Thursday, June 17, 2010
Hitting the Shops
I am a creature of habit. I tend to do the same chores on the same day every week. Thursday is shopping day. But yesterday I had another important thing to do which meant that Friday became shopping day.
I don't like Friday as shopping day! There was a different group of shoppers in my local grocery store and these shoppers did NOT have the etiquette of Thursday shoppers. Maybe it's that Friday is almost the end of the week and there's a certain, frantic edge to the expedition. My trolley path seemed to be blocked at every turn. I had to wait behind people who hadn't seen each other in oh so long (probably last Friday) and they had to block the aisle so they could catch up on all the goss.
Scariest of all was the Time Trial shopper. This was a woman on a mission! And woe betide anyone who got in her way. She almost wiped me out in 3 different aisles before I learnt to give her a wide berth. And the woman wouldn't have been a day under 70! She had serious energy ... but I'm thinking it could have been channeled a little better.
The other woman who got under my skin a little was the generously corpulent but highly psychic shopper. She knew where I wanted to go and managed to block my path at every turn. She stood in front of a rack of produce, directly in front of what I was trying to reach and when I went to her left to reach around her she moved left so I went to the right and she again blocked my move. It must have looked funny for any casual observer - almost like we'd choreographed our moves.
So shopping took me a good ten minutes longer than usual but my pantry is restocked and ready to go. Next week it's back to early Thursday morning and familiar faces.