A few days ago I was in my grocery store. You know, the closest big one. I am gratified that the closest big one is really good, and so I happily call it mine. Plus, they sent me valued customer coupons for two free reusable bags. And I have three others I bought. They're much better than the old canvas-y bags stores used to offer. I don't know why I've never seen anyone else using them there. Even the ones you buy are only 99 cents. In the old days, they were pretty expensive, for no good reason I can name.
Anyway, I noticed that metal cup holders had been attached to the right side of the cart handle. It just cracked me up, so America, to have cup holders on, you know, pretty much everything. But I enjoyed the idea. I do sometimes have a bottle of water or even an occasional latte with me when I shop.
Nearly all the stores have coffee shops in them, of course. One chain in this area has Dunkin Donuts, and another has Starbucks in their larger stores. Most of the others have either a store coffee shop, or a little self-serve area next to the bakery. So my first thought was that it was offered for convenience, and to sell more coffee.
Today when I went in there, I saw that the coffee shop had been ripped out, and there's a big sign up that says "Starbucks coming soon." So that really explains the cup holders. I wonder if the other chain with Starbucks in it got them, too.
It's pretty hilarious. Fairly awful. Yet also somehow delightful at the same time.
I use the green bags from that store, and it keeps me going to that store; the name is printed on them, and it is a good store, so there you are. When I get the plastic bags from Target, I save those and we collect our recyclables in them to take out to the blue bins. The Target bags are better than most of the other store bags for that purpose. So between those two stores, I do most of my shopping, and am able to do a little reduce, recycle, reuse.
I have also noticed that two more companies are using versions of Mah-na Mah-na in their TV ads. That's cool by me; I never get tired of that. But maybe other people do.
You might remember this weekend was the time I was going to start updating the family album blog. Well, I'm having a strangely fussy net connection, and have been unable to do anything with any file, and everything is terribly slow. It took forever for this page to come up at all. It probably won't last much longer, though. (Whoo, I'm editing this to say I think things are speeding up again, so I'll be able to do that in the morning. I'm tuckered, for now.)
So--I'm left-handed. I kind of feel discriminated against with these cup holders, but I guess that's just one more adaptation that will cause my brain to form superior cross-hemisphere connections. :-)