Queen of memes: Sunday Stealing

Grocery shopping

queen of memesThis Sunday Stealing is from the Queen of Memes.

1. What do men really want in a woman?
4. What do women really want in a man?

If these are romantic questions – in which case, they are terribly heterocentric -then it depends: safety, security, sex, sanity, support, salvation, sacrifice, sincerity, sociability, silence, simplicity, and sparkle. Sometimes, in various and contradictory combinations.

Most of my friends are female, and it’s been true for most of my life. I’m still friends with some women I’ve gone out with.

2. Should marijuana be legalized?

It largely is, and I’m happy enough about it. The only time I ever purchased it, back when it was still illegal, was for a friend whose uncle was undergoing chemotherapy.

That said, marijuana has seldom been something I’ve enjoyed. It just puts me to sleep.

3. Why did the cow jump over the moon?

To show off.

5. When you are having a really good day, what usually makes it good?

I write a lot while listening to music. Then we see a movie or go to a play.

Actually, I had a good Friday evening at the art opening at the Pine Hills branch of the Albany (NY) Public Library. Several pieces were tied to the theme of redlining. The display is there until May 2023.

I introduced the new library director to a couple of Literary Legends. And I met someone willing to help me enact a scheme I’ve had in mind for several years to address certain rude drivers without keying their cars. (I would never actually DO that, BTW, but I THINK about it.)

Gone south

6. What can make your good day turn into a bad day?

Shockingly rude – racist, sexist, homophobic, and/or just entitled – people.

7. If you could “start from scratch” and turn back the clock for a re-do, what would you re-do?

Nothing. The more I think about this, the more I realize that if I had changed THIS, it would ALSO change THAT, and it would not end up better.

8. Do you make a list when you go grocery shopping?

It depends on whether I’m shopping for myself or someone else. For myself, it’s always the same things – fruit, veggies, cereal, and stuff in the dairy aisle. If my wife says, “Can you pick up X,” that’s fine. But if it’s more than three items, I have to write it down.

There was an episode of the 1990s sitcom Mad About You – I think it’s this one – when Jamie and Paul are talking about items for the Thanksgiving meal they are hosting. Intermittently, Jamie tells Paul to get another item. Paul recites the one, then two, then three items. When she requests a fourth, he says, “I’m writing this down.” So three is the maximum for the fictional Paul Buchman and the real me.

9. Do you buy more groceries when you’re hungry?

Not so much MORE as food that I probably ought not to consume calorically. So I make a point, almost always, NOT to shop hungry.

10. Coupons. Use ’em?

When I was in college, I used to all of the time, organized by category. Not so much in the 21st century, though if the receipt prints out a coupon for something I regularly buy, sure.

11. Have you ever complained to the manager of your grocery store?

Not to my recollection.

Sam Walton

12. Do you like to buy groceries at huge chain stores like Walmart? Or do you shop exclusively at food stores?

My wife goes to the Hannaford, and I go to Market 32/Price Chopper. Except when she was out of commission when I went to the Hannaford because she liked their selections better.

My problem with Walmart, as I noted here, is that it tended to drive other supermarkets, hardware stores, et al., from the market. Some people in the US can ONLY grocery shop at Walmart. That said, when my wife couldn’t get out of the house, members of our family ordered food to be delivered from Walmart. The service was quite adequate.

13. What do you typically have for lunch?

It depends. Eggs or sandwiches or leftovers.

14. If you work outside your home, do you pack your lunch?

When I was working, seldom. I was so distressed by work by the end that I didn’t even want to be in the building at lunchtime.

15. Tell us about your last lunch date and what made it special.

It was at a restaurant that my wife and I had gone to, but she wasn’t up to eating out. So my sister, visiting from California, and I went there in early October. She loved it, not just the food but the ambiance.

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W is for Wal-Mart, or Walmart

I find it odd that it has banned music with explicit lyrics, yet carries a full complement of assault weaponry that has recently included the Bushmaster AR-15.

One of my sisters is one of the greatest Walmart shoppers in the country. She and my late mother have gone to dozens of store in the southeastern United States. I remember a visit they made to Albany a few years back – probably just after the Daughter was born – and they wanted to go to the local Walmart EVERY SINGLE DAY they were in town. And this was the previous Walmart, NOT the one expanded in 2008 to be the largest Walmart Supercenter in the United States.

Whereas I’m not quite as enthusiastic. I rather like the success story of Sam Walton, going from a single store to become the largest private employer in the world with over two million employees. But some of the company policies have made me wary.

I recall reading in the 1990s about Walmart entering towns in the Midwest, driving out the local hardware store and other merchants. When it found a Walmart store was not profitable enough, it would pull out of the market, leaving the towns much worse off than they were when it arrived. Now that Walmart is having declining sales, this seems like a scenario that could be replicated. Its aggressive price challenge is aggravating its competitors, who claim Walmart has misrepresented the facts.

I find it odd that it has banned music with explicit lyrics, yet carries a full complement of assault weaponry that has recently included the Bushmaster AR-15, which was used in the Sandy Hook (Connecticut) Elementary School shooting and several other high-profile mass killings.

Walmart, many claim, is the epitome of economic inequity, when they could easily afford to pay their employees better, which led to the largest employee strike ever last autumn, and more actions in the spring, and again around this Thanksgiving. It’s clear that Wal-Mart’s low wages cost taxpayers money. By comparison, Mark Evanier and the Daily Kos tout Costco as a much better corporate entity.

Those Walton billionaires, sons and daughters of Sam, are bankrolling a number of controversial actions such as school “reform” efforts in Los Angeles.

Still, my personal antipathy has less to do with any of that than the one and only time I went to Walmart willingly. It was the autumn of 1994. I had just had a painful romantic breakup, and I needed a bunch of household items. Someone said that I should go to Walmart, which had opened only the year before in our area.

I took the bus out to the locale and started filling the shopping cart. I went home with several bags of stuff. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized that I was missing a bag. I called Walmart, and they found my missing merchandise at the register. It was too late to take the bus back to Walmart, but I said I would return the following day.

The next afternoon, I arrived at Walmart and waited for someone to get my bag from the manager’s office, where I was told my stuff would be. After at least a half-hour, I was told they couldn’t find my bag. But I could go back through the store and get the stuff again.

Now I hated going through the store the first time. Going through a second time, trying to find the SPECIFIC items I had purchased the day before was really difficult. The first time, I was just going up and down the aisles; this time, I had to try to match my previous purchases in terms of size and brand, and price; what a pain! I’ve never shopped there, or any Walmart, willingly since, as I find it too big for my taste.

And to answer the question of a hyphen or no hyphen in the name: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) [is] branded as Walmart.
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