Today was grocery shopping day

which always puts me in a bad mood because I hate grocery shopping and I hate the store I have to shop at (it’s the closest one, we don’t have a car and round trip via Uber comes to about $20 with tip. We’ve been taking the bus one way to save some money.)

Anyway, Thursday is Senior Citizen Discount Day, which is why we shop on Thursday, and the store is usually filled with old farts, like us, trundling slowly, and seemingly aimlessly, up and down the aisles. I don’t trundle slowly or aimlessly, so my patience wears a bit thin. Then the store is almost always out of the main things I need, like bread and milk.  Today the store was out of EVERYTHING.

The canned soup aisle? Empty. The pasta shelves – Empty. I didn’t go down the paper products aisle because I didn’t need any but I’m betting they were pretty much empty too. No milk – at least not quarts or even half gallons. I only use milk for my coffee so I don’t need anything more than a quart – so no milk for me.

My husband eats fresh baked bakery bread and he got his loaf of bread. I eat 647 bread – low carb, low calorie bread and the shelves were empty! BUT – there was the delivery fellow there and he said he had it on the truck and he would have some on the shelves in about 10 minutes. Yes! I thanked him and said I would be back. We finished our little bit of shopping, circled back to the bread aisle and – no bread. Damn! I waited a bit and chatted with another delivery man who represented a different bread line. He was charming and apologetic – why he was apologizing for the other guy, I have no idea. Anyway, I got tired of waiting (and waiting) and said “Oh well, I guess Harris Teeter wins again, no bread for me”. I thanked the man for the conversation, wished him a good day and toddled off to the check-out.

We were standing on the very long line when all of a sudden both bread delivery guys come up to me – the fellow who delivers my bread and the fellow who I was chatting with – I was offered my choice of white or wheat (I chose white) and I thanked them both profusely. Seems when the 647 bread guy came back, the other bread guy said I had been waiting and they both came looking for me. So Sweet. So Kind. Just made my day – Bless them both.

Now here is the other thing that had me laughing at the grocery today – the place was packed, at 11 in the morning, with 20 and 30-somethings. What the hell? Why weren’t all these young people at work? I’ll give you one guess. Yup, coronavirus stock-up. Either they were told to stay at home, or they opted to stay home, from work.  There hasn’t been a huge outbreak of the virus around here (but then again I haven’t checked the news this morning) and these young people aren’t the target population. All us senior citizens are, so this morning was probably not the best time for the young folk to be in close proximity to us – for our sake and theirs. Yet they were. And yes, every wagon was chock-a-block with toilet paper, paper towels and tissues. Also bottled water.

So – except for Miss Bitch at the cash register – I actually enjoyed my grocery shopping trip today.  Tomorrow is a Trader Joe’s shopping trip – I can only imagine what TJ’s will look like and I am now wondering if they will already be out of stock of all the things we buy – if so, I haven’t a clue what the hell we are going to eat for the next week.