Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Visiting Parents Want To See Local Grocery Stores

A woman was talking to a friend in a coffee shop last night about a recent visit her parents had made. Unsure what to do with them, she said that she had spent a fair amount of time researching various local tourist options that might be entertaining. However, when she pitched her parents their options they asked her about her local grocery stores. Apparently they'd made a hobby out of wandering various grocery stores on the weekends and eating samples and marveling at selections. They told her about the wonderful experience they'd recently had while visiting the woman's brother in Austin, where a very large new grocery store had just been built. The woman said she thought that they must be joking, that surely they hadn't flown all the way out to visit her only to spend their time wandering the aisles of grocery stores. But that's precisely what they did. Three hours in one store on Saturday. Four hours in another on Sunday. Her father had even taken photos. He showed her several of lobsters in a tank. When they'd left town the woman said they'd told her they had a wonderful time. The woman said that, although crazy, her parent's were at least easy to entertain.
Her friend asked if they'd bought anything in their seven hours in the stores.
Yes, the woman said, a quarter pound of what her mother called 'fancy nuts'.

4 comments:

Ned said...

When shopping with the five year old, a stop at the lobster tank is de rigueur.

I never thought of bringing the camera...

Janie said...

eating samples? being in a grocery store for 4 goddamn hours? lol...........

good one.

Gone Away said...

Grocery stores, huh? Well, I used to collect cathedrals in England...

Jodie said...

I go to thrift stores in every city I visit, except that I couldn't find one in Venice.

Las Vegas has the best ones, Paris the most overpriced.

So yeah, I understand the whole grocery store thing.