I present to you a question of etiquette at the grocery store, specifically Trader Joe's.
Maybe I'm just socially retarded (a strong possibility), but I never know what to do when checkout at Trader Joe's. Unlike most grocery stores, there is only one person working the register, meaning that person must function as both the cashier and the bagger. I'm all for streamlining and multi-tasking, but this tends to leave me in an awkward position. You see, when I buy a whole bunch of groceries, the person at the register has to scan all the items and they just start piling up there on the counter while I sit idly by.
The helpful side of me says that the right thing to do is to help the cashier by starting to bag the groceries myself. It is just the polite, considerate thing to do. However, it presents a logistical problem. Since not all of the items have been pulled out of my cart, I can't really properly stack things in the bag without risking having to rearrange things later or wind up with a heavy item potentially smashing a smaller item, so that make me just want to wait until the cashier is done. But if I wait until the cashier is done, then they'll just bag the groceries themselves, right? But if I just stand there with my thumb up my butt and let the cashier do everything, that makes me kind of a dick, I think. I really don't know what to do.
Well, I could just shop at Gelson's instead. Yeah, that sounds eaiser.
Here are a few other topics for you to discuss amongst yourselves:
- So, what's everyone doing for the Rapture tomorrow? I hope I score some extra points on judgment day because I root for a team called the Angels.
- At least one good thing came out the Governator impregnating his fugly maid: he is putting his return to acting on hold. Hooray for fewer crappy movies!!! I guess we'll just have to wait a few years for the much anticipated sequel to Jingle All the Way.
- Is anyone else disapppointed Donald Trump decided not to run for President? I was so looking forward to seeing him debate Sarah Palin and that crazy-ass Ron Paul... sigh.
Or just feel free to bring up a non-Angels topic of your own. I don't really care (as long as you keep it clean) because it's Friday.
I really missed FFAF last week. It's just so therapeutic, getting stuff out in the open for all to see. I must say that I make one big shopping trip to TJs (as I call it in text messages to my wife) a week and sometimes another smaller one. Sometimes not, a Ralphs trip is often necessary to supplement TJs. After all, how much bread made with sawdust can one eat before even TLs albacore tuna salad loses it's appeal? (Hint: Not much, I'm way past that point!) Anyway, I have no problem happily watching other people work so I suffer from no moral dilemma about the bagging issue. I'm just happy they are smart enough to use real, live paper bags in the store.
I'm kind of torn this week on whether to spend a bunch of money for driveway paving stones. It would look great but how much will it enhance the value of a house already scheduled to lose 15 to 20% of it's value after California's Cap and Tax scheme goes into effect January 1? Is it just flushing a good $6000 away? Will a bunch of politicians grow a brain and sxxxcan this idea? (Hint: No way, not in California!)
Speaking of worrying about crappy movies, could they get any more lame and formulaic than most already are? Since most are already crappy or worse that JATW sequel will just morph into something else of the standard sub-standard level of the average "film" from the Judd Apatow Factory of Stupidity. With so few good movies I'm still puzzled by the decision to expand the Best Picture category. If they can't realistically find five without adding the annual Pixar release (which SHOULD win, like, every year) why did anyone think it was a good idea to try to make a list of ten for the category?