Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Say what?

My son was trying to explain a stand-up comedian to me:

"She's referencing girl culture."

"I don't know what that means."

"You know, when girls are in a group and...oh, no, you wouldn't know about that."

The re-awakening awareness that his mother was never a 'normal' girl that hung around the popular groups or went to parties and clubs. It sounded awful when I was young and I don't regret not joining in at all. :)

Thursday, July 19, 2018

People are strange

So, my part time job is in retail. I don't mind it; I see all sorts of different people and pick up character ideas for my stories. Some of them though...well, to give some examples:

Yesterday a storm blew through and the power went off. Even when it came back on a few minutes later, the registers had to reboot and reconnect to the system. This isn't something that happens quickly and just because the lights are on, it doesn't mean we can do anything for the customers. One man became so incensed that he threw down his bag of candy and rushed out. Probably even more frustrating that he couldn't slam the sliding door shut.

Some make me sad, like the young woman buying prenatal vitamins and a pack of cigarettes.

Today was a woman who believed I was denying her a discount code for her brand of smokes. Even though I showed her there wasn't a code on the shelf or the print-out. She was still angry and rude...over 15 cents. I have to wonder if her anger was because she wouldn't admit to being wrong or because I didn't give her the discount anyway like one of my co-workers admitted to doing.

At least these are the exceptions. Most are what I would consider neutral experiences, but there are many more positive than negative. People who are charming, patient and pleasant.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Flowers and such

I decided this year to surround myself with beauty.


So I filled all my pots.



And bought some more.


I just fell in love with this metal dog.



I don't know what my neighbors think of me mowing around the wild yarrow in my front yard, but I'm doing it anyway.


I had to water everything this morning. We have the worst of both worlds now: massive clouds of mosquitos from the wet June but hot and dry. Ah well, such is life.