Chapter One: Groceries
the Check-Out Line
In our New York City years, the Lovely Carol Marie loved walking around the corner to our funny little Key Food supermarket on Amsterdam & 86th, to do our (almost nightly) grocery shopping. We’d stroll the narrow aisles with our narrow cart and find the “best deals” before heading home for dinner.
Now that we’re permanently in the suburbs, though, we seldom, if ever, head to the grocery store together and very often text to say, “At Stop & Shop, need anything?” or “At ShopRite, need anything?” That’s pretty much the extent of our “couples” shopping these days.
What I’ve observed in these ‘burbs, however, is that some folks love grocery shopping together --- and that’s what today’s Suburbo focuses on. What you’ll find here is an amalgam of some earlier observations (the “aisle-blocker,” “the Smartphone user,” and, of course, the “check-out line” blocker) --- all magnified by the fact that now it’s two people, not one, making your shopping experience less than optimal.
Have a great week and thanks for reading!
4/11/2018 09:25:46 am
Bil, you’re going to laugh! We desert flowers do not know how to drive in snow. SOOOOooo, when we get an inch of snow (true story) the City shuts down! School is cancelled, City shits down..employees are sent home or told to not come in. Some people rush to Ace or Home Depot to buy out their collective TEN snow shovels! The storries goes on and on but I won’t bother you with them. I think you got the idea! By the way, this is also the time water heaters go out!
4/13/2018 01:33:48 pm
Sounds like you've got your own potential blog there: The Desert Flowers Playbook
4/12/2018 04:34:41 pm
I did not know you were so artistic.
4/13/2018 01:35:15 pm
My brother's the real artist in the family .... it's that left-handed gene at work.
4/12/2018 07:12:13 pm
I’ve lived in the suburbs my entire life, Florida, Santa Fe, and now North Carolina (rural not even a suburb) and I am loving your comments from a totally different perspective shedding light on how crazy it can be on all levels. You get so used to it you don’t even give it a thought. Thanks for the chuckles Bil! I’ll keep reading.
4/13/2018 01:36:37 pm
Thanks for reading! Clearly, this intended as broad satire so I really appreciate your getting it.
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