The Shopping Excursion

Interesting things can happen around the full moon, can’t they? After all, we’re mostly water.

And with that mindset, we were off to grocery shopping. Now, in case some of you still don’t believe that this is an important ritual for us, here is some evidence!

After a late start (partially due to the buckwheat cakes!), we headed for Marc’s. It was there that once again, we purchased some beautiful eggplant…

…among other things, rung up by our favorite cashier, Andrew.

Andrew came to Columbus from South Africa, via Chicago, and is home for the summer, but will soon return to the College of Wooster, where he will continue his studies in English and music (percussion and voice, to be precise!). Now to me, that is an interesting story!

After Marc’s was a trip to Meijer for some produce (palate-cleansing limes, among other things), and then a stop over at our favorite Trader Joe’s. We love Trader Joe’s for a lot of reasons: great products, good prices, super-friendly staff, clean well-organized store, great free samples, just to name a few. While we were shopping, Anthony decided to ask a woman about Tahini, and she let us know that they didn’t carry that item. As we were walking away, I thought to myself, “go back!” And I did, to thank her for being so well versed in the products of her store. Well, it turned out to be the store captain, Genevieve! What a great person. For at least a good fifteen minutes she stopped her work on an end cap wine display and picked Anthony’s brain about what we buy, where, and why. She wasn’t just interested in mere facts, though. It was as if she really wanted to crawl inside our world for a bit to understand what it was that made us “tick” as consumers. Smart one, that Genevieve!

She’ll be seeing us again.

And, of course, no visit to Trader Joe’s would be complete without seeing our favorite TJ’s employee, Silver!

I wish I’d taken pictures of her wrists for you. Just lovely (as lovely as her personality), with oodles and gobs of beautiful silver jewelry. Yes, her nametag really says “Silver!” When Silver isn’t at Trader Joe’s, she is teaching Yoga to young folk at the Short Stop, a drop-in youth center in the Short North. Silver is the one who planted the notion of Yoga in my brain, and if all works out, soon we will be taking our class with Beaker Prince at the Schiller Recreation Center.

I must say, however, the bargain of the day was:

Yup. You guessed it. Aldi! Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full (plus a tray of canned tomatoes) all for the tiny sum of thirty dollars. I highly recommend it for the budget minded grocery shopper.

What a great morning!

Be well, and at peace,

Phil

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2 Comments on “The Shopping Excursion”

  1. buddingrose4u Says:

    I am not familiar with Aldi. Do you mind explaining to me what it is? Thank you.

  2. pcadams Says:

    buddingrose, welcome back!

    It is a discount grocery, with a narrow range of products at very reasonable prices. We love it!

    Hope you’re enjoying the blog…

    Phil


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