'Night, Lesley. I hope you sleep the night through.|
Reply #1281. Aug 20 10, 7:11 PM
|Night, Deunan. Thank you - it will be the best thing if I can sleep through. :) |
Reply #1282. Aug 20 10, 7:15 PM
Great to hear it Garry, and looking forward to the performance on Youtube. I don't know if you were inspired by reggae on that one but can certainly write for it either way.|
I've got my grandma's food processor available but is probably about the same age as yours although knowing her would have been the best on the market and still working nicely. You're welcome to have it if Jonathan's ever passing (it is on his way at the start of the M1 and A1) but you'd probably prefer a new one. I think there's also their cappucino maker (they were naughty, it has two cups and they had one each and literally never offered to make one for me, and then when grandpa died I think it was put away) and probably a couple of other bits of kit around the kitchen but would probably now qualify as antiques.
Reply #1283. Aug 20 10, 8:00 PM
NO bouncing, Lesley! At least not yet...:)|
Reply #1284. Aug 20 10, 9:15 PM
Lesley was so happy for you and that things are improving you will soon be doing the marathon at this rate of improvement.|
I agree you should not bounce to much on the bed though yet :) Hope you slept well or better then i did.
Reply #1285. Aug 21 10, 1:20 AM
Good morning Lesley, I would bounce on the bed, but I fear the ceiling fan. hugs|
Reply #1286. Aug 21 10, 6:32 AM
Don't bounce unless there's a firefighter present. (See Deunan's calendar link)!|
Reply #1287. Aug 21 10, 7:31 AM
|Good morning, everyone! |
Thank you for the offer, David, but a food processor would be wasted on me. Jonathan, being insistent once he has a bee in his bonnet, took me to Argos today and bought a smoothie maker. It was reduced from £30 to £20, has a glass goblet, unheard of since Moulinex flooded the market, and made very short work of the mango and orange I cut up last night, plus a few ice cubes.
He has resuscitated the filter coffee maker, which was put away when H died in 1998, but still works perfectly. I have antiques too, like the used-once pastry blender with a wooden handle, and some of my parents' wedding presents from 1947.
I'm sorry but I forgot about bouncing. I just clambered in and slept a bit.
Bouncing on the bed with a firefighter? It's worth a try!
Reply #1288. Aug 21 10, 9:38 AM
I had some home made smoothies when in scotland cannot say i would use a smoothie maker and do not like shop bought ones, so may have to get myself stronger and take a trip to bedford|
Reply #1289. Aug 21 10, 12:10 PM
|Bloody Sainsbury! |
We've been all over the place in the last 24 hours - everywhere except food shops. We even looked round the market, but they didn't have any food anywhere, which was odd, because the Saturday market used to include an ocean of fruit and veggies. But we really needed food, especially fresh stuff.
Where shall we go? J asked me - Tesco or Sainsbury? And I said Sainsbury. If I ever do that again, please shoot me. They close at 10pm on a Saturday, and we got there at 9.30, which is OK, because we didn't want much.
We parked in the disabled section by the main doors. A few years ago, they used to lock the main doors at closing time, so you'd have to walk the length of the tills to the other door, and back again to get your car from the disabled section. This is hard work and incredibly annoying when you've already had to walk miles round the shop. I complained vigorously to the head office, and someone told me I was within my rights to insist that they open the door for me, and to tell them if the shop ever did that again.
A few weeks later, they started locking the little door at closing time, and someone would stand guard over the main doors so that nobody could get in, but I could get out at the door nearer my car. I was happy with that.
Tonight we got a few snacky things like Brazil nuts and unsalted crisps, but mostly bread, cheese, salad; and tons of fruit, with some stem ginger and apple juice, because he wants to experiment with the smoothie maker. At five to ten, I suggested that he get some crisps for himself (not eat all my unsalted ones!) and pushed the trolley towards the tills.
Twenty feet from the till, there's a till supervisor standing dead centre of the aisle. She's grinning at me vacuously, and asking me to make my way to the tills because they're closing in five minutes. And she wasn't moving, so I had to stop. She said again, please make your way to the tills. She then jumped in apparent surprise as I attempted to move again. I made some inane remark about running her over, and this time she moved out of my way. That was silly of me. What I should really have said is "Where the hell do you _think_ I'm going, you brain-dead nonentity? I can't go anywhere with your stupid body in the way!" She was wearing an earpiece, which the till supervisors have. How on earth do these people get promoted?
We unloaded the shopping from the trolley onto the conveyor belt, and I realised that someone had put a shopping separator at the back of our shopping. Neither of us had put it there, and the cashier said it wasn't her. We all thought it was a bit silly. I wonder, who in their right minds would put it there when there wasn't another customer in sight?
We got out a minute after ten, and the vacuous one said that the main doors had been locked, so the way out was now the little door at the far end. "We always lock the main doors at closing time." No you don't. You haven't done that for years. You lock the small door. We're parked in the disabled section. Please unlock the door.
She replied that she wasn't the one who did the locking. Huh? Who cares who did the locking? Just get it unlocked! I told her that someone at HO told me that I had the right to insist on their opening it to let me out, but she ignored me.
Jonathan was being sweetly reasonable and said we're nearly at the far end - let's just go out. The vacuous one wasn't showing any signs of actually doing anything, so I gave up and we went out the wrong way, but not before I'd told her, and her headless chicken acolytes, that if I ever went shopping late again, it would be to Tesco, because they don't fart about with doors - they just let you out.
As we walked out, he reminded me that I say the same thing every time I go to Sainsbury - Never Again!
I don't need to go to Tesco or Sainsbury. We have Londis half a mile away, Budgens three quarters of a mile away, Marks and Spencer in the town centre, and the market two or three times a week: we have the high street, and a small residential area with a load of independent shops. None of them quite as convenient as the supermarkets, but none of them quite as likely to put my blood pressure up.
Later still, as I continued to mull over her bizarre behaviour, it dawned on me that she could have been drunk. Why else would she ask me to go to the tills but stop me going anywhere? Tomorrow I shall ring the Sainsbury "careline" and tell them their till supervisor last night has either lost the plot or was drunk. Probably both.
There is something strange about the Sainsbury branch in Bedford. It's a hole. I imagine that the merchandise and the layout are the same; it's the staff who ruin it. People have commented on the difference. They thought Sainsbury was rubbish till they visited other brances and realised that it was only rubbish in Bedford. Gary, you have been warned. If you ever make it to Bedford, don't bother going to Sainsbury.
Reply #1290. Aug 21 10, 6:11 PM
Sounds a little like Wal-Mart, except they do not close. You can push your cart around 24/7 if you wish. Beware of the deliveries and stocking though, around midnight!|
They also lock certain doors...But if I'm shopping late, I park nearest the doors left open.;)
Reply #1291. Aug 21 10, 6:52 PM
|We did! We parked near the main doors, which have been the ones left open for years now. |
The shelf-stacking starts at around nine o'clock, and the floors become slalom courses with huge containers, full and empty. There was one aisle we wanted to look at, but two cages were blocking one end. You'd have had to be three inches wide to get through. One of the staff moved them for us. You wonder where these people park their brains when they cone to work. Probably in the same place as the customers park theirs - far, far away!
It's almost nice to know that we are not alone. :)
Reply #1292. Aug 21 10, 6:58 PM
Far from alone. We discovered if you shop at 7:30 p.m., the vegetables are covered with heavy canvas...one giant piece of heavy canvas. Good luck moving it. Cross off vegetables. Customer service which is to be open until 8 p.m. but closes at 7 p.m. if they feel like it. Also doors which are to remain open until 10 p.m. yet at 8:45 p.m. guess what....locked. Who has the key? "Someone else."|
It's all a silly game which, lucky us, we get to pay to play even though we don't desire to do so.
I need a ginger snap.
Reply #1293. Aug 21 10, 7:17 PM
|I did ring the "careline" and got to talk a nice Scotsman called Brian. I warned him I was going to grumble to him. |
One grumble was about the main doors being locked for the first time in years, and how inconvenient and annoying it was to add a long walk when you've already walked quite far enough round the shop.
"We always lock them," the girl in the shop said.
Well actually, no, you don't.
The other grumble was about the perfectly bizarre behaviour of the girl I took to be a till supervisor. If you want people to go to the tills because it's nearly closing time, you don't block their way and stop them getting to the tills. I asked him if he put the same interpretation on her strange behaviour as I had. He doesn't know what my interpretation is.
OK - someone who grins at you from a distance and talks to you, but looks away and keeps their mouth firmly closed when you get close up.
It's what people do when they don't want you to smell the vodka they've been drinking.
"That's a very serious allegation."
Yes, I know it is, and it's not one I've ever made in my shopping history, but I can't think of anything else to explain her illogical behaviour.
"If that's the case, it would be thoroughly unacceptable, and will need to be thoroughly investigated, but I can't imagine how you could get drunk at work."
Hip flask in the handbag?
"And it's right at the end of a long tiring shift."
No, this wasn't normal tired behaviour. If it's not alcohol, it may be a nutritional or medical condition which alters her behaviour, and that would certainly need to be investigated.
The conversation ended with him telling me that he would, with my permission, log the complaints against my name, and that he would phone the store immediately and talk to the manager or duty manager. He ended by saying he had enjoyed talking to me. A masochist, obviously. [grin]
Reply #1294. Aug 22 10, 4:55 PM
I think he enjoyed speaking with you as you make sense, don't mumble and get to the point.|
Then again, it could be because you are Lesley and he knows to not mess with you.
Reply #1295. Aug 22 10, 5:34 PM
|The first idea is a nice thought, but they've probably been taught that the best way of placating an unhappy customer is to agree and to promise a thorough investigation. |
I did tell him that it had been years since anyone at the branch had contacted me, and I'd lost count of the number of questions I'd asked, and been promised an answer in the morning. Once, about a year ago, someone rang me and said that she had my query to deal with but she was going on holiday now, and would get answers for me as soon as she got back. I did wonder why she'd got it - why, of all the hundreds of people who work there, the question had been give to someone who was just about to go on holiday. It'll be interesting to see if I get any feedback on this.
Reply #1296. Aug 22 10, 5:41 PM
|PS I suppose she went on holiday, and I suppose she got back, but I never heard from her again either. I've stopped asking. |
Reply #1297. Aug 22 10, 5:43 PM
I was shopping at Wal Mart and got in the 10 items or less line and a woman in front of me had a grocery cart full to the top. I told the clerk before she started ringing up that I was in a hurry and she needed to send the lady to another line, she replied "oh this won't take a minute. I put my stuff up and left the store. I should have complained but didn't, next time I will.|
Reply #1298. Aug 23 10, 10:10 AM
Maybe quite a good idea to do a 10 hour shift on a supermarket till and see how bright and cheery you are at closing time. |
Perhaps a good idea to order your shopping online.
You seem to have a lot of problems with supermarkets, so best to keep out if they cause so much angst. Waitrose are nice to you, but you pay for the privilege.
Reply #1299. Aug 23 10, 11:20 AM
woo supermarkets i love them lol just kidding i go at 7.30am to do mine is a pain but no hassles.|
Asda as walmart is known as here do 24 hours at ours i wanna go one day at midnight see what iots like.
Reply #1300. Aug 23 10, 12:01 PM
Legal / Conditions of Use