I associate shopping at COSTCO as if you are driving
the Beltway around D.C. ! LOL
I mean you have to watch out – you have the slow ones-
who walk very slowly but in the middle of the aisle.
You look for a opening to get around them
And just as you see it –
from behind you comes some crazy cart pusher
and almost takes your elbow off as they speed by !
Then you come to intersections of aisles –
one to the right does not apply here –
first to push through
Not even a glance
Rudeness is a way of life in the aisles.
Then there are the ones who camp out at the FREE FOOD !
You know – those places where they give away free tastings!
You have the GUY who stands there eating
blocking everyone else
eating one at a time
until all is gone and HE moves on.
Doesn’t care and is immune to stares!
Not all is lost though
You do sometimes run into people
Like I was standing in line to check out
And this man and women walked up to the line
just to the right of me
I have this problem of not recognizing people
out of the environment I know them in
That is just crazy – because I know them.
He was dressed way different – no white shirt – tie
no white smock – dress pants – no black shiny shoes
But a Sweat shirt – baggy sweat pants not matching –
sandals – no socks !
Other words my HEART DOCTOR who I have seen
a dozen times or more these past six years!
He has worked with me – talked to me
he is my connection for life
Yet it was him who extended his hand and ask me
” How are you doing”?
It was him who saw me and spoke first.
I am so bad at that.
Then there are the old couples – shopping who do smile
who stop and wait
who are courteous
the ones you talk to
and they smile and talk back
And then I realize – COSTCO is a microcosm of that same Beltway drive
As the same diverse area we live
as the same state we live in
and the same country of the U.S.A.
There are some good – some bad – some in between
Life as we live it here
Life as we have it here
Not as bad as I thought
America – is and always has been great
Wouldn’t live anywhere else
Thank God my ancestors immigrated here
Thank you for reading Papa’s World
Costco not so bad after all
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