It’s been about six months since we have been to our local Walmart, or to any Walmart for that matter. We feel that their business practices are unfair as their lowered prices drive smaller stores out of business and they don’t pay their people enough to live on. Their break areas even have posters about how to get food stamps and welfare to supplement their income — the gall! Of the big box stores we shop exclusively at Costco and shun Sam’s Club (a part of Walmart). But today was different.
Today we were locally shopping for lighting solutions for my videos. None of the other stores in our town had anything remotely close to what might work so we landed in Walmart as a last resort without driving forty minutes to the big city.
I found a lamp that clamps to a table which will point upward toward my face to offset the overhead light which shines down and casts a shadow on my face. That is working and the next time I post a video you will start seeing more consistent quality. Cathy found a few knick knacks while I was humoring my perfectionist tendencies and we went through the cashier line.
After paying for our stuff, there before us was the new Scotts fertilizer spreader with the bag of fertilizer that clips onto the spreader. We’ve seen that on TV and I wanted it. We decided to go with the plain fertilizer instead of the weed and feed because Cathy loves birds and bees more than I hate dandelions and crabgrass. So I went through the line a second time while Cathy waited patiently with the cart containing the items we already purchased.
While putting our purchases in the back of the car I reminded Cathy that we still needed to go grocery shopping and gave her the option of getting our food here at Walmart instead of our regular place, Family Fare. For the change of pace, and since we were already there with a great parking space, we went back in and along with our necessary healthy foods we somehow bought a lot of carby things. My weight is at the bottom end of my goal range so I didn’t care so much about that; still, I noted, poor people are fat because carby foods like Ramen and bread and potatoes are cheap.
As I was sliding my card through the magic money machine at the cash register I asked the cashier what the record was for the number of times going through the line and buying something without moving your car. She didn’t know so I told her this is our third trip through and she said, “That’s gotta be a record.”
Somebody call Guinness, we earned our mention in the book of world record holders. And now we start going for our new personal best, seeing how long we can go before entering Walmart again.