Friday, April 15, 2011

Wow, Customer Service!

Remember the "olden days" when stores helped you carry out your purchases?  I went out for a day with my Red Hat friends yesterday.  We ate, we shopped, we shopped, we shopped... and not being the spring chicken I used to be, I got a little slow towards the end of our trip.  I noticed my friends were already out of the store, so I hurried to the checkout where an employee reached into my cart and laid my purchases on the counter for another employee to check out.  Then he bagged them, scooped the bag up, and opened the front door.  Boy, I thought, I sure must look feeble.  Keeping up a chatty conversation the whole way, he jauntily walked to my friend's car while I tiredly shuffled behind him.  He opened the car's passenger door, and said "There you go, hon, anything else I can do?"  I said "Pick me up and put me in?"
Why did everyone laugh, and why do people assume I'm kidding?  

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ooh, Movies!

Every Saturday night my little brother and I would hurry to eat supper, take a bath, and put on our pajamas.  We'd race to the car, whooping with excitement, everyone would pile in, and drive to the local drive-in.  Mind you, this was every Saturday night.  We took our pillows, and had a huge paper grocery bag full of popcorn.  Since 50's parents wisely made small children go to bed at around 7 or 7:30, we pretty much only got to see the "coming attractions", cartoon, and 30 minutes of the movie before we were filling the car with baby-snores.

Sadly, today there are very few drive-ins in America, but a few can still be found in operation.  Sadly, also, there are even fewer paper bags around.  But if you can find a drive-in, and a paper bag, pop some corn and go see a movie!  Take kids and grandkids, and let them experience something special before it's gone forever.