“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Let's go spend some money, or " How I went to town and hit the intersection just as the Memorial Day Parade kicked off."


"Once upon a midnight dreary, as I lurked on channel 22, weak and weary."  Last night I heard on the CB that  the new Shotgun News Treasury was out in town.  There are only three news stands in the whole county, one at Walmart, two at the grocery stores. One of the grocery stores doesn't carry it. So I knew I had to go to town today. They only get so many copies, and those are gone in heart beat.

So my wife and I loaded up about 8:30 and headed for town.  We hit the town square about 9:00, along with the rest of the population of this country and the four adjacent counties. Our town has a huge Memorial Day parade, and this year it kicked off at 9:00.

Every road was blocked. The volunteer fire department, the emergency rescue guys, the State Police, the Sheriff's Department and the 3 man town police department were all there to make sure you could not extricate yourself from the mob until the parade passed.  It looked like the exodus scene from Cecil B. Demille's epic The Ten Commandments.


Finally we put the car on a side street and walked to a little cafe for an early lunch.  We just stayed there until the parade was over, and then we went to Home Depot.  My wife got a late mother's day present in the form of a flowering plant she wanted, and a big ceramic pot to put it in.

The to the grocery store, where I got my magazine, and some smoked neck bones for the dogs.

Then to Walmart, where we bought $300 worth of groceries, which we were barely able to stuff into the Cherokee, even with the back seat down.  Once home, it was more work to unload than it was to buy. Everything had to be hauled into the house and then stowed.  I was already worn out by being crammed into the seething masses of people everywhere we went. Stores full, streets full, roads bumper to bumper around town. Horrendous.

I'll never go into town on a Memorial Day again.



20 comments:

  1. These days, $300 worth of groceries would barely fill two carts.

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  2. Lord. I'm glad I don't live where you live, Gorges!

    We tend to buy basic food stuffs, not things that are already made up and frozen. I think a lot of the cost of groceries is paying more money for the convenience of not making up your own meals. I eat a pretty mundane diet, I suppose, lots of rice, beans, potatoes, green vegetables. Not a lot of meat, and I can't stand fish!

    Some of what we bought, admittedly, was sacks of feed for the different animals, but we still got a pretty good load.

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  3. We learned along time ago..that living in rural America.. you DO NOT GO TO TOWN ON HOLIDAYS.... lol especially if you are trying to leave town, and have to pass through other small towns along the way to the interstate--just wait until that happens to you.
    And that is the other thing I don't do..is go to a walmart on a saturday. ours is the only one in a 30 mile radius so you can imagine..

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    1. Bad planning on my part. I really lose track of what day of the week it is, I knew in the back of my mind it was Saturday, and I also knew it was Memorial Day weekend. But I just let it all go by me and meandered right into the mob. We try not to do any driving on holidays or weekends up here once the summer season starts, but I broke my own guidelines this time. It was a good reminder to stay home when there are events going on in town.

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  4. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    When I first got on this blog tonight I sighed looking at those wonderfule M1A's.

    I really need to get a walnut stock for mine, I love the look of real wood. On the CZ 452, .22 I have. The stock is Turkish walnut. Its the best stock I have.

    'The Great Tiolet Paper Conspiracy"

    I have a mess of Scott tissue toilet paper that I stocked up on about six years ago or so. I had to break into one of the nine packs because I was running low on toilet paper (As a bachelor three things you never run out of Beer, Tiolet paper and coffee)
    I noticed that height of the rolls was different. Oh' Dear, they were different. The old toilet paper had taller and wider rolls.
    The current issue of toilet paper I buy at Walmart is at least 15 percent smaller per roll!!

    'Oh the horror, the horror (stole that one from Joseph Conrads 'Hart of Darkness)

    I use Scott tissue because I was used to the Navy issue 'Rough and Ready" that we had onboard the Puget Sound.
    The Navy issue toilet paper can be used to sand rust off of hull of the ship. 'Hell I think that toilet paper came out of same plant that makes steel wool.


    Memorial Day traffic.

    Well Harry. I think I got you beat. I did not leave the house today.

    I do wish there was a network of old guys on Channel 22 that I could listen too in the evening. I tried to find some CB'ers locally but its all but a extinct.

    Now as per the rest of the country. that's another story. I think the 10 meter capable radio's combined with amplifiers for high power transmitting is creating a CB renaissance of sorts on channels, 28, 11 and a few others. I am looking forward to getting that antenna in.

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    1. You can get just about any type of stock you want for the M14 from "Freds" who advertises in Shotgun news. I have walnut stocks on mine. One is an oversized stock for shooting in high power matches. Now that I don't do that any more, I am considering ordering an "excellent" grade stock from Freds, probably red walnut. Pricey, but top of the line.

      Almost all products are sold in smaller sizes or containers now. Coffee certainly is, and I've noticed posts on people's blogs for the last several years where they have had similar experiences to yours. It's just a sign of the times. Things are getting tighter, and businesses are looking for ways to cut costs. Selling you less product in what looks like the same packaging for the same price is one of their strategies.

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  5. My idea of Hell is spending time in a crowd of people. My town has one of those summer festivals every year and most of the activities for it are held within two blocks of my apartment. I will brave the crowds only for the library book sale. The fireworks can be seen from the deck on my building. Otherwise, I hide out until they all go away.

    I buy groceries about like you and your wife - mostly ingredients and nothing that is considered a convenience food. Except maybe a box of Little Debbie Nutty Bars once in a great while! $300 worth of groceries here would fill my handy dandy little old lady shopping cart only twice. I wish I had your stores and prices. That's why I can and dehydrate so much, I suppose. Prices aren't going down any time soon.

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    1. My mom lived in Sacramento until a few months ago. A while back she came to visit us. When we went to the grocery store, she said that our prices for the same commodities were much lower than California prices. She also said we had almost no variety in our choices, compared to Sacramento. We had two grocery stores and no Walmart then. She could go to any one of about six big chains out there within a five mile radius of the "retirement village" she lived in. I think things are still cheaper here, because the last time my wife went up to visit the kids she said prices in the city where they live were outrageous.

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    2. Little Debbie Nutty Bars AND Oatmeal Cream pies! The best!

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  6. Heh, similar events in DC today. My housemate/friend/business partner decided to take a package to one of the big post office hubs in DC today. We had to be at the shop at a certain time to meet a customer who was having a car towed in. She was gone a LONG time, and the clock was ticking. Almost 2 hours into a half hour round trip she returned, steaming. She had been caught in a parade in DC, but nowhere near the Federal downtown area, where things like that usually happen...Sadly the rest of the day showed little improvement. The fun and joys of small business , what can I say?
    Jesse in DC

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    1. I can't imagine what it must be like up there this weekend. I was stationed at Quantico,VA a couple of times back in the 70's and 80's, going to schools at the MCB. Once in a blue moon I'd drive into D.C. to go to a museum or some such thing, and it was awful even on a normal day. Over Memorial Day weekend? I shudder to think of it. Small business is fraught with peril but at least you don't have to work for a jerk. I spent 20 years working for one of the most horrendous people I ever met in my life, but the money was too good to quit. ;-(

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  7. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I saw an article on Yahoo that was interesting on 'Russia's crackdown on non-government organizations for whatever reason, blah, blah, blah.

    I copied this statement off the article and of course its from our government, state department I presume.

    ""We continue to be concerned about increasing restrictions on independent media, civil society, members of minority groups and the political opposition," she added in a statement that is likely to be dismissed with disdain by the Kremlin.

    "Russians, like people everywhere, deserve a government that supports an open marketplace of ideas, transparent and accountable governance, equal treatment under the law and the ability to exercise their rights without fear of retribution

    Yeah' Well I started to laugh, knowing that our government is doing the same thing as Putin's government with the secret 'Obamatrade, etc, etc, etc.

    Hypocrisy, Pure and Simple.....

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    1. No surprise there, CC. Politicians by their very nature are hypocrites, but this bunch Obama has gathered around himself are something else altogether.

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  8. I also feel that shopping is the worst. First you walk miles round the store to load a trolley. Then it is all unloaded at the chaeckout. Then loaded into bags, bags into trolley to take to the car. Trolley into car. Once home, bags from car into house. The find somewhere in the house / fridge / freezer to store what you've purchased.

    Once a week is more than enough for me...

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    1. Dani, I'm able to cut out the Trolley step, but the rest of the procedure is the same for me. The only addition is that as I unload the vehicle, I have to figure out what goes into what building. Sometimes things get into the house that should have been stored in the barn or the shop, because I'm not thinking about what I'm doing. That makes it even harder.

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  9. Ha, what a mess! Hate when streets are closed down for events - sure makes things complicated. $300 is a LOT of groceries!!

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    1. Lisa, we don' go to the store very often anymore, so we have to buy more when we do.

      They close down the roads here for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and some kind of bicycle race where zillions of yuppies come in spandex suits and ride down the middle of the roads in our county.

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  10. Harry,

    We avoid going into town when it's a holiday, and I refuse to grocery shop on the weekends. We try to stay way from Walmart any time we can.
    My grocery shopping will be tomorrow, early in the morning when everyone else is at work.

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    1. That's the best time to go, but never on a Friday, or when social security checks hit the bank!

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  11. Our town too, any festival or parade shuts everything down and if you do manage to get by, there are 85 trains that go through all the streets and heaven forbid there are two in opposite tracks!

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