily we pay for roadside assistance through our Chevron/ Texaco gas card so we just called them up and an hour later they came out to give us a jump start. In the meantime we sat in the car eating our newly purchased chips, pears and fruit snacks while we waited for the roadside assistance guy to show up. Thank goodness for the roadside assistance coverage! It’s great and we are so glad we have it!

Now we are home safe and the car wont start again, it’s maybe (he he not may be) the alternator or something huh? I am just glad to be in the comfort of my own home now!