After moving back to the lower 48, I have bought an RV and have been living on the road.
By: joealaska , 6:16 AM GMT on December 05, 2013
I am sitting by my wide-open patio door at 12:30 AM enjoying the breeze. In Louisville, in December. Fairly unusual. But reality is coming back. The clouds are coming through, that breeze is bringing TRUBBA. Tomorrow (technically, TODAY) rain moves in, and temps start to drop. A lot. Today it was 70. Friday highs will be in the 20s. They are talking 2-4 inches of snow. A lot more just north in Indiana. The Ohio River tends to block weather coming down here.
This morning I went grocery shopping as I was low on almost everything. The KROGER stores are all being expanded. They are going from large to mahoosive. They have all of this floor space now, yet they have backed off on one critical figure...aisle space. Today was ridiculous.
There are two sizes of push carts. Wimpy and huge. Today I needed the huge. You go into the store and right away you are in the PRODUCE section. There is one aisle that goes straight through there. It is only wide enough for two carts, if both carts are off to the side. One cart can easily block the aisle if the driver is not paying attention, letting the cart sit in the aisle as the driver looks for the perfect head of lettuce. But the biggest part of PRODUCE is small aisles that wind in and around all the display racks. It is a puzzle that needs concentration to solve. One big shopping cart will dominate any of these mini aisles. Or BLOCK it.
Looking around at the big picture, it is obvious that everyone is fighting the congestion. People are turning around because they cannot get directly to those cantaloupes.
The rest of the store is similar. The outer aisles are widest, but not wide enough. But mosr ailes are INTERIOR. Maybe 20 or 25 aisles crossing the store, with one aisle down the middle going the length of the store. Those are the problem. That vast interior. I was fighting the crowd the whole way. The elderly walking very slowly. People not thinking, or caring, leaving their cart to block an aisle. The only success is gained by experience. When you stop and look at the shelves, put your cart hard against the side. Otherwise, someone eventually gets disgruntled and pulls an Uzi.
I wanted to go down a number of aisles, but there was no room. So I ended up going to the next aisle, looking to go around and come from the other direction. In a few cases I ended up going down 5 or 6 aisles to find one open. Finally I resorted to leaving my cart in a slow spot and walking to shop, then returning to the home base. I saw other people doing the same thing. I made a few jokes with some people who were feeling the same frustration.
I do not understand the reason this happens. Some merchandisers feel that breaking up traffic flow increases sales as people suddenly find themselves in a new area. All I know is that food is food. Everyone needs it. You got me! Just give me some room to get that food.
Hey Biff Kroger, are you listening?
I played my first round of golf today since my golf weekend way back. NINE weeks. I have been sick for a lot of that, but my golf game sucks too. No motivation. Today was perfect. 70 degrees and very cloudy. On the front nine I skipped a couple holes with a backup (like Kroger) of golfers, and played a few holes twice. On the back nine I wanted to shoot for a score. I was happy with the results, at last. I hit a few long putts. Now I am ready to go.
Just as the snow moves in.
Right now 68 at 1 AM.
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